GREEN BAY, Wis. – Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who played his last year of college at Wisconsin, finally got to set foot in Lambeau Field on Friday, something he was never able to do during his one season as a Badger.
He also threw his first two interceptions of the exhibition season, each in the second quarter of Seattle’s 17-10 win over Green Bay. And it was the latter fact that had Wilson feeling a little mixed after Seattle’s third straight win of the exhibition season.
“The disappointing part is the turnovers,’’ Wilson said. “I can’t ever do that. That is my fault and I need to fix those things.’’
His first interception came on a pass that was tipped by defensive end Nick Perry into the hands of Casey Hayward.
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“They made a good play and knocked it down,’’ Wilson said. “I think we would have had a completion on the outside for sure if that didn’t happen.’’
The interceptions were the first two turnovers of the exhibition season for Seattle.
Story lines can be hard to come by during the exhibition season, so much was made during the week of how Green Bay fans might treat Seattle receiver Golden Tate, who made a controversial last-play touchdown grab to beat the Packers at CenturyLink Field last September.
Some fans showed they still remembered the play, one woman wearing a shirt that read “Worst Call Ever’’ along with the date of the game.
And Tate heard it a little bit from the crowd, booed when he was announced as the punt returner and when passes went his way.
But ultimately Tate said it was much ado about nothing, saying he didn’t really hear much because “I was in the zone. Obviously when I went out there to punt return, whenever they called my name, I would get boos. But that’s just part of being on the road.
“I really commend Packer fans because I feel like it’s a year later and they have moved on for the most part. Obviously you have a few (who booed) but for the most part I enjoyed it. I enjoy playing here because they are a lot like our fans, they are really, really passionate about their Packers.’’
Seattle suffered no injures in the game, which coach Pete Carroll said later was “a fantastic accomplishment.’’
Defensive lineman Michael Bennett “banged his knee’’ in the first half, Carroll said, but returned to play later.
In all, 15 Seahawks did not play, including those who have been out all camp: Receivers Percy Harvin, Sidney Rice and Bryan Walters, fullback Michael Robinson, cornerbacks Tharold Simon and Ron Parker, linebackers Ty Powell and Korey Toomer, guard James Carpenter, tight end Zach Miller, defensive tackles Jesse Williams and Jordan Hill and ends Cliff Avril, Chris Clemons and Greg Scruggs.
Robinson was sick during the week and didn’t play.
Avril warmed up in the pregame and tried to play but Carroll said he did not do well enough “to go ahead and go forward’’ and play.
One player who returned was Bruce Irvin, who missed the first two games but got in for about seven plays at his new position of strongside linebacker.
“He got seven plays … and we were shooting for 10 and said ‘that’s enough,’ ’’ Carroll said.