Pete Carroll has always maintained that games are not won in the first quarter, the second or the third. Left unsaid is that they can be lost after only six snaps, as was the case Sunday when the Seahawks fell behind 14-0 in the first four minutes on a series of improbabilities.
By halftime, Carolina led 31-0 and appeared on its way to a dismemberment. The Seahawks pulled themselves out of a stupor with 24 second-half points. But they ran out of clock, exiting the postseason with a 31-24 loss at Bank of America Stadium (box).