Peephole perspective: The Seahawks got a 22-yard TD run by Marshawn Lynch late in the quarter, the icing on this Walter Jones’ number-retirement cake of an afternoon. Seahawks 31-14.
Player of the quarter: Lynch. He had the scoring run and also caught a 17-yard pass on the same drive.
Play of the quarter: Lynch’s TD run late in the quarter. It pushed the Seahawks lead to 31-14 and gave him three TDs in the half, after he had two in his first seven games with the Seahawks.
Number of the quarter: Six. As in the Seahawks’ sixth victory, as they pulled back to .500.
The bigger picture: The Seahawks’ possession that ended the third quarter continued at the start of the fourth quarter, and included Matt Hasselbeck passing to WR Deon Butler for 20 yards to the Panthers’ 29 on a third-and-17 play. Hasselbeck also hit a 17-yarder to WR Brandon Stokley on the drive. But when Hasselbeck missed RB Justin Forsett on a third-down pass, Olindo Mare tried a 47-yard field goal that sailed wide right.
After another three-and-out by the Panthers, the Seahawks drove 78 yards in eight plays to a 22-yard TD run by Marshawn Lynch – his third score of the game, and half. Hasselbeck went to WR Deon Butler for 11 yards and Lynch for 17 yards early in the drive, then FB Michael Robinson broke a 15-yard run and Justin Forsett added a 19-yarder.
The Panthers had one last chance, driving to the Seahawks’ 1. But DE Chris Clemons deflected Clausen’s fourth-down pass with 32 seconds left.