The Seahawks blew the doors off the Panthers on Sunday night, but lost their All-Pro safety Earl Thomas, who suffered a broken leg. Here's what people are saying.
It was a huge win and perhaps an even bigger loss for the Seahawks on Sunday night.
One week after suffering its worst loss of the season in Tampa Bay, Seattle responded with vigor, blowing the doors off the defending NFC champs, 40-7, on Sunday Night Football at CenturyLink Field. But the gusto of victory was equaled by the sorrow that came with the loss of safety Earl Thomas, who left the game with a broken left leg in the first half. Thomas later hinted at retirement on Twitter — here’s what we know.
While the Thomas news left many in shock, fans and media members were also left in awe of the Seahawks’ best outing of the season. Everything seemed to click for the Hawks under the national spotlight, and what was a rematch of last season’s divisional playoff game, looked more like an exhibition between varsity and JV squads.
Thomas Rawls returned to form, rumbling and cutting his was to 106 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries. Russell Wilson added 277 passing yards and a touchdown, while Tyler Lockett raced around Carolina’s defenders for a 75-yard touchdown run.
Seattle’s league-leading defense wasn’t too shabby either. Even without their perennial All-Pro safety, the Seahawks stifled Cam Newton and the Panthers, forcing two turnovers and allowing only 271 yards and one score.
Here’s what people are saying: