Here are some noteworthy statistics and plays — plus our pick for player of the game — from the Seahawks' playoff loss to the Panthers on Sunday.
Below are some of the noteworthy items from the Seahawks’ 31-24 divisional playoff loss to the Panthers on Sunday in Charlotte, N.C.
Times staff reporter Bob Condotta’s grades from the game are here, and Times staff reporter Jayson Jenks’ observations from the game are here. And check out our Seahawks-Panthers photo gallery from Times staff photographers Bettina Hansen, Dean Rutz and Mike Siegel here.
Player of the game
Panthers running back, Jonathan Stewart, a former Timberline High School and University of Oregon standout, rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries. It was the first time the Seahawks allowed a 100-yard rusher since Jamaal Charles gained 159 on Nov. 16, 2014. Stewart’s previous two-TD game also came against the Seahawks, a 27-23 win Oct. 18 at CenturyLink Field.
Play of the game
Stewart gained 59 yards on the Panthers’ first offensive play, taking the ball to the Seahawks’ 16-yard line. It was his longest rush of the season and the third-longest of his career. He scored two plays later on a 4-yard run.
The Seahawks trailed 7-0 and had the ball on second-and-13 on their 11-yard line. Quarterback Russell Wilson rolled to his right to avoid pressure and threw a short pass over the middle intended for Marshawn Lynch. But Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly intercepted the pass and returned it for a touchdown, putting the Panthers up 14-0 just 3:14 into the game.
By the numbers
6: Postseason TD receptions for Jermaine Kearse, most in Seahawks history according to ESPN Stats & Info.
41: Panthers rushing plays, for 144 yards.
12: Seahawks rushing plays, for 78 yards.
5: Sacks of Wilson, for 41 yards.
1: Sacks of Panthers QB Cam Newton, for 10 yards.