The Seahawks were without defensive end Shelby Harris, who was suddenly rendered inactive due to illness and then lost his nose to face Al Woods due to a heel injury during the game. And while run defense falls on all three levels of defense, not just the line, the Seahawks have clearly missed having two of their first basemen, especially Woods, who play a huge role when it comes to stopping runs.
And although the Seahawks defense played well up the line, saving a field goal from Carolina on all four possessions after the Panthers took a 17-0 lead, Seattle couldn’t stop the running and getting off the field. when they needed it most. After a Seahawks punt early in the fourth quarter, Carolina got 3 points looking to burn time and add to the lead, and on a 10-play, 74-yard drive left with 5:26 left, the Panthers ran the ball seven times for 68 yards, including An 8-yard touchdown run by Raheem Blackshear gave the Panthers a 10-point lead.
For the game, the Panthers managed to rush for 223 yards, the fourth consecutive opponent to rush for at least 161 yards and the second to rush for 200 yards.