The following drive saw the Seahawks struggle to gain any traction. After a short two-yard gain on first down, Seattle had two incompletions, giving the Packers the ball right back. Wilson was pressured and threw the ball away on second down. For third down, he appeared to hold the ball too long and overthrow his outlet Nick Vannett in the flat, a common theme for most of three quarters. Wilson was high and erratic regularly throughout the first three periods of play.
The following drive saw Seattle get their legs under them, literally. Rashaad Penny and Carson started to churn. Penny’s 30-yard scamper on the first snap put Seattle in an excellent position to do some damage. On fourth and one at the Packers 29, Seattle gambled, and Carson came up aces.
The next series of plays is bad football by anybody’s definition. It started with a two-yard loss to Lockett. On second down Russell airmailed an easy touchdown over Doug Baldwin‘s head. Despite a clean pocket, and a wide-open Baldwin. Then, Wilson threw to the corner, as David Moore was coming back to the quarterback. RW3 indicated that he had made the wrong read coming off the field.
Seattle and Wilson left four critical points on the field, something this current edition of the Seahawks seems to do far too often early in games, and it’s bitten them in the tail, time after time.
After 15 minutes of play, Wilson was an anemic three out of eight for 12 yards and 4 overthrows. It appeared that was going to be a long night through the air, or that once again, Seattle’s fortune would rest squarely on the shoulders of their stable of backs.