It’s a good thing the Panthers were deep at defensive end.
Backup Frank Alexander was just ejected for throwing a punch at Seahawks right tackle Breno Giacomini in front of an official, earning him a scolding from wide receiver Steve Smith on his way to the tunnel.
But Alexander was fortunate the guy he’s backing up bailed him out.
Charles Johnson kept the Seahawks from capitalizing on the drive Alexander extended with his senseless penalty, forcing a Russell Wilson fumble which allowed the Panthers to hold onto a 7-3 halftime lead.
Both defenses are playing well, but the Panthers put together an efficient second-quarter touchdown drive, with Cam Newton finding Smith in a small crease for the score.