|Total Net Yards||370|
|Time of Possession||30:14|
|Total Net Yards||253|
|Time of Possession||29:46|
In a nutshell: No score. The Panthers took the opening kickoff and drove to the Seahawks’ 41-yard line, but Richard Sherman broke up – and almost intercepted – Cam Newton’s third-down pass to Steve Smith to end the possession. The Seahawks’ possession stalled, as Russell Wilson was almost sacked in the end zone on second down, but Jon Ryan kicked them out of the hole with a 69-yard punt. The Seahawks were driving as the quarter ended.
Player of the quarter: Ryan. In addition to the 69-yarder from the end zone, Ryan also got off a 55-yarder, kicking the Seahawks out of a hole on the first punt and changing field position on the second.
Play of the quarter: On a third-and-7 play, tight end Greg Olsen appeared to have caught a first-down pass from Newton. But All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas got a hand in to break it up.
Number of the quarter: 9. Ryan is number 9, while Thomas is number 29.
In a nutshell: Panthers 7, Seahawks 3. After a scoreless first quarter, both teams got busy in the second quarter. The Seahawks’ 74-yard drive that began at the end of the first quarter ended with Steven Hauschka’s 27-yard field goal with 9:36 left in the half. Russell Wilson kept the 15-play, almost nine-minute drive alive by going 4 of 4 on third downs for 53 yards, including a 25-yarder to Doug Baldwin to the Panthers’ 11. The Panthers then drove 80 yards in 11 plays to Cam Newton’s 3-yard TD pass to Steve Smith with 3:13 left. Newton was 6 of 7 for 52 yards and also ran once for 11 yards on the drive. The Seahawks then drove to the Panthers’ 12, but Charles Johnson turned in a hat trick – a fumble-forcing sack that he recovered to halt the series.
Player of the quarter: Newton. He passed. He ran. He found ways to keep the TD drive going and then found Smith between linebackers Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright for the score.
Plays of the quarter: There was Johnson’s sack to force the fumble he recovered at the end of the half. But there also Newton’s 27-yard pass to tight end Greg Olson on the second play of the Panthers’ TD drive. The Seahawks had grabbed the momentum, and the lead. But Newton laid a pass over middle linebacker Bobby Wagner and in front of strong safety Kam Chancellor for the longest play of the long TD drive.
Number of the quarter: 4. The Panthers had four double-digit gains on their TD drive – Newton’s 27-yard pass to Olson; Newton’s 10-yard pass to DeAngelo Williams; Newton’s 11-yard run; and a 12-yard run by Williams.
In a nutshell: Panthers 7, Seahawks 6. The Seahawks got the ball twice to open the half, once on the opening kick and again after Chris Maragos recovered a Jon Ryan punt that was touched by the Panthers’ Josh Thomas. But the Seahawks were unable to take advantage of either opportunity. The Panthers then had a second-and-2 on their next possession, but Tony McDaniel stopped DeAngelo Williams for a 1-yard gain on second down and no gain on third down. The Seahawks got on the board again with 2:22 left as Steven Hauschka kicked a 40-yard field goal to cap a nine-play, 43-yard drive. Russell Wilson was 5 of 5 for 52 yards, but also penalized for intentional grounding.
Player of the quarter: Charles Johnson. The Panthers’ defensive end looped, stunted, bull-rushed and beat Seahawks’ blocker with his speed off the edge to pressure Wilson when he was wasn’t hitting him.
Play of the quarter: Two Seahawks were called for holding on one play – left guard Paul McQuistan, which was accepted; and left tackle Russell Okung, which was declined. But the penalty nullified a third-down pass to Sidney Rice that would have been a first down.
Number of the quarter: 3. Wilson, who is No. 3, did what he had to do – and was allowed to do – to get Hauschka close enough for the 3-pointer.
In a nutshell: Seahawks 12, Panthers 7. The Seahawks regained the lead, 12-7, on Russell Wilson’s 43-yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse with 10:13 to play. The Seahawks went for the two-point conversion, but Wilson’s pass to Doug Baldwin was incomplete. Wilson was 3 of 4 for 60 yards on the six-play, 74-yard drive. The Panthers came right back, driving to the Seahawks’ 24-yard line. But All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas forced a fumble on DeAngelo Williams that was recovered by defensive tackle Tony McDaniel at the Seattle 8 with 5:25 to play.
Player of the quarter: Wilson. The second-year QB showed his resiliency as he bounced back from getting pressured and pounded to lead the game-winning drive and then the drive to burn the clock in the closing minutes.
Play of the quarter: The TD pass, as Kearse got behind Panthers cornerback Josh Thomas and then jumped over him to catch Wilson’s pass. On the previous play, Wilson went to Stephen Williams up the same sideline against the same defender, but Williams couldn’t hold the pass as he hit the ground.
Number of the quarter: 1. As in, that’s one. It wasn’t easy, or pretty, but the Seahawks found a way to win a tough game on the road.