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Wilson leads Hawks over Panthers

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) looks to pass against the Carolina Panthers during the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. Photo: KPUG/AP Photo/Bob Leverone

Wilson leads Hawks over Panthers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Russell Wilson threw for 320 yards, including a 43-yard fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse to lift the Seattle Seahawks to a 12-7 win Sunday over the Carolina Panthers.

The Seahawks managed just two field goals before Kearse beat cornerback Josh Thomas down the right sideline for the go-ahead score with 10:13 left.

The Panthers held Marshawn Lynch to 43 yards rushing, but Wilson picked up the slack by completing 25 of 33 passes.

The Panthers threatened to take the lead late, but safety Earl Thomas forced DeAngelo Williams to fumble at the Seattle 8. Defensive tackle Tony McDaniel recovered with 5:25 left. The Seahawks ran out the clock from there.

Cam Newton was held to 125 yards passing and one touchdown, a 3-yard strike to Steve Smith in the first half.

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