The setup: Seahawks facing third-and-five from Panthers' 36, 11:05 remaining in second quarter.
What happened: After completing a third-down out route to Sidney Rice on the left sideline earlier in the drive, Seattle QB Russell Wilson threw an out to the right side for Rice. He caught it in front of Josh Norman and gained 11 yards.
Why it mattered: Wilson released the ball just before DE Charles Johnson hit him. A sack – and maybe even an incompletion – would have forced a punt. Instead, the Seahawks added a field goal four plays later to go up 6-0.
The setup: Panthers with a third-and-10 from the Seahawks' 49, with 1:42 remaining in the second quarter.
What happened: With no one open downfield and the pocket starting to collapse, Newton takes off around left end, makes a cut and runs for 15 yards to the Seahawks' 34.
Why it mattered: Newton's scramble extended the drive and helped set up Justin Medlock's 32-yard field goal for the Panthers' first score.
The setup: Panthers take over on their 30 following a Seahawks' punt, 2:37 remaining in the third quarter.
What happened: Running to left, RB DeAngelo Williams is hit and stripped by CB Brandon Browner, who recovers the fumble, giving Seattle possession at the Panthers' 27.
Why it mattered: After several stops by the Panthers' defense, the Seahawks took advantage of the short field. Five plays after Williams' fumble, Wilson threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Golden Tate to give the Seahawks a 13-10 lead.
Newton's bad throw
The setup: Panthers with a fourth-and-goal from the 1, 3:47 remaining in fourth quarter.
What happened: Newton rolls to his right and sees backup TE Ben Hartsock come open late. Newton tries to guide the ball to Hartsock, and it never gets to him, skipping off the grass in the end zone for an incompletion.
Why it mattered: Newton had driven the Panthers 79 yards and seemed poised to get his first signature fourth-quarter victory. Instead, the Panthers fell short and failed to finish a game late again.
Big Money's missed tackle
The setup: Seahawks facing a third-and-7 from the Seattle 4, 2:58 remaining in the fourth quarter.
What happened: Lynch took a handoff and ran up the middle. DE Charles Johnson had a clear shot at Lynch short of the first-down marker, but Lynch bounced off Johnson for an 11-yard gain.
Why it mattered: The Panthers would have gotten the ball back with more than two minutes left had they stopped the Seahawks. Instead, Seattle milked more time off the clock and gave the ball back with less than a minute remaining.