Seattle Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson’s had a rough debut in his first NFL start, and his team let one slip away the desert with the Arizona Cardinals defeating Seattle 20-16.
Wilson finished 18 of 34 for 153 yards, a touchdown and an interception on a Hail Mary at the end of the first half. Wilson finished with 62.5 passer rating.
Arizona quarterback John Skelton suffered what looked to be a broken right ankle with 8:33 left in the game after Brandon Mebane fell on his leg while Skelton delivered the ball to Andre Roberts for a big gain.
But backup Kevin Kolb came in and completed an 11-play, 80-yard drive for the Cardinals, punctuated with a 6-yard touchdown pass Andre Roberts, giving Arizona the lead for good with 4:59 left.
But Wilson was poised in Seattle’s final drive, leading the Seahawks down the field and in position to win the game.
However, the Seahawks failed to score from first and goal on Arizona’s 6-yard line.
On fourth and goal from the Cardinals’ 4-yard line, Wilson’s pass sailed over the head of Braylon Edwards.
While Wilson struggled, Seattle’s Leon Washington showed the he’s still one of the best returners in the game.
Leon raced 83 yards on a kick return early in the second half, giving Seattle great field position at Arizona’s 24-yard line. Five plays later, Wilson hit Sidney Rice on an in route for a 10-yard score, cutting Arizona’s lead to 13-10.
After a Steven Hauschka 47-yard field goal tied the game at 13-all, Washington went to work again, bolting 54-yards on a punt return to Arizona’s 16-yard line.
Hauschka’s 39-yard field goal gave Seattle a 16-13 lead with just under 10 minutes remaining.
Seattle’s defense forced two turnovers and held Arizona to 2545 total yards on the day.
The Seahawks are now 13-24 all-time in season openers. Seattle head coach Pete Carroll is 4-3 in NFL season openers.
My game balls go to Washington, Mebane, Chris Clemons and Richard Sherman.
Who are you giving game balls to? And what are your thoughts on Wilson’s performance specifically, and the Seahawks overall?
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