Seahawks top Panthers 16-12.

Seahawks top Panthers 16-12.

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CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 07: Golden Tate #81 of the Seattle Seahawks makes a catch as Captain Munnerlyn #41 of the Carolina Panthers defends during play at Bank of America Stadium on October 7, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

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by Darnay Tripp

KREM.com

Posted on October 7, 2012 at 6:50 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Russell Wilson threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Golden Tate with 35 seconds left in the third quarter to help the Seattle Seahawks beat the Carolina Panthers 16-12 on Sunday.

Wilson shook off two third quarter interceptions -- including one that was returned for a touchdown -- and outperformed Cam Newton on a struggle-filled day for the Carolina offense.

Wilson threw for 221 yards, while Marshawn Lynch ran for 85 yards for the Seahawks (3-2).

Newton threw for 141 yards on 12-for-29 passing, while the Panthers managed just 190 total yards. Their only touchdown came on Captain Munnerlyn's 33-yard interception return early in the third quarter.

Carolina started the season with plenty of optimism with the return of Newton to lead a high-scoring offense, but the Panthers (1-4) struggled against the tough Seahawks defense all afternoon

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