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Rapid Reaction: Seattle Seahawks

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A few thoughts on the Seattle Seahawks' 13-9 victory Sunday over the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium:

What it means: They won't put this one in the How To Play Offense textbook -- the exception being another masterful final drive led by Russell Wilson. The Seahawks went 80 yards in nine plays to win it with the only touchdown of the game on a 23-yard pass to tight end Luke Willson. The Seahawks improve to 4-3 and end a two-game losing streak.

Stock watch: A much better effort by the Seahawks defense, keeping Cam Newton and the Carolina offense from scoring a touchdown. Nickelback Marcus Burley had his first interception, and the players up front pressured Newton. Cliff Avril had his best game of the season with a fumble recovery and Bruce Irvin had two sacks.

Rookie beats two All-Pros: The play of the game for Carolina came on a third-and-10 for the Panthers at their 8 in the fourth quarter. Newton fired it deep from his end zone to rookie receiver Kelvin Benjamin, who was streaking down the field on a deep slant. Richard Sherman had good coverage and free safety Earl Thomas also was there as the pass arrived, but Benjamin came up with the ball for a 51-yard gain that led to the go-ahead field goal. With Sherman covering him most of the day, Benjamin had four receptions for 94 yards.

Butterfingers: One on offense and two on defense. Marshawn Lynch let a Wilson pass go right through his hands near the goal line on what likely would have been a late first-half touchdown but instead wound up an interception by Carolina's Josh Norman. Cornerback Tharold Simon had an easy interception chance in the first half sail through his hands. Linebacker K.J. Wright also had a chance for an interception as he was falling to the ground, but the ball hit him right in the chest and bounced away.

Sherm returns punts: It was a bit of a surprise when Sherman was the next man up as the team's punt returner. Rookie receiver Paul Richardson was expected to get that duty but instead returned kickoffs, including a 47-yard return. Sherman had two chances in the second half, both uneventful.

Game ball: It has to be Wilson, who engineered another winning drive after a tough day for the offense. It was the 12th time in Wilson's career that he has led the team to a comeback victory in the fourth quarter or overtime.

What's next: After back-to-back road games, the Seahawks return home for back-to-back games at CenturyLink Field, starting with the Oakland Raiders on Nov. 2. The Seahawks will host the New York Giants on Nov. 9.