Seahawks starts season with 36-16 win against Packers

Posted Sep 4, 2014

Highlights and quarterly recaps of tonight's 36-16 Seahawks victory over the Green Bay Packers.

First quarter

What happened? Packers 7, Seahawks 3. The Packers got the ball first and moved to the Green Bay 41 before Kam Chancellor and K.J. Wright stopped James Starks for a 2-yard gain, Wright dropped Jordy Nelson for a 2-yard loss and O’Brien Schofield sacked Aaron Rodgers on third down. The Seahawks then drove 48 yards in 11 plays to a 35-yard field goal by Steven Hauschka with 6:03 left. The key play on the drive was a running into the kicker penalty against the Packers’ Mike Daniels, giving the Seahawks a first down at the Packers’ 39. Russell Wilson was 4 of 5 for 20 yards, while Percy Harvin carried once for 13 yards and caught two passes for 8 yards. The defense stopped the Packers again, but Earl Thomas fumbled the punt when Richard Sherman pushed Davon House into Thomas and the Packers recovered at the Seahawks’ 34. John Kuhn then scored on a 2-yard run to give the Packers a 7-3 lead with 1:25 left. Rodgers was 3 of 3 for 30 yards, including an 8-yarder to Randall Cobb on third-and-8.

Player of the quarter: Harvin. Four touches – three receptions, one run – for 30 yards. In a quarter where no one stood out, Harvin gets the nod.

Play of the quarter: The fumbled punt. Rather than fair catch the punt, Thomas went for it, only to have Sherman push House into him before he could gain control of the ball. It gave the Packers field position and, six plays later, cost the Seahawks the lead.

Numbers to note: 80, 96 and 71. Those are the retired jersey numbers of Steve Largent, Cortez Kennedy and Walter Jones, the Hall of Fame trio that raised the 12th Man flag above the south end prior to kickoff.

Second Quarter

What happened? Seahawks 17, Packers 10. The Seahawks regained the lead on Russell Wilson’s 33-yard TD pass to Ricardo Lockette two minutes into the quarter. The pass, where Lockette eluded Ha Ha Clinton-Dix at the 12 to get into the end zone, capped a six-play, 80-yard drive. Wilson also passed to Percy Harvin for 33 yards. The Packers tied it at 10 on a 23-yard field goal by Mason Crosby that capped a 12-play, 79-yard drive. The biggest play was a 44-yard pass interference penalty against Bobby Wagner on third-and-5, giving the Packers a first down at the Seahawks’ 7. But quicker than you could say one-handed catch by Zach Miller (for 24 yards) and three runs by Marshawn Lynch (for 32 yards), the Seahawks scored again – on Lynch’s 9-yard run with 3:41 to left in the half.

Player of the quarter: Lynch. Preseason? Who needs it? Not Lynch. After carrying three times in the preseason, Lynch had four carries for 39 yards in the quarter, and his 21-yard run set up his first TD run of the season. For the half, Lynch had seven carries for 59 yards, an 8.4-yard average.

Play of the quarter: The big catch by “The Big Fundamental.” That’s Miller, as his teammates call him. Why? His latest one-hander against tight coverage from Clay Matthews was a great example. It came on the first play of the six-play, 70-yard drive that ended with Lynch TD run.

Number to note: 3. That’s Wilson’s uniform number and he was 5 of 8 for 92 yards and a TD in the second quarter and 10 of 14 for 121 yards and a 121.4 passer rating in the half.

Third Quarter

What happened? Seahawks 22, Packers 10. The Seahawks pushed their lead to 10 points on a 20-yard field goal by Steven Hauschka with 10:28 left in the quarter. The Seahawks got the ball at the Packers’ 8 after Byron Maxwell intercepted an Aaron Rodgers pass that went off Jordy Nelson and returned it 21 yards. The Seahawks got the ball back when Maxwell broke up Rodgers’ third-down pass that was intended for Nelson at the goal line and Cliff Avril sacks Rodgers for a 4-yard loss on 4th-and-5. But after a 16-yard run by Percy Harvin on their first play, the Seahawks gained 2 yards on their next three plays and had to punt. But on the Packers’ first play from the Green Bay 10, Michael Bennett came up with a fumble-forcing sack. The Packers’ Derek Sherrod recovered the fumble in the end zone for a safety that made it 22-10 with 4:42 left in the quarter. As the quarter ended, Wilson had scrambled 13 yards to the Packers’ 3.

Player of the quarter: Maxwell. A pick to setup a field goal. A breakup at the goal line. It doesn’t get a whole lot better than that.

Play of the quarter: Bennett’s fumble-forcing sack for the safety. The Seahawks had been pressuring Rodgers all evening, but finally got something to show for it. The safety led to Lynch’s 3-yard TD run on the first play of the fourth quarter.

Number to note: Two. Sacks in the quarter by the Seahawks, and then came from Bennett and Cliff Avril, who led the team in sack last season.

Fourth Quarter

What happened?Seahawks 36, Packers 16. On the first play of the quarter, Marshawn Lynch scored his second rushing touchdown, this one a 3-yarder to cap a nine-play, 53-yard drive that began in the third quarter. Russell Wilson was 3 of 4 for 28 yards and ran once for 13 yards. But the Packers then drove 82 yards in 10 plays to Aaron Rodgers’ 3-yard TD pass to Randall Cobb with 9:31 left. Rodgers was 6 of 6 for 66 yards. But his pass on the two-point PAT was incomplete. The Seahawks then drove 80 yards in 13 plays to Wilson’s 14-yard TD pass to Derrick Coleman – on 4th-and-1. Lynch carried five times for 14 yards and had a 14-yard reception.

Player of the quarter:Lynch. He surpassed 100 yards on his first carry of the Seahawks’ first full series, scored his second TD run on the first play of the quarter and was a major contributor to the final TD drive.

Play of the quarter:The fourth-down TD pass, of course. With the Packers stacking their defense, Wilson rolled out and lofted a pass into the flat to Coleman, who did the rest.

Numbers to note: 1 and 0. As in, that’s one. What’s next? A long week to prepare for next Sunday’s game against the Chargers in San Diego. And as in 0, the number of times Rodgers threw at All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman.