Final | Seahawks 17, Broncos 16

5:15 p.m. | Lumen Field | Seattle

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Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll shakes hands with quarterback Russell Wilson after a 17-16 win over the Denver Broncos Monday, Sept. 12, 2022, in Seattle. 221558


Reporter Bob Condotta grades the Seahawks’ win over the Broncos

Well, who knows where the Russell Wilson trade goes from here?

But for one night, this was the team that Pete Carroll envisioned he’d have: gutty, hard-playing, largely mistake-free and ultimately pulling out a win that to most seemed unlikely heading into the game.

And Seattle is now maybe the happiest 1-0 of the Pete Carroll era.

Onto the grades.


—Bob Condotta

Three things we learned from the Seahawks’ upset of Russell Wilson and the Broncos

Russell Wilson was booed relentlessly in his return to Seattle, and his replacement was serenaded with chants of “Geno! Geno! Geno!” throughout the game, as Geno Smith and the Seahawks upset the Denver Broncos, 17-16, to open their seasons Monday night before a packed house at Lumen Field.

Here are three immediate impressions from the game.


—Adam Jude

Seahawks defense delivers in 17-16 win over Russell Wilson and the Broncos

The lusty boos for their former quarterback at the beginning of the game turned into happy chants for their new quarterback by the end of it.

And in typical Russell Wilson fashion, the game wasn’t decided until the final seconds.

But this time, a Wilson attempt to fashion a fourth-quarter comeback at Lumen Field — where he had pulled off 20 before in his career — fell just short.

Facing a fourth-and-5 at their own 46, the Broncos decided to let Brandon McManus attempt a 64-yard field goal. The kick sailed just wide left and the Seattle crowd, treated to an unusual spectacle all night long, left happy as could be with the Seahawks clinging to a 17-16 victory.


—Bob Condotta

Broncos MISS game-winning field goal from 64 yards out

Broncos going for FG for the win

Cody Barton shaken up after tackle


Seahawks lose timeout on challenge of first-down spot

Seahawks go three-and-out, and Wilson gets a shot at game-winning drive...


Seahawks defense holds again, but Broncos trim deficit with FG

Broncos again driving in Seahawks territory


Tariq Woolen appears to hurt shoulder making tackle

Third quarter impressions

Defensive stands

After a scoreless third quarter, the story of the game so far is the Seahawks’ two defensive stands at the goal line.

Impressive stuff.

The Broncos had two chances in the third quarter to score from inside the Seattle 1-yard line, and failed on both.

On the first, Quandre Diggs forced a Melvin Gordon fumble just in front of the goal line on a fourth-down play. Michael Jackson recovered the fumble and returned it to the Seattle 10.

Late in the third, on third-and-goal from the Seattle 1, Al Woods and Uchenna Nwosu broke through the line and hit Javonte Williams in the backfield, forcing a fumble. Jackson (again) recovered the fumble, this time in the end zone for a touchback.

Not OK, DK

It’s been a fun little battle between Seahawks star receiver DK Metcalf and Broncos second-year cornerback Pat Surtain II.

Metcalf boxed out Surtain to haul in a 15-yard pass from Smith near midfield, then celebrated my flexing and screaming at midfield.

But on the very next play, Metcalf caught a short pass and was straining for extra yards when he was stripped, losing the ball. The Broncos recovered at the Seattle 32 for the Seahawks’ first turnover.

No pressure, kids

Credit to the remade Seahawks offensive line, which has largely kept Geno Smith clean through three quarters.

The Seahawks put a lot on the shoulders of rookie tackles Charles Cross and Abe Lucas, who are both coming off strong training-camp performances. They haven’t been perfect in their NFL debuts tonight, but they’ve been steady.

—Adam Jude

Seahawks offense stalling in second half so far


Geno on the QB sweep??

End of third: Seahawks 17, Broncos 13


"Geno!" chants ring out after long scramble

Seahawks recover another goal-line fumble

The drive: 5 plays, 31 yards, 2:26.

The story: The Broncos somehow just ended their second straight drive on a goal-line fumble, this one by Javonte Williams.

Next possession: Seahawks start at own 20.

Time left: 3:05 left in 3Q.


... and then Metcalf fumbles in Seahawks territory

DK Metcalf comes up with big catch

Broncos defense inflicting itself with penalties


Seahawks defense comes up with goal-line stop on fourth down

The drive: 10 plays, 78 yards, 7:27.

The story: The Broncos took advantage of a long pass-interference call to get into the red zone, but the Seahawks defense came up with a big fourth-down stop of RB Melvin Gordon at the goal line.

Next possession: Seahawks start at own 2.

Time left: 7:33 in 3Q.

Broncos drive into red zone, with some help from pass interference


First half impressions

Geno! Geno! Geno!

Hard to ask for much more from Geno Smith than what the Seahawks have gotten so far as he his 17-for-18 for 164 yards and two touchdowns and a passer rating of 141.7, not far off the perfect rating of 158.3.

Smith hit his first 13 passes — the team record for consecutive completions in a game is Warren Moon with 17 against the Raiders in 1998 — with the first incompletion a pass just a little high and off the hands of Rashaad Penny.

As Pete Carroll wanted, Smith is taking what the defense gives him and being careful with the ball, checking down when needed.

If he keeps playing this way, the Seahawks might actually have something this season.

Growing pains at corner

You knew there would be some growing pains with the two rookie cornerbacks — especially with a veteran QB like Russell Wilson knowing where to go with the ball.

So it was that rookie Coby Bryant got beaten pretty handily on a 67-yard TD in the second quarter that tied the game. Bryant had just entered the game as the nickel cornerback — veteran Justin Coleman had started. Jerry Jeudy snuck behind him for the completion about 20 yards downfield and then shook off a tackle attempt and slid by safety Josh Jones down the sideline for the score.

Issues at safety

The injury to Jamal Adams is the one big negative of the first half. After being examined, he was carted off the field and while he was officially listed as doubtful to return, that seemed optimistic given Adams leaving on a cart.

So that leaves Seattle with Quandre Diggs and Josh Jones at safety for the rest of the game, and who knows how much longer.

It likely eliminates for now the three-safety package that the Seahawks appeared to want to use a lot this season to get Adams more involved at the line of scrimmage.

One way or the other the Seahawks are going to have to shore up their defense after allowing 257 yards to Denver in the first half. 

—Bob Condotta

Halftime: Seahawks 17, Broncos 13

The scoring play: The Broncos didn't appear to use their two-minute drill super wisely, but they found enough time to cut into their deficit at halftime as Brandon McManus nailed a 40-yard field goal.

The drive: 9 plays, 57 yards, 2:24.

The score: Seahawks 17, Broncos 13.


Cody Barton gets Wilson down on a sack


Geno Smith hits Colby Parkinson for 25-yard TD to go up 17-10

The scoring play: Geno Smith finds Colby Parkinson for his second passing TD of the night to give the Seahawks a 17-10 lead.

The drive: 7 plays, 75 yards, 3:10.

The score: Seahawks 17, Broncos 10.

The highlight:

Geno Smith throws first incompletion after starting 13 for 13

Seahawks safety Jamal Adams doubtful to return with knee injury

Seahawks safety Jamal Adams, who suffered a season-ending shoulder injury a year ago and missed time in training camp with a broken finger, now has a new ailment to worry about, leaving Monday night’s game with a knee injury in the second quarter.

Adams was injured on a play that snapped with 9:31 to play in the second quarter in which he blitzed and hit Denver quarterback Russell Wilson as he threw.

The pass fell incomplete, and the Broncos had to punt after their second possession.

After leaving the field, Adams was examined in the blue tent for a few minutes, and the team then announced that he was doubtful to return. The injury appeared to be to Adams’ left knee.


—Bob Condotta

Russell Wilson finally hits a Broncos WR for first (long) TD with Denver

The scoring play: Oh, there are those Broncos WRs. Russell Wilson hits Jerry Jeudy for a 67-yard catch-and-run touchdown for his first passing TD with Denver to tie it up at 10-10.

The drive: Three plays, 75 yards, 1:46.

The score: Seahawks 10, Broncos 10.

The highlight:

Seahawks tack on FG for 10-3 lead

The scoring play: Seahawks kicker Jason Myers hit a 49-yard field goal to cap a nine-play drive by the offense.

The drive: 9 plays, 50 yards, 5:54.

The score: Seahawks 10, Broncos 3

Jamal Adams doubtful to return with knee injury

Geno Smith starts 9 of 9 passing to start this game

Jamal Adams heads into medical tent

Seahawks force punt, but Jamal Adams comes up limping

The drive: Seven plays, 38 yards, 4:41.

The story: The Broncos couldn't get much started on their second possession of the game, which included the first sack of Russell Wilson (by Uchenna Nwosu) and a hit on Wilson by Jamal Adams, who came up limping, to force an incompletion on third down.

Next possession: Seahawks start on own 19.

Time left: 13:14 in 2Q.

First quarter impressions

Let Geno Cook!

The Seahawks could not have asked for a better opening drive from Geno Smith.

With all the hype and buildup centered on Russell Wilson, there was little discussion over the past week about what Smith might be able to do when given the keys to this Seattle offense.

From the outside, expectations are understandably low for Smith, who hasn’t been a full-time starter in the NFL since 2014.

But Smith looked like a savvy veteran to start against the Broncos, completing all four of his passes for 71 yards and a touchdown.

Dare we say that he looked a little like Russell Wilson in escaping the pass rush and finding a wide open Will Dissly for a 38-yard touchdown? Heck of a play, for sure.

— DangeRuss

The Seahawks fans at Lumen Field have been heard, loud and clear.

Russell Wilson, in his return to Seattle, drew a steady chorus of boos throughout the first quarter in his Broncos debut.

Didn’t seem to bother him too much.

Wilson finished the first quarter 5-for-7 for 77 yards, finding little-known tight end Andre Beck for 52 yards on two receptions.

Wilson did put the ball in danger one time on a wild scramble, throwing a pass near the Seahawks goal like that Jamal Adams made a diving attempt to interception, before it fell incomplete.

— Go for it?

Mark down that fourth-down play. It could loom large in this game.

From this seat, Pete Carroll made the right call in going for it on fourth-and-inches inside the Denver 10-yard line. It was a chance for the Seahawks to take a double-digit lead, and Smith appeared to have the first down on his QB sneak.

From the press box, it did not appear Smith got a favorable spot inside the 7-yard line. Denver took over from there.

—Adam Jude

End of first: Seahawks 7, Broncos 3

Seahawks turn ball over on downs in red zone

The drive: 7 plays, 72 yards, 4:00.

The story: The Seahawks didn't have much of an issue driving on the Broncos defense again, but a Noah Fant catch in the red zone was short of the first down and Geno Smith slipped on his sneak on 4th-and-short to turn the ball over on downs.

Next possession: Broncos start on own 7-yard line.

Time left: 2:55 in 1Q.

Drew Lock gesturing at Denver defense after late hit on Noah Fant

Seahawks moving quickly on second drive as Broncos hit with two penalties

Wilson's first drive with Broncos ends in field goal

The scoring play: Broncos kicker Brandon McManus hit a 30-yard field goal as the Seahawks held Russell Wilson out of the end zone — but not the red zone — on his first drive with Denver.

The drive: 9 plays, 77 yards, 4:31.

The score: Seahawks 7, Broncos 3.

Broncos driving on first possession

12s bringing the boos on Russell Wilson's first drive with Broncos

Seahawks open with TD drive for 7-0 lead

Seahawks convert 17-yard pass on first third down of the game

Seahawks start at own 30

Russell Wilson booed while calling (and winning) coin toss

Wilson, Broncos come out of tunnel to loud booing

More boos as Broncos leave field after warmups

Richard Sherman cheered on big screen

"Basically an LOB-era reunion here tonight"

Russell Wilson booed by fans as he takes the field for warmups

A few boos as Russell Wilson leaves field after warmups

Walker, Lewis among Seahawks' inactives

The Seahawks' list of six inactive players for Monday night’s game included rookie running back Kenneth Walker III and starting left guard Damien Lewis, who had each been listed as questionable with injuries.

The other four are long snapper Tyler Ott, out with a shoulder injury, and cornerback Artie Burns, who is dealing with a groin injury, as well as two other players who are healthy scratches, defensive lineman Myles Adams and cornerback Isaiah Dunn.

Walker, taken by Seattle with the 41st overall pick in April, has been out since suffering a hernia injury in the preseason opener against Pittsburgh on Aug. 13, while Lewis has been out since suffering an ankle injury in the second preseason game against the Bears on Aug. 18.

With Lewis out, Phil Haynes will start at left guard.

Walker being out means DeeJay Dallas and Travis Homer will be the backup running backs behind Rashaad Penny.

As for Ott, the team announced on Saturday he would be out with a shoulder injury suffered recently. The Seahawks elevated veteran Carson Tinker from the practice squad to take his place. Tinker, a veteran of 78 NFL games dating to 2013, signed to the practice squad on Thursday.

Seattle earlier in the day also placed linebacker Alton Robinson on Injured Reserve with a knee injury. That means he must miss at least four games, including the game against Denver.

Seattle also elevated linebacker Tanner Muse off the practice squad to add depth and help on special teams.

—Bob Condotta

Marshawn Lynch on sidelines before the game

Wilson warming up on the field

Listen at 3 p.m.: Bob Condotta and others preview Russell Wilson's return

Russell Wilson has arrived ...

Watch: Seahawks fans talk about booing Wilson, win totals and more

—Chris Cole and Ramon Dompor

Seahawks fans have strong feelings about Russell Wilson’s Seattle return

There is little doubt that Russell Wilson played himself into the realm of Seahawks royalty over the past 10 years, but on Monday night at Lumen Field he might not get a reception that typically befits a king.

Since being traded to the Denver Broncos in March following a decadelong Seahawks career in which he became arguably the most recognizable figure in Seattle sports, Wilson has raved about his new surroundings. Last week he signed a five-year contract extension worth up to $245 million that will keep him in Broncos orange and blue through 2028.

Suffice to say, feelings from Seahawks fans are strong. To some, he is a hero deserving of a standing ovation for bringing a home a Super Bowl title in 2014. To others he has joined the likes of former Mariners star Alex Rodriguez as an all-time Seattle sports Benedict Arnold.

In front of a national audience Monday night, Wilson might hear an unfamiliar sound from the 12s.


Regardless of the reception he receives, it’s clear the Seahawks community — including fans and business partners — is moving on.


—Shane Lantz

Analysis: Was Seahawks’ trade of Russell Wilson just ‘a football decision’?

RENTON — What once seemed like the least fathomable thing that could ever happen in Seattle sports — Russell Wilson playing for another team — will soon become a stark reality in plain sight of what for 10 years were his most ardent fans.

And as Wilson takes the field for the first time as a Denver Bronco on Monday night on the same Lumen Field turf where he led the Seahawks to their greatest heights, the question will ring anew: How did we get to this point?

It’s a development even those who had an up-close seat to a lot of the drama still find hard to process.

“I never thought Russell would leave this team,’’ former Seahawk Michael Bennett said recently. “I thought Russell would be a fixture in this city forever. I think he represents everything that’s good about this sport and everything that’s good about humanity, his passion and the way that he cares about things and his dedication. So it’s kind of heartbreaking to see that he is gone.’’

But as the Seahawks brass said on the day the trade was made, in their view the reason for the trade was simple — Wilson wanted out.


—Bob Condotta

What to watch for when the Seahawks take on the Broncos in Week 1 — plus Bob Condotta’s prediction

A game with the Denver Broncos marked the high point of the Russell Wilson-Seahawks relationship, that glorious February 2014 night in New Jersey, where Seattle recorded its lone Super Bowl victory.

Eight-plus years later it’s another Seahawks-Broncos game that marks the official parting of the ways between the sides, Wilson now with Denver and on the opposing sideline for Seattle’s regular-season opener.

But if that’s the dominant storyline, it’s far from the only thing that will decide Monday night’s game at Lumen Field.

Here are our weekly keys to the game, and prediction.


—Bob Condotta