Jordan Love showcased his skills on the field once more, connecting with Christian Watson for a touchdown in the Green Bay Packers’ final preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks, securing a 19-15 victory.
This preseason game marked a significant moment for Love, as he prepares to take the helm as the Packers’ starting quarterback, following Aaron Rodgers’ departure to the New York Jets. Love, the first-round pick from Utah State in 2020, had previously only made one regular-season start.
Love’s performance was notable, going 9 for 15 with 63 yards and adding 21 yards on the ground in a game where the Seattle defense primarily consisted of backups. Over the course of three preseason starts for the Packers (2-1), Love threw for 193 yards, three touchdowns, and impressively, no interceptions.
The highlight of the game came when Love connected with Watson for a 6-yard touchdown pass, wrapping up a 15-play, 80-yard drive. This touchdown followed an earlier missed opportunity when Love overthrew Watson on a deep pass. The Packers managed a field goal and a three-and-out in Love’s other two drives.
Green Bay has high hopes for Love, looking for a similar impact to what Geno Smith achieved for the Seahawks last season. Smith led the team to an unexpected playoff berth after Russell Wilson was traded to the Denver Broncos. In contrast, the Seahawks (2-1) rested their starters, allowing backup quarterback Drew Lock to take the reins for most of the game.
Lock had a respectable showing, going 16 of 25 for 150 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown pass to rookie Jake Bobo from UCLA, who had a strong preseason. Lock also orchestrated a 10-play, 89-yard drive, which concluded with a 1-yard touchdown run by SaRodorick Thompson, giving the Seahawks their first lead late in the game.
The Packers secured their victory with Nate McCrary’s 1-yard touchdown run with just under two minutes left in the game. The drive featured a crucial 52-yard completion from Alex McGough to Jadakis Bonds.
Benny Sapp sealed the victory by intercepting Holton Ahlers’ pass in the end zone with only 13 seconds remaining.
McGough made an appearance as the Packers’ third quarterback of the game. Sean Clifford, a rookie fifth-round pick from Penn State, completed 8 of 12 passes for 46 yards.
Rookie kicker Anders Carlson, drafted from Auburn in the sixth round, contributed with two field goals, including a 57-yarder in the final minute of the first half. He also had an extra-point attempt blocked, as he looks to fill the shoes of Mason Crosby, the franchise’s all-time leading scorer.
Although most of Green Bay’s expected starters played through much of the first half, some exceptions included Jaire Alexander, David Bakhtiari, De’Vondre Campbell, Romeo Doubs, Rashan Gary, and Aaron Jones. Campbell had been nursing an ankle injury, and Doubs was dealing with a hamstring issue.
In the injury department, Seahawks linebacker Devin Bush appeared shaken up during punt coverage late in the third quarter, while Packers guard Royce Newman took his time getting up after a play in the fourth quarter.
Looking ahead, the Seahawks will kick off their regular season on September 10 by hosting the Los Angeles Rams, while the Packers will open their regular season campaign on the same day against the Chicago Bears.