Good afternoon, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Monday, September 25 — about your Seattle Seahawks.
Seattle climbed to 2-1 on Sunday in front of the 2013 Super Bowl XLVIII Champions with a 37-27 win over the Carolina Panthers.
Last week was a busy one for the Seahawks franchise, commemorating the 10-year anniversary of Seattle’s 2013 Super Bowl XLVIII Championship run. On Sunday, Seattle won its second-straight game, defeating the Carolina Panthers 37-27 in front of their home crowd at Lumen Field. With several injuries shaking up the roster, Seattle's "grit" continues to help them win games.
The first half of Sunday's contest was a defensive battle, as the Panthers kept Seattle out of the endzone. Kicker Jason Myers made all five field goal attempts, including four in the first half, with the Seahawks going into the half down 13-12. Injuries on both sides of the ball didn't slow down Seattle's momentum, with Seattle scoring 25 points in the second half with multiple offensive linemen rotating during the contest. Despite guards Damien Lewis and Anthony Bradford getting banged up early, Seattle rushed for a season-high 146 yards, holding Carolina to just 44. Rookie cornerback Devon Witherspoon led all Seattle defenders with 11 combined tackles and two passes defensed, while undrafted wideout Jake Bobo scored his first-career touchdown to secure Sunday's win.
After a disappointing Week 1 loss to the Los Angeles Rams at home, Seattle made it up to their fans with Sunday's win. The 12s also did their part, with the excessive noise causing the Panthers to commit eight false start penalties. Coach Pete Carroll thanked the fanbase for showing up and showing out in his postgame presser.
"One of the most obvious things that happened today was feeling the 12s," said Carroll. "God, what a great impact they had on this game. These guys had eight false starts in this game and that's not us. We had nothing to do with that. They can't get coordinated because of the noise. What a great factor. It felt like what it feels like to be here at Lumen. That was a thrill. Thrill for our young guys who hadn't heard it like that, hadn't felt it like that, and they understand why we talk so much about them, why it's such a factor and all that. Anyway, we got to give a lot of credit to our fans being part of this game, just like they've been in the past. That was really obvious today. What I liked about this game coming off the last game as well is playing 60 minutes of football. To play all the way through to the end, both sides of the ball, playing winning football. Offense scored 25 points in the second half. That's huge, and that's execution. Geno was on fire and the guys were making their plays, so that's the big stuff, finishing really well, playing 60 minutes, and this young team understanding what that feels like and what that takes. As well as playing here. The obvious stuff, you can ask all the questions you want to ask, but we were lousy on third down and lousy in red zone scoring. We might've scored seven times in the game, but Jason Meyers has a record day because we can't get our first downs. Have to convert on third down, and we've got to just capture the opportunity of the drive. It didn't get any more obvious than that. That is where we're focusing. It's carrying over a little bit. We've seen this for a couple weeks. It's not good enough. So we're going to need that to get better, and so we already have ideas, we can't wait to get back to work. Another note about this game was the guys that were hurt all week that couldn't play, that were able to get to game day and answer the call, Diggsy (Quandre Diggs), Julian Love, DK (Metcalf), J Reed (Jarran Reed), those guys didn't get much work at all and they just wouldn't not play. So they made it through their injuries and sucked it up and all had really solid games for us. It's a great visual for our young guys to understand what it takes. Another thing I would like to mention is we're getting this run game in order on the defensive side. To give them 44 yards today, that's a team that likes to run the football, and they were determined, and after a while they couldn't. Great job by our guys. That's just something that we have to hang on to and be part of our team. When we rush for 146 yards, 33 carries, that's the same thing on the other side of the ball. We have to make these staples of our play, and then we can find the consistency we need. Really fired up about this day today."
Seattle prepares to head east this week, facing the New York Giants on Monday Night Football on October 2.
*Hear what local and national media had to say about Seattle's performance: *
The Seattle Sports 710AM Staff: Seattle Seahawks Instant Reaction: Walker shines in Week 3 win.
The Associated Press: Recap: Second half sparks Seattle Seahawks past Carolina 37-27.
Brady Henderson of ESPN's NFL Nation: Kenneth Walker III sparks Seahawks in second half as Seattle pulls away to beat Carolina 37-27.
Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic: Seahawks pound Panthers, with 2013 champions watching, in throwback performance.
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times: More Bobo: WR Jake Bobo scores first TD in Seahawks’ win over Panthers.
Kate Shefte of the Seattle Times: RB Kenneth Walker III’s big day propels Seahawks’ win over Panthers.
Matt Calkins of the Seattle Times: Lumen Field finds groove again as Panthers called for 8 false starts against Seahawks.
Gregg Bell of The News Tribune: Doug Baldwin, Kam Chancellor, Cliff Avril, other Seahawks Super Bowl winners in the house.
Gregg Bell of The News Tribune: How Seahawks 37, Panthers 27 looked and sounded like Seattle’s style from Super Bowl days.
Corbin Smith of Sports Illustrated: Seahawks Beat Panthers: 3 Takeaways From Seattle's Win.
Kevin Borba of Sports Illustrated: Seahawks Top Panthers After Offense Explodes in Second Half.
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