Pete Carroll's squad trailed 31-0 entering the break. The defense allowed scores on the Panthers' first four possessions as Cam Newton & Co. notched three touchdowns and a field goal. The Panthers' fourth touchdown came on a Luke Kuechly interception in the first quarter.
It was disaster after disaster for the Seahawks. Jonathan Stewart opened the game with a 59-yard run, and the Panthers piled up 118 yards on the ground. In their previous two games, the Seahawks had allowed a total of 85 yards combined.
Newton went 8-for-11 for 102 yards and a touchdown. In the past three quarters (including the Week 6 matchup), the Seahawks have allowed five touchdown drives of 50-plus yards to the Panthers.
It wasn't just Seattle's defense that struggled. Quarterback Russell Wilson was 10-for-17 for 111 yards and a pair of interceptions. The offensive line looked completely outmanned against Carolina's front seven. Wilson was sacked twice, and left tackle Russell Okung left the game with a shoulder injury. He is doubtful to return.
The Seahawks entered the game having allowed just one offensive touchdown in their previous six road games. But the Panthers came out and dominated in every aspect through the first two quarters.
Wilson and the Seahawks will try to make a game of it in the second half, but according to ESPN Stats & Information, in the past 15 years, teams that trailed by 31 points at any point are 0-325.