Seattle got back on the winning track against Carolina at Qwest Field, on a day the team officially retired the jersey of famed offensive lineman Walter Jones. A 31-14 over the Panthers moved the Seahawks back into a tie for first place in the NFC West.
Jake Olson, a 14-year-old from Huntington Beach, California battled eye cancer since birth until doctors removed his eyes last year. Since becoming blind, Jake has become a motivational speaker and an inspiration to many. He met coach Pete Carroll during USC's 2009 season and was a guest of the Seahawks on Sunday.
In the Seahawks locker room before the game, running back Marshawn Lynch stretched out and listened to music in front of his locker.
Seahawks defensive backs huddled together before taking the field for pregame warmups.
When the team returned to their locker room after pregame warmups, Kennard Cox applied eye-black patches before heading back out for kickoff.
Cornerback Marcus Trufant is shrouded in fog as he makes his way through the tunnel, ready to be announced as a starter to the roar of the 12th Man.
Seattle wide receiver Golden Tate made a valiant dive for this pass by Matt Hasselbeck which fell incomplete, but a defensive holding call on the Panthers gave the Seahawks a first down and kept the drive alive.
Just before the two-minute warning in the first half, legendary offensive lineman Walter Jones emerged, posing for a photo with team superfan "Mama Blue" before getting his jersey retired in a brief ceremony.
With his mother and children at his side, Walter Jones thanked his former coaches, teammates and the 12th Man as his jersey was officially retired by the team.
As he did earlier in the season, Golden Tate found himself flying through the air after reception over the middle.
Tate managed to get a hand down to break his fall and came down with the completion.
The Seahawks running game was in full "Beast Mode" in the second half, when Marshawn Lynch scored three rushing touchdowns.
Getting fullback Michael Robinson back from injury was a blessing for the Seahawks' running game, something that was not lost on head coach Pete Carroll. Carroll congratulated Robinson for blasting a hole up the middle for Marshawn Lynch's touchdown from the one-yard line in the third quarter that capped a 96-yard drive to open the half.
Seattle's defensive captain showed why he is the rock of the Seahawks defense, intercepting a pass by Carolina's Jimmy Clausen and returning it 26-yards for a touchdown in front of the Seahawks sideline to give Seattle a 17-14 lead.
Return specialist Leon Washington races away from the pack on an 84-yard punt return that nearly yielded a touchdown.
Head coach Pete Carroll and special teams coach Brian Schneider get fired up along the sidelines after Washington's big return that set up a touchdown that gave Seattle a 24-14 lead.
On the Seahawks bench, running back Marshawn Lynch talks to Leon Washington after Washington's punt return set up Lynch's second touchdown of the day.
Seattle's defense wasn't the only ones doing the hitting, as offensive tackle Russell Okung leveled Carolina's Captain Munnerlyn after Munnerlyn intercepted a Matt Hasselbeck pass.
Seattle's Raheem Brock celebrates after one of his two sacks on the afternoon.
The traditional postgame prayer shared by players of both teams at midfield was led by Jake Olson, who then attended coach Pete Carroll's post-game speech to the team in the locker room
Head coach Pete Carroll was exhuberant in the locker room after the game, telling them that their inspired play in the second half against Carolina should carry through the final four games of the season as they push for the playoffs.