Posted September 08, 2013 on AP on Fox
Cam Newton and the Carolina Panther sputtered on offense for much of the day. And they still had a chance to beat the Seattle Seahawks. Coach Ron Rivera thinks that's one reason to be encouraged about his team's chances for this season. Newton threw a touchdown pass to Steve Smith in the first half, but that was all the offense for Carolina in a 12-7 loss to Seattle in Sunday's opening game. ''We had the opportunity to beat a team that people are crowning right now,'' Rivera said. ''It should be a wake-up call for us that we can play with anybody. We are going to be winning some football games.'' Russell Wilson threw a 43-yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse in the fourth quarter and Seattle's defense came up with a huge turnover in the final minutes to send the Panthers to a fifth straight loss in season openers. ''The season is not over,'' Smith said. ''We're not a team where all of the reports are we have to start fast or the season is over. If that means the season is ove...
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