For the third consecutive meaningful game, the Seahawks relinquished a fourth quarter lead, getting out-scored 11-0 in the final stanza to lose 27-17 to Green Bay, dropping Seattle to 0-2 on the year and in sole position of last place in the NFC West.
Russell Wilson matched reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers pass for pass throughout much of the game but an attempted screen pass to Marshawn Lynch was instead intercepted by Packers' outside linebacker Jayrone Elliott, abruptly ending a promising drive with the Seahawks trailing by a touchdown.
Instead, Rodgers and the Packers got the ball back and were able to bleed the clock before veteran kicker Mason Crosby nailed a 21-yard field goal - his third of the night - to give Green Bay an insurmountable lead.
Wilson's interception and two fumbles (botched exchange between Wilson and Marshawn Lynch and a late strip of Fred Jackson) gave the Packers a 3-1 advantage in the turnover department, essentially sealing Seattle's fate.
Among other troubling issues was utter absence of Jimmy Graham from Seattle's passing and the inability to get Lynch going (41 rushing yards on 15 attempts). Untimely penalties, including three off-sides penalties on defensive lineman Michael Bennett and a 4th quarter defensive holding on cornerback Cary Williams also contributed to Seattle's loss.
While it is hard to find positives with the Seahawks just one of eight teams throughout the NFL currently sitting at 0-2, there were some silver linings in this contest.
For one, Seattle received a solid game from "new" nickel cornerback Marcus Burley, who took over inside duties after Richard Sherman moonlighted at the position last week against the Rams. Burley showed good agility in coverage and made several solid open-field tackles. Middle linebacker Bobby Wagner and DeShawn Shead - who started at strong safety - also had solid games.
Seattle's fourth quarter struggles are disconcerting but the club did show resiliency in this contest, storming back to take the lead in the third quarter after a mostly ugly first half. Seattle's turnaround seemed to be sparked by Wilson running more often, as well as clutch receptions from Doug Baldwin (who led the club with seven catches for 92 yards and score) and "secondary" tight end Luke Willson.
Finally, Seattle didn't appear to suffer any significant injuries. That, in itself, is big given that some of the other top teams in the NFC lost superstars Sunday, including the Packers, who saw starting running back Eddie Lacy leave in the second quarter with an ankle injury. The Dallas Cowboys also took a massive hit Sunday with quarterback Tony Romo suffering a fractured collarbone.
Perhaps most important to the Seahawks, Week Three opponent Chicago saw an injury to their starting quarterback Jay Cutler, as well. The Seahawks host the Bears Sunday at 1 pm at CenturyLink in a now fairly-desperate home opener.