Wrap-up: Seahawks 16, Panthers 12

October, 7, 2012
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Thoughts on the Carolina Panthers’ 16-12 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday at Bank of America Stadium:

What it means: The Panthers had a golden chance to right their season. They squandered it. Instead of heading into the bye week at 2-3, they fell to 1-4. Their playoff hopes are probably shot unless they can dig themselves out of a deep hole. A season that began with extremely high expectations seems to be spinning out of control.

Play of the day: Cornerback Captain Munnerlyn intercepted a Russell Wilson pass and returned it 33 yards for a touchdown to put the Panthers ahead early in the third quarter.

Wasted opportunities: The Panthers also came up with two other turnovers in the third quarter, but they didn’t capitalize. Munnerlyn’s interception was the only one of those three turnovers that resulted in points.

What happened to the offense? Remember last year, when people were referring to offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski as a genius? Well, they’re not using that term these days. The Panthers had just 190 total yards. I know Seattle has a very good defense. But when you have an offense that includes talent like Cam Newton, Jonathan Stewart, Steve Smith, DeAngelo Williams and Greg Olsen, you should produce a lot more than 190 yards and 12 points.

What’s next: The Panthers are entering their bye week. They’ll return to action Oct. 21, when they host the Dallas Cowboys.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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