CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Bruce Irvin raced past an offensive lineman and chopped down on Cam Newton’s arm as the quarterback loaded up to throw downfield.
The ball popped free and into the hands of a teammate, capping the latest strong performance by a Seattle Seahawks defense that made life miserable for Newton and the Carolina Panthers.
Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Golden Tate with 35 seconds left in the third quarter, while the defense kept the Panthers offense out of the end zone in Seattle’s 16-12 win on Sunday.
Wilson shook off two third-quarter interceptions — including one returned for a touchdown — and outperformed Newton on a day Carolina’s offense struggled, finishing with only 190 yards.
That included forcing Newton into an incompletion on a fourth-and-goal from the 1 with 3:47 left.
‘‘It wasn’t easy; it might have looked like it was, but it wasn’t easy because of all the stuff they do,’’ Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. ‘‘And they tried all their options and stuff, and we were able to stay in synch with it, so it’s a fantastic job defensively.”
Wilson threw for 221 yards, and Marshawn Lynch ran for 85 yards for Seattle (3-2) in its first road win. Next up is a home game with the Patriots.
Newton threw for a career-low 141 yards on 12-for-29 passing and was sacked four times. He also ran for 42 yards.
The only touchdown for the Panthers (1-4) came on Captain Munnerlyn’s 33-yard interception return in the third quarter.