The Green Bay Packers improved to 2-0 this season with a 27-17 victory at Lambeau Field over the reigning NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks.
The Packers did lose running back Eddie Lacy and played without Davante Adams for a couple drives, but Green Bay was able to overcome its losses and beat the Seahawks for the first time since 2009. The two teams played an evenly matched game for most of the night, but two fourth quarter Seattle turnovers proved to be the difference in the Packers’ home opener.
Green Bay jumped out to a fast start, going 80 yards in ten plays to grab a quick 7-0 lead after another James Jones touchdown reception. But the Green Bay offense stalled after the opening drive.
Favorable field position allowed the Packers to kick a field goal on its next possession, despite gaining just seven yards. Seattle followed that drive with a field goal of its own to bring the score to 10-3.
The Packers committed the first turnover of the game on a James Starks fumble, but the Packers’ defense buckled down and forced a quick Seattle punt. Green Bay appeared to score a touchdown just before halftime, but replay showed that James Jones landed out of bounds before making the reception. Another Mason Crosby field goal made the score 13-3 at halftime.
The Seahawks came out firing in the second half. After implementing more of the read option, Russell Wilson methodically took Seattle down the field, leading the team to touchdowns on each of its first two possessions in the third quarter. The Packers tacked on three more points, but faced a 17-16 deficit entering the fourth quarter.
Aaron Rodgers continued his efficient play and put together another ten play drive, in which he completed all eight of his passes, and found Richard Rodgers in the endzone to give Green Bay the lead for good.
Seattle still had plenty of time to mount a comeback, but linebacker Jayrone Elliot intercepted an intended screen pass from Wilson, which allowed Green Bay to run the clock to the two minute warning and add on another field goal.
The Packers’ defense made sure not to give the Seahawks a chance at another miraculous comeback. After Seattle drove into Green Bay territory, Elliot again made an impact play and forced a fumble from running back Fred Jackson. The Packers needed just one kneel down to end the game with a ten point victory.
A week after the Packers’ rushing defense got shredded by Matt Forte, Green Bay held Seattle to 119 rushing yards including just 41 from running back Marshawn Lynch. Wilson’s scrambling and designed running ability proved difficult at times, but overall the defense kept the running game in check.
Green Bay got hit by the injury bug once again, but was able to overcome the loss of some of its more valuable players. The team was already without Bryan Bulaga, but the team lost running back Eddie Lacy, wide receiver Davante Adams, and defensive lineman Josh Boyd for parts of the game. Adams eventually returned, though he was noticeably affected by the injury, while Lacy and Boyd remained out.
But the “next man up” mentality worked once again for Green Bay. Don Barclay, who started in Bulaga’s place, allowed some extra pressure on Rodgers but overall was able to hold the Seattle pass rush in check. Ty Montgomery had a number of big receptions on the Packers final drives, and James Starks rushed for 95 yards in Lacy’s absence.
Rodgers completed 25/33 passes for 249 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and his interception-free play at Lambeau since 2012 was kept intact. Six different players caught a pass for Green Bay, with Randall Cobb leading the Packers with 116 yards on eight receptions.
Green Bay did not play a perfect game. Missed tackles, unnecessary penalties, and occasional added pressure on Rodgers were issues for much of the game. But the Packers played well enough to win, outgaining the Seahawks 361-324 and maintaining a 33:18-26:42 advantage in time of possession.
Hopefully for the Packers, both Bulaga and Lacy will be ready to play for Week 3. Green Bay hosts Kansas City on Monday night with a ten game winning streak at Lambeau Field intact.——————
Sean Blashe is a Packers fan who grew up in Bears territory and is currently a journalism and history major at Marquette University. Sean is a writer with PackersTalk.com and you can follow him on twitter at @SeanBlashe .