Seahawks move to 7-1 on road, winning at Carolina
It got tight at the end, but Seattle held off Carolina 30-24 Sunday at Bank of America stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina to move to 11-3 and to the brink of the NFL playoffs.
The Los Angeles Rams lost to Dallas on Sunday, meaning the Seahawks made the postseason for the seventh time in eight seasons. The Seahawks and San Francisco are tied atop the NFC West Division, but Seattle holds the tiebreaker for now (winning 27-24 head-to-head Nov. 11); the teams play again Dec. 29.
Russell Wilson went 20 of 26 for 286 yards and two touchdowns and Chris Carson rushed for 133 yards and two TDs on 24 carries. Tyler Lockett had eight receptions for 120 yards and a score.
The Seahawks led 30-10 after Carson's TD run early in the fourth quarter, but Carolina rallied for two fourth-quarter TDs — a Christian McCaffrey run (he had two TDs) and a short Kyle Allen TD pass to Curtis Samuel with 3:14 left.
The Panthers (5-9) forced Seattle into a third-and-11 situation with 2:24 left, but Wilson hit Lockett for 14 yards and the first down. Later, Carson ran 10 yards for a first down and the Seahawks closed out the game.
Seattle moved to 7-1 on the road.
The Seahawks picked of Allen three times.
Defensive ends Ziggy Ansah and Jadeveon Clowney, cornerback Shaquill Griffin and tight end Luke Wilson sat out the game, injured. Safety Quandre Diggs and linebacker Bobby Wagner left the game with injuries.
Seattle plays Arizona next Sunday at Century Link Field, before the Seattle-San Francisco matchup the following week.
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