SEATTLE —The Seahawks won their sixth game in a row at home, notching a season-high for points and defeating the Carolina Panthers 40-7 in front of 69,104 fans at CenturyLink Field.
After a disappointing Week 12 performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Seahawks responded against the Panthers. Seattle put together one of their best offensive performances of the season, one that saw them total 534 yards, which set a new season-high.
Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls ran for 106 yards on 16 carries and scored two touchdowns — the first two-touchdown game of his NFL career. Rawls hurdled into the end zone from eight yards out for his first score and sprinted 45 yards for his second. Rawls' rushing performance tied Christine Michael's 106-yard day against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 2 for the most yards on the ground by a Seahawks running back in a game this season.
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson completed 26 of 36 passes for 277 yards and one touchdown — a one-yard pass to tight end Jimmy Graham. Wilson also gained 29 yards on the ground and threw one interception.
It was also a big day for wide receiver Tyler Lockett, who provided spark plays for the Seahawks offense. Lockett's lone kick return Sunday went 46 yards, and an end-around he took from Wilson in the third quarter went 75 yards to the house — the second longest run by a non-running back in team history (Joey Galloway, 86-yard touchdown run in 1995).
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was held in check against Seattle's defense, throwing for only 182 yards and one touchdown. Carolina's only touchdown came in the second quarter following Wilson's interception, when wideout Ted Ginn Jr. got behind the Seattle defense for a 55-yard touchdown pass from Newton.
The Seahawks are now 8-3-1 on the season and travel to Wisconsin next weekend to face the Green Bay Packers.
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