Russell Wilson’s return to Seattle was flopped by some poor red-zone show by Denver Broncos running backs on Monday. The Seahawks won 17-16 at the Lumen Field. 

Wilson was greeted with boos from thousands of Seattle fans in the stadium. The quarterback returned to the city as an opponent after serving the Seahawks for a decade. His departure this past offseason in a trade to Denver was messy. 

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Fans were seen holding signs and boards that mocked Wilson. One poster read, “Dude turned diva went Hollywood on us!”

Here are the key highlights of the game between Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos:

1) Russell Wilson returns to Seattle: 

Wilson won a Super Bowl and NFC Championship during his ten-year stint with the Seattle Seahawks. He broke several quarterback records. After his transfer to Denver Broncos, the 33-year-old was visiting the Lumen Field for the first time and he was booed.

The Denver QB, however, finished the game 29 of 42 for 340 yards and a touchdown. 

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2) Seattle goaline defense:

The Seahawks defense at goaline won them the game. Denver ran eight plays inside the Seattle 12 in the third quarter and came away with zero points after the two fumbles.

Broncos running backs Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordan fumbled on the goaline. 

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3) Gordon Melvin, Javonte Williams fumbles:

The Seattle vs Denver game witnessed three fumbles within one quarter. Running back Gordon Melvin and Javonte Williams dropped the ball withing one-yard of the goaline. 

DK Metcalf of the Seattle Seahawks was the third player to fumble in the quarter. 

Gordon got stuffed and the ball was knocked out of his hands. Seattle’s Mike Jackson recovered the ball. Williams let the ball off on a third-and-goal carry from the 1-yard line.

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4) Geno Smith shines: 

Geno Smith, after spending the most of his career as Russell Wilson’s backup at Seattle, started vs the Denver Broncos. 

Smith finished 23 of 28 for 195 yards, but was 17 of 18 for 164 yards in the first half. “For him to go out there and get a win like that shows the confidence we have in him,” Seattle wide receiver DK Metcalf said.

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5) Coaching error in the end?

Many questions were raised about Denver coach Nathaniel Hackett’s late-game clock management and decisions. 

The Broncos faced fourth-and-5 at the Seattle 46 and had three timeouts left. Then ran  significant time off the clock before Hackett called timeout and decided to have McManus try the long field goal. 

he 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!”