Seahawks repeat long ball well
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Russell Wilson decided to try again. It worked in a big way for the Seahawks.
Wilson threw a 43-yard touchdown to Jermaine Kearse in the fourth quarter and Seattle's defense came up with a huge turnover in the final minutes to beat the Panthers.
The Seahawks managed just two field goals before Kearse beat cornerback Josh Thomas down the right sideline for his first career touchdown catch with 10:13 left.
The score came one play after Wilson attempted a nearly identical pass — on a different play call — that Stephen Williams couldn't come up with.
"We'd called for a shot before, and I was surprised we'd missed on that one," said Wilson, who threw for 320 yards. "Maybe I threw it a little too far."
The Panthers had a chance to move back in front, but safety Earl Thomas stripped DeAngelo Williams after a 16-yard run and Tony McDaniel recovered at the Seattle 8 with 5:25 left.
"It was one mistake, but it was the mistake that cost my team the game," Williams said.