Seahawks' strong finish sets them up for season's home stretch

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They were in danger of dropping yet another close game Sunday when Russell Wilson found David Moore for a 35-yard, game-tying touchdown. Seattle's defense then stiffened just in time on the Carolina Panthers' ensuing drive (which ended with Graham Gano's missed 52-yard field goal attempt), before a long pass from Wilson to Tyler Lockett set up Sebastian Janikowski's 31-yard game winner as time expired.

Seattle's defense allowed Carolina to march all the way to the 5-yard line on the opening possession before forcing a turnover on downs when linebackers Bobby Wagner and Austin Calitro stopped Cam Newton just short of the line to gain. It would be that kind of day for Seattle's defense -- long drives that ended with key nike nfl jerseys wholesale

They got another in the third quarter from safety Bradley McDougald, who had talked recently about his belief that there's a difference for a defense between a turnover and a takeaway. A turnover, in McDougald's view, is something that happens -- like a loose ball bouncing right to a defender or an overthrown pass landing in his lap. A takeaway, on the other hand, is something a defense makes happen.3

The loose balls did not bounce Seattle's way Sunday as the Panthers recovered all five of their fumbles.

But McDougald left nothing to chance when he tipped a Newton throw up the seam and came down with the interception near the goal line, thwarting another Carolina scoring chance. It was Seattle's first takeaway in three-and-a-half games.

"Oh my gosh, what a play," Pete Carroll said. "To be plus-one [in turnover differential] on this day was huge. We needed it."

Seattle's last defensive stop came just before Gano's miss when cornerback Tre Flowers, credited with two of the five forced fumbles, made a tackle in space that kept DJ Moore from a first down. Flowers had another open-field tackle on third down to force a Panthers field-field-goal attempt just before nfl jerseys cheap china

Though it rankled Carroll that his defense gave up 220 yards on the ground and a season-high 476 yards in all, he appreciated the way the group finished.

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