GREEN BAY, Wis. – After scoring more than enough, and then some, in winning their first two preseason games, the Seahawks scored just enough at Lambeau Field on Friday.
The victory extended the Seahawks’ franchise record for consecutive preseason victories to eight, and the nationally televised game was played before a Lambeau Field-record crowd of 74,030. It was a record because 7,000 seats were added to venerable venue during the offseason.
The Seahawks will close out their 38th preseason on Thursday night when they host the Oakland Raiders at CenturyLink Field.
The Seahawks played without three offensive starters – wide receiver
The first half ended in a 3-3 tie, but there was a lot more action than that score would indicate. And it wasn’t all good.
The Seahawks took the opening kickoff and drove 71 yards in 12 plays to a 27-yard field goal by Steven Hauschka. Wilson was 5 of 5 for 67 yards to five different receivers, including hitting a 17-yarder to Luke Willson on third-and-9 and a 27-yarder to Doug Baldwin on third-and-8. Wilson also ran for 13 yards on the first play on the drive. But he was sacked by Clay Matthews, who beat
The Packers came right back and drove 52 yards in 11 plays to a 38-yard field by Mason Crosby to tie the score with 3:07 left in the quarter. The big play was Aaron Rodgers’ 22-yard pass to Jermichael Finley to the Seattle 24-yard line.
Second-year right guard
Each team began the second quarter with a three-and-out, as the Packers’ Graham Harrell took over at QB for Aaron Rodgers.
The teams then traded turnovers, with All-Pro free safety
Jarrett Boykin appeared to catch a pass for a first down on the play where Thomas forced the fumble, but Seahawks coach Pete Carroll challenged the call and the review showed that Thomas had knocked the ball from his grasp. It was the kind of play you expect from an All-Pro free safety, in a half when Thomas played like one.
The Packers appeared to take the lead with 2:12 left when Harrell passed 4 yards to Jermichael Finley on fourth-and-2. But the play was reviewed and the replay showed the ball went through Finley’s hands, so the Seahawks took over at their own 5.
The chippy first half, the Seahawks’ lowest scoring of the preseason, included three turnovers – Wilson’s two interceptions and Thomas’ fumble-forcing play.
The game remained tied, at 10, after three quarters. The Seahawks took the lead in emphatic fashion as rookie running back Christine Michael broke a 43-yard run for his first NFL touchdown with 9:38 left in the quarter. Stephen Williams had a nice run after catching a pass from Russell Wilson to pick up just enough yards on a third-and-16 play during the five-play, 45-yard drive.
The Packers tied it on a 1-yard TD pass from Vince Young to Jonathan Amosa with 3:41 left. The 11-play, 80-yard drive came against the Seahawks’ No. 2 defense.
The Seahawks regained the lead for good on Williams’ third touchdown catch of the preseason. This one was a 42-yarder with 8:51 left, as he took Quinn’s pass away from Packers cornerback Lance Means at the goal line. Michael one-handed a pass from Quinn and turned it into a 25-yard gain to the Packers’ 42-yard line on the five-play, 81-yard drive.
Williams, meanwhile, has three TD catches in as many games from two different QBs. Plays that covered 42 yards (from