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For Carolina, the win is a substantial one for them. The team proved to any doubters that they can win against the best. Greg Olsen led the way the Panthers with 131 yards and a touchdown on seven catches. Next week, Carolina will host the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Seahawks fail to close out another game and fall two games below .500 on the season. There's certainly plenty of games left in the regular season, but the Hawks need close out games. They may be 2-4, but the team could have been undefeated. Seattle needs to start closing games. The Seahawks will travel to thhe Bay Area to play the 49ers in primetime on Thursday Night Football.
4th Quarter (0:00) Seattle can't get it into the endzone. The Hawks fall to 2-4 on the season.
4th Quarter (0:15) Wilson finds Doug Baldwin for 14 yards. Seattle uses another timeout.
4th Quarter (0:20) Wilson scrambles for seven yards, but the Hawks are forced to use a timeout.
4th Quarter (0:29) Surprising as the Panthers decide to kick to Tyler Lockett. The rookie takes it back 13 yards to the Seattle nine-yard line. The Hawks have all three timeouts left.
4th Quarter (0:32) Newton finds Olsen for a long touchdown. Big touchdown for the Panthers. The point after touchdown is good with 32 seconds left. 27-23 Carolina.
4th Quarter (0:37) The Panthers quarterback picks out Jerricho Cotchery for the first down. Cotchery had DeShawn Shead draped all over him
4th Quarter (1:06) Newton connects with Funchess. Third and three now for the Panthers.
4th Quarter (1:20) Outstanding sack by Bruce Irvin. The Hawks' pass rusher brings Cam Newton down outside of field goal range as the Panthers burn the team's final timeout.
4th Quarter (1:52) Newton finds Ed Dickson for 14 yards and the first down.
4th Quarter (2:13) Newton dumps it off to Stewart for eight yards to start the drive. Carolina only has one timoeut left with a little over two minutes lef in the game.
4th Quarter (2:29) The Seahawks are forced to punt again after a crucial sack by the Panthers. All eyes will now be on Seattle's defense.
4th Quarter (2:34) Wilson throws it out to Lynch, but 'Beast Mode' can't pick up much. Third and 20 now for the Hawks.
4th Quarter (3:53) Jimmy Graham makes another catch, this one for 20 yards.
4th Quarter (3:55) Seattle will start from the 20 after a touchback.
4th Quarter (3:55) Stewart runs in another one to cut the Seattle lead to three. Graham Gano misses on the point after touchdown. The score is now 23-20 Seattle.
4th Quarter (4:00) Olsen hauls in a 32 yard catch as Carolina moves it down to the one.
4th Quarter (4:39) Newton connects with Funchess for a first down as the Panthers continue to move tha ball.
4th Quarter (6:45) Stewart picks up a first down on the ground.
4th Quarter (7:41) Olsen makes another grab, this one for 12 yards. Carolina moves chains.
4th Quarter (8:03) Newton looks for Devin Funchess, but the rookie can't hold on. Earl Thomas almost came away with another interception.
4th Quarter (8:46) Wilson looks for Jimmy Graham to pick up the first down, but the big tight end is stopped short of the first down. Seattle will punt. Jon Ryan is earning his money today.
4th Quarter (10:37) On a crucial third down, Newton finds Ed Dickson for five yards. The catch isn't enough as the Panthers are forced to punt. Good tackle by K.J. Wright on the play.
4th Quarter (10:56) Newton looks for Corey Brown, but the pass is incomplete.
4th Quarter (11:51) Steven Hauschka drills another field goal to remain perfect on the day. This one comes from 43 yards out. 23-14 Seahawks.
4th Quarter (12:49) Lynch strings together a handful of physical runs before the Panthers come up with a sack on third down. Seattle loses 10 on the play.
4th Quarter (15:00) Wilson scrambles and hits Jimmy Graham for 45 yards. The tight end now has six catches for 117 yards.
3rd Quarter (0:57) Tyler Lockett's punt return is hindered by a block-in-the-back penalty. Seattle starts from the 16 yard line.
3rd Quarter (1:26) The Seahawks bring the blitz on third down. Newton has nowhere to go and is eventually sacked by Mike Morgan.
3rd Quarter (2:25) Newton looks for Ted Ginn Jr. on a deep pass. Incomplete.
3rd Quarter (2:46) Russell Wilson's third down pass is batted down at the line. Jon Ryan will punt yet again.
3rd Quarter (3:34) Stewart keeps running through contact to score. The touchdown caps off a solid offensive drive for the Panthers. The point after touchdown is good. 20-14 is now the lead for Seattle.
3rd Quarter (4:50) Newton finds Olsen again for 22 more yards. The Panthers knocking on the door at the two yard line.
3rd Quarter (5:28) Newton goes to Olsen for a 22-yard completion. Big play for Carolina.
3rd Quarter (5:46) Cam Newton with a low throw to Jerrich Cotchery. Pass is incomplete.
3rd Quarter (6:39) Stewart rips off an eight yard gain as the Panthers make progress on the ground.
3rd Quarter (8:45) Avril stops Stewart for a loss of one on first down.
3rd Quarter (9:18) Wilson shovels it off to Fred Jackson on third down as the Hawks fail to get a touchdown off the turnover. Steven Hauschka however, nails a 50-yard field goal to extend the lead to 20-7 for Seattle.
3rd Quarter (10:51) Cliff Avril hits Cam Newton's arm as the quarterback atttempts a throw. The ball is intercepted by Kam Chancellor.
3rd Quarter (11:27) Big play by the Hawks as Russell Wilson hands off to Lynch, who tosses it back to the quarterback. Wilson then throws a 45-yard strike to Ricardo Lockette for a touchdown. The point after touchdown is good. 17-7 Seahawks lead.
3rd Quarter (12:09) On a long third and 14, Russell Wilson airs it out to Jimmy Graham for a 27 yard gain.
3rd Quarter (13:35) After a few touches by Fozzy Whittaker, Cam Newton throws an incomplete shovel pass to Greg Olsen. The Panthers start the second half with a three-and-out. Seattle takes over.
3rd Quarter (15:00) The second half begins as Steven Hauschka sends the opening kickoff out of the endzone for a touchback.
For Seattle, the Seahawks need to continue throwing the ball. Wilson has completed passes to five different receivers. Three of his seven completions have gone to Jimmy Graham. The Hawks should keep going back to the team's dynamic tight end.
It's been an extremly physical contest so far. Lot's of penalties. For Carolina, the team needs to continue running the ball. The Panthers already have 88 yards rushing. They should keep handing gthe ball to Stewart and Newton if they want to come back in the game.
2nd Quarter (0:29) Newton takes a knee. The Panthers will get possession to start the second half.
2nd Quarter (0:37) Wilson tries to get the ball to Jimmy Graham, but the tight end can't hang on. Seattle punts.
2nd Quarter (0:41) Wilson scrambles to make it third and two.
2nd Quarter (0:59) Carolina can't convert. The Panthers fail to move the chains on fourth down. Seattle has a chance to tack on some points here, but they need to be quick.
2nd Quarter (2:00) Newton finds Jerricho Cotchery for 14 yards and a first down.
2nd Quarter (2:42) Seattle fails to convert and is forced to punt. Panthers start with quality field position at the 41 yard line.
2nd Quarter (4:13) Thomas Rawls makes an appearence, running for eight yards.
2nd Quarter (4:29) Lynch again picks up quality yards on the ground, but Russell Okung is called for holding. Seattle moving backwards again.
2nd Quarter (4:48) Lynch carries at least four Panthers with him as he rumbles towards the first down. However, Graham is called for a penalty.
2nd Quarter (5:55) Earl Thomas just misses another interception on a long pass-attempt by Newton. Carolina cannot convert on the next play. The Panthers punt yet again.
2nd Quarter (7:03) Newton dumbs the ball off to Fozzy Whittaker. The running back picks up 15 yards and the first down.
2nd Quarter (7:20) Olsen is called for yet another false start. The Panthers continue to take steps backwards.
2nd Quarter (8:00) Olsen is called for a false start. Carolina moving backwards as they look to respond.
2nd Quarter (8:12) Lynch with an easy rushing touchdown. Fantastic answer by the Hawks. 10-7 lead for Seattle.
2nd Quarter (9:04) Wilson scrambles and finds Luke Willson at the last minute. Jimmy Graham was triple teamed on the play. Willson picks up 16 yards.
2nd Quarter (9:11) Seattle wins the challenge. The pass is ruled incomplete.
2nd Quarter (9:11) Regardless of the shovel pass, Seattle has showed some positive signs as they drive down the field.
2nd Quarter (9:11) Wilson shovels an incomplete pass toward Lynch as he was about to be sacked. The play is ruled a sack, Seattle challenges, thinking it was an incomplete pass.
2nd Quarter (9:25) Graham hauls in another big catch. The tight end picks up 20 through the air.
2nd Quarter (11:23) Wilson with two consecutive runs for a combined 35 yards.
2nd Quarter (11:59) Carolina fooled on a play-action pass. The Panthers bit hard on the run fake. Wilson misses Lockett on a deep ball.
2nd Quarter (12:50) Wilson can't find anything on a play action pass. The quarterback scrambles for a four yard gain.
2nd Quarter (13:16) Personal foul on Ricardo Lockette. Seattle backed up to the six yard line on second down.
2nd Quarter (13:33) Newton keeps it and runs to the right for a touchdown. The Panthers convert on the point-after touchdown. 7-3 Carolina.
2nd Quarter (15:00) Stewart starts the second quarter with a seven yard run.
1st Quarter (0:07) Kevin Pierre-Louis breaks up a big pass play to Olsen.
1st Quarter (2:22) Greg Olsen picks up 12 yards on a pass from Newton. First down Panthers.
1st Quarter (3:34) Newton picks up one on a zone read run. Third down.
1st Quarter (3:59) Brown with another run, this time for seven yards. Second down for the Panthers.
1st Quarter (4:20) Ahtyba Rubin picks up a sack, but Richard Sherman is called for holding. Automatic first down for Carolina.
1st Quarter (4:35) Corey Brown runs for eight yards on an end around as Carolina takes over.
1st Quarter (5:41) Steven Hauschka banks in a field goal off the upright. Seattle takes a 3-0 lead.
1st Quarter (6:04) The Hawks fail to pick up much of anything. Wilson scrambles for a yard. Fourth down.
1st Quarter (8:00) Wilson goes right to Jimmy Graham for a 16 yard gain. Seattle in the redzone for the first time today.
1st Quarter (8:15) Earl Thomas picks off Newton as the quarterback was looking for Cotchery. Big play for the Hawks.
1st Quarter (8:48) Irvin and Michael Bennett stop Stewart for a three-yard loss.
1st Quarter (9:18) Wilson looks for Kearse again, but the pass is incomplete. Seattle punts again.
1st Quarter (9:30) Lynch rushes for no gain as the Panthers stop 'Beast Mode' again.
1st Quarter (10:29) Wilson swings the ball out to Fred Jackson on third down. The veteran running back powers his way through two defenders to pick up the first down.
1st Quarter (11:28) Marshawn Lynch takes his first carry for one yard.
1st Quarter (12:48) Carolina punts.
1st Quarter (12:52) Seattle holds Jonathan Stewart to six yards on two carries before Bruce Irvin takes down Cam Newton for an eight-yard loss.
1st Quarter (14:15) After a five yard completion to Ricardo Lockette, Wilson looks for Doug Baldwin to pick up the first down, but is nearly picked off. Seattle punts.
1st Quarter (14:54) Wilson looks for Kearse early on a deep pass. Second down now.
1st Quarter (15:00) Carolina won the toss and deferred. The kickoff goes for a touchback. Seattle will start at the team's 20.
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Carolina Injury Report: For starters, Allen (back) has been ruled out. Other players who have been ruled out of the game include tackle Daryl Williams (knee) and linebacker A.J. Klein (concussion). Tight end Richie Brockel (hamstring) is listed as doubtful while offensive lineman Amini Silatolu (ankle) is listed as questionable. The Panthers will likely get linebacker Luke Kuechly (concussion) and wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery (ankle) back. Both are probable for the game.
Seattle Injury Report: Cornerback Marcus Burley (hand) is out for the Seahawks. Linebacker/ new signing Nick Moody (ankle), cornerback Tye Smith and defensive lineman Jordan Hill (quadriceps) and Frank Clark (hamstring) are all listed as doubtful. Lynch (hamstring), defensive end Demarcus Dobbs (shoulder) and linebackers Wagner (pectoral) and Brock Coyle (knee) have all been deemed questionable. Defensive lineman Michael Bennett (non-injury related) and linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis (hamstring) are probable.
Meanwhile, Seattle comes in having already matched up with the likes of Aaron Rodgers and Andy Dalton. The games against Rodgers and Dalton were the road, so the team will likely feel more confident going against a top signal caller (Newton) at home. The Panthers’ quarterback threw two interceptions the last time the two teams met. The Seahawks have also faced the Rams’ Nick Foles, Chicago backup Jimmy Clausen and Detroit starter Matthew Stafford this season.
Carolina has done well in terms of pass defense this season. The Panthers have allowed the ninth fewest passing yards in the league. However, Wilson may provide the team with its greatest challenge to date. Before Wilson, Carolina has previously faced Blake Bortles, Saints’ backup Luke McCown, Tampa Bay rookie Jameis Winston and Texans’ backup Ryan Mallett.
One player who will not play on Sunday is Panthers defensive end Jared Allen. It would have marked Allen’s second game played in Seattle this season. The veteran was traded by the Chicago Bears to Carolina earlier in the season.
Speaking of Lynch, who has missed the last two games, head coach Pete Carroll said in an interview on KIRO Radio 97.3 FM in Seattle that ‘Beast Mode’ will play on Sunday. Carroll said that they are “expecting him to play, and play a lot.” In the same interview, Carroll said that whether or not linebacker Bobby Wagner plays will “go all the way to game-time.”
Russell Wilson, Kearse and company will surely look for a repeat performance in the passing game. However, one area where Carolina will feel confident is in the run stopping the department. The Panthers have allowed the fewest rushing yards in the NFL. Additionally, they held Marshawn Lynch to 59 yards on 14 carries when the two teams met in January.
While Carolina only has two wide outs who have passed the century mark in terms of receiving yards, Seattle, on the other hand has five. One of those five, who also happens to lead the team in receiving yards, is Jermaine Kearse. Kearse torched the Panthers for 129 yards and a touchdown on only three catches in the playoffs last season.
Without Benjamin, the Panthers have struggled in the passing game. Newton has seven touchdowns this season, but as a whole, the team has thrown for the second fewest yards in the league. Among Carolina receivers, only Greg Olsen and Ted Ginn Jr. have over 100 receiving yards.
During that divisional matchup, Carolina’s top receiving threat was Kelvin Benjamin. The young receiver hauled in seven catches for 75 yards and the Panthers only two touchdowns of the game. Quarterback Cam Newton will be without his top pass catcher, Benjamin, on Sunday as the receiver is out for the season with a torn ACL.
This is the second time the two teams have met this calendar year. Carolina previously traveled to Seattle for a Divisional playoff game against the Seahawks in January. The Hawks prevailed in that game by a score of 31-17.
The Seahawks face the team’s second consecutive undefeated opponent on Sunday, as Seattle does battle with the Carolina Panthers. After losing to a team with a zero in the loss column on the road, the Hawks will feel good about their chances at home, despite the Panthers’ record. Seattle is unbeaten at home this season after claiming wins against the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions.
Hello all and welcome to this week’s 2015 VAVEL USA LIVE coverage of the NFL Regular Season Week 5 matchup between the Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks. My name is Ben Rosener, and I’ll be playing the role of typing fellow/pundit/word writer, or whatever term you like. I’ll be providing minute-to-minute updates, commentary and results of the game. Kickoff is scheduled for Sunday afternoon, October 18th at 4:00 pm EST at Seattle’s CenturyLink Field.