12/15 17:27 CST Wilson, Carson lift Seahawks past Panthers 30-24
Wilson, Carson lift Seahawks past Panthers 30-24
By STEVE REED
AP Sports Writer
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) --- Russell Wilson had done just about everything right
for 3 1/2 quarters when the Seattle Seahawks asked their star quarterback to
make one more big play.
And, as he's done so many times in the past, Wilson responded.
On a third-and-11, Wilson rolled out and completed a 14-yard strike to Tyler
Lockett for a first down with two minutes remaining. That helped the Seahawks
nullify two offensive holding calls on the drive and run out the clock to beat
the Carolina Panthers 30-24 on Sunday and avoid squandering a 20-point fourth
"Russell is a guy who creates magic," said Seahawks running back Chris Carson.
Wilson completed 20 of 26 passes for 286 yards and two touchdowns, Carson ran
for 133 yards and two scores, and the Seahawks inched closer to clinching a
playoff spot. Seattle (11-3) can wrap up a postseason berth for the seventh
time in the last eight seasons with a Rams or Vikings loss. Both teams play
"That's what the league talks about with Russell --- the way he extends plays,"
said Panthers safety Tre Boston. "It's the play after the play with him. And he
"It's championship football time," Wilson said. "You have to capitalize on your
It was the 100th regular-season win for Seahawks coach Pete Carroll.
"You can see how Russ maneuvers and makes stuff happen because he and Tyler
were just phenomenal together," Carroll said. "And it's really been a while.
Tyler's been working his way back and you could see it. ... He came through in
great fashion, so it's great to have him back because we are going to need him
to finish up."
Seattle scored on its first three possessions as Wilson completed 8 of 10
passes for 175 yards, with 19-yard touchdown passes to DK Metcalf and Lockett
for a perfect 153.8 QB rating. Carson added a 16-yard TD run as the Seahawks
built a 20-7 lead at halftime.
Lockett would finish with eight catches for 120 yards.
But Seattle had to hold on after nearly surrendering a 30-10 lead with 7:28
left in the game.
Carolina got two touchdowns as Christian McCaffrey scored on a 15-yard run and
Kyle Allen found Curtis Samuel for a 5-yard score to make it a one-possession
game with 3:19 left.
Despite the loss, McCaffrey continued his impressive season for Carolina (5-9),
racking up 165 yards and two more touchdowns, giving him a league-high 18 for
the season. McCaffrey also became the first Carolina player to eclipse 2,000
yards from scrimmage in a season.
Turnovers continued to plague the Panthers. The Panthers are now minus-14 in
turnover differential during their current six-game losing streak. Allen added
to that total on Sunday as the Seahawks intercepted the second-year QB three
times --- two by K.J. Wright and one by Bobby Wagner.
"We made some mistakes and gave them an opportunity to score early in the
ballgame," Panthers interim coach Perry Fewell said. "When you get behind early
in the ballgame against an 11-3 football team and you're a struggling football
team, that's tough. That's really tough."
For Allen, it was another case of trying to do too much. Under heavy duress and
his team trailing 20-10 in the third quarter, he tried to force a pass and he
was falling to the ground and was picked by Wright.
Wilson, on the other hand, was poised in the pocket, repeatedly making the
right decisions as well as making big throws when the Seahawks needed them.
Carolina's only takeaway came when the Seahawks tried to get tricky and wide
receiver Josh Gordon threw an interception off a reverse.
Wilson repeatedly targeted Panthers second-year cornerback Donte Jackson in the
first half, beating him for two scores and a 58-yard pass play down the seam to
Gordon, who stretched out to make a sensational grab. After Jackson allowed a
touchdown pass, Fewell was seen talking to Jackson on the sideline trying to
calm him down and get him refocused on the game.
He said he considered benching Jackson, but stuck with him.
The Seahawks have some healing to do.
They played without defensive ends Ziggy Ansah and Jadeveon Clowney, cornerback
Shaquill Griffin and tight end Luke Wilson, and safety Quandre Diggs left in
the third quarter and Wagner in the fourth. Carroll said after the game that
both suffered ankle injuries, but said it appears that Diggs' injury may be
Clowney didn't make the trip to Carolina after becoming ill on Friday.
"It's a great statement for our team to go out and win games with other guys
playing for us," Carroll said. "It gets them closer to helping us when we need
it down the stretch."
PANTHERS QB SITUATION
Fewell said he will evaluate Allen's performance on film before deciding
whether he will start next week at Indianapolis or the team will give rookie
Will Grier a chance to play.
Allen was distraught after the game, taking blame for his part in the team's
sixth straight loss.
"I put us in bad positions," said Allen, who fell to 5-7 as a starter this
season. "I'm turning the ball over too much and I'm not helping this team win."
Seahawks: return home to face the Cardinals next Sunday. Seattle beat Arizona
27-10 earlier this season.
Panthers: travel to face the Colts on Sunday, their final away game of the
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