Clare Farnsworth of seahawks.com says players credited coach Pete Carroll for turning a 14-0 deficit into a 31-14 victory over Carolina in a game that kept Seattle tied for first place in the NFC West. Safety Lawyer Milloy: "It was all our coach. He’s the No. 1 reason. He talked about adversity, and how you handle it. He thought we didn’t handle adversity the last few weeks. He wanted to see us respond. We all got the message and came out pumped." The Panthers have been outscored 93-29 in fourth quarters this season. They had outscored opponents 36-29 in third quarters until Seattle outscored Carolina 21-0 in the third quarter Sunday.
Also from Farnsworth: thoughts on the ceremony to honor Walter Jones.
Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says Ben Obomanu thinks he'll be able to play against San Francisco in Week 14, but the outlook for fellow receiver Mike Williams is less clear. Seattle played much of its game against Carolina with three wide receivers. O'Neil: "Seattle hosted Dwayne Jarrett and former Seahawk Bobby Engram for tryouts two weeks ago so the Seahawks might be looking again."
Also from O'Neil: Carroll wasn't quite sure how Seattle reversed its fortunes so dramatically after falling behind 14-0 to the previously 1-10 Panthers. He used the word "mystical" to describe what happened. The words "Jimmy Clausen" also apply.
More from O'Neil: Leon Washington's gaffes in the return game could have cost Seattle. Washington, after getting tripped up by the Panthers punter: "One thing I will do next time, I will try to pull the Forrest Gump and run clean through the stadium to make sure I score."
More yet from O'Neil: Seattle honored Jones with a brief ceremony and the team's strongest rushing performance of the season.
More still from O'Neil: That was Lofa Tatupu making a game-changing play. Milloy: "He recognized the formation and made a heck of a play. That's why he's got that 'C' on his shirt. Those are the kind of plays we need Lofa to make."
Steve Kelley of the Seattle Times says Seattle's performance Sunday accurately reflected the team's nature this season. Kelley: "It can look like the worst team in the league, all missed tackles and turnovers, then make one big play, and then another play. It is capable of changing a game's momentum in a flash, capable of turning something ugly into something to savor."
Doug Pacey of the Tacoma News Tribune checks in with Seattle's running backs following a cathartic performance. Justin Forsett: "We needed this game, we’ve been through a lot as a run game. A lot of people doubt us, and to go out and show what we can do and what we’re capable of is key for us and sends a message to everyone else."
Eric D. Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune says the Seahawks got valuable contributions from tight end Cameron Morrah.
Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune tries to make sense of the Seahawks' unusual performance. Boling: "How could the Seahawks come out so flat and lifeless while playing in front of the kind of crowds they get at Qwest Field, and knowing how important every game is to their postseason hopes? A mystery. Even with the number of injuries (they lost two receivers in the first half) and turnovers they’ve had, they still should never come out and immediately be on their heels against a 1-10 team. Maybe this team has forgotten what it’s like to be competitive every weekend. It’s been a while, after all."