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Bad to brilliant: Russell Wilson keeps Seahawks’ playoff hopes alive

Bad to brilliant: Russell Wilson keeps Seahawks’ playoff hopes alive

No, Wilson wasn’t as bad in the first half this time as he was in the NFC Championship Game in 2015, nor was he as brilliant Thursday night as he was at the end of that epic Seattle Seahawks rally over the Green Bay Packers, when he threw four interceptions, then the game-winning touchdown in overtime.nike nfl jerseys cheap

But Wilson and Seattle’s defense needed the finishing touch that has escaped them in some of their close losses this season. They found it Thursday night, with Wilson leading the go-ahead fourth-quarter touchdown drive, the Seahawks getting one last stop against Aaron Rodgers and then running out a 27-24 victory at CenturyLink Field.

“You look at the last couple weeks and games were right there and ready to win, [and we] find ways to lose them,” left tackle Duane Brown said. “It was good to find a way to win this one.”1

In a game the Seahawks needed to keep any realistic playoff chances alive, things didn’t start so well. Running back Chris Carson lost a fumble on the first play from scrimmage, setting up an easy Packers touchdown. Wilson missed Doug Baldwin wide-open in the end zone, then missed what might have been another touchdown when he overthrew Tyler Lockett deep down the sideline. Wilson even needed Baldwin to make a one-handed catch on a poorly thrown bubble screen, highlighting how off he was early in this game.cheap nfl jerseys nike

Four false starts in the first half — of a home game, no less — added to what was some of the sloppiest football the Seahawks (5-5) have played all season.

It didn’t help that Rodgers was picking apart their young defense on the way to a pair of first-half touchdown passes and a near-perfect quarterback rating.

Carroll wondered aloud if Wilson’s early overthrows were a product of being too amped up.

“I said something to him, and he said, ‘I’m going to be all right. I’m going to be all right,'” Carroll said. “And he was exactly right. ‘Shut up, Coach,’ is what he could have really said, but he didn’t.”

Wilson drove the Seahawks 72 yards on 13 plays for a fourth-quarter field goal that cut the Packers’ lead to one. When Rodgers answered with a 57-yard completion to Davante Adams, who got behind Shaquill Griffin to set up a Green Bay field goal, it looked as if he was going to prevail in this quarterback duel.