Geno Smith threw two first-half touchdown passes and Denver fumbled twice at the one-yard line in the second half as the Seahawks beat the Broncos in the NFL on Monday night.
In Russell Wilson’s return to Seattle – this time as a Bronco playing against his old team – the Seahawks won 17-16.
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Brandon McManus missed a 64-yard field goal attempt with 20 seconds left to allow the Seahawks to escape with another wild NFL victory involving Wilson at quarterback, only this time in Seattle’s opposition.
There will be plenty of questions about Denver coach Nathaniel Hackett’s late-game clock management and decisions in his first game. That field goal attempt would have equalled the second longest in history and fans were mystified by the decision.
Denver faced fourth-and-5 at the Seattle 46 and had three time-outs left, but the Broncos ran significant time off the clock before Hackett called time-out and decided to have McManus try the long field goal.
The kick missed and instead of Wilson leading the 36th career fourth-quarter or overtime comeback of his career, the Seahawks celebrated to chants of “Geno! Geno!”
Smith and the Seahawks did very little offensively in the second half but their first half was good enough.
Smith threw touchdowns of 38 yards to Will Dissly on the first possession of the season and hit Colby Parkinson for a 25-yard touchdown in the second quarter.
Smith finished 23 of 28 for 195 yards, but was 17 of 18 for 164 yards in the first half.
Wilson was 29 of 42 for 340 yards and a touchdown. But Denver couldn’t overcome its red-zone inefficiency with both Melvin Gordon III and Javonte Williams fumbling on plays snapped at Seattle one-yard line.