A DangeRuss game puts Hawks ahead of Panthers in the playoff standings

The Seattle Seahawks took it to the final whistle yet again as they saw a Sebastian Janikowski field goal for a 30-27 win over the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers seemed to be the more impressive squad for much of the game; however, time and time again, the clutch nature of the Hawks put Cam Newton yet again in his place as he falls to a 1-6 career record against Seattle.

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Make no bones about it, Cam shredded the Seahawks defense, at one point going 14-14 just after halftime. However, coming up big time in the red zone was an issue. In the 1st half, the Panthers were inside the 5 and came away with a mere 3 points.

Former Stanford Cardinal, Christian McCaffrey also pummeled the Seahawks. With a Carolina franchise record 237 yards from scrimmage, it seemed the Hawks had no answer for him inside the 20’s; however, the Hawks did just enough to keep their offense in the game.

Russell Wilson faced off against the Panthers and his detractors for a full 10 games this season. The torches and pitchforks were calling for his head, but DangerRuss—as they call him—came up big yet again. After a failed game winning field goal attempt by Carolina’s Graham Gano, Russell drove the Hawks down the field and set them up for the Janikowski game winner. Russell went 22-31 for 339 yards and 2 TDs on the day. Russell now has passed Seahawk great Dave Kreig for most wins ever in franchise history.

Carolina stacked against the #1 running team in the NFL. Running back Chris Carson did not have eye popping numbers but each and every one of his runs were hard fought. With 16 attempts for 55 yards he sure did deliver a lot of bruises and even some acrobatic maneuvers.

The game had several heroes, including WR Tyler Lockett who juked and sped past Panther defenders all day for 107 yards and a TD. The Seahawk game changer may be the most underrated player in all of the NFL.

The Seahawks are now in striking distance of the playoffs. I personally did not see them winning anymore than 6 games this year and the hometown 11 are proving me wrong. I am very excited about this! However, it is going to require 4 more wins to make the playoffs. That means taking care of business against Arizona and San Francisco, while stealing a win against Minnesota or Kansas City. The road is a hard one, lets enjoy the ride while we can!

 

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Abraham DeWeese is an avid local sports fan and a “Man-About-Town” in the Seattle sports scene. He’s a lifelong resident of the Seattle area, living in the beautiful Greenlake neighborhood.

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Abraham DeWeese is an avid local sports fan and a “Man-About-Town” in the Seattle sports scene. He's a lifelong resident of the Seattle area, living in the beautiful Greenlake neighborhood.