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October 07, 2012

Seahawks 6, Panthers 3 halftime

In a grinding battle of field goals, Seattle leads the Panthers 6-3 at halftime today at Bank of America Stadium. 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 Steven 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. Seattle quarterback Russell 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 05:22 PM | Permalink


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