Seahawks beat Russell Wilson and the Broncos in 'Monday Night Football' opener – The Washington Post

Sign in
This coverage is no longer live
Broncos frustrated again, settle for field goal
Broncos lose another goal-line fumble
DK Metcalf loses fumble to give Broncos a scoring chance
Broncos lose fumble at goal line on failed fourth-down attempt
Geno Smith powers Seahawks to halftime lead over Russell Wilson, Broncos
Broncos get field goal as first half ends
Geno Smith throws second touchdown pass of first half
Russell Wilson’s long touchdown to Jerry Jeudy draws Broncos even
Seahawks add to lead with field goal
Broncos defense gets fourth-down stop
Broncos get first-possession field goal
Geno Smith leads Seahawks to opening-drive touchdown
A miserable night turned the Dallas Cowboys into NFC East longshots
New Broncos owner Rob Walton is in attendance
Russell Wilson booed by some fans in pregame warmups
Broncos frustrated again, settle for field goal
Broncos lose another goal-line fumble
DK Metcalf loses fumble to give Broncos a scoring chance
Broncos lose fumble at goal line on failed fourth-down attempt
Geno Smith powers Seahawks to halftime lead over Russell Wilson, Broncos
Broncos get field goal as first half ends
Geno Smith throws second touchdown pass of first half
Russell Wilson’s long touchdown to Jerry Jeudy draws Broncos even
Seahawks add to lead with field goal
Broncos defense gets fourth-down stop
Broncos get first-possession field goal
Geno Smith leads Seahawks to opening-drive touchdown
A miserable night turned the Dallas Cowboys into NFC East longshots
New Broncos owner Rob Walton is in attendance
Russell Wilson booed by some fans in pregame warmups
The Denver Broncos traded three players and a king’s ransom of draft picks to the Seattle Seahawks in March for Russell Wilson. They handed the nine-time Pro Bowl quarterback and former Super Bowl winner a five-year, $245 million contract extension this month. They made it clear with the trade and the contract that they are entrusting Wilson to restore the Broncos to contender status after six straight non-playoff seasons.
But, curiously, with Wilson’s first game with his new team on the line Monday night in his return to Seattle, his coach took the outcome out of Wilson’s hands. Nathaniel Hackett, in his first game as an NFL head coach, brought Wilson to the sideline and opted to attempt a field goal that would have matched the second longest in league history.
The Broncos remain unable to reach the end zone in the second half and they could not take their first lead of the night.
They held the ball for 15 plays but settled for a 26-yard field goal by kicker Brandon McManus to pull to within 17-16 with 6:13 to play.
The Broncos reached the Seattle 3-yard line. Wilson’s first-and-goal pass was caught by tight end Eric Tomlinson. But the officials ruled Tomlinson was out of bounds along the right sideline, with one foot apparently on the line. The Broncos did not challenge.
The Broncos lost a fumble at the goal line for a second straight possession.
This time, running back Javonte Williams fumbled on a third-and-goal carry from the 1-yard line. The Seahawks made the recovery in the end zone for a touchback.
ANOTHER goal line fumble forced by the @Seahawks!

📺: #DENvsSEA on ESPN/ABC
📱: Stream on NFL+ https://t.co/54o9fOPBKO pic.twitter.com/mQeRxMeKIt
The Broncos had gotten a first down at the Seattle 4-yard line on a pass interference penalty. The Seahawks have done basically nothing on offense in this quarter but have stayed in the lead because of the fumbles by Melvin Gordon and Williams.
The Broncos have a scoring opportunity after a turnover by the Seahawks.
Seattle wide receiver DK Metcalf lost a fumble after a catch. Safety Justin Simmons made the recovery for the Broncos and provided a 17-yard return.
They take possession at the Seattle 32-yard line.
The Seahawks stayed in front with a goal line stand by their defense.
They stopped Broncos tailback Melvin Gordon on a fourth-and-goal carry from inside the 1-yard line. Gordon lost a fumble on the play. The Seahawks recovered and take possession at their 10-yard line.
GOAL LINE STAND. @Seahawks

📺: #DENvsSEA on ESPN/ABC
📱: Stream on NFL+ https://t.co/54o9fOPBKO pic.twitter.com/NqXgyAYAk9
Broncos Coach Nathaniel Hackett left his offense on the field after Gordon was stopped just shy of the goal line on a third-down catch.
A pass interference penalty gave the Broncos a first down at the Seattle 9-yard line.
First, quarterback Russell Wilson was booed by many of the fans at Lumen Field in his return to Seattle.
Then he was upstaged — at least in the first half — by his former understudy, new Seahawks starter Geno Smith.
Smith threw two touchdown passes and the Seahawks lead Wilson’s Broncos, 17-13, at halftime.
Smith is a starter entering an NFL season for the first time since 2014 with the New York Jets. He was Wilson’s backup last season, then beat out newcomer Drew Lock for the starting job this year after Wilson was traded to the Broncos in March. The Seahawks went with Smith instead of adding a prominent veteran or drafting a rookie capable of stepping in immediately to be the starter.
The Broncos pulled closer with a field goal as time expired in the first half.
Kicker Brandon McManus connected from 40 yards. It was his second field goal of the half.
Russell Wilson had a 30-yard completion to wide receiver Courtland Sutton on the drive. Seahawks safety Quandre Diggs dropped a would-be interception in the end zone on a deep pass by Wilson, but the Broncos were pushed back with a sack by the Seahawks.
Geno Smith is carving up the Denver defense in the first half.
He threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to tight end Colby Parkinson to put the Seahawks back in front. Parkinson found a seam in the defense on the right side of the field, and Smith delivered an on-target throw.
Geno is absolutely DEALING. @Seahawks break the tie! @GenoSmith3

📺: #DENvsSEA on ESPN/ABC
📱: Stream on NFL+ https://t.co/54o9fOPBKO pic.twitter.com/NViQ85aJrY
Smith had completions of 16 yards to wide receiver Marquise Goodwin and 18 yards to Parkinson earlier on the drive. He completed his first 13 passes of the game and is now 17 for 18 for 164 yards and two touchdowns.
Russell Wilson threw his first touchdown pass for the Broncos with a 67-yard strike to wide receiver Jerry Jeudy.
Wilson lofted a pass to Jeudy on the left side of the field.
BIG PLAY, @JERRYJEUDY!

📺: #DENvsSEA on ESPN/ABC
📱: Stream on NFL+ https://t.co/54o9fOPBKO pic.twitter.com/wnuZFwmZSF
Jeudy made the catch, broke a tackle and sprinted to the end zone. It was his first touchdown catch since his rookie season in 2020.
Wilson has completed seven of 10 passes for 153 yards and a touchdown so far.
Geno Smith is off to a 12-for-12 passing start and the Seahawks have a seven-point lead in the second quarter in Seattle. Kicker Jason Myers provided a 49-yard field goal.
The Broncos aided the Seahawks’ drive with a taunting penalty called on linebacker Jonathon Cooper. But the Seahawks moved backward with a holding penalty and an eight-yard loss by wide receiver DK Metcalf on a catch.
The Seahawks were stopped on a fourth-and-inches quarterback sneak by Geno Smith from the Denver 7-yard line.
Smith appeared to slip after taking the snap and failed to make any progress. His third-and-two completion to tight end Noah Fant had come up just shy of the first-down marker. Fant had a 13-yard catch earlier on the drive, and the Seahawks got another 15 yards on a personal foul by the Broncos.
Tailback Rashaad Penny provided a 12-yard run.
Russell Wilson’s first drive with the Broncos resulted in a field goal. Kicker Brandon McManus connected from 30 yards.
Wilson had completions of 25 and 27 yards to tight end Andrew Beck during the drive. Beck made a leaping, one-handed catch on the second of those.
Andrew Beck came to play. @Broncos

📺: #DENvsSEA on ESPN/ABC
📱: Stream on NFL+ https://t.co/54o9fOPBKO pic.twitter.com/WoCDxoeLMv
The drive bogged down with a near-interception thrown by Wilson and a false-start penalty on the Broncos. Wilson’s third-and-10 completion to running back Melvin Gordon gained only six yards, leading to the field goal.
Wilson was booed again by many fans when he took the field with his Broncos teammates before the game, holding a football in his right arm. ESPN, which is carrying the game, reported that there appeared to be “no exchange” between Wilson and Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll before the game.
The Seahawks have the early lead on the Broncos in Russell Wilson’s return to Seattle. And Wilson’s successor as the Seahawks’ quarterback, Geno Smith, is off to a great start.
Smith completed all four of his passes for 71 yards on the game’s opening possession. He threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to tight end Will Dissly against a blitz by the Broncos.
What a START! @GenoSmith3 improvises to @Will_Diss. Place is electric!

📺: #DENvsSEA on ESPN/ABC
📱: Stream on NFL+ https://t.co/54o9fOPBKO pic.twitter.com/kKRPdF44Nl
Smith eluded the pass rush, moved up in the pocket and lofted a pass to the open Dissly, who made the catch and coasted into the end zone.
Earlier, Smith connected with Tyler Lockett for 17 yards and with fellow wide receiver DK Metcalf for nine yards. (Seahawks 7, Broncos 0 with 11:26 left in first quarter)
The NFC East race is a lot more interesting after the first Sunday of the regular season than it appeared to be headed into Week 1.
The Washington Commanders, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants all won on Sunday, leaving the Dallas Cowboys, last year’s NFC East winner, as the sole loser in the division. That 0-1 record is the least of America’s Team’s concerns. Quarterback Dak Prescott was injured in the season-opening 19-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday night and will require surgery on his thumb, sidelining him between six to eight weeks.
This is an excerpt from a full story.
The new owners of the Broncos are on hand in Seattle for their first game.
Walmart heir Rob Walton, his daughter Carrie Walton Penner and her husband Greg Penner were on the field before the game.
Rob Walton, Carrie Walton Penner, Greg Penner. Broncos owners get to stand on sideline pregame. #9sports pic.twitter.com/iPChY2agNg
They led a group of investors that purchased the Broncos from the Pat Bowlen Trust for an NFL-record $4.65 billion. The deal was officially ratified last month by NFL team owners.

source

Leave a Comment