Sea­hawks use 21-point 3rd to beat Pan­thers

The Pak Banker - - International3 -

SEAT­TLE: For 22 min­utes, it looked as if Seat­tle was the team with only one vic­tory. Then the real Carolina Pan­thers showed up.

The holes Jonathan Ste­wart ran through early were sud­denly plugged. Jimmy Clausen started mak­ing rookie mis­takes, the re­sult of lit­tle time to throw. And the Pan­thers al­lowed the worst rush­ing of­fense in the NFL to run for 126 yards in the sec­ond half.

"We started off fast ... of­fen­sively, I think de­fen­sively as well," Carolina coach John Fox said. "I think they made some good ad­just­ments de­fen­sively, and started pres­sur­ing us quite a bit more and they were a lit­tle bit too much for us to han­dle."

In the third quar­ter, Mar­shawn Lynch scored on two 1-yard runs and Lofa Tatupu re­turned an in­ter­cep­tion 26 yards for a touch­down to help the Sea­hawks over­come a 14-0 deficit for a crit­i­cal 31-14 vic­tory Sun­day.

Lynch added a 22-yard touch­down run in the fourth quar­ter for the first three­touch­down day of his ca­reer and Seat­tle over­came in­juries to its top two re­ceivers and an aw­ful first-half per­for­mance to stay even with St. Louis atop the NFC West.

Seat­tle (6-6) broke a twogame los­ing streak.

"It was in the look in their eyes, it was in ev­ery hit, ev­ery con­ver­sa­tion," Seat­tle coach Pete Car­roll said. "We just needed to step back, for some rea­son it got away from us in the last month or so and it just didn't feel right. We haven't been feel­ing right about what we're ca­pa­ble of do­ing.... And then half­time it fi­nally just jumped."

For much of the first half, Carolina (1-11) looked like the team that was inches from win­ning at Cleve­land a week ago. Ste­wart gladly ex­posed Seat­tle's biggest weak­ness dur­ing its re­cent skid, the in­abil­ity to stop the run. -Ap

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Pakistan

© PressReader. All rights reserved.