The Carolina Panthers failed to win again as the Seattle Seahawks flew back west with a 16-12 victory. While it was a defensive struggle, Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson clearly outplayed Carolina's Cam Newton.
Both offenses combined for only one touchdown as the Seattle and Carolina defenses looked unbeatable.
With the No. 2 defense in the league, the Seahawks dominated the Panthers offense. The defense held Carolina to 190 total yards and did not allow a single offensive touchdown.
The Panthers defense was less stifling, but still effective. For the most part, Seattle could only muster a field goal at a time, and Carolina played solid run defense as RB Marshawn Lynch only rushed for 85 yards.
Forcing three turnovers and returning an interception for a touchdown, the Panthers defense actually gave Carolina the lead. That did not last long though as DeAngelo Williams fumbled on Carolina's next drive. This set up the Seahawks to score what would be the winning touchdown.
As amazing as the defenses were, this game actually came down to Wilson and Newton. In the end, Wilson outplayed Newton, and Seattle took home the win.
There are a few reasons why Wilson was the better quarterback, and all were essential to the Seahawks' victory.