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After persistently defending all afternoon, the Panthers’ defense ultimately gave in.
Seattle’s Kenneth Walker III and Jake Bobo teamed up to score three touchdowns in the second half, helping their team secure a 37-27 victory over Carolina.
The Panthers successfully prevented the Seahawks from scoring in the end zone for two and a half quarters. They compelled their rival to rely on five consecutive field goals by Jason Myers, and even maintained a 13-12 lead at halftime.
However, when Walker opened the seal during the 3rd quarter, it triggered a heavy rainfall in Seattle.
The Seahawks were able to accumulate 425 yards in total on offense and scored two more touchdowns, resulting in a comfortable victory at home.
According to head coach Frank Reich, our team’s slow start on offense has put our defense in a difficult situation. This puts a great deal of pressure on our defense and can result in difficulties later in the game.
Throughout the day, Carolina’s offense was constantly playing catch-up as quarterback Andy Dalton took over for the injured Bryce Young.
Dalton had a strong performance, recording 361 passing yards and two touchdowns. However, he needed to make a career-high 58 attempts to achieve this.
According to Dalton, it is challenging to play when you only have one approach. We must strive for balance… Our performance in running the ball was insufficient today.
In the second quarter, Dalton’s initial score was a 47-yard touchdown to DJ Chark Jr, which was significantly longer than any other play made by Carolina this season. This gave them a narrow advantage.
Chark capitalized on a broken defensive play, evaded a tackle, and smoothly made his way to score his initial touchdown as a Panther.
On the first play of the 4th quarter, the Panthers scored another touchdown. Miles Sanders, in his first game with the team, ran one yard into the end zone for his first score as a Panther.
At one point, it seemed possible that Carolina could make a comeback in the final moments. However, penalties ended up being detrimental and allowed Seattle to maintain their lead.
The Panthers were penalized a total of 13 times for a combined yardage of 82, frequently at crucial moments. The renowned home crowd at Lumen Field played a significant role, with eight of the penalties being due to False Starts.
Reich expressed disappointment with the amount of penalties committed by our offense, describing it as unacceptable. He compared it to our lack of experience playing in a noisy environment.
“We can’t let this season go to waste,” stated wide receiver Adam Thielen, who had a team-high 11 receptions, 145 yards, and a crucial touchdown. “We need to step up our urgency.”
It was a tough day for injuries.
On Sunday, the Panthers had four of their starters injured, potentially leading to the defense becoming fatigued towards the end.
Frankie Luvu, linebacker for the Panthers, did not participate in the second half of the game due to receiving treatment on his left hip, as reported by the TV broadcast.
Jonathan Mingo, the wide receiver who was thrown to 6 times at the start of the game, was unable to play in the second half due to a concussion.
In addition, two players in the backup team also experienced setbacks. Safety Xavier Woods was unable to play due to a hamstring injury and cornerback CJ Henderson had to leave the game due to an ankle injury.
At 7:47 in the first quarter, Eddy Pineiro successfully kicked a 47-yard field goal, giving the Panthers a score of 3-0.
At 3:33 in the first quarter, Jason Myers successfully kicked a 43-yard field goal, resulting in a tie score of 3-3.
At 12:07 on the second quarter, Jason Myers successfully kicked a 35-yard field goal, bringing the score to 6-3 in favor of the Seahawks.
At 8:45 in the second quarter, Jason Myers successfully kicked a 33-yard field goal, bringing the score to 9-3 in favor of the Seahawks.
At 4:54 in the second quarter, DJ Chark Jr. caught a pass from Andy Dalton for 47 yards resulting in a touchdown. Eddy Pineiro successfully made the extra point, bringing the score to 10-9 with the Panthers in the lead.
Eddy Pineiro successfully kicked a 44-yard field goal at 2:39 in the second quarter, bringing the score to 13-9 in favor of the Panthers.
At the 44-second mark of the second quarter, Jason Myers successfully kicked a 37-yard field goal, bringing the score to 13-12 with the Panthers in the lead.
At 9:45 on the third quarter, Jason Myers successfully kicked a 39-yard field goal, bringing the score to 15-13 in favor of the Seahawks.
At 3:52 in the third quarter, Kenneth Walker III scored a 1-yard rushing touchdown, followed by a successful extra point from Jason Myers. This brought the Seahawks’ lead to 22-13.
At 2:55 PM on the 4th quarter, Miles Sanders scored a 1-yard touchdown for the Eagles, and Eddy Pineiro successfully kicked the extra point. The Seahawks are now leading 22-20.
At 11:40 in the 4th quarter, Kenneth Walker III scored a 7-yard rush, resulting in a successful extra point kick by Jason Myers. This brought the Seahawks to a score of 29-20.
At 4:17 in the fourth quarter, Jake Bobo caught a 5-yard pass from Geno Smith, resulting in a 2-point conversion for the Seahawks and bringing the score to 37-20.
At 1:40 in the 4th quarter, Adam Thielen completed a 15-yard pass from Andy Dalton, resulting in a touchdown for the Seahawks with Eddy Pineiro successfully kicking the extra point. The score is now 37-27 in favor of the Seahawks.