In a tough win, no one was tougher than Russell Wilson


With their season opener on the line, Russell Wilson and the Seahawks’ defense made the plays they needed to get out of Charlotte with a 12-7 victory over the Carolina Panthers.

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How tough was it for the Seahawks to get out of their season opener with a victory?

As tough as Russell Wilson was on Sunday. The Seahawks’ second-year quarterback was smacked and sack, pressured and pursued, hit and harassed all afternoon by the Carolina Panthers’ defense at Bank of America Stadium.

But in the end, Wilson found a way to make the plays that allowed the Seahawks to escape with a 12-7 victory in a game that was every bit as close as that score would indicate.

“It was a tough battle today,” Wilson said. “They did a great job. Their defense was making a lot of plays. We just had to keep battling, keep making the plays when we needed to.

“That relentlessness, that’s why we need to show up every week.”

Wilson was at the head of the line of those players who showed up when most needed against the Panthers.

It was Wilson’s 43-yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse with roughly 10 minutes to play on a hot, humid day that gave the Seahawks the lead for the first time since early in the second quarter.

It was the All-Pro duo of free safety Earl Thomas and cornerback Richard Sherman teaming up to force Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams to fumble and defensive tackle Tony McDaniel’s recovery at the Seahawks’ 8-yard on the ensuing series that made the Wilson-to-Kearse score standup.

It was Wilson then directing a drive that burned the final 5