First quarter

 

Peephole perspective: The Panthers scored on the game-opening drive – only the second time this season they’ve gotten a TD on their first possession. Carolina, 7-0.

Player of the quarter: Mike Goodson. He opened the game with a 40-yard kickoff return and then finished the Panthers’ 61-yard drive with a 6-yard TD run.

Play of the quarter: The TD, as Goodson started off right guard and then cut to his right to get into the end zone.

Number of the quarter: 11:08. The Panthers’ time of possession in the first quarter – compared to 3:52 for the Seahawks. Two numbers that played directly into that: 54 (the Panthers’ rushing yards) and 12 (the Seahawks’ rushing yards).

The bigger picture: The Panthers jumped on top early, as they won the coin toss and took the ball. Mike Goodson popped a 40-yard kickoff return and then capped a 10-play, 61-yard drive by scoring on a 6-yard run. Rookie QB Jimmy Clausen passed for 14 yards to WR Brandon LaFell on third-and-4 and Jonathan Stewart and Goodson then broke 11-yard runs. Stewart carried four times for 19 yards, while Goodson had 17 yards on two carries – the final two of the drive.

It was only the second time this season that the Panthers had scored on their first possession.

After the Seahawks went three-and-out, the Panthers were driving again – moving from their 21 to the Seahawks’ 36. But MLB Lofa Tatupu tipped Clausen’s third-down pass incomplete to force a punt.

The Seahawks also went three-and-out on their second possession, and leading receiver Mike Williams also went out – with a sprained left ankle. Williams missed last week’s game because of a strained left foot. His return is listed as questionable.


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