Seahawks romp but lose Thomas
SEATTLE — Thomas Rawls ran for 103 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, Tyler Lockett took a reverse 75 yards for a score to open the second half and the Seahawks routed the Panthers.
Another prime-time game in Seattle was clouded with odd storylines right from the outset when Carolina quarterback Cam Newton was benched for the first play, only to watch backup Derek Anderson throw an interception . It was the start of miserable night for Carolina and a laugher that moved Seattle one step closer to the NFC West title.
Rawls and the run game set the tone for Seattle, gashing the second-best run defense in the NFL for 240 yards. Carolina entered the week giving up less than 80 yards per game on the ground.
It was a costly win, though, as Seattle safety Earl Thomas broke a bone in his lower left leg during a first-half collision with teammate Kam Chancellor while trying to intercept Newton's pass. Thomas hobbled off the field putting no weight on the leg, and X-rays revealed a "cracked tibia," coach Pete Carroll told Seattle's radio broadcast.
Rawls finished with 106 yards on 15 carries, quiet in the second half after briefly being checked for a concussion.