Panthers’ Terrace Marshall Jr. makes incredible leg grab as Carolina uses lucky breaks to claim victory
The Carolina Panthers needed the ball bouncing their way if they wanted to upset the Seattle Seahawks on the road – and their hopes just happened to come true.
Terrace Panthers wide receiver Marshall Jr. submitted his name in the Catch of the Year category when he managed to catch a pass from Sam Darnold between his legs and around Seahawks cornerback Tariq Woolen for a first down in the second period. The lack of luck was obvious.
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On the next drive, Darnold found wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. on his right side. He dove forward to make the catch behind the line of scrimmage. He was untouched and managed to save a few yards to bring Carolina closer to a touchdown. Raheem Blackshear would run for an 8-yard touchdown on the next play to put Carolina up 27-17 with 6:57 left in the game.
Seattle would throw on the next drive and score on its last drive, making it a one-possession game. The Seahawks failed to recover the kick in play and Carolina closed out the win 30-24.
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Darnold was 14 of 24 with 120 passing yards and a touchdown pass to Shi Smith. Shenault led the Panthers with four catches for 31 yards. Chuba Hubbard led the team with 14 carries for 74 yards and had three catches for 25 yards.
The Carolina defense has sacked Geno Smith three times and eliminated him twice. Jaycee Horn and CJ Henderson had one interception each.
Smith finished 21st of 36 with 264 passing yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Marquise Goodwin had five catches for 95 yards and a touchdown. DK Metcalf had five catches for 71 yards and a touchdown. Tyler Lockett added five catches for 60 yards and a touchdown.
But Seattle fell short of a critical win in their fight to win the NFC West. They fell to 7-6 on the year.
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Carolina entered the game just two games behind the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the NFC South lead. Their win and loss to the Bucs brought them closer to the top.