GREEN BAY, WIS. — The Green Bay Packers defeated the Seattle Seahawks at Lambeau Field by a score of 17-9 on Sunday. Both teams struggled offensively as a result of poor offensive line play and defensive line dominance, with Seattle surrendering 4 sacks and Green Bay 3, in addition to many pressures allowed by both teams.
The first possession of the game for Green Bay resulted in an interception by Seahawks rookie defensive tackle Nazair Jones — a play which would have resulted in 6 points for Seattle had a Jeremy Lane unsportsmanlike conduct penalty (for which Lane was ejected) not negated the return. Green Bay’s defense held strong on Seattle’s first offensive drive; however, forcing a punt. The two teams traded empty possessions until Seattle drew first blood on a 33-yard Blair Walsh field goal with 0:55 seconds remaining in the second quarter. Seattle took a 3-0 lead into the half.
Green Bay’s offense finally found its rhythm in the third quarter when they scored 14 of their 17 points for the game. A strip-sack by defensive end Mike Daniels proved pivotal for the struggling Packers offense as the unit cashed in with a 6-yard touchdown scamper from running back Ty Montgomery on the very next play (10:39 3Q).
Seattle responded on the next possession with an 11-play, 70-yard drive which stalled at the 3-yard line, forcing yet another field goal attempt. Blair Walsh converted on the 21-yard field goal to bring the score to 7-6 (4:23 3Q).
Green Bay’s offense rolled on the following possession with a 9-play, 75-yard drive that concluded with a 32-yard touchdown bomb from Aaron Rodgers to Jordy Nelson, extending the Packers lead to 14-6 (0:22 3Q).
A three-and-out on the next possession forced Seattle to punt once again. Green Bay used the next 12-play, 47-yard drive to extend their lead with a 40-yard Mason Crosby field goal.
Trailing 17-6 with 6:21 remaining in the fourth quarter, Seattle’s final possession — a 7-play, 48-yard drive culminated in a 41-yard Blair Walsh field goal and brought the game back within a single score for the Seahawks.
Aaron Rodgers put the final nail in the coffin on Green Bay’s last possession with a 26-yard chain-moving pass to tight end Martellus Bennett on 2nd-and-6.
Rodgers finished the day with 311 passing yards along with one touchdown and one interception, while connecting on 28 of his 42 attempts (66.7%). Mike Daniels and the Packers pass rush terrorized Russell Wilson all game long. Daniels finished the game with 7 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and a forced fumble. Outside linebacker Nick Perry also made his presence felt with 3 tackles and 1.5 sacks on the day. Russell Wilson finished the game 14/27 (51.9%) for 158 passing yards with zero touchdowns and zero interceptions.
The Packers (1-0) head to Atlanta next week for a rematch of last year’s NFC championship game with the Falcons (1-0) on Sunday night (7:30CT). The Seahawks (0-1) return to Seattle and CenturyLink Field for a matchup with the San Francisco 49ers (0-1) in week 2 (3:25CT).