A road win?!
The Seattle Seahawks overcame some first half adversity last season to go on an unprecedented run to the playoffs. After losing some early heartbreakers and squeaking out a few narrow wins, the team went on a roll.
One of those teams the Seahawks snuck past last year were the Carolina Panthers.
On Sunday, October 7th, 2012, the team looking to find it’s new identity with a rookie QB at the helm was running into a team who had just undergone the same change just a year earlier.
This was going to be a GOOD matchup.
The first half scoring was quite slow. In the 1st quarter, Steven Hauschka nailed a 22 yarder to put the Seahawks on top 3-0. He tacked on another in the 2nd quarter, this time from 36 yards out, putting the Seahawks up 6-0.
Then Baltimore kicker Justin Medlock got the Ravens on the board with a field goal of his own, a 32 yarder as time expired in the 2nd quarter. Seahawks 6, Ravens 3
The 3rd quarter was messy. Russell Wilson threw 2 interceptions during the quarter, one being returned for a touchdown by Captain Munnerlyn. Panthers 10, Seahawks 6
The quarter ended on a happier note for Seattle, though.
Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams was carrying the football when Brandon Browner came in and stripped the ball. Browner then recovered it and gave the Seahawks tremendous field position.
This lead to Wilson connecting with Golden Tate for a 13 yard touchdown with under a minute to play in the quarter. Seahawks 13, Panthers 10
Scoring in the 4th was initiated 5 minutes into the quarter when Hauschka came on and hit a 44 yard field goal, his third of the game. Seahawks 16, Panthers 10
With under a minute left in the game, the Seahawks took an intentional safety, allowing Jon Ryan to hold the ball in the endzone until touched down for the freebie 2 points. Seahawks 16, Panthers 12
The Panthers were trying to get back down field in their hurry up offense when Bruce Irvin came around the edge and tore the ball out of Williams’ arms, causing a fumble recovered by Alan Branch to seal the victory.
- Passing – Wilson – 19/25 221 yards, 1 Td, 2 INT
- Rushing – Lynch – 21 carries, 85 yards
- Rerceiving – Rice – 5 receptions, 67 yards
Excited for this week?
Carolina finished with a flurry last season with four consecutive wins and the pressure is on Cam Newton to deliver the franchise’s first playoff spot since 2008.
The Seahawks are a trendy NFC choice to reach the Super Bowl and they begin pursuit of that goal Sunday. The difference on Sunday? The Seahawks D. Just plain stingy. In 2013 they allowed an NFL-low 245 points last season and gave up 306.2 yards per game, fourth-best in the NFL.