Seahawks Escape Charlotte with Win
September 8, 2013, 12:55 pm
It wasn't the prettiest game for Seattle, but the Seahawks will be happy to escape Charlotte with the victory, winning their season opener 12-7 over the Panthers.
The Hawks got on the board first with 9:36 left in the opening quarter, when Steven Hauschka knocked through a 27-yard FG to give the Seattle the 3-0 lead.
Carolina would answer later in the quarter with an 11-play, 80-yard touchdown drive capped by a Steve Smith 3-yard reception in the endzone.
The Panthers would hold on to the 7-3 lead through halftime.
Hauschka would tack on another FG for Seattle late in the third quarter to bring the Seahawks back 7-6.
Seattle would finally find the end zone with 10:13 left in the game after Russell Wilson found a leaping Jermaine Kearse down the right sideline for the 40-yard touchdown catch.
Listen to Kearse's long TD grab
The ensuing two-point conversion would be no good.
Carolina wouldn't threaten again as Seattle was able to sit on the ball for the final five and a half minutes of the game, and the Seahawks escaped with the 12-7 victory.
Wilson finished the game 25/33 for 320 yards and the touchdown pass to Kearse.
Marshawn Lynch ran the ball 17 times for 43 yards.
Doug Baldwin lead all receivers with 91 yards on 7 catches.
Meanwhile, the Panthers were limited to 243 yards of total offense.