PANTHERS 17 After losing three straight, the Seattle Seahawks decided to go back to the basics against Carolina. It worked.
Shaun Alexander gained 195 yards rushing on 32 carries and Matt Hasselbeck recovered from a dismal performance last weekend, throwing for 201 yards to lead the Seahawks to a 23-17 win over the Panthers on Sunday.
"We went back to the simple things," Alexander said. "Like, 'Let's throw it to D-Jack [Darrell Jackson]. He's one-on-one and he's got a guy to beat. All right, Shaun, run through the hole. The safety's going to be there. Beat him.'
"We just kind of vanilla-ed our offense, and it let us make plays."
While the Seahawks (4-3) broke their three-game losing streak, the Panthers (1-6) lost their fifth straight.
"Until you win the next one and kind of wash away some of the bad taste, it's tough," Seattle Coach Mike Holmgren said. "The players bounced back, and the win is huge for us."
Josh Brown kicked three field goals in the second half, connecting from 27, 45 and 22 yards to give the Seahawks a comfortable cushion. His final kick put Seattle up 23-10 with 5 minutes 42 seconds left.
The injury-riddled Panthers have been competitive in their five straight losses, though it was little consolation.