SEATTLE — There will be more games to come Russell WilsonDenver Broncos career.
But in his first start with his new team, as well as his first return to the city where he played his first 10 NFL seasons, the quarterback’s Broncos traded five draft picks and three players — who signed for $245 million. An extension earlier this month – he was the second choice in the online season opener.
Wilson’s stat line certainly looked the part in Monday night’s 17-16 loss to the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field. He finished the emotional night 29-of-42 passing for 340 yards and a touchdown.
But with 20 seconds left, Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett elected to play. Brandon McManus Instead of allowing Wilson to lead the game on fourth-and-5 at the Seahawks 46-yard line, he attempted a 64-yard field goal.
“We were on the line. [of McManus’ range]” said Hackett. “… Brandon gave him his best shot. … Obviously, I wish we were closer. We were in that field goal range, so it put us in that weird spot. And take our shot right there.”
Wilson offered to take it.
“We had the best field goal in the game,” Wilson said … “We got there and unfortunately it didn’t go in … I believe in Coach Hackett, I believe in what we are. I believe in everything I’m doing.”
“I don’t think it was the wrong decision,” Wilson added.
McManus’ first attempt sailed wide left, but Seahawks coach Pete Carroll called a timeout before the penalty. “I’m glad he got that out of the way. We had a lot of distance and thought we could do it,” Hackett said.
“I was surprised,” Carroll said, that the Broncos chose to punt.
“We weren’t thinking about a field goal there.” “We were thinking it was fourth down and they were still going. So he gave us a chance to win the game on that play. He was lucky there. Luckily they didn’t run the ball. He kicked the hell out of it.”
McManus’ second attempt sailed wide left, and the Seahawks quarterback tripped. Geno SmithWho won the battle of the training camp Drew Lock As Wilson’s replacement for the job, he took the knee in three innings to close out a stirring night around him. Lock was one of three players the Broncos sent to the Seahawks in March’s blockbuster.
“It was a special game because I played with my best friends,” Wilson said.
“I wouldn’t be where I am today without this place… but I didn’t play [tonight] Just for this one game. I have a big mission.”
The Wilson-Seahawks meeting has been circled on multiple calendars since the release of the full NFL schedule. Wilson, his new teammates with the Broncos and Seahawks all officially played another game card.
But the question of whether Wilson will be buzzing after 10 seasons in Seattle that included nine Pro Bowl selections, two Super Bowl trips and one Lombardi Trophy was answered the moment Wilson took the field for pregame activities. The Seahawks faithful cheered throughout.
The crowd, as if in an effort to show that many of those on hand were moving forward, chanted “Ge-no, Ge-no, Ge-no” every time Smith made a play of note, and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said more every time the Broncos had the ball. He was motioning for the crowd to boo. The crowd chanted Smith’s name as the quarterback took those final knees to seal the victory.
“It didn’t bother me,” Wilson said. “It was a hostile environment; it always has been. I didn’t expect to get a standing ovation every once in a while. I gave it my all here, every day, every day, and anyone who says otherwise is completely wrong.”
Wilson and the Broncos’ offense had a rough start, with Wilson not targeting a wide receiver until he connected on a pass attempt. Jerry J.D 67-yard catch-and-run touchdown with 5 minutes, 34 seconds left in the first half. But overall, when things got tough, the Broncos couldn’t turn 433 yards of offense into enough points.
Denver races Melvin Gordon III And Javonte Williams They each failed to counter two scoring drives on plays that started at the Seahawks’ 1-yard line, and the Broncos failed to score on their other two drives inside the Seattle 20-yard line.
They won despite the Broncos committing 12 penalties (for 106 yards) and the Seahawks having just 253 total yards and no second-half points.
“I thought he played really well, he took care of the football, he made great decisions, he was able to make some explosive plays, he was able to spread the ball around the field,” Hackett said of Wilson. I was very upset with him.”
Smith, on the other hand, was almost perfect in the first half. Smith completed the game’s first 13 passes, going 17-of-18 with two touchdowns to lead the Seahawks to a 17-13 halftime advantage. In the second half, the Broncos defense came out.
“We have removed the barriers [in the first half]Broncos linebacker Bradley Chubb he said.
“When we fixed it … we got back on track.”
As Wilson explained, “We made a lot of great plays, we threw the ball down the field … we had a lot of great things. But the fact is we didn’t get the ball in the end zone on red zone plays.”
Wilson entered the stadium several hours before the start of a fashion week-worthy collection, and almost every moment was a reenactment as he walked around the stadium and in the heat.
Here, with a handshake and a wave, Wilson at least continued his work of trying to continue the script he and the rest of the Broncos had tried to keep all along in the days and weeks leading up to Monday’s game.
Former Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman It appeared on the stadium video boards 30 minutes before kick-off to a standing ovation. and former running back Marshawn Lynch He was one of several former Seahawks who moved to the sidelines during warmups.
It all ended with McManus’ mission and Seattle’s “12” Wilson hoping to welcome him back.
“Tonight was special,” Wilson said.
“It was still a special environment in my favorite place.”