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Panthers Move to 5-0; Stun Seahawks 27-23 in Final Seconds in Seattle

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It was a season changing win for the Panthers on Sunday in Seattle, not that their season really needed changing for any reason.

More like a statement win, as the Panthers put to bed the demons of their playoff loss from last year with a stunning 27-23 win in maybe the toughest place in the NFL to play.

Cam Newton capped Carolina’s fourth-quarter rally with a 26-yard touchdown pass to tight end Greg Olsen with 32 seconds left to secure the huge Panthers win.

Down nine points at 23-14, the Panthers went 80 yards on each of its final two possessions for touchdowns that put Carolina into victory mode to improve to 5-0 on the year.

”This was one of the bigger victories we’ve had since I’ve been here,” Carolina coach Ron Rivera said.

Newton was 12 of 15 for 169 yards in the fourth quarter and threw for 269 yards overall.

His first 80-yard drive in the final quarter resulted in Jonathan Stewart’s second 1-yard touchdown run with 3:55 left to cut Seattle’s lead to 23-20. But Graham Gano pulled the extra point wide left.

The Panthers defense was able to force a three-and-out for Seattle, and Newton led a final 80-yard scoring drive that left Seattle stunned for the second straight week.

”We’re doing what we expected to do,” Newton said. ”It comes as no surprise to us. It was going to be a big game. We were going to expect a lot from so many players.”

Carolina took possession at its 20 with 2:20 remaining and two quick passes got the ball to its 46 at the two-minute warning.

Newton hit Ed Dickson to the Seattle 40, but Bruce Irvin sacked Newton back near midfield, forcing them to use their final timeout with 1:20 remaining.

Newton rebounded to hit Devin Funchess for 16 yards and Jerricho Cotchery caught a contested 7-yard pass. After spiking the ball and moving quickly to the line, Newton saw confusion in Seattle’s secondary, hitting Olsen wide open for the winning score.

”You’re not open that much against these guys,” Olsen said. ”They cover so much ground, there’s usually bodies around you when you catch the ball. But we’ll take it.”

Carolina is 5-0 for the second time in franchise history. The previous year was 2003 when the Panthers went 11-5 and reached the Super Bowl.

Sunday’s win could be the biggest they have had since that Super Bowl season.

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