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Rapid Reactions: Panthers Finally Beat Seahawks

WHAT IT MEANS

The skids are over. For the first time in the Ron Rivera era, the Carolina Panthers won after a bye week and beat the Seattle Seahawks. It was tough to call it a rivalry considering the Panthers were 0-4, but Carolina came to Seattle and finally knocked off their nemesis.

With the win, the Panthers have tied their best-ever start. They began their Super Bowl season in 2003 at 5-0. Plus, Carolina is the only remaining unbeaten team in the NFC South, now sitting above the 5-1 Falcons.

NOTABLE NUGGETS

  • QB Cam Newton notched his 9th fourth-quarter comeback win, and arguably the biggest victory of his career. 
  • All four Panthers' touchdown drives went for 80 yards.
  • Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart scored two rushing touchdowns for the first time since he did it against the Falcons on 11/15/09.
  • Panthers TE Greg Olsen had 131 receiving yards
  • Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham had 140 receiving yards, his most since he had 179 for the Saints against the Bucs on 9/15/13.

TOP PLAYS

1.The Panthers finally land a knockout blow.

2. Panthers S Kurt Coleman covered the trick play well, but he didn't play the ball as well.

HEALTH WATCH

CB Teddy Williams was knocked out of the game early in the second quarter after taking a knee to the head while making a nice tackle on kickoff coverage. A wobbly Williams, who suffered a concussion in the preseason, had to be helped off the field.

C Ryan Kalil missed just one play after he took a shot to the chest from S Kam Chancellor in the second quarter.

LB Shaq Thompson appeared to injure his left knee covering the ensuing kickoff after the Panthers' game-winning touchdown. Fellow LB Luke Kuechly sprinted onto the field and grabbed Thompson's hand while the rookie was on the turf. 

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