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The Carolina Panthers (0-0) are hosting the Seattle Seahawks in their season opener at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.
This is the second-straight season that the Panthers and Seahawks have met in the regular season. Seattle won 16-12 last season at Bank of America Stadium.
The Panthers receive the ball to start the game. Carolina starts at its own 20-yard line.
Cam Newton and the Panther offense drive into Seattle territory, but are unable to get a score. Brad Nortman punts from the Seattle 41 to the Seattle 4.
Seahawks pinned deep in their own territory and they only gain one yard. Panthers rookie defensive tackles Starr Lotulelei and Kawann Short both impressive on the first drive. A 69-yard punt by Jon Ryan sets the Seahawk defense in good shape. Panthers take over at their own 35.
Russell Wilson not looking comfortable behind center for Seattle. The Seahawks with another 3-and-out. Panthers take over at their own 20.
Panthers get a 15-yard pass from Cam Newton to Steve Smith for a first down, but the drive stalls beyond that. Carolina loses starting guard Garry Williams during the drive. Seattle takes back over at its 17.
Seattle gets its first first down of the contest just before the end of the quarter.
END OF FIRST QUARTER: CAROLINA 0, SEATTLE 0
INJURY REPORT: Panthers guard Garry Williams suffered a left knee injury. His return is questionable.
On 3rd and 4, Wilson finds Doug Baldwin on a 25-yard touchdown pass. The play helps Seattle get a 27-yard field goal by Steven Hauschka to take a 3-0 lead with 9:36 left in the first half.
INJURY REPORT: Seattle safety Jeron Johnson injured his hamstring on the last Seahawk possession. He will not return.
Carolina starts at its own 20.
INJURY UPDATE: Panthers guard Garry Williams suffered a left knee injury. His return is downgraded from questionable to he will not return.
It takes three times, but Cam Newton finally finds tight end Greg Olsen for a 27-yard pass, taking the Panthers nearly midfield. Newton finds Olsen again for a 7-yard pass-and-grab. Newton runs for 11 yards on 3rd down to give his team a new set of downs.
Newton finds Steve Smith on a 3-yard pass to give the Panthers their first lead of the regular season. With 3:13 left, Carolina leads Seattle, 7-3.
Seattle struggling on its next drive, but a personal foul on defensive end Frank Alexander on 2nd and 7 leads to a 15-yard penalty and Alexander being disqualified from the contest.
Seahawks drive into the red zone, but Wilson fumbles. It is recovered by Charles Johnson, who chucks the ball into the crowd at Bank of America Stadium. After a Mike Tolbert handoff, the first half comes to a close.
HALFTIME: CAROLINA 7, SEATTLE 3
Seattle gets the ball to start the third quarter, starting at its own 20. The Seahawks stall. Ryan punts from his own 27 to the Carolina 35, but it is touched by a Panther player. Seattle recovers the ball, but receives a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty. The Seahawks take the ball at the 50, but the play is being reviewed. Ruling on the play is upheld.
Seahawks try to get going, but stall on 4th and 2. Ted Ginn, Jr. receives the ball. Panthers take over at their own 10. Carolina stalls, punting into Seattle territory, but is penalized for a player running off of the playing field and back on it during the return.
Panthers defense holds Seattle to a 3rd down, but a crucial 13-yard catch by Doug Baldwin keeps the drive going. The play is challenged by Carolina and upheld. Seahawks moving into Panther territory.
Russell Wilson with a wild throw while still inside between the tackles. Seattle called for intentional grounding, which is a huge loss on the play, as well as a loss of down. Hauscka makes his second field goal of the contest from 40 yards out. Seattle now down 7-6 with 2:22 left in the third quarter.
Panthers convert on third down during their final drive of the third quarter. Carolina with 2nd and 20 as the quarter comes to a close.
END OF THIRD QUARTER: Carolina 7, Seattle 6
Panthers drive comes up short. Nortman punts inside the Seattle 20, but Armond Smith is flagged for the second time for running out of bounds and back in during the kickoff. Penalty is changed to a five-yarder instead of a 15-yarder. Panthers re-punt and Seattle takes over at its own 26.
Seattle with two deep passes from Wilson to Jermaine Kearse. The first is dropped, but the second is just over the head of Panthers defender Josh Thomas. Seattle leads 12-7 after a missed two-point conversion with 10:13.
Panthers get two 15-yard penalties and drive deep into Seattle territory. DeAngelo Williams fumbles at the 8-yard line. The fumble is forced by Earl Thomas and recovered by Tony McDaniel.
After being pinned deep in their own territory, Seahawks convert a key 3rd down with 4:35 left in the game.
GAME NOTES: Today's game attendance is 73,294.
Lynch is able to run for a crucial first down on third down just before the two-minute warning. Seattle runs out the clock to seal its victory.
The Panthers are held to their lowest point total since a 36-7 home loss to the New York Giants on Sept. 20, 2012.
FINAL SCORE: Seattle Seahawks 12, Carolina Panthers 7