First impressions from the Seattle Times' sports staff after the Seahawks blew another fourth-quarter lead and lost to the Panthers, 27-23, on Sunday at CenturyLink Field.

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First impressions from our staff after the Seahawks blew another fourth-quarter lead and lost to the Panthers, 27-23.

Bob Condotta: Once again the Seahawks couldn’t finish. And now some will wonder if the Seahawks are simply finished after a stunning loss that leaves Seattle at 2-4. There’s lots of time left to right the ship. But it also seems to be becoming apparent that this team simply isn’t as good as the past two.

Jayson Jenks: The offense struggled late again. The Seahawks picked up just two first downs on their final three drives of the game, and when they had a chance to hold the ball and run out the clock, they couldn’t do it. It went hand-in-hand with the defense’s late collapse again.


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Larry Stone: It wasn’t as crushing a loss as the Super Bowl, but as far as regular-season defeats go, this one was way up there. Once again, the Seahawks couldn’t hold a lead, but to collapse at home was devastating to their psyche and their playoff hopes.

Matt Calkins: There are losses that sting, and losses that completely redefine your season. This likely was the latter for the Seahawks, whose playoff chances suddenly appear grim.

Percy Allen: Cam Newton was 0-4 against the Seahawks and for most of Sunday’s game he was downright awful. However, the Carolina Panthers quarterback executed a brilliant fourth-quarter game-winning drive culminated with a 26-yard touchdown pass to tight end Greg Olsen with 32 seconds remaining. The Panthers (5-0) were down 23-20 before marching 80 yards in eight plays in 1:48 minutes. Newton was 6 of 7 on the drive for 99 yards. Newton finished with 269 yards on 20-for-36 passing, including one touchdown and two interceptions. He was sacked three times.