The Seahawks capitalized on a key late-game turnover by DeAngelo Williams drove down the field and ran the final 5:25 off the clock to beat the Carolina Panthers 12-7. Let's go down the checklist: Opening win in the most highly anticipated season in Seahawk history? Check. Win on the road? Check. Win with 10 am start on the east coast? Check. Win against in-conference opponent? Check. I don't care how it all went down but in many ways this was a huge victory not only for the Hawks' own confidence and position in the standings but for making my life better overall because we won't have to listen to people bitch about all these talking points all week long. The Seahawks survived the Carolina Panthers' front seven in a manner I had pretty much expected by going away from the run game for stretches (finishing with 70 yards on 26 attempts) getting Russell Wilson out of the pocket on roll outs and bootlegs and letting their playmakers pick up yards. Derrick Coleman Golden Tate Doug Baldwin and Zach Miller all had huge huge plays for Seattle late in the game by taking Carolina's strength - their defensive line - out of the play quickly putting Russell Wilson on the move and utilizing short passes with high chances for some YAC. Wilson ended up passing for 320 yards (more than he had in any regular season game last year) on 25 of 33 passing (76%!!) one touchdown and no picks. Despite a sluggish ugly start to the game in which Wilson seemed to try to make things happen a little bit too much and took some costly sacks #3 finished with 9.69 YPA and hit Jermaine Kearse downfield for 43 yards on a brilliant redline throw-and-catch touchdown. Kearse went up highpointed the ball at the goalline and tumbled in holding on for the score. That play ended up being the difference in the game as Seattle took the lead 12-7.
Russell Wilson, defense lead Seahawks over Panthers 12-7
Field Gulls | Sep 8