Pete Carroll said Friday that he was “really excited” about the role of Seattle Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls going into Week 13.
And in the first half Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, Rawls proved that Carroll’s optimism was warranted.
The Seahawks’ Thomas Rawls recorded 103 yards on 11 carries and a pair of touchdowns against the Panthers before taking a blow to the head.
The Seahawks’ second-year running back went off for 103 yards on 11 carries and a pair of touchdowns. But with 6 minutes, 11 seconds left in the second quarter, he took a blow to the head and had to undergo concussion protocol. He returned in the second half.
The Seahawks are up on the Panthers at the half, 23-7.
In the first quarter, with Seattle in the red zone, Rawls cut back, found room to his left and leaped into the end zone for an 8-yard touchdown.
Then in the second, he found a hole to the right and showed terrific breakaway speed, running away from Panthers defenders for a 45-yard touchdown. It was his longest run of the season.
Rawls entered the game with just 120 yards on 45 carries. He had missed seven games after suffering a fibula injury in Week 2 and had never looked like himself.
Last week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Seahawks scored just one field goal on 11 offensive possessions. But in the first half against the Panthers, they produced points on five of seven possessions and jumped out to the lead.
Carroll said he was convinced last week was a hiccup and not the start of a trend. The offensive performance in the first half sure made it look that way.