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October 07, 2012

Seahawks 16, Panthers 12

 

  By Ron Green Jr.

  rgreenjr@charlotteobserver.com

   So much for turning things around.

   The Panthers' disappointing season took another negative turn Sunday with a 16-12 loss to Seattle today at Bank of America Stadium.

   With its offense ineffective for all but one fourth-quarter drive, the Panthers fell to 1-4 and likely out of any postseason possibilities as they enter their bye week.

   Seattle effectively shut down the Panthers offense, limiting them to 190 total yards while frustrating quarterback Cam Newton.

   Newton completed 12 of 29 passes for 141 yards. It was the fewest yards gained in Ron Rivera's time as head coach.

   The Panthers were one yard away from possibly changing the outcome.

   Having driven from their 20-yard line in their best offensive possession of the game, the Panthers faced fourth and goal from the Seattle 1-yard line with less than four minutes remaining. Electing to go for the go-ahead touchdown rather than a field goal, the Panthers couldn't convert.

   On fourth down, Newton rolled to his right, waiting for a receiver to come open. Tight end Ben Hartsock wound up open in the end zone but Newton threw the ball short into the dirt, killing the threat.

  The Panthers' last chance ended when Newton lost a fumble with 41 seconds remaining, trying to lead a last-minute drive.

  The Panthers found a spark with their defense when cornerback Captain Munnerlyn intercepted a Russell Wilson pass and returned it 33 yards for a touchdown to put the Panthers ahead 10-6 early in the third quarter.

   It was one of three turnovers the Seahawks made in the third quarter but the only one which the Panthers could convert into a score.

   Wilson, the former N.C. State star, had 19 completions in 25 attempts for 221 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.

   The Panthers didn't have 100 yards in total offense until more than midway through the third quarter as the Seahawks frustrated them with their swarming defense.

   Seattle regained the lead after Carolina tailback DeAngelo Williams lost a fumble at the Panthers' 27-yard line. Facing third and eight, Wilson found Golden Tate for a 13-yard touchdown to put Seattle ahead 13-10 with 35 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

   Another tailback fumble -- this one by Jonathan Stewart that he recovered -- cost the Panthers a first down, leading to a punt. The Seahawks then converted it into a 44-yard Steven Hauschka field goal and a 16-10 lead with 10:27 remaining.  

   The Seahawks led 6-3 at halftime.

   It was a flat performance by the Panthers' offense, which couldn't solve the Seattle defense, which is ranked third in the NFL.    

   Three of the Panthers first four possessions were three-and-outs while the other managed two first downs but didn't move deep into Seahawks' territory. It didn't help that the Panthers were stuck with poor field position, their average starting position on five first-half drives being their own 13-yard line.

   Playing without three starters -- middle linebacker Jon Beason, cornerback Chris Gamble and offensive guard Geoff Hangartner -- the Panthers couldn't generate any momentum in the first half, surrendering a handful of long third-down conversions to Seattle.

   The Seahawks took a 3-0 lead on a 22-yard Hauschka field goal with 10:29 left in the first quarter. Haustchka stretched the lead to 6-0 with a 36-yard field goal in the second quarter, capping a 12-play Seattle possession.

   The Panthers finally found a bit of offensive rhythm late in the first half, relying on Cam Newton's scrambling ability -- and the help of a roughing the passer penalty on Seattle -- to set up a 32-yard Justin Medlock field goal with two seconds remaining in the half.

 Wilson completed 12 of 13 passes for 123 yards while Newton struggled, completing just three of 15 passes for 40 yards. The Panthers managed just 93 total yards in the first half while Seattle gained 174 yards.

Posted by Observer Sports on October 7, 2012 at 06:57 PM | Permalink

Comments

No heart, no fight and the head coach is emotionless! With the game on the line, he's over there fixing a helmet. disgusting and embarrassing. I'm going to stop wasting my time and money. just can't support mediocrity any more. I'M OUT

Posted by: Valerie Jarrett | Oct 7, 2012 7:02:07 PM

Just a total losing mentality...Cam was worse than horrible and deangelo and Stewart were worse...at 1-4 our season is over....I blame Hurney for this and he is the first that should go...I am starting to think our coach is terrible too

Posted by: Bull123 | Oct 7, 2012 7:08:51 PM

Can't wait to hear the press conferences.... Newton: we didn't execute. Rivera: We had some good plays and some bad ones. Just didn't get enough of the good ones... NO F ING SH!T. I'm tired of hearing these two idiots say the same thing. We know why you didn't win....don't you realize they are all rhetorical questions.... the real questions shoudl be WHY DO YOU MAKE STUPID PLAYS AND MAKE STUPID PLAY CALLS. This team is beyond embarassing!!!!!!!!

Posted by: letmeguess | Oct 7, 2012 7:10:49 PM

Can't wait to hear the press conferences.... Newton: we didn't execute. Rivera: We had some good plays and some bad ones. Just didn't get enough of the good ones... NO F ING SH!T. I'm tired of hearing these two idiots say the same thing. We know why you didn't win....don't you realize they are all rhetorical questions.... the real questions should be WHY DO YOU MAKE STUPID PLAYS AND MAKE STUPID PLAY CALLS. This team is beyond embarassing!!!!!!!!

Posted by: letmeguess | Oct 7, 2012 7:11:06 PM

HURNEY IS NOT COACHING THIS TEAM! We have talent on the team. Today was all Mcdermott and Chud! How many turnover today and NOOOO TDS. Defense got lucky with some plays, still could not tackle and playing soft in the secondary!! When the dbs and safties are 5 and 10 yards past a first down marker or trying to tackle by running out of the endzone IT TOO LATE AT THAT POINT!

COACHING!

Posted by: 10-4!! | Oct 7, 2012 7:13:54 PM

HURNEY IS NOT COACHING THIS TEAM! We have talent on the team. Today was all Mcdermott and Chud! How many turnover today and NOOOO TDS. Defense got lucky with some plays, still could not tackle and playing soft in the secondary!! When the dbs and safties are 5 and 10 yards past a first down marker or trying to tackle by running out of the endzone IT TOO LATE AT THAT POINT!

COACHING!

Posted by: 10-4!! | Oct 7, 2012 7:13:56 PM

So how do we blame the defense this week? The offense could't run or pass. 3 turnovers and 16 points allowed plus a touch down and a safety. Sounds like a win in most home games. Oh well next week they get a break.

Posted by: Jim | Oct 7, 2012 7:15:45 PM

Hurney! had nothing to do with bad throws, bad catching, not wrapping up when tackleing!!

Posted by: 10-4!! | Oct 7, 2012 7:17:53 PM

He is not Superman and he needs to quit acting like he is.

Posted by: Jgardner | Oct 7, 2012 7:18:02 PM

One more thing, the offense lost this game. Defense is always getting the blame, in close games as well as not so close..... This is square on the shoulders of Newton and Smitty. CONGRATS!!!!! Smitty dropping balls all game and Newton missing the wide F ING open TE in the endzone. Who are you gonna "lead" now and "mentor"..... totally disgusting to watch!!!!!!

Posted by: letmeguess | Oct 7, 2012 7:19:11 PM

I think I'e finally figured it out...

Cam is not doing Clark Kent turning into Superman. He is just trying to change real quick so so no one will recognize him for his mediocrity.

Posted by: Enduro | Oct 7, 2012 7:20:57 PM

Football season is pretty short when you're a Panthers fan, once again after only 5 games all is lost. As much as I hate to say it, Rivera just doesn't look like a head coach that can create a winning team. We show zero improvment from last year, the offense has actually gone backwards and the secondary still looks lost most of the time.
Rivera will already be on the hot seat when next season begins, especially if this season continues to fall apart.

Posted by: Kenny | Oct 7, 2012 7:26:09 PM

HURNEY IS RESPONSIBLE FOR EVERYTHING! AT WHAT POINT IS THE GUY THAT PUTS THE PIECES TOGETHER HELD RESPONSIBLE? =

HE HIRED THE COACHES AND PICKED THE PLAYERS! LOOK AT THE RECORD, CASE CLOSED, I WIN.

Posted by: Steen | Oct 7, 2012 7:27:30 PM

Jerry not only needed a heart, but a brain. Too loyal to Hurney, yet could not be loyal to his sons, makes me wonder.

Posted by: Steen | Oct 7, 2012 7:29:47 PM

Kenny is right, with a new GM, we should get a new coach, a guy the new GM picks.

Posted by: Steen | Oct 7, 2012 7:31:05 PM

you don't win sh@#! idiot.
Coaches are totally different than players, until they are given a chance to be a headcoach no one knows!

I hate Hurney! TODAY WAS NOT HURNEY!

Posted by: 10-4!! | Oct 7, 2012 7:33:09 PM

Soo we got rid of Fox, because he couldnt get us back to back winning season... But we are now on track for 3 Losing seasons in a row.nice job JR

Posted by: John | Oct 7, 2012 7:34:39 PM

Maybe Jerry going on the cheap for a coach. I'll agree with that.

Posted by: 10-4!! | Oct 7, 2012 7:35:19 PM

Keep excuses it, excuses always work. They get you where you want to be.

Posted by: Steen | Oct 7, 2012 7:43:49 PM

Record, I win.

Posted by: Steen | Oct 7, 2012 7:44:03 PM

I've been a Panthers fans since day one, and I have supported this team through numerous losing seasons. But this is by far the best indication that the front office and the coaching staff doesn't have a clue on how to produce a winning franchise. The coach is out coached every freaking week. I thought John Fox showed no emotion or any halftime corrections. All I can say is good luck breeding the losing mentality in Charlotte. All I see is the same mistakes week in and week out. This loss was a total organizational FUBAR! I really don't think the organization has the what it takes to turn this around in the near future. New Owner, New GM, New Coaching Staff, and some football players who really want to win, and not just put adds in the freaky local paper. Still a fan but this is freaking ridiculous! Somebody needs to lose their job or just be honest with yourself and admit that you don't have a clue about what you need to do. There is more than enough talent on this team, but they need coaching and leadership, which is what's really lacking. Remember the mantra "Keep Pounding!" The panthers of old are probably shaking their heads in dismay. How can this be happening?

Posted by: Always A Panther | Oct 7, 2012 7:45:26 PM

Yup! You win your an idiot. Your making an excuse blaming Hurney for fundamental bad play(catching,throwing,tackleing).

Posted by: 10-4!! | Oct 7, 2012 7:52:29 PM

I'm blaming Hurney for the record.

Posted by: Steen | Oct 7, 2012 7:55:03 PM

It is clear, his pieces can't catch, pass, or run.

Posted by: Steen | Oct 7, 2012 7:55:42 PM

this was all coaching!!!!!Rivera sitting there with his arms crossed like he's watching a chic flick....makes me sick to my stomach....The only difference between Brady and Cam is coaching

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