Seahawks at Panthers: 5 Plays That Mattered

September 8, 2013 


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

News & Observer is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service