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Week 3 September 24  
Packers
(1-2-0)
 
 
 
Final 
 
 
Seahawks
(2-1-0)
at
Monday, Sep 24, 2012 at 5:30 PM PDT
DirecTV: , HD
TV: ESPN
Sirius: 93, 92
 
 
 
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TV: ESPN
Sirius: 93, 92

Game Recap

A magical night at CenturyLink Field ended with a magical play Monday night, as Golden Tate came down with Russell Wilson’s heave into the end zone on the final snap to give the Seahawks a 14-12 victory.

The 24-yard TD pass capped a wild night before an exhausted crowd of 68,218. The Seahawks sacked Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers eight times in the first half, when the Seahawks took a 7-0 lead on Wilson’s 41-yard TD pass to Tate.

But the Packers then put together 70-, 66- and 81-yard scoring drives in the second half to take a 12-7 lead with 8:44 remaining on Cedric Benson’s 1-yard TD run.

Wilson then led the Seahawks on their fateful final drive. The TD pass came on fourth-and-10.

Chris Clemons tied the franchise- and NFL-record with four sacks in the first half.

The victory was the second consecutive upset for the Seahawks, lifting their record to 2-1 as they prepare to play four of their next five games on the road, starting Sunday in St. Louis against the Rams.

The win also extended the Seahawks’ winning streak on “Monday Night Football” to six in a row, and increased their already league-best winning percentage on MNF to .692 (18-8).

In the first quarter, each team crossed midfield once, as the Seahawks got to the Packers’ 44 and the Packers to the Seahawks’ 49. Bruce Irvin sparked the Seahawks’ defensive effort as the first-round draft choice had not one, but two sacks. The first came on third-and-10 on the Packers’ first possession. The second came on second-and-20, on an inside move when tackle Bryan Bulaga appeared to hold Irvin on his rush.


Clemons took over in the second quarter with his four sacks, and Wilson capped a five-play, 73-yard drive with his 41-yard TD pass to Tate with 6:22 left in the half. The Seahawks produced eight sacks in the first half, three shy of the franchise single-game record.

Clemons’ first two sacks were possession-enders as they came on third downs. The other two came during a Packers’ series that reached the Seahawks’ 47-yard line, before Clemons dropped Rodgers for a 7-yard loss and then a 1-yard loss on back-to-back plays.

The Seahawks’ TD came on Wilson’s play-action fake to Robert Turbin and came because Tate turned cornerback Tramon Williams around with a move to be open for the pass before safety Charles Woodson could get over to help.

The Packers monopolized the third quarter, but had only two field goals to show for it. Mason Crosby supplied the points to end drives of 13 and 11 plays with 29- and 40-yard field goals. Give an honorable-mention assist to Cedric Benson, who carried seven times for 34 yards on the first drive and three times for 14 yards on the second drive.

The Seahawks appeared to have the Packers stopped again late in the quarter, but on third-and-5 Rodgers rolled to his left – away from the pressure that was coming up the gut – and found tight end Jermichael Finley for a 31-yard gain to the 48-yard line.

It appeared the Packers had won against all odds, until the oddest of plays allowed the Seahawks to pull this one out.

Seattle Seahawks

Total Net Yards 238
Total Turnovers 0
Penalties Yards 14-118
Time of Possession 26:21

Opponent

Total Net Yards 268
Total Turnovers 0
Penalties Yards 10-127
Time of Possession 33:39

Opponent Player Stats

Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
Aaron Rodgers 26/39 223 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
Cedric Benson 17 45 1 9
Randall Cobb 1 20 0 20
Aaron Rodgers 2 17 0 16
John Kuhn 1 2 0 2
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
Jermichael Finley 4 60 0 31
James Jones 5 55 0 14
Greg Jennings 6 35 0 13
John Kuhn 3 25 0 10
Cedric Benson 4 19 0 8
Jordy Nelson 2 19 0 13
D.J. Williams 1 11 0 11
Randall Cobb 1 -1 0 -1

Seahawks Player Stats

Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
Russell Wilson 10/21 130 2 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
Marshawn Lynch 25 98 0 9
Russell Wilson 3 18 0 12
Leon Washington 1 11 0 11
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
Golden Tate 3 68 2 41
Sidney Rice 1 22 0 22
Zach Miller 2 12 0 8
Charly Martin 1 10 0 10
Anthony McCoy 1 9 0 9
Ben Obomanu 1 8 0 8
Marshawn Lynch 1 1 0 1

Quarter Recaps

First Quarter

In a nutshell: No score, and a whole lotta defense. Each team crossed midfield once, as the Seahawks got to the Packers’ 44 and the Packers to the Seahawks’ 49.

Player of the quarter: Bruce Irvin. The Seahawks’ first-round draft choice had not one, but two sacks. The first came on third-and-10 on the Packers’ first possession. The second came on second-and-20, on an inside move when tackle Bryan Bulaga appeared to hold Irvin on his rush.

Play of the quarter: On second-and-10 on the Packers’ first possession, Red Bryant fought off a block to drop Cedric Benson for no gain.

Number of the quarter: 4. The Seahawks were penalized that many times. Twice against the offense and one each on defense and special teams.

Second Quarter

In a nutshell: Seahawks 7-0. Really. The Seahawks capped a five-play, 73-yard drive with Russell Wilson’s 41-yard TD pass to Golden Tate with 6:22 left in the half. But the real story was the job the Seahawks’ defense did on Aaron Rodgers and the Packers’ offense. The Seahawks produced eight sacks in the first half, three shy of the franchise single-game record.

Player of the quarter: Chris Clemons. After rookie rush-end Bruce Irvin got two sacks in the first quarter, the Seahawks’ sack leader the past two seasons collected four in the second quarter. That’s right, four – as in 1-2-3-4, to tie the franchise record for an entire game. The first two were possession-enders as they came on third downs. The other two came during a Packers’ series that reached the Seahawks’ 47-yard line, before Clemons dropped Rodgers for a 7-yard loss and then a 1-yard loss on back-to-back plays.

Play of the quarter: The TD, which came off Wilson’s play-action fake to Robert Turbin and came because Tate turned cornerback Tramon Williams around with a move to be open for the pass before safety Charles Woodson could get over to help.

Number of the quarter: Two. The number of times the Packers crossed midfield in the first half. In the second quarter, they got to the Seahawks’ 47 before Clemons took over.

Third Quarter

In a nutshell: Seahawks 7-6, as the Packers monopolized the quarter but had only two field goals to show for it.

Player of the quarter: Mason Crosby. The Packers had drives of 13 and 11 plays, but it was Crosby who supplied the points with 29- and 40-yard field goals. Give an honorable-mention assist to Cedric Benson, who carried seven times for 34 yards on the first drive and three times for 14 yards on the second drive.

Play of the quarter: The Seahawks appeared to have the Packers stopped again late in the quarter, but on third-and-5 Rodgers rolled to his left – away from the pressure that was coming up the gut – and found tight end Jermichael Finley for a 31-yard gain to the 48-yard line.

Number of the quarter: 7. The Seahawks’ point total, which was still enough to give them a one-point lead despite having the ball for five plays in the quarter.

Fourth Quarter

In a nutshell: Seahawks 14-12, as Golden Tate somehow came down with Russell Wilson’s heave into the end zone for a 24-yard TD on the final play of the game.

Player of the quarter: Tate. See above.

Play of the quarter: The game-winning TD. See above.

Number of the quarter: 3 and 81. As in Wilson to Tate, and my oh my.

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  • Week 3 - Sea Gals

    Posted Sep 25, 2012

    Images of the Sea Gals as they perform during Monday Night Football at CenturyLink Field.

  • Packers Seahawks Football Pete Carroll, Russell Wilson

    Posted Sep 24, 2012

    Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, right, walks with quarterback Russell Wilson after the Seahawks defeated the Green Bay Packers 14-12 in an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • Packers Seahawks Football Lance Easley

    Posted Sep 24, 2012

    Official Lance Easley (26) gestures on the field following the Seattle Seahawks' 14-12 win over the Green Bay Packers in an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

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