Friday, January 28, 2022

Seahawks’ Russell Wilson shut out for first time in 150th game, ending one of longest streaks in NFL history

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Russell Wilson’s highly anticipated return from a finger injury ended up being a major dud. Tasked with saving the Seattle Seahawks‘ playoff hopes and carrying their offense against the Green Bay Packers, Wilson and the offense failed to score a single point in a 17-0 loss on Sunday.

Wilson was shut out in a game for the first time in his career — in his 150th start. He’s the sixth quarterback in NFL history to go 150 starts before being shut out for the first time, joining Brett Favre (221), Joe Flacco (172), Matthew Stafford (158), Aaron Rodgers (157), and Joe Montana (153). Drew Brees (286 starts) and Peyton Manning (265 starts) were never shut out in their careers. 

“We’re going to be resilient. I thought we were resilient all the way through the end of this game. Even when it was hard,” Wilson said after the loss. “Thought with my hand I feel 100% confident where I’m at. I wouldn’t be out here if I didn’t. It’s too important. And I feel great about where we can go still. It was challenging. “

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Wilson didn’t have the return he wanted after making 149 consecutive starts to begin his career. He finished 20 of 40 for 161 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions for a 39.7 passer rating. Prior to Sunday, Wilson led the league with a 125.3 passer rating and threw just one interception. 

The finger injury may have played into Wilson’s struggles, even if he insists that wasn’t the case. 

“Look forward to getting back to work,” Wilson said. “I look forward to watching the tape and seeing where I can get better, where we can get better. Seeing also the good things too. I’m a guy who always believes in there’s a lot of good. And there is. There has been all season. There’s been some stuff we can get better at and that’s why we play this game. That’s why we wake up in the morning and go to work every day. So, if anyone’s looking forward to the challenge, I am.”

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