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Seahawks build big lead, get predictably uncomfortable 30-24 win over Panthers

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Seattle Seahawks v Carolina Panthers Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Another road win over the Panthers!

The Seattle Seahawks (11-3) started out red hot on offense, cooled off late, but hung on for a 30-24 win over the Carolina Panthers (5-9) on a beautiful day in Charlotte. Russell WIlson went 20/26 for 286 yards and two touchdown passes, while Chris Carson burst through an awful Panthers run defense for 133 yards and two touchdowns, and Tyler Lockett tore up Carolina for 120 yards and 8 catches and a touchdown.

As for the undermanned defense, they got more undermanned with Quandre Diggs and Bobby Wagner both missing time in the 2nd half with respective ankle injuries. They did, however, get three interceptions off of Kyle Allen, with two by K.J. Wright. The defense closed out poorly when up 30-10, allowing the Panthers to close the gap to 30-24, but the offense got critical first downs to secure the win.

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1st Half

It’s no secret that Carolina’s run defense is awful, so the Seahawks took advantage on the opening drive. An 8-play, 75-yard drive saw Russell Wilson go 3/3 while Chris Carson gashed them for 47 yards, including a 16-yard score. 6-0 Seahawks after Jason Myers missed the PAT.

After a Panthers three-and-out, the Seahawks offense went to work again and this time it was mostly through the air. An 8-play, 80-yard drive featured a beautiful deep ball from Russ to Tyler Lockett for 44 yards, and then later finding DK Metcalf for a 19-yard strike. 13-0 Seahawks.

Carolina punched right back with a 12-play, 75-yard drive that was very heavy on misdirection runs with WRs and Christian McCaffrey. Almost all of the yardage came on the ground, with McCaffrey walking in from two yards out. 13-7 Seahawks.

Back came the Seahawks with a ridiculously wild drive. A holding penalty forced them into 2nd and 18, and instead of folding up shop, Josh Gordon made a phenomenal catch for 58 yards. Russell Wilson would get sacked on 3rd down and lose a fumble, but offsides on Carolina extended the drive. The result? Tyler Lockett uncovered for a score. 20-7 Seahawks.

The Panthers punted twice, the Seahawks punted once, but Carolina’s last punt of the half gave the Seahawks a two-minute drill opportunity. They almost squandered it badly by fumbling. CJ Prosise coughed it up by himself and Carolina recovered at the Seahawks’ 15. However, it was overturned after Prosise’s foot was apparently touched as he went to the ground.

Carolina got the ball back and were in position for at least a field goal... until Bobby Wagner arrived on the scene to close out the half.

2nd Half

Carolina received the ball to start the 2nd half, and a lot of quick screens got the Panthers into Seahawks territory, where they settled for a 52-yard field goal made by Joey Slye. 20-10 Seahawks.

After forcing a Seahawks punt, the Panthers put together another quality drive to get well into Seattle territory, but Allen threw his second interception of the day. Poona Ford with the tip at the line, K.J. Wright with the grab.

For some stupid reason, the Seahawks tried a Josh Gordon trick play that involved him throwing into double coverage. DK Metcalf had no chance, and Tre Boston had the interception. It didn’t matter, seeing as Kyle Allen is now best buds with K.J. Wright.

Pete Carroll could’ve gone for it on 4th and 1 in the red zone, but Pete Carroll would much rather blow a timeout to kick a field goal instead. 23-10 Seahawks.

Ugo Amadi thought he had a touchdown after a Christian McCaffrey drop went into his arms. However, he dropped the ball (when McCaffrey swiped at it), so his scoop of his own fumble after an interception was ruled an incomplete pass.

Seattle put the Panthers out of their misery with an 11-play, 82-yard touchdown drive capped off by a Christ Carson bully-ball run up the middle for six yards on 4th and inches. 30-10 Seahawks.

As seemingly everyone else on the Seahawks defense was getting injured, the Panthers got into the end zone through a Christian McCaffrey 15-yard run. 30-17 Seahawks. Then it got worse, because the Seahawks went three-and-out and the Panthers scored again in 71 seconds, with Curtis Samuel making it 30-24 Seahawks with four minutes left.

The Seahawks tried to burn the rest of the clock out but made life hard for themselves with multiple holding penalties. When a 3rd and 1 run by Carson was negated by a DJ Fluker hold, it created 3rd and 11. Tyler Lockett came to the rescue for a huge conversion, but Seattle still needed to run some more plays since a Panthers penalty stopped the clock. Chris Carson converted on 2nd and 9 after the two-minute warning for the W. 30-24 Seahawks final.

Seahawks Injury Report

S Quandre Diggs injured his ankle in the 3rd quarter. He did not return.

LB Bobby Wagner injured his ankle in the 4th quarter and he did not return.

S Lano Hill injured his leg in the 4th quarter and he did not return.

Next week’s opponent

The Seahawks return home to take on the Arizona Cardinals (3-9-1) on Sunday, December 22nd at 1:25 PM PT on FOX.