CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Another sloppy game for the Seahawks, but they managed to hold off the Panthers 13 – 9 Sunday thanks to a late drive led by the one-and-only Russell Wilson.
Another slow start
Seattle’s offense was off to another slow start this week with back-to-back 3-and-outs.
On the plus side, the defense managed to hold the Panthers in the red zone to two field goals in the 1st half -- giving Carolina the early 6 – 0 lead. It could have been much worse...
Later, Steven Hauschka made a team record 58-yard field goal to put the Hawks on the board.
More mistakes, missed opportunities
After a fumble recovery by Cliff Avril, the Seahawks went on a promising 77-yard drive before the end of the 1st half, but Marshawn Lynch dropped a pass at the goal line and the pass was intercepted by the Panthers. 6 – 3 at halftime.
In the 3rd quarter, Cam Newton’s short pass was intercepted by Marcus Burley at the Seattle 36 for a 24-yard return.
But the Hawks couldn’t put a TD on the board. They settled for a short 28-yard field goal from Hauschka to tie the game at 6.
The Seahawks only pegged 3 points on those two interceptions.
Later, more trouble for the Hawks. Russell Wilson fumbled at the Carolina 34 on a handoff, but recovered the ball.
Two plays later, another fumble -- this time recovered by Carolina. Fortunately for the Hawks, the Panthers went on to punt.
Late in the 4th, the Panthers were backed up inside their own 10-yard line. That’s when Kelvin Benjamin made an amazing 51-yard catch right in between Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas.
That led Carolina to a 46-yard field goal with 4:37 left in the game. Panthers went up 9 – 6.
The comeback king
But you can never count out Russell Wilson.
The hurry-up offense drove 80-yards down the field in 9 plays, 3:50.
Russell Wilson aired it out to Luke Willson for the 23-yard go-ahead touchdown. Hawks led 13 – 9 with 0:47 left in the game.
Seattle’s defense stepped up and held the Panthers. They turned the ball over on downs with 0:20 left and the Seahawks took a knee.