GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Mired by mistakes, the Seattle Seahawks still slogged out a win at Lambeau Field.
All the pushing and shoving, and the penalties -- 14 for Seattle, and 22 for both teams -- in part overshadowed Seattle's victory in a matchup of NFC heavyweights.
"We really looked at it as an opportunity to take the challenge of getting on the road and getting a win," Carroll said. "But the distractions of giving up 180-something yards in penalties is ridiculous and hard to deal with and feel like you played well."
It was exactly 182 yards in penalties, in fact for the Seahawks. Thankfully for Carroll, two backups came up big.
Christine Michael ran for 97 yards on 11 carries and Stephen Williams snatched a ball away from cornerback Loyce Means in the end zone for a 42-yard touchdown catch and the go-ahead score in the fourth quarter. Michael had a 43-yard touchdown run in the third quarter for the Seahawks (3-0), who stayed unbeaten but didn't look like the team that routed Denver and San Diego the previous two weeks.
For Michael, it was another impressive preseason performance after sitting out last week due to back spasms. Michael ran for 89 yards on 16 carries in the first preseason game against San Diego.
"We were kind of beating ourselves with the penalties," Michael said Friday. "But it was a hump we had to get over, we did and we came out with the victory."
Young was 6 of 7 for 41 yards and ran three times 31 yards, keeping plays alive with his legs as if he was running around in a Texas Longhorns uniform again.
"We want to win the game, we wanted to win tonight, especially at home, but there was more information that was needed," McCarthy said.
This game instead will be remembered for some defense, and a host of mistakes and sloppy play -- not exactly what Carroll or McCarthy were looking for with the regular season a little more than two weeks away.
"The good thing is we won the game. The disappointing part is the turnovers," Wilson said. "I can never do that. I think that's my main focus."
Wilson looked in midseason form on the opening series against the Packers' first-string defense in the first quarter, guiding Seattle to the 9 by gaining chunks of yardage on long pass plays.
"Obviously, that was a big emphasis for us last year and even more so this year, is limiting his ability to create plays by running out of the pocket," Matthews said at halftime. "He's going to make his plays, but I felt for the most part, not only myself, but as a rushing unit, we did a good job of keeping him bottled up in the pocket, forcing some errant throws and getting after him."
But penalties weighed down both teams on a warm evening, especially the Seahawks. They had twice as many penalties (six) as points in a chippy first half.
Perhaps memories of last year's meeting between the teams sparked the pushing and shoving that marked much of the evening. The game on Sept. 24 ended with Golden Tate's disputed touchdown catch after tussling for the ball with Packers safety M.D. Jennings that was upheld on review by replacement officials. That moment will forever be remembered as the tipping point that got the regular officials back on the field.
Tate didn't do much in limited time at Lambeau. He caught one pass for 4 yards, and was booed by the Packers faithful after being announced as the punt returner over the stadium loudspeakers.
Asked if there was any carry-over from last year's game, Jennings said: "I can't speak for anyone else. Last year was last year. The only thing is we showed up tonight to play Packer football."
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