A quiet confidence: There weren't any high-fives or big boasting. The Seahawks knew they found a way to win on a day when a lot of things went wrong. It was about overcoming adversity, which is becoming a theme for these guys.
Russell Wilson does it again: The second-year quarterback never ceases to amaze his teammates. On a day when the Seahawks had almost no running game, rushing for only 70 yards on 26 carries, Wilson completed 25 of 33 passes for 320 yards, including a 43-yard TD pass to Jermaine Kearse in the fourth quarter that was the difference. “We always know dangerous Russ Wilson will come through for us in the end,’’ said cornerback Richard Sherman.
Praise for the big-play defense: Just when it appeared the Panthers would take the lead late in the game, Earl Thomas was credited with causing a fumble by Carolina running back DeAngelo Williams that defensive tackle Tony McDaniel recovered at the Seattle 8-yard-line. Sherman also made the hit that got the ball loose before Thomas stripped it.