David Newton ESPN Staff Writer
The game began with NFL MVP Cam Newton being benched for the opening series and went downhill from there for the Panthers. Derek Anderson was intercepted on the first play and the Seahawks were up 10-0 before it was perfectly clear Newton was benched for disciplinary reasons. Outside of a 55-yard touchdown pass from Newton to Ted Ginn Jr. this was all Seattle. Carolina's 23-7 halftime deficit is three more what it was in the third quarter last season when the Panthers staged a second-half comeback here. Such a rally seems unlikely with this team.