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Seahawks at Panthers: 5 Plays That Mattered

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DAVID T. FOSTER III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
Charles Johnson sacks Seattle’s Russell Wilson (3) and causes him to fumble during the first half, a play that kept the Panthers in the lead at halftime.

3:59 left, second quarter

On third-and-7 from the Panthers’ 11, Cam Newton throws toward the left sideline for Steve Smith, who eludes a tackler and gains 8 yards to the 3. The following play, Newton looks to Smith again in the end zone for a TD that gives the Panthers the lead at 7-3.

:40 left, second quarter

With the Seahawks at the Panthers’ 12, defensive end Charles Johnson comes free and sacks Russell Wilson, forcing and recovering a fumble at the 19. The play thwarts the scoring drive and bails out backup defensive end Frank Alexander, who was ejected three plays earlier for punching a Seattle lineman.

11:44 left, fourth quarter

Facing a third-and-5 from the Seattle 31, Wilson throws over the middle to Golden Tate. Despite good coverage from cornerback Josh Thomas, Tate holds on for an 11-yard gain that extends the drive. Three plays later, the Seahawks take their first lead on a Wilson touchdown pass.

5:34 left, fourth quarter

With the Panthers driving for the potential go-ahead score, running back DeAngelo Williams fumbles at the end of a 16-yard run. Seattle safety Earl Thomas caused the fumble, and defensive tackle Tony McDaniel recovered at the Seattle 8.

4:35 left, fourth quarter

Following Williams’ fumble, the Panthers had a chance to get the ball back quickly in good field position. But on third-and-3 from the Seattle 15, Wilson hit wide receiver Doug Baldwin over the middle for a 13-yard gain and a first down. The Seahawks made three more first downs and ran out the clock.

Joseph Person

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