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NFL: Seahawks top Panthers 16-12

Published October 7, 2012 5:40 pm

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Charlotte, N.C. • Russell Wilson threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Golden Tate with 35 seconds left in the third quarter to help the Seattle Seahawks beat the Carolina Panthers 16-12 on Sunday.

Wilson shook off two third quarter interceptions — including one that was returned for a touchdown — and outperformed Cam Newton on a struggle-filled day for the Carolina offense.

Wilson threw for 221 yards, while Marshawn Lynch ran for 85 yards for the Seahawks (3-2).

Newton threw for 141 yards on 12-for-29 passing, while the Panthers managed just 190 total yards. Their only touchdown came on Captain Munnerlyn's 33-yard interception return early in the third quarter.

Carolina started the season with plenty of optimism with the return of Newton to lead a high-scoring offense, but the Panthers (1-4) struggled against the tough Seahawks defense all afternoon. —

Seahawks-Panthers Stats

Seattle 16, Carolina 12

Seattle 3 3 7 3 — 16

Carolina 0 3 7 2 — 12

First Quarter

Sea • FG Hauschka 22, 10:29.

Second Quarter

Sea • FG Hauschka 36, 8:29.

Car • FG Medlock 32, :02.

Third Quarter

Car • Munnerlyn 33 interception return (Medlock kick), 12:26.

Sea • Tate 13 pass from Wilson (Hauschka kick), :35.

Fourth Quarter

Sea • FG Hauschka 44, 10:27.

Car • Onatolu safety, :39.

Attendance • 72,676.

Sea Car

First downs 17 13

Total Net Yards 310 190

Rushes-yards 35-98 19-82

Passing 212 108

Punt Returns 5-39 1-13

Kickoff Returns 3-48 4-81

Interceptions Ret. 0-0 2-30

Comp-Att-Int 19-25-2 12-29-0

Sacked-Yards Lost 2-9 4-33

Punts 3-40.7 7-45.4

Fumbles-Lost 1-1 3-1

Penalties-yards 7-65 3-25

Time of Possession 35:46 24:14

Individual Statistics

Rushing • Seattle, Lynch 21-85, Wilson 5-12, Obomanu 1-11, Turbin 4-6, Robinson 2-3, Tate 1-(minus 1), Ryan 1-(minus 18). Carolina, Newton 7-42, Stewart 4-16, Pilares 0-12, D.Williams 6-6, Murphy 1-3, Tolbert 1-3.

Passing • Seattle, Wilson 19-25-2-221. Carolina, Newton 12-29-0-141.

Receiving • Seattle, Rice 5-67, Miller 3-59, Baldwin 3-37, Tate 3-31, Turbin 2-8, Edwards 1-10, Lynch 1-9, Robinson 1-0. Carolina, Smith 4-40, LaFell 3-44, Olsen 2-37, Stewart 2-15, Murphy 1-5.

Missed Field Goals • None.