Sep 8, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams (34) runs the ball as he is tackled by Seattle Seahawks defensive end Red Bryant (79) during the game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Panthers Lose in a Heartbreaker to the Seattle Seahawks, 12-7

This one was yet another sweepstakes “giveaway” from the Carolina Panthers to the Seattle Seahawks as the Panthers turn a 7-3 halftime lead into a 12-7 loss.

This one is especially painful for a number of reasons, not the least of which was Carolina’s dominance for the first 50 minutes of the ball game.

With 10:30 left in the game and the Panthers having a 7-6 lead, DeAngelo Williams coughed up the ball after a 16-yard scamper as the Seahawks recovered and stymied a humdrum Panthers’ offense.

Going into the season, I knew the Panthers had turned their weakness – rush defense – into their team strength, pass rush aside. This was borne out by the statistics – Seattle was held to 2.7 yards per attempt on the ground while Carolina was at 5.0 for the game.

Carolina’s sole score came on a 3-yard TD pass from Cam Newton to Steve Smith to culminate an 11 play 80-yard drive.

Seattle’s Russell Wilson used his mobility to escape a fierce Panthers pass rush much of the day and had 300 yards passing on efficient 25-for-33 passing. Cam had only 119 yards on 16/23 with 1 TD to Smitty and no picks.

Oddly enough, the Panthers couldn’t force a turnover while the Seahawks got two – DeAngelo’s fumble and a fumble on a kick return where the kick was short and Ted Ginn, jr. was screaming at his teammates to clear the way. They didn’t listen and the ball hit Josh Thomas in the calf, giving the Seahawks the ball well inside Carolina territory.

This loss is especially painful because of the Panthers’ schedule. It doesn’t get any easier since they play the other teams in the NFC West once each as well as their grueling divisional schedule.

The good thing, if there ever IS anything “good” coming from a defeat, is that the defense was very active all day and yes, only allowed 12 points. It bodes well for the team being able to stay in close games, but I knew the offense was going to be average at best going into this season. It’s too difficult to fix both sides of the ball in a single off-season when you’ve got severe salary cap issues.

Fixing the offense will have to wait until 2014, unfortunately.

Also, DE Frank Alexander got ejected in the first half for throwing a punch at Seahawks’ offensive lineman Breno Giacomini.


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  • Mads_Dad215

    Nice work. Always tough build from a loss, but overall I am happy with what I saw. We didn’t look bad. Check out the PHTH (Panther Halftime Hangout) and let me know if you felt similar.

    • ahrcshaw

      The Defense played great for most of the game, Special teams made a couple of mistakes but nothing drastic, the Offense played well, but is still not in sink, but when you look at the last drive they were on you could not ask for a better effort. The fumble the Hawks had didn’t affect them, the fumble we had did, thats football. Go Panthers.

  • ahrcshaw

    This was not a sweapstates giveaway, it was a hard fought football game against a good team. One play sometimes makes the difference in a game, and unfortunately Williams fumbled at the wrong time, because for once Cam and the team was putting a go ahead drive together for a win. Josh Thomas did not cover well on the TD, Cam over shot Lafell long down the middle. Olsen dropped two open passes in the first QTR. The Panthers offense was good, but just not good enought as they have a lot more scoring power then what they showed the Seahawks. I don’t remember all the misques the Hawks had, but it was a tough fought game in which they were ahead in the end. Go Panthers.