Seattle overcame a tremendous showing by Christian McCaffrey (239 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns), plus horrendous fumble luck (none recovered on five attempts), as well as an off day rushing the ball to get above .500 and a significantly boosted chance of making the playoffs. This was Carolinas first home loss all season, and it might cost them dearly down the line.
The Seahawks started with a three-and-out, while the Panthers just picked apart Seattles defense to get inside the 10-yard line. However, a third-down stop on a Cam Newton run led to the Panthers going for it on 4th and 2. Newton kept it and was stopped just short by Jarran Reed, creating a turnover on downs.
Seattle remains in 7th place in the NFC because of Washingtons loss last Thursday that dropped them to second in the NFC East while the Dallas Cowboys, a team that the Seahawks also have a tiebreaker advantage over, went into first. Washington holds an advantage over Seattle by way conference record. The Seahawks will now have to monitor that situation as Washington tries to recover from the loss of quarterback Alex Smith for the rest of the season; Washingtons next game is at the Philadelphia Eagles next Monday.
After another Seahawks punt, Newton was able to find rookie DJ Moore for 28 yards into Seahawks territory, as Bobby Wagner was in coverage. Jarius Wright was wide open for 27 more yards to put the Panthers back into the red zone. Nazair Jones obliterated Christian McCaffrey on a 3rd and 2, this time forcing the Panthers to kick a field goal. 3-0 Panthers.
Seattle finally generated offense, primarily through the air, with some big catches from Doug Baldwin, Tyler Lockett, Nick Vannett, and even Malik Turner. However, Russell Wilson overthrew Baldwin for a touchdown on 3rd down, leading to a chipshot field goal for Sebastian Janikowski. 3-3.
The Seahawks now have four of their five remaining games at home, including next Sunday against the 2-9 San Francisco 49ers. They then host the Minnesota Vikings, a team currently ahead of them in the wild card at 5-4-1. The Vikings host the Packers on Sunday night, then play at the New England Patriots next week.
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After an exchange of punts, the Panthers went to its book of creative option and reverse plays to get inside Seattles 10 for the third time in the half. This time they finally scored a touchdown, as Curtis Samuel was wide open off of play-action thanks to a Shaquill Griffin slip. 10-3 Panthers.
Touchdown Curtis Samuel #Panthers.- Fake the handoff to Christian McCaffrey- Newton sees a one-on-one with Samuels vs Griffin- Samuels gets inside leverage and Griffin unfortunately trips#SEAvsCARpic.twitter.com/WWwWEQTY7b
The Seahawks answered right back thanks to a 27-yard catch-and-run by Tyler Lockett on 3rd down, shortly thereafter followed by a 28-yard deep ball to, of all people, fullback Tre Madden. At the 1-yard line, Chris Carson punched it in to tie the game. 10-10.
TOUCHDOWN CHRIS CARSON!!!Great play sequence by Brian Schottenheimer ending with this two-back run to get the score. #Seahawks tied it up 10-10. #SEAvsCARpic.twitter.com/oEIXHKyojL
Cam Newton, who had a perfect first-half, marched the Panthers down the field with ease, as Christian McCaffrey remained an absolute nightmare to stop. Tre Flowers made a crucial tackle of McCaffrey in-bounds on 3rd down to prevent a touchdown, and the Panthers were again reduced to kicking a field goal. 13-10 Panthers at halftime.
It looked as if the Panthers were on their way to another red-zone score, but Cam Newtons end zone throw into tight coverage saw Bradley McDougald make a tremendous interception after batting the ball in the air.
Interception by Bradley McDougald! Great play. Watch how he undercuts the pass to tip the ball to himself. #Seahawks #SEAvsCARpic.twitter.com/avGW9jJ9zR
My god, Chris Carson… How the hell did he land on his feet?!? #Seahawks #SEAvsCARpic.twitter.com/xlwrLTfnfP
Anyway, David Moore got free on a 3rd and long blitz, gaining 54 yards deep down the field. That was on a 3rd and 12! Meanwhile, Tyler Lockett was able to haul in a 3rd and 8 pass in the end zone for the go-ahead score. It was ruled down at the 1, then overturned after a challenge. 17-13 Seahawks.
TOUCHDOWN TYLER LOCKETT!!!Found space between zones and the ball was placed low perfectly for him to make the catch for the score. Great throw + catch. #Seahawks #SEAvsCARpic.twitter.com/rtikmWz6Xc
Carolina torched the Seahawks defense some more, benefited from fumble luck thanks to consecutive recoveries when Christian McCaffrey and Jarius Wright coughed the ball up. A Shaquill Griffin pass interference led to a McCaffrey walk-in from a yard out. 20-17 Panthers.
Games like this are why there should be no list of elite NFL quarterbacks that does not include Russell Wilson. #Seahawks
Seattle went well into the 4th quarter on a lengthy 14-play, 63-yard drive that included a fourth-down conversion by Chris Carson. Unfortunately, it only led to 3 points. 20-20.
With todays 128.3, Russell Wilson joins Aaron Rodgers as the only QBs in history with a career passer rating over 100
Christian McCaffrey had a wide open hole for 60 yards on the next play, with Shaquill Griffin making a touchdown-saving tackle. After fumbling AGAIN only for the Panthers to recover it, McCaffrey was open on a 3rd down pick play for a touchdown. 27-20 Panthers.
Faced with 4th and 3 at the Carolina 35, Russell Wilson took a deep shot to the end zone… and David Moore was there for the tying touchdown. INCREDIBLE! 27-27.
Of course, Cam Newton sliced up a porous Seahawks secondary some more, easily getting into the outer edge of Graham Ganos field goal range. An incomplete pass on 2nd down stopped the clock for Seattle, then Tre Flowers stopped DJ Moore short of the marker with 1:45 to go. The Seahawks were out of timeouts, and Graham Gano was trotted out for a 51-yard field goal. The kick… WIDE RIGHT!
On 3rd and 5, Russell Wilson bought time and found Tyler Lockett free for 43 yards to the Carolina 9. Amazing play! Two kneels and a spike brought out Sebastian Janikowski for a 33-yarder with :04 to go. A 31-yarder… GOOD!!!!!
The Seahawks will return home on December 2nd for a divisional matchup against the San Francisco 49ers (2-9) at 1:25 PM PT on FOX.
The Seattle Seahawks came back to beat the Carolina Panthers 30-27 in Charlotte in Sundays early slate of NFL action — keeping the Los Angeles Rams out of the playoffs for at least one more week.
With a Panthers victory, the Rams would have become just the second team in NFL history to clinch a playoff berth during its bye week. The Packers punched their ticket in their week off back in 1938.
Head coach Sean McVay and company are now in control of their own destiny traveling to Detroit next Sunday.
With a win in Detroit, or Seattle loss to the 49ers in Week 13, the Rams — who own the season tiebreaker with Seattle — will be crowned NFC West Champions for the second consecutive season.