Another game, another close one for the Seattle Seahawks (5-5), but this time they came away with the win. Russell Wilson’s clutch touchdown pass on 3rd down to Ed Dickson with five minutes remaining proved to be the game-winner, as they defeated the Green Bay Packers (4-5-1) 27-24 after a horrendous start at CenturyLink Field. It was an uneven performance as a whole, but they’ve kept their playoff hopes alive in front of a national audience. A win is a win is a win.
The Seahawks got the ball first and Chris Carson fumbled it right away, with the Packers recovering at the Seattle 30. It took only three plays for Aaron Jones to run it in for the touchdown. It wasn’t even a struggle. 7-0 Packers.
Teams are exploiting one of the #Seahawks biggest weaknesses: toss plays to the edge. For some reason they can't guard them... The #Rams did it last week. #Packers this week for this TD to Aaron Jones. #GBvsSEApic.twitter.com/uHACCMwzQC— Samuel Gold (@SamuelRGold) November 16, 2018
Seattle’s response to this awful start was a three-and-out. Aaron Rodgers came out and torched Tre Flowers for 41 yards on a deep ball to Davante Adams all the way to the Seattle 36. Luckily the drive only went seven more yards, and Mason Crosby’s field goal went wide left. Rashaad Penny then weaved his way for a ridiculous 30-yard run before limping off on that tackle. Seattle eventually was forced into 4th and 1 at the GB 29, with Chris Carson running for 10 yards after going for it.
Unfortunately, Wilson missed a wide open touchdown to Doug Baldwin on this drive, luckily Sebastian Janikowski made his field goal. 7-3 Packers.
After a couple of first downs, Aaron Rodgers did some ridiculous magic for a 54-yard touchdown to some guy named Robert Tonyan. 14-3 Packers.
The Seahawks offense finally got into proper gear with a 14-play, 77-yard drive capped off by a Russell Wilson six-yard throw to Doug Baldwin for #89’s first touchdown of the season. A good thing that happened considering Wilson missed Baldwin on a TD on the previous play. 14-10 Packers.
A big kick return by Trevor Davis into Seattle territory was nullified due to a debatable holding penalty on former Seahawk Korey Toomer. That proved vital as Green Bay only mustered about 15 yards before a Frank Clark sack forced a punt.
Russell Wilson took a deep shot on play-action on the next snap, underthrowing Tyler Lockett but drawing pass interference inside the Green Bay 25. After a Nick Vannett catch-and-run to the 1, Chris Carson atoned for his lost fumble from earlier and punched it in from a yard out to give Seattle the lead. 17-14 Seahawks.
Aaron Jones sliced up Seattle’s defense in the four-minute offense, raking in a 24-yard touchdown catch to cap off a brilliant individual drive. Austin Calitro was unable to cope with the Packers RB deep downfield. 21-17 Packers at halftime.
It looked as if the Packers were about to get into scoring position for their first 2nd half drive, but a block in the back penalty negated an Aaron Jones run to the Seattle 30. Aaron Rodgers’ third-down throw deep to Davante Adams, whom at that point already had 109 yards receiving, was behind him and incomplete, thus forcing a punt. Seattle went three-and-out anyway, rendering that moot, but so did the Packers shortly thereafter. Bobby Wagner having to defend Adams deep downfield is usually a nightmare, but he (perhaps fortunately) avoided pass interference and forced an incompletion. Of course, the Seahawks repeated their three-and-out struggles. To their credit, the defense held up and sacked Aaron Rodgers twice to prevent them from extending their lead.
Just when it looked as if the Seahawks would go three-and-out again, a 27-yard pass to David Moore was initially ruled incomplete, but then successfully challenged to a catch-and-fumble, as it was ruled that Moore took several steps before losing control.
That's a catch (and fumble).pic.twitter.com/BVbC1b5Kh2— Samuel Gold (@SamuelRGold) November 16, 2018
After a clutch third-down conversion by Chris Carson into the red zone, Seattle lost 16 yards through a sack and a false start. Mike Davis ran a draw play to get them back into FG range, with Seabass converting. 21-20 Packers.
With a critical 3rd and 9, Rodgers found Davante Adams for 57 yards after torching Shaquill Griffin. Seattle made a crucial red zone stop courtesy of Rasheem Green’s first NFL sack, leading to a field goal for Mason Crosby. 24-20 Packers.
Tyler Lockett came up huge with consecutive chunk plays in the passing game. First was a third-down conversion for 18 yards, then a 34-yard snag off of play-action on the next play. Three snaps later, Russell Wilson beat the blitz and found Ed Dickson down the seam for the go-ahead score. 27-24 Seahawks with 5:08 to go.
The Packers went three-and-out on the ensuing possession, giving the Seahawks the ball back with 4:11 to go and only one timeout. Russell Wilson kept on a zone-read for a clutch first-down. After burning their final timeout, Green Bay needed a stop or game over... and Mike Davis converted on 2nd down, thus confirming victory for the Seahawks. Three kneels and that’s a wrap! 27-24 Seahawks final.
Seahawks injury report
DB Justin Coleman was briefly out in the 1st quarter as his foot was being looked at.
LG JR Sweezy was replaced by Jordan Simmons for a few series due to cramps.
Next week’s opponent
The Seahawks are back on the road to take on the Carolina Panthers (6-3) at 10 AM PT (FOX) on Sunday, November 25th.