On Russell Wilson’s return to Lumen Field with his new team, the Denver Broncos, the Seattle Seahawks beat them 17-16 with two touchdown passes from Geno Smith on Monday Night Football.
Instead of keeping the ball in Wilson’s hands and behind by a point with 20 seconds left, the Broncos decided to try a 64-yard field goal from Brandon McManus. If successful, McManus’s kick would have tied for the second-longest field goal in NFL history, however, it went wide left.
Former Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who was dealt to the Broncos in the offseason, threw for 340 yards and a touchdown while completing 29 of 42 passes.
For the Seahawks, Smith was the game-changer, especially in the first half, when he completed 23 of 28 passes for 195 yards and two scores. The Seahawks defense kept them scoreless in the second half.
In Seattle’s first drive, Smith connected with a wide-open Will Dissly for a touchdown. Dissly finished the game with three receptions for 43 yards.
A 67-yard touchdown reception from Wilson to Jerry Jeudy in the second quarter gave the Broncos their first tie in over 600 days. Shortly before halftime, Smith completed a 25-yard pass to Colby Parkinson to give Seattle the lead for the second time in the game.
The Broncos’ Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams both missed field goals from the one-yard line in the third quarter, and McManus kicked a field goal to narrow the deficit to just a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Wilson contacted Williams, but after using up all of his timeouts, he called timeout with 20 seconds left to allow McManus’ shot.
With this victory, the Seahawks have now won eight consecutive home games in Week 1, dating back to their last loss in 1999. The Broncos have lost their last six MNF games.
McManus has tendered a restricted free agent contract by the Broncos in the second round. McManus signed a three-year contract extension with the Broncos on September 11, 2017.
The Broncos and McManus extended their contract on September 11, 2020, for four more years at a total value of $17.2 million. This deal will take him through the 2024 season. McManus was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week after kicking a 53-yard field goal that proved to be the difference in a 37-28 victory over the New York Jets in Week 4.
McManus kicked 6 field goals and accounted for all 18 of his team’s points in an 18-12 Week 6 victory over the New England Patriots. For his efforts in Week 6, McManus was recognized as the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week. The team then placed him on the reserve/COVID-19 list on December 14, 2020, then on December 23, 2020, he was activated.
McManus was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week after he kicked a 52-yard field goal and all five extra points in a 38-10 victory over the Detroit Lions in Week 14 of the 2021 season. McManus kicked a 61-yard field goal at halftime against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 17 of the 2021-2022 season.
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