Seahawks' Russell Wilson intercepted five times in most lopsided loss of career

GREEN BAY -- With 11:46 left in the fourth quarter, Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews offered Russell Wilson a hand and helped him off the ground near the Seattle Seahawks' 27-yard line.

Wilson had just thrown incomplete on fourth down, and the offense failed to score on its ninth straight possession. It was the type of performance Wilson and coach Pete Carroll are not used to -- especially this time of year -- as the Seahawks got blown out, 38-10, Sunday at Lambeau Field.

The blame undoubtedly will get spread around. Aaron Rodgers posted a 150.3 passer rating against the Seahawks' defense, the highest number by an opposing quarterback since Carroll became Seattle's coach.

Wide receiver Doug Baldwin had a ball bounce off his helmet, leading to an interception. There was a similar play with running back Troymaine Pope. And Tyler Lockett had a drop.

But what was most unexpected during the Seahawks' loss was the performance of the quarterback, who threw five picks.

It wasn't as much the interceptions as the general inaccuracy. Wilson missed Baldwin open down the left sideline early on and later overthrew tight end Jimmy Graham for a potential big play down the middle of the field.

In most cases this season when Wilson has been off, there have been reasonable qualifiers. He was battling through an injury. Or the offensive line play was terrible. But those things weren't factors against the Packers.

Wilson completed just 22 of 39 passes for 240 yards, one touchdown and a career-worst five interceptions.

Wilson has made a career out of bouncing back, and he'll get an opportunity to do so once again Thursday night against the Los Angeles Rams.

But there's no brushing aside this loss. A couple of weeks ago, after a 14-5 defeat to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, players said the adversity was something they needed. Given the Seahawks' track record and their 40-7 win over the Carolina Panthers last week, that seemed reasonable.

Now though, for the second time in three weeks, Seattle has been thoroughly outplayed. This was the first time during the Carroll/Wilson era that the Seahawks lost by more than 10 points.

The team had been on a run of 98 straight games where it held a lead or was within one score in the fourth quarter. But in two of the last three weeks, the Seahawks have not gotten closer than a nine-point deficit in the final 15 minutes.

The good news for Carroll's group is the Seahawks still have a three-game lead in the NFC West. But if the season ended today, Seattle would be the No. 3 seed, meaning it wouldn't have a bye in the first round and would have to go on the road in the divisional round.

The Seahawks have been a resilient group over the years, but if they're going to get hot down the stretch, they need to find answers soon.