You can say this much for the Seahawks: the refs didn’t help them pull off the win this time.
In a game marked by hard-hitting defense, up-and-down play from quarterback Russell Wilson, and 182 penalty yards, the Seahawks pulled out a 17-10 win at Lambeau Field last night against the Packers in the team's first meeting since last year’s fabled “Fail Mary” game.
Running back Christine Michael was the star player for the Seahawks, finishing with 97 yards on 11 carries, including a 43-yard touchdown run in the 3rd quarter. It was another impressive game for the rookie, who ran for 89 yards in Seattle’s week one preseason win over the Chargers but sat out last week’s game against the Broncos with back spasms.
“It was really great to see Christine Michael come back,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told reporters at his post game press conference. “Both games he’s played in he’s been a factor and he looked very good tonight.”
His performance stood out all the more due to the ugly play around him. The Seahawks were flagged for 14 penalties totaling 182 yards in the game.
“The distractions of giving up 180-something yards of penalties is ridiculously hard to deal with,” Carroll said.
Russell Wilson looked impressive on the opening drive, going 5 for 5 and adding a 13-yard scramble to move Seattle to the Green Bay 9-yard-line. But he took a long sack on second down that forced a field goal, and never quite looked comfortable afterward, finishing 11/17 for 126 yards and 2 interceptions.
Aaron Rodgers played just one series for the Packers, throwing for 41 yards on 4 of 7 passing, while Vince Young provided most of the Packers highlights, throwing a third quarter touchdown pass and adding another 39 yards on the ground.
The Seahawks wrap up their preseason Thursday night when they host the Oakland Raiders.