Game at a glance: Seahawks 36, Packers 16

Posted Sep 4, 2014

The defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks opened their 2014 regular season with an effort worthy of their status in Thursday night’s 36-16 victory over the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field.

A recap of the Seahawks’ 36-16 victory over the Green Bay Packers in Thursday night’s nationally televised regular-season opener before a crowd of 68,424 12s at CenturyLink Field.


With apologies to Percy Harvin and his 160 all-purpose yards, Russell Wilson and his two-touchdown pass performance and Bobby Wagner and his 14-tackle effort, Marshawn Lynch set the tempo for the Seahawks in a game where they dictated the tempo on both sides of the ball.

The Seahawks’ Beast Mode back, after getting three touches during the preseason, carried 20 times for 110 yards and scored on runs of 9 and 3 yards. He also caught a 14-yard pass.

“Marshawn ran great,” coach Pete Carroll said. “He’s looked so good all the way through camp and he just showed it tonight. He showed terrific explosion and vision and stuff.

“So he was on fire tonight.”

It was the 26th 100-yard rushing performance of Lynch’s career, and his NFL-leading 20th since 2011. He has rushed for 100-plus yards 20 times in his past 42 games. It also was the ninth multi-rushing TD game of his career, and since 2011 he leads the NFL with 41 touchdowns (37 rushing, four receiving).


Offense: On fourth-and-1 from the Packers’ 15-yard line, the Seahawks went for it and Wilson went to fullback Derrick Coleman for the touchdown.

“I didn’t know they were coming to me. When Russell called it in the huddle, that’s when I got,” said Coleman, who had the ball he scored with tucked under his arm as he was leaving the locker room. “We practice that play every day. And it all worked out. Sometimes it’s going to work, sometimes it isn’t. But today it did.”

Offered Wilson, “They brought a little blitz off the edge. We were able to get Derrick out in the flat. He’s so explosive once he catches the ball. You see his speed getting up field.”

Defense: Carroll made this call. He could have gone with Bryon Maxwell’s interception and 21-yard return to setup a Steven Hauschka field goal. But he didn’t. He could have gone with Michael Bennett’s fumble-forcing sack that turned into a safety. But he didn’t. The coach opted for Cliff Avril’s sack of Aaron Rodgers on a fourth-and-5 play midway through the third quarter after the Packers had reached the Seahawks’ 41-yard line.

“I thought the big sack we got on fourth down when they were getting across the 50 there, I thought that that time was when we really had a chance to let them keep going or not, and I thought that was the play that really gave us the momentum,” Carroll said. “I might be missing a bunch of other ones, but that’s the one I liked the most.”

Special teams: On one of the few plays that didn’t go the Seahawks’ way, Richard Sherman blocked the Packers’ Davon House into punt returner Earl Thomas, causing a fumble that Green Bay recovered to set up its first TD.

“It was a short punt,” Sherman said. “We held them off as long as we could. He hit him before the ball got there. That’s usually a penalty. But this game it wasn’t a penalty.”


Nickel back Jeremy Lane left the game in the second half after aggravating the groin injury that had limited him in practice during the week.

“He tweaked his groin again,” Carroll said.

Marcus Burley, who was acquired in a trade with the Colts last Saturday, stepped in for Lane.

“It was really cool to see Burley get in there and get some plays and get some play time, particularly if Jeremy’s not able to make it back,” Carroll said. “That will help us. It was a nice job of him jumping in there within a week’s time to play for us.”

Five of the seven players named inactive for the Seahawks missed practice time or were limited because of injuries: tight end Cooper Helfet (knee), running back Christine Michael (hamstring), linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis (hamstring), cornerback Tharold Simon (knee) and wide receiver Kevin Norwood (ankle).


The crowd of 68,424 was the largest for a regular-season at CenturyLink Field, and ranks second to the 68,454 that attended the NFC Championship game against the 49ers in January.


“On the scoreboard.”

– Packers QB Aaron Rodgers when asked where his team came up short

Wagner’s 14-tackle effort tied his career high from a 2012 game against the Patriots.

All-Pro strong safety Kam Chancellor had 11 tackles, including one on Eddie Lacy that sent the Packers’ back to the locker room to be examined for a possible concussion.

The Hall of Fame trio of wide receiver Steve Largent, defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy and left tackle Walter Jones raised the 12th Man flag above the south end zone prior to kickoff. Jones, who was inducted in the Hall of Fame last month, received his Hall of Fame ring during a halftime ceremony.

The Seahawks’ sideline was an exercise in star gazing during pregame warm-ups. In addition to Largent, Kennedy and Jones, there were quarterbacks Jim Zorn and Dave Krieg, running back Shaun Alexander, fullback Michael Robinson, safety Lawyer Milloy and wide receiver Sidney Rice. And the in-house camera caught former coach Mike Holmgren and his wife, Kathy, in the stands.