CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Seahawks handled Carolina on the road, escaping with a 16-12 victory to improve to 3-2 on the year.
With the win, the Seahawks are tied with St. Louis in the NFC West cellar, with Arizona and San Francisco atop the division at 4-1. It’s the first time all four teams in the NFC West have been above .500 mark this late in the season since the league’s realignment in 2002.
Seattle’s defense did a nice job of bottling up the Cam Newton-led Carolina offense, holding the explosive Panthers to 190 total yards for the game.
Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson finished 19 of 25 for 221 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
Running back Marshawn Lynch rushed for 85 yards on 21 carries. Seattle receiver Sidney Rice led Seattle with five catches for 67 yards.
The Panthers had a chance to win the game with just over four minutes left. But on fourth and goal from Seattle’s 1-yard line, Newton skipped a pass short of tight end Ben Hartsock in the end zone.
The Seahawks return home to host New England at CenturyLink Field on Sunday.
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