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Game at a glance: Seahawks 17, Packers 10
PLAYER OF THE GAME: CHRISTINE MICHAEL
The rookie running back did not play in last week’s victory over the Denver Broncos. But the second-round draft choice made two big plays to help the Seahawks get out of Green Bay with a win.
The most obvious was his 43-yard touchdown run that made it 10-3 with 9½ left in the third quarter. But Michael also made a one-handed catch of a pass from Brady Quinn and turned it into a 25-yard gain on the drive to what proved to be the game-winning score – Stephen Williams’ grab of a 42-yard pass from Quinn at the goal line in the fourth quarter.
Michael finished with 97 yards on 11 carries, for an 8.8-yard average. He also had 86 rushing yards in the preseason opener against the Chargers in San Diego.
“It was a big deal,” Michael said of making up for his lost time. “I was anxious to play last week. Unfortunately, I couldn’t (because of back spasms). So I was fortunate to be back out there. My body felt well. It’s just a blessing.”
Offered coach Pete Carroll, “It was really great to see Christine Michael come back. He missed the other game. But both games he’s played in he’s been a factor. He looked very good tonight.”
PLAYS OF THE GAME
Offense: Williams’ TD catch. It was his third of the preseason, but he had to reach over cornerback Loyce Means to grab this one.
“He’s really made a big statement for himself in trying to be part of this football team,” Carroll said. “It was great to see that.”
Defense: With the Packers driving for what would have been a game-tying touchdown, safety Winston Guy jarred the ball from the grasp of tight end Jake Stonebreaker at the Seahawks’ 13-yard line and defensive end Benson Mayowa recovered the fumble.
“He’s been doing well,” Carroll said of Guy, the No. 3 strong safety behind Kam Chancellor and Jeron Johnson. “He’s been playing behind some really good football players. He is a big-play guy. He got the opportunity and took advantage of it. It was really timely, obviously.”
Special teams: Steven Hauschka’s 27-yard field goal that capped the Seahawks’ game-opening 12-play, 71-yard drive.
Defensive lineman Michael Bennett left the field in the first quarter after tweaking a knee, but he returned. Carroll said there were no other injuries from the game.
Russell Wilson was 5 of 5 for 67 yards and ran once for 13 yards in the game-opening drive to a field goal.
Middle linebacker Bobby Wagner and Walter Thurmond, who started at nickel back, led the defense with five tackles each. Two of Wagner’s tackles were for losses.
Rookie Michael Bowie got some work at left guard with the No. 1 line.
The Packers sacked Wilson three times, and he threw two interceptions. Wilson’s first interception was tipped and he said he waited too long on the second pick.
Jeremy Lane returned a kickoff 41 yards.
The Packers rushed for 75 yards, but 52 of them came on two carries by running back Alex Green (31) and quarterback Vince Young (21). On their other 21 carries, the Packers averaged 1.09 yards.
YOU DON’T SAY
“We played good hard football. We did a lot of good things in this game. But the distraction was giving up 182 yards in penalties.” – Carroll on the yards lost because of 14 penalties