Fast Facts: Seahawks shut out by Packers 17-0 in Russell Wilson’s return
Russell Wilson’s return from a finger injury didn’t help the Seahawks get their season back on track.
Wilson struggled with his throwing accuracy in his first game since October surgery to correct an injury to his right middle finger, and the Seahawks couldn’t capitalize on a strong showing by their defense in a 17-0 loss to the Packers in snowy Green Bay on Sunday.
The loss deals a sizable blow to Seattle’s playoff hopes, as it now goes into a Week 11 matchup against NFC West-leading Arizona with a 3-6 record. Green Bay, meanwhile, improved to 8-2.
It was the Seahawks’ first shutout loss since 2011, the year before Wilson’s NFL debut.
Here are the fast facts from the game.
Scoring plays and highlights
The good news for the Seahawks is that the defense continued to show signs of improvement, but their offensive woes were as evident as ever even with Wilson back.
Though Green Bay missed a field goal on its first possession, it was able to take a 3-0 lead into halftime thanks to a 27-yard kick by Mason Crosby with 9:35 to go in the second half.
The Seahawks were on the doorstep of taking the lead or tying the game in the third quarter, but a Wilson pass from the Green Bay 12 was intercepted in the end zone by Packers cornerback and former UW Huskies standout Kevin King.
Seattle at least had an answer with a pick of their own in the end zone on Green Bay’s ensuing drive. Jamal Adams made his first interception in a Seahawks uniform to end the Packers’ threat after they reached Seattle’s 15.
.@Prez WAS RIGHT THERE FOR THE PICK! 😤
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— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) November 14, 2021
The Hawks still couldn’t take advantage, however, and Wilson was intercepted again, this time by the Packers’ Adrian Amos with about eight minutes remaining.
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) November 15, 2021
The Packers were able to tack on two AJ Dillon rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter to lock up the win.
The Seahawks were held to 208 total yards (133 passing, 75 rushing), 15 first downs, and 7 of 15 on third down. The Packers had 393 total yards (287 passing, 106 rushing) and 22 first downs, and went 7 for 14 on third down.
Wilson was 20 of 40 passing for 161 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. He was also sacked three times for a total loss of 28 yards.
Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who returned after missing a week due to COVID-19, threw 23 of 37 for 292 yards, no touchdowns and an interception. He was sacked once for a loss of five yards.
Tight end Gerald Everett made eight receptions for 63 yards, both team-highs for the Seahawks. DK Metcalf was held to 26 yards on three catches, and Tyler Lockett had just 23 yards on two catches.
Alex Collins led Seattle rushers with 41 yards on 10 carries, with Wilson adding 32 yards on five rushes.
Davante Adams caught seven passes for 78 yards to lead Green Bay.
Packers running back AJ Dillon rushed for 66 yards and two TDs on 21 carries, and he added 62 yards on two caches.
Seahawks linebacker Jordyn Brooks led the team with 13 tackles, including one tackle for loss. Jamal Adams added 11 tackles and an interception. Rasheem Green has Seattle’s lone sack.
Wide receiver DK Metcalf was ejected late in the fourth quarter after a skirmish with Packers players.
Left tackle Duane Brown came out of the game in the second half with a hip injury.
Up next for the Seahawks
Seattle will host the 8-2 Arizona Cardinals at Lumen Field at 1:25 p.m. next Sunday, Nov. 21. The Cardinals have been without star QB Kyler Murray, however, and lost decisively on Sunday, 31-10 to Carolina.
Coverage on Seahawks-Cardinals will begin on 710 ESPN Seattle and KIRO Radio 97.3 FM with the pregame show at 10 a.m.