Yeah I wish it was that simple. The Panthers sent three guys on vertical routes. That means we had 7 guys blocking. The Seahawks had a 3 man rush with two QB spies. Greg Olsen's linebacker might have not been a spy but effectively he was because Greg Olsen was blocking.
So it was 3 receivers vs 6 defensive backs. Cam thew to the guy in single coverage. Can't say I blame him.
I had the same impression live but recently saw a replay and Benjamin was wide open twenty yards downfield. It's a shame Cam didn't see him because he could have run for another 15 yards easy. Was right in front of Cam too - the only thing I can figure is Benjamin must have flashed open right after Cam decided to chuck it deep.
The other thing that surprised me is how little Cam got on the throw. It traveled a good distance but Philly stopped his route soon after the ball was in the air. I've got to think Cam was aiming further downfield and just didn't get the power he wanted. Maybe Cam's back flared up? It's obvious it was underthrown but on replay it looked like more than just a typical underthrow to me.