• 64°

Wilson, Carson lift Seahawks past Panthers 30-24

By STEVE REED
AP Sports Writer
CHARLOTTE — Russell Wilson had done just about everything right for 3 1/2 quarters when the Seattle Seahawks asked their star quarterback to make one more big play.
And, as he’s done so many times in the past, Wilson responded.
On a third-and-11, Wilson rolled out and completed a 14-yard strike to Tyler Lockett for a first down with two minutes remaining. That helped the Seahawks nullify two offensive holding calls on the drive and run out the clock to beat the Carolina Panthers 30-24 on Sunday and avoid squandering a 20-point fourth quarter lead.
“Russell is a guy who creates magic,” said Seahawks running back Chris Carson.
Wilson completed 20 of 26 passes for 286 yards and two touchdowns, Carson ran for 133 yards and two scores, and the Seahawks inched closer to clinching a playoff spot. Seattle (11-3) can wrap up a postseason berth for the seventh time in the last eight seasons with a Rams or Vikings loss. Both teams play later Sunday.
“That’s what the league talks about with Russell — the way he extends plays,” said Panthers safety Tre Boston. “It’s the play after the play with him. And he hurt us.”
“It’s championship football time,” Wilson said. “You have to capitalize on your moments.”
It was the 100th regular-season win for Seahawks coach Pete Carroll.
“You can see how Russ maneuvers and makes stuff happen because he and Tyler were just phenomenal together,” Carroll said. “And it’s really been a while. Tyler’s been working his way back and you could see it. … He came through in great fashion, so it’s great to have him back because we are going to need him to finish up.”
Seattle scored on its first three possessions as Wilson completed 8 of 10 passes for 175 yards, with 19-yard touchdown passes to DK Metcalf and Lockett for a perfect 153.8 QB rating. Carson added a 16-yard TD run as the Seahawks built a 20-7 lead at halftime.
Lockett would finish with eight catches for 120 yards.
But Seattle had to hold on after nearly surrendering a 30-10 lead with 7:28 left in the game.
Carolina got two touchdowns as Christian McCaffrey scored on a 15-yard run and Kyle Allen found Curtis Samuel for a 5-yard score to make it a one-possession game with 3:19 left.
Despite the loss, McCaffrey continued his impressive season for Carolina (5-9), racking up 165 yards and two more touchdowns, giving him a league-high 18 for the season. McCaffrey also became the first Carolina player to eclipse 2,000 yards from scrimmage in a season.
Turnovers continued to plague the Panthers. The Panthers are now minus-14 in turnover differential during their current six-game losing streak. Allen added to that total on Sunday as the Seahawks intercepted the second-year QB three times — two by K.J. Wright and one by Bobby Wagner.
“We made some mistakes and gave them an opportunity to score early in the ballgame,” Panthers interim coach Perry Fewell said. “When you get behind early in the ballgame against an 11-3 football team and you’re a struggling football team, that’s tough. That’s really tough.”
For Allen, it was another case of trying to do too much. Under heavy duress and his team trailing 20-10 in the third quarter, he tried to force a pass and he was falling to the ground and was picked by Wright.
Wilson, on the other hand, was poised in the pocket, repeatedly making the right decisions as well as making big throws when the Seahawks needed them. Carolina’s only takeaway came when the Seahawks tried to get tricky and wide receiver Josh Gordon threw an interception off a reverse.

TARGETING JACKSON
Wilson repeatedly targeted Panthers second-year cornerback Donte Jackson in the first half, beating him for two scores and a 58-yard pass play down the seam to Gordon, who stretched out to make a sensational grab. After Jackson allowed a touchdown pass, Fewell was seen talking to Jackson on the sideline trying to calm him down and get him refocused on the game.
He said he considered benching Jackson, but stuck with him.

SEAHAWKS INJURIES
The Seahawks have some healing to do.
They played without defensive ends Ziggy Ansah and Jadeveon Clowney, cornerback Shaquill Griffin and tight end Luke Wilson, and safety Quandre Diggs left in the third quarter and Wagner in the fourth. Carroll said after the game that both suffered ankle injuries, but said it appears that Diggs’ injury may be worse.
Clowney didn’t make the trip to Carolina after becoming ill on Friday.
“It’s a great statement for our team to go out and win games with other guys playing for us,” Carroll said. “It gets them closer to helping us when we need it down the stretch.”

PANTHERS QB SITUATION
Fewell said he will evaluate Allen’s performance on film before deciding whether he will start next week at Indianapolis or the team will give rookie Will Grier a chance to play.
Allen was distraught after the game, taking blame for his part in the team’s sixth straight loss.
“I put us in bad positions,” said Allen, who fell to 5-7 as a starter this season. “I’m turning the ball over too much and I’m not helping this team win.”

UP NEXT
Seahawks: return home to face the Cardinals next Sunday. Seattle beat Arizona 27-10 earlier this season.
Panthers: travel to face the Colts on Sunday, their final away game of the season.
___
More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL

Comments

Crime

Police: Charlotte man caught stealing funeral home employee’s truck

Local

Rowan Social Services director takes new job in New Hanover County; Heidrick to retire

Ask Us

Ask us: Will masks be required in Rowan County polling locations?

Elections

Political Notebook: Tillis, Cunningham differ on when to fill SCOTUS vacancy

Local

Local state trooper, firefighter returns home after Army deployment

Local

Blast from the past: Concordia Lutheran Church opens time capsule from previous century

Crime

Blotter: Salisbury man charged with damaging video camera, tresspassing

Crime

North Carolina man faces over 300 sex-related charges

News

Coastal flooding along Outer Banks closes roads

Nation/World

GOP hopeful Supreme Court battle will help shift election

Education

‘Better chance of succeeding’: Moody, colleagues reflect on tenure, retirement

News

Collecting garbage: Locals work to beautify High Rock Lake during Clean Sweep

Coronavirus

Salisbury man grateful parents’ story has impacted many

News

Celtics take big lead and hold on to top Heat 117-106

Business

Downtown Salisbury ‘moving swiftly’ with developers interested in Empire Hotel

Business

From fantasy to fact, Cherry builds a Hobbit House at his Treesort

Business

Biz Roundup: CSP seeking to hire 100 new employees for plant expansion

Coronavirus

Police, sheriff focus on education in addressing mask-wearing complaints

Education

Candidates for East Area school board seat have widely different views on renewal

Kannapolis

Cannon Mills’ whistle sounds again, brings nostalgia with it

Coronavirus

UPDATED: Outbreak at jail annex over; new cases emerge at Kannapolis facility

Elections

In Senate race, Tillis calibrates ties to Trump

News

5 Charlotte officers recommended for dismissal after death in custody

Elections

Trump, Biden hit unlikely battleground state of Minnesota