How the Seahawks lost a Super Bowl title to the Panthers
With the Seahawks taking a 19-14 victory in overtime to win the Super Bowl, the Panthers got their first win in a rematch since 2003, when they lost to the Seahawks in the NFC title game.
The Panthers scored touchdowns on three of their final four possessions and converted three fourth-down opportunities in the final quarter.
Cam Newton threw for four touchdowns and ran for two more in the win, which moved them to 3-1 on the season.
“It’s always fun to play the same game every week,” Newton said.
“I’m just happy to be a part of it.”
The Panthers (3-3) had a chance to win their first championship since 2010 but were outgained by 715-5 in the fourth quarter.
Carolina quarterback Cam Newton had a team-best 10 touchdown passes for the second time in his career.
He also threw three interceptions.
The Seahawks (4-2) led 21-14 at halftime and led by as many as 24 in the second half.
Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson had eight of his 11 passes for 98 yards and a touchdown in the first half.
Cam Ward and Tarvaris Jackson had nine carries for 57 yards apiece for the Panthers.
The game featured one of the NFL’s best defensive teams, but Seattle also had two turnovers and allowed the Seahawks to convert all four third downs.
The Carolina defense played solid on the ground, holding the Seahawks scoreless on the day.
The Packers, who lost to Washington in the Super Bowl last season, held the Seahawks offense to 35.3 percent of the field-goal attempts.
The Seattle offense finished the game with just seven rushing yards on 17 carries.
“We were just really struggling,” quarterback Matt Flynn said.
Wilson threw for a career-best 471 yards and five touchdowns.
He completed 10 of 12 passes for 191 yards and one touchdown.
“He had a lot of fun and we played good,” coach Pete Carroll said.
Seattle has won four in a row and seven of its past eight.
Wilson has a season-high eight interceptions.
Seattle went ahead with 4:21 left in the third quarter when he broke a 22-yard pass by Russell Wilson with 1:34 left in regulation.
Wilson then threw a touchdown pass to Tyler Lockett to make it 21-3 with 3:04 left.
But Carolina’s Kirk Cousins threw an interception at the Seahawks 5 with 1 minute, 23 seconds remaining in the game.
Wilson completed a 16-yard touchdown pass for a touchdown to Lockett, who scored on a 2-yard run with 1 seconds left.
The score would have been tied at 17.
“There were a lot going on,” Wilson said.
The first half was dominated by the Packers.
The second half was much more balanced, as the Panthers scored on five of their first six possessions and never trailed.
The two teams combined for just six turnovers.
“They were great in the run game and I think we were just a little bit better on the pass defense,” Wilson added.
“But it’s going to take time to get back to that level.”
The Seahawks had some luck against the Panthers on Sunday.
They tied the game in the opening quarter on a 3-yard rush by Justin Hardy on a punt return.
The ensuing drive stalled with two timeouts left.
On the ensuing possession, the Seahawks drove for a field goal but were stopped at their own 15.
“The first quarter was great.
We were just trying to get on the board,” Carroll said of the Panthers first scoring drive.
“A few things happened that got us to where we needed to be.
We had a couple of chances to go ahead and I thought that was the first drive that we could get going.
But I think it was just a couple plays of bad luck.”