At Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC on Sunday, the visiting Seattle Seahawks tripped up the Carolina Panthers by a final score of 16-12.
Neither team really played particularly well, especially on offense, but the Seahawks managed to do just enough to gain another early season victory.
The hero of the game, and game ball, belongs to the stout Seattle Seahawks defensive unit.
Once again the Seahawks' defense showed poise and tenacity as they harassed and bothered Cam Newton and the rest of the Carolina Panthers' offense all day.
The Seahawks' defense managed to hold the Carolina offense out of the end zone all game.
The only Panthers' touchdown came on a defensive interception return brought back for a score by Captain Munnerlyn.
Seattle held Cam Newton in check all game, not allowing Newton to beat them with his scrambling ability or passing; and prevented any big plays from the second-year quarterback out of Auburn, while sacking him four times also.
The zero of the game belongs to Carolina quarterback Cam Newton. While Newton didn't throw any interceptions, he was held to a career low 141 yards passing. Newton's final line was 12 for 29 passing with those 141 yards passing, he was sacked four times, and rushed for 42 yards.
What cemented Newton's status as zero of the game came late in the fourth quarter with the Panthers driving for a touchdown. Carolina failed to punch it in the end zone on its first three tries, and on fourth and goal from the 1 yard line, Newton rolled to his right and spotted a wide open Ben Hartsock in the end zone, but Newton bounced a one-hopper to Hartsock that fell incomplete.
Then, after Seattle took an intentional safety and punted a free kick to Carolina, the Seahawks' defense pinned their ears back, rushed Newton, sacked him; and recovered the ball to end the game.
Seattle's defense has been stellar this young NFL season so far, impressing experts and fans alike with a hard-hitting, relentless pressure attack that troubles opponents all game long.
Cam Newton is having a sophomore slump so far this season after a magical rookie campaign, Carolina and its fans can only hope that the talented second-year quarterback can regain his form quickly for the Panthers to have any shot at having a successful season.