For the Seahawks to keep reasonable playoff hopes alive, they must find a way to win in Carolina. Are we in for another slug-it-out battle against the Panthers? Follow here for live updates, analysis and more from Seattle's NFC showdown.
Seattle Seahawks (5-5)
at Carolina Panthers (6-4)
10 a.m. | Bank of America Stadium | Charlotte, N.C.
TV: FOX | Radio: 710 AM/97.3 FM | Stream: fuboTV
3:26 | Seahawks 27, Panthers 27 Pete Carroll is feeling feisty today. Remember that fourth-and-1 he went for earlier in the fourth quarter? Well perhaps Chris Carson’s successful conversion imbued the Seahawks’ coach with confidence.
With a little over three minutes left, on fourth-and-3 from the Carolina 35, and Seattle trailing 27-20, Carroll told the offense to go for it. And go for it they did. Wilson lofted one to David Moore, who came down with it in the back left corner of the end zone despite tight coverage from the Panthers’ defensive back on him.
6:57 | Panthers 27, Seahawks 20 Seattle just can’t stop Christian McCaffrey — not this half, at least. The former Stanford running back breaks off a 59-yard scamper, and then another for 15 yards, to get to the Seattle 1-yard line. A pick play gets him wide open in the flat, and Cam Newton hits him for the go-ahead score.
9:27 | Seahawks 20, Panthers 20 Facing a fourth-and-1 at the Carolina 13, instead of kicking a field goal that would tie the game, Pete Carroll made a gusty call to go for it. Chris Carson got the handoff, and narrowly picked up the first down. But the Panthers’ defense locked things down. Carson’s next carry was stuffed by Luke Kuechly for -2, and with the pass rush bearing down, Wilson had to dump off to Carson on second down for a gain of two before trying a pass to David Moore in the back corner of the end zone that fell incomplete.
Ultimately, Sebastian Janikowski trotted out and hit a 30 yard field goal that tied the game 20-20.
Third-quarter thoughts from Bob Condotta:
- Seattle hadn’t forced a turnover in the past three games but picked a great time for the first one today with Bradley McDougald’s interception in the end zone. At that point Carolina had five drives inside the Seattle 20 that resulted in just 13 points.
- But so much for thinking the Seattle defense would find all the answers to stopping Carolina’s offense at halftime. The Panthers have 122 yards on 16 plays in the second half so far. Seattle is going to have to come up with a stop.
- And can a fumble go Seattle’s way? The Seahawks have forced four but haven’t recovered any, two on the last drive as the Panthers drove to retake the lead.
1:41 | Panthers 20, Seahawks 17 We’ve got a bit of a shootout on our hands: After the Seahawks pull ahead for their first lead of the game, Carolina marches right back and strikes, with Christian McCaffrey finding the end zone from the 1.
6:45 | Seahawks 17, Panthers 13 Chris Carson gets the style points, Tyler Lockett gets the touchdown. Carson went airborne and stuck the landing, though the run only went for two yards, before Russell Wilson hit Lockett for a TD that was initially ruled short, but reversed after replay review.
10:46 | Panthers 13, Seahawks 10 Bradley McDougald’s end zone interception in the third quarter on Sunday was the first forced turnover by the Seahawks’ defense since the fourth quarter of a win against the Lions on Oct. 28. Seattle went 14 quarters without a forced turnover. It was their 11th interception of the season. —Mike Vorel
Halftime thoughts from Bob Condotta:
- Seattle is down 13-10 but it could have been a lot worse as the Panthers had to settle for field goals on two drives that got to the 10 or closer and were stopped on fourth down on another. Carolina has 236 yards at the half but we have seen Seattle before make halftime adjustments and get tighter on defense in second half. They need to do that again.
- Speaking of which, the third quarter has been Carolina’s worst all year, outscored 55-13. Seattle needs to take advantage of that.
- Chris Carson had another fumble and has had issues with that going back to the preseason. But Seattle also seems to be going more with him as the hot hand after Rashaad Penny started the third series of the game but got just three yards on two carries.
2:24 | Seahawks 10, Panthers 10 Seattle uses a pair of chunk plays, with catch-and-runs from Tyler Lockett and Tre Madden, to drive down the field and answer the Panthers’ score. Chris Carson finishes off the drive with a TD run from the 1.
6:15 | Panthers 10, Seahawks 3 It takes until midway through the second quarter and a combined four trips into the red zone, but we have our first touchdown of the game: Carolina runs back-to-back reverses to set up a Cam Newton TD toss to Curtis Samuel.
12:41 | Seahawks 3, Panthers 3 Russell Wilson overthrows Doug Baldwin in the end zone, and Seattle is forced to settle for a field goal. Sebastian Janikowski is good from 33 to tie it up.
First-quarter thoughts from Bob Condotta:
- How many times have we seen this before where an opposing team moves it at will early but doesn’t turn it into points and then Seattle adjusts? The Seahawks pulled off the first part, allowing 115 yards on two drives, and the second, then stiffening inside the 10 and allowing only three points. Now to see if they can make the adjustments to contain the Panther offense the rest of the way.
- Nazair Jones has had a quiet second season, having been active for only five of the first 10 games of the season. But he was active last week against the Packers and did enough to get active again against the Panthers. And he made that move pay off with one of the biggest plays of the quarter, breaking through to stop Christian McCaffrey for a loss of three on a third and two play from the 5 after the Panthers had used two big plays to get close.
- Seattle didn’t run it real well overall on the first two drives and may want to open it up and throw a bit more on early downs the rest of the way given the Panthers’ issues in the secondary.
2:15 | Panthers 3, Seahawks 0 Naz Jones comes up with a huge tackle for loss on third down, as the Panthers once again come up short inside the 10-yard line. This time, they settle for a field goal and take the first lead of the game.
7:15 | Seahawks 0, Panthers 0 The Seahawks had allowed a touchdown on their opponent’s opening drive in four consecutive games entering Sunday. That streak has been snapped – barely. The Panthers marched 57 yards on 10 plays in their opening drive, before quarterback Cam Newton was stopped inches short on fourth-and-2 at the Seahawks’ 5-yard line. So I guess we’ll call that progress? —Mike Vorel
8:37 a.m. Seattle receiver Doug Baldwin was listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers due to a nagging groin injury. And it looked a little ominous when the team then activated receiver Keenan Reynolds off the practice squad on Saturday to add depth at slot receiver.
But an intense workout on the field about two hours prior to the game convinced Baldwin and team trainers that he was good to go and Baldwin will play Sunday against Carolina as he was not among the team’s seven inactive players for the critical game against the Panthers.
Seattle’s inactive players were: RB C.J. Prosise, cornerback Kalan Reed, linebacker K.J. Wright, center Joey Hunt, guard Jordan Simmons, defensive end Branden Jackson and defensive tackle Poona Ford.
Baldwin conducted a series of tests on the field prior to the game, including some weaving 50-yard sprints and a few routes. A final 60-yard sprint seemed to be the last hurdle to get clearance. After he finished the sprint he talked quickly to trainers and coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider, then put on receiving gloves and joined the team’s pregame receiving line.
Wright was declared out on Friday due to a knee injury that may also sideline him next week against the 49ers.
The other five players were all healthy scratches to pare the roster from 53 to the gameday limit of 46.
Prosise, a third-round pick out of Notre Dame in 2016, has now been a healthy inactive four of the last six games.
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