Seahawks ride strong defense to beat Panthers, 16-12

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Defense. It's quickly becoming the team's hallmark.

In a game where neither team saw the end zone until the 3rd quarter, the Seattle Seahawks used a stifling defense and a capable running game to beat the Carolina Panthers 16-12 Sunday in North Carolina. 

The Hawks' defense held the Panthers and 2nd-year quarterback Cam Newton to 190 yards of total offense, including just 108 yards of passing. Cornerback Brandon Browner helped contain Panthers wide receivers with 6 tackles and rookie defensive end Bruce Irvin managed to break the outside and sack Newton twice. 

Marshawn Lynch ran the ball for 85 yards on 21 carries.

Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson rebounded from his weakest game of the season, going 19-for-25 with 221 yards and the Hawks' only touchdown on a 13-yard pass to Golden Tate. But it wasn't always easy, and Wilson threw two interceptions, including a 33-yard pick-6 to Panthers cornerback C. Munnerlyn in the 3rd quarter.

But the Hawks capitalized when they needed to, boosted by three field goals from field goal kicker Steven Hauschka, including a 44-yard field goal to put them up 16-10 with 10:27 left to go in the 4th quarter.

Hauschka also managed to catch a high snap on a punt late in the 4th quarter. Hauschka took the ball to of the back of the end zone for a safety that ultimatly may have benefited the Hawks by taking time off the clock.

The Seahawks will face off next against the New England Patriots Oct. 14 at CenturyLink Field.



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