Monday Night time Soccer despatched the Denver Broncos, who lately acquired nine-time Professional Bowl Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, to Seattle to kick off each groups’ seasons. And Seahawks followers will be forgiven for pondering they had been prone to lose to their former star, who beat the Broncos in Tremendous Bowl XLVIII again in 2014.
However then the Monday night time sport occurred, and in the event you missed the ending, discover it on video someplace and see in the event you can work out simply what new Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett was pondering.
Wilson’s former understudy, quarterback Geno Smith, led the Seahawks to a 17-13 lead at halftime. However as the sport wound down, Seattle was up by just one level. Wilson has made a profession out of staying calm and making last-minute comebacks when needed. Absolutely the Broncos would hand its new multi-million-dollar man the ball and keep out of his method?
Not. Tonight. With lower than a minute left on the clock, it wasn’t Wilson who had the sport to win or lose on fourth down. As an alternative, the Broncos despatched him to the sidelines and let kicker Brandon McManus strive a 64-yard discipline objective. He missed.
Let’s go to the memes.
New coach is off to a … begin
This was the primary sport for the Broncos’ Hackett, and it was a biggie — Monday night time, nationwide TV viewers, going into the lion’s den of his new QB’s former house stadium. However after that ending, followers weren’t light.
“Are you able to fireplace a coach after one sport?” was a standard sentiment.
Quite a few tweets referenced Kansas Metropolis Chiefs coach Andy Reid, who’s often been criticized for mismanaging the sport clock.
And a few referenced former Broncos coach Vic Fangio.
Let Russ … Look?
The Seahawks as soon as tried to make the slogan “Let Russ Prepare dinner” take off. However this time, Wilson might solely look from the sidelines. Followers seen.
“Russell Wilson complaining his method out of Seattle solely to get benched in favor of his new coach attempting the second longest discipline objective in historical past is objectively hysterical,” wrote one Twitter consumer.
And former Seahawk Richard Sherman delivered a sly dig, referencing the Seahawks’ last-second loss in Tremendous Bowl XLIX in 2015, when a Wilson move was intercepted on the objective line.
McManus’ last field-goal try was from a whopping 64 yards (58 meters). He normally kicks in Mile-Excessive Denver, the place the excessive altitude’s thinner air can truly assist kicks soar. However right here he was in Seattle, simply 175 ft (53 meters) above sea degree. Whoops. (Truly, the kick seemed to have the gap, however it was large.)
“Did the Broncos neglect to think about that they aren’t taking part in 5,000 ft above sea degree when asking their kicker to make the second-longest kick in NFL historical past?” requested Rodger Sherman of The Ringer.
Hackett additionally took criticism for utilizing the group’s timeouts for seemingly no motive as the sport appeared to be already over.
“Okay however am I the one one nonetheless questioning why Hackett was calling trip with the sport actually over?” stated one Twitter consumer. “If anybody has a solution please let me know.”
What a homecoming
Ultimately, some followers had been simply blissful their former star did not come again to city and beat them handily.
“I do not care if Seahawks lose all different video games however this win is probably the most I needed this season,” one wrote.