With all eyes on this one in another primetime matchup at Lumen Field, the last game of opening weekend in the NFL delivered, as the 12s would help push the hawks over the line to hold on to a 17-16 victory over former QB Russell Wilson and his Broncos.
After trading blows in the first half of a fast paced game, where the Seahawks would lead 17-13, there would only be a total of 3 points in the second half with the Broncos kicking a field goal early in the 4th quarter to make it a one score game.
With the hawks offense faltering in the second half, it seemed as if Russell was primed to perform one of his signature, come from behind victories, especially when he took the ball with 4 mins to go, and only down 1. They got into "field goal range" with 1 minute left but let the clock run all the way down to 20 seconds on a 4th and 5 from the Seahawks 46 yard line, and would choose to attempt a 64 yard field goal instead of go for it on 4th and 5. The Denver kicker, McManus, would miss the field goal and the Seahawks would kneel out a famous victory.
The story of the night ended up being the last minute of the game but the Seahawks defense will surely take a lot of the credit for the win with 2 huge fumbles forced inside the red zone to deny Russell Wilson points multiple times.
Geno Smith was operating well in the offense with 195 yards, 2 TDs and 0 INTs, a stat line Pete Carroll loves to see.
Russell Wilson was effective in the Broncos offense, with 340 yards and 1TD but struggled to maximize the opportunities in the red zone which left valuable points on the board.
There were questions with Denver Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett and his late clock management as well as his decision to kick a 64 yard field goal instead of let his new franchise QB win the game for him, a seemingly familiar story to Seahawks fans during Russell Wilson's stint in Seattle.
Pete Carroll seemed to have almost a perfect game plan to slow down his former QB, even while giving up yards, he was able to keep him out of the end zone in the most crucial moments.