In a rematch of last year’s NFC divisional round playoff game, the Carolina Panthers (5-0) defeated the Seattle Seahawks (2-3) 27-23 in Seattle to remain undefeated. The Panthers rallied behind Cam Newton’s heroics. With the victory on Sunday, the Panthers now sit atop of the NFC South.
Carolina’s offense struggled throughout the first half to put up points. The Panthers took the lead in the second quarter after a two-yard touchdown run by Newton. But their lead was short-lived. The Seahawks drove down the field and capped off a 12 play, 90-yard drive to regain control at 10-3 going into halftime.
In the third quarter, Carolina would see their deficit grow. Russell Wilson connected with Ricardo Lockette on a flea flicker for a 40-yard touchdown. A Seattle field goal would make the score 20-7. On the ensuing possession, the Panthers would respond on a one-yard touchdown by Jonathan Stewart.
Another Seattle field goal in the fourth quarter would make it a two-possession game but Newton proved why many call him ‘Superman’. Newton would engineer another 80-yard scoring drive. Stewart would run another touchdown in with 3:55 left after Newton connected with Greg Olsen on a 32-yard pass.
A pair of penalties against the Seahawks and a Kawann Short sack would give the Panthers one more opportunity to win the game.
Newton began the drive with a pair of first-down passes. A sack by Seattle would halt the Carolina comeback for a moment. Newton completed two passes, including a contested catch by Jerricho Cotchery, to negate the yardage lost by the sack. Newton would find an opening in the Legion of Boom and complete the game-winning touchdown to Greg Olsen with 32 seconds left.
Newton finished with 269 passing yards and two touchdowns. More importantly, Newton threw for 12 for 15 for 169 yards and one touchdown in the fourth quarter. Stewart gained 78 rushing yards and his first touchdown of the year. Olsen grabbed seven catches for 131 yards and a touchdown.
The Panthers are now 5-0 for the second time in franchise history.
Carolina will face the Philadelphia Eagles next week on Sunday Night Football in Charlotte.