With many members of the Super Bowl-winning 2013 team in attendance, the current version of the Seahawks put on a strong performance to make that team proud, using a big second half to beat the Carolina Panthers 37-27 at Lumen Field.
Throughout Pete Carroll's tenure in Seattle, the best Seahawks teams have been good finishing ones, and the Seahawks showed that ability in a big way against the Panthers, turning a 13-12 halftime deficit into a double-digit win.
Here are seven rapid reactions to Sunday's win, which improved Seattle's record to 2-1:
1. Kenneth Walker III and Zach Charbonnet are quite the duo.
The Seahawks were looking for more consistency out of their running game heading into this game, and while it took some time for the running game to get on track, Kenneth Walker III was a big factor thanks to his big-play ability, while rookie Zach Charbonnet provided a physical presence that helped the Seahawks close the game out in style.
Walker, who finished the game with 156 total yards—97 rushing and 59 receiving—had Seattle's longest run of a game, a 36-yarder that featured a ridiculous cut at the line of scrimmage to leave a would-be tackler grasping at air, as well as the team's longest reception, a 36-yard catch that allowed Seattle to erase first-and-21, and that helped get the Seahawks into the red zone where Walker finished the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run.
On Seattle's next touchdown, Walker capped an impressive Seahawks drive with a 7-yard touchdown run.
Charbonnet, meanwhile, rushed for 46 yards on nine carries, dishing out a lot of punishment on nearly all of them, including a huge hit that sent a defense back flying to punctuate a 12-yard run, a play that set up a touchdown reception for fellow rookie Jake Bobo.
2. Jarran Reed was a big factor for the defense.
Jarran Reed did not practice Wednesday or Thursday due to a groin injury, and was listed as questionable on the injury report, but Reed not only was able to play Sunday, he was one of the best players on the field throughout the game.
Making stops in the running game and being disruptive as a pass rusher, Reed was a big factor for a defense that, aside for a couple of big plays given up in the passing game, had a pretty good day.
Playing like the injury was a non-factor, Reed recorded eight tackle, 1.5 sacks and three quarterback hits.
3. Jason Myers had a big bounce-back game.
After Jason Myers missed two field goals in the first half last week, giving him three misses in two games, Pete Carroll was quick express confidence in his kicker, who went to the Pro Bowl last season after missing only three field goals the entire year.
And a week later, Myers rewarded his coach's confidence in him, making all five field goal attempts to keep the Seahawks in the game while the offense took some time to get going in the red zone.
In addition to going 5 for 5 on field goals, Myers made both of his extra point attempts, making him 6 for 6 on field goals and 5 for 5 on extra points since his two misses in the first half last week.
Myers's five made field goals ties the Seahawks franchise single-game record, which was also achieved by Norm Johnson (1987, 1988), Todd Peterson (1999), Olindo Mare (twice in 2010), and Steven Hauschka (2011).
4. The pass rush continues to trend in the right direction.
Through six quarters, the Seahawks could do very little to affect opposing quarterbacks, recording just two quarterback hits and no sacks over the span. Things began to trend in the right direction in the second half against the Lions, with Seattle recording a pair of sacks and six quarterback hits, and the defense built off of that against Carolina.
With Reed and Boye Mafe (1.0 sack, two quarterback hits) leading the way, the Seahawks were able to sack Andy Dalton three times while piling up 11 quarterback hits.
5. DK Metcalf, like Jarran Reed, was great despite an injury.
Much like Jarran Reed, DK Metcalf was dealing with an injury that limited him this week and had him listed as questionable, but despite sore ribs, Metcalf was Geno Smith's top target, coming through with a team-high 112 receiving yards on six catches, dishing out a lot more punishment than he received from defenders.
6. More Bobo!
After establishing himself as a fan and teammate favorite in the preseason, undrafted rookie Jake Bobo had a relatively quiet start to his NFL career. And while he was again limited to one catch in Sunday's win, it was a spectacular one, a 5-yard touchdown grab in the back of the end zone that featured the type of footwork that would have made Tyler Lockett—or Doug Baldwin, who was in attendance—proud for the way he managed to get both feet down before falling out of the back of the end zone.
Bobo also helped put the game on ice by recovering an onside kick after a Carolina touchdown cut the lead to 10 points late in the fourth quarter.
7. The 12s brought their A game.
Maybe it was the presence of the 2013 team at Lumen Field giving the crowd a little extra juice, or maybe it was the excitement over last week's big win in Detroit, but whatever the reason, Seahawks fans were LOUD throughout Sunday's game, and they had a hand in helping the team to victory. With the crowd at full volume throughout the afternoon, the Panthers committed eight false starts, several of which contributed to drives stalling out.
No, that wasn't quite a Lumen Field record—the Giants committed 11 false starts in a 2005 loss to the Seahawks—but Sunday was a good example of how big a factor the fans can be when Lumen Field is really rocking.
The 12s fill Lumen Field, hoping to see the Seahawks get their first victory at home this season as they get set to face the Carolina Panthers. This gallery is presented by TCL.