2-minute drill: Seahawks 31, Panthers 14
Posted by Danny O'Neil
Players of the game
• LB Lofa Tatupu intercepted his first pass in two years and returned it 26 yards for a touchdown, his first score since his rookie year in 2005.
• RB Marshawn Lynch scored three touchdowns and finished with 83 yards rushing, 17 receiving.
Play of the game
Tatupu could see the pass coming. That's why he slapped Seattle's defensive tackle on the right side before the snap, and it's why he ran directly toward fullback Tony Fiammetta, stepping in front of him to intercept the pass he returned 26 yards for a touchdown. That gave Seattle its first lead of the game.
It took a quarter and a half, but Seattle's defense dug in its heels after Matt Hasselbeck was intercepted in the second quarter. That ended the Seahawks' first procession into Panthers' territory, and gave Carolina the ball at its own 34 with 4 minutes. Seattle forced its first three-and-out of the game, giving Seattle's offense a chance to come back and kick a field goal before halftime.
The Seahawks had not had a sack in any of their previous two games. They sacked Carolina's Jimmy Clausen three times.
Seattle rushed for 161 yards, its highest total on the ground in any game this season.
Jimmy Clausen's throws produced more touchdowns for Seattle than for Carolina as his third-quarter interception was returned for a touchdown. No Panthers player caught more than three passes in the game.
By the numbers
132 126 - rushing yards for Seattle in the second half, more than the Seahawks totaled in four quarters during all but one of their first 11 games.
31 - consecutive points scored by the Seahawks after falling behind 14-0.
3 - rushing touchdowns for Marshawn Lynch, who had scored two in his first seven games as a Seahawk.
0 - Seattle first downs in the first quarter, the second straight week that has happened.
Coach Pete Carroll: "The difference between the first half and the second half is so starkly different. It was totally attitude and getting right. I'm so happy that it happened for us so that we could feel what that feels like. So that we could regain the sense for what we're capable of doing because I think we lost touch with that a little bit."
Seattle - WR Mike Williams suffered a sprained ankle during Seattle's first possession. WR Ben Obomanu suffered a laceration to his right hand, but said he expects to play next week. DB Roy Lewis suffered a knee injury that will be evaluated further.
Dec 24 - 6:10 AM Looking back: Revisiting Sunday's scouting report
Dec 24 - 1:09 AM Seahawks' scoring binge
Dec 24 - 1:01 AM Video: Summing Seattle's victory
Dec 24 - 12:58 AM Video: Russell Wilson post-game comments
Dec 24 - 12:21 AM Rookie passing roll call