[caption id="attachment_27756" align="alignright" width="480"] Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Kevin Norwood (81) is hit by Carolina Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly (59) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, in Charlotte. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)[/caption]
Good morning, as I depart Charlotte for the trip back to Renton for coach Pete Carroll's day-after press conference this afternoon.
Part of the reason the Seahawks traded Percy Harvin to the New York Jets two weeks ago -- besides the insubordination of refusing to come back into the loss to Dallas late in the game -- was the team’s belief in rookie wide receivers Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood.
Sunday, everyone got to see why Seattle drafted them this spring in the second and fourth rounds, respectively -- and why many of you here have been clamoring for these two guys to get in the game more.
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Richardson replaced Bryan Walters (out with a concussion) as the kickoff returner. He took on back from his own goal line to the Seattle 47 to set up the Seahawks’ only score of the first half, a 58-yard field goal by Steven Hauschka that would have been good from 65 or more.
Hauschka’s kick tied Josh Brown’s 2003 team record for longest field goal.
With the Seahawks trailing 9-6 with 4:37 left and backed up on their own 20, Wilson targeted Norwood for a 10-yard gain on which the former star at Alabama barely got his head around on his turn on his in route in time to see the pass, a dart from Wilson that stuck in Norwood’s chest plate.
Three plays later, Wilson hit Richardson for 9 yards to the Carolina 39.
To think: Richardson and Norwood weren't even active for the loss to Dallas two games ago. That was the day Harvin refused to re-enter in the fourth quarter, sealing his one-way ticket out of Seattle to the New York Jets.
“It came down to who was going to make the last play or who was going to finish the last drive,” Richardson said, “and we were able to do that.”
Wilson noticed the kids rising up in the clutch.
“To be able to go to the young guys, to Paul Richardson there, to go to Norwood … that’s what championship teams do,” Wilson said. “And we believe we still are a championship team.”
Richardson finished with two catches for 20 yards and has seven receptions this season. Norwood had two catches in two targets on Sunday for 13 yards. He has three receptions this season.