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NFL Packers Set Defensive Tone Against Seahawks

12 September, 2017, 00:25 | Author: Carla Brady
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Green Bay defensive lineman Mike Daniels' strip sack of Russell Wilson deep in Seattle territory in the third quarter set up Ty Montgomery's 6-yard touchdown run on the next play to spark the Packers' 17-9 win on Sunday.

Seattle managed just three field goals.

Driving from their 17 to the Seattle 39, Rodgers threw a quick, short pass to his right but defensive end Nazair Jones snatched the pass and took off 76 yards for an apparent touchdown but Cliff Avril was called for an illegal block in the back against a frantic Rodgers trying to chase down the play. "I've got to see the film to see what happened, but I was surprised they were able to do that where it made it hard for us to get the running game going like we wanted to".

Seattle had trouble getting Green Bay's offense off the field or finishing its own drives, and the result was a 17-9 loss on the road to the Packers. Except for one letdown, their only real breakdown of the game, at the end of the first half, which led to a Seahawks field goal, the Packers defense put on a clinic at Lambeau Field on Sunday afternoon.

Mike Daniels can be a man of few words. Green Bay's punt on the first series of the third quarter had Seattle start at their 21.

"It's great knowing that if he's doing what he has to do, I think everyone knows that they have a responsibility and a job that we have to do as well, so we hold each other accountable", Packers linebacker Nick Perry said.

Green Bay tacked on Mason Crosby's 40-yard field goal before Wilson quickly drove the Seahawks into scoring position. Montgomery's touchdown gave the Packers the lead, a lead they didn't relinquish. Atlanta's Matt Bryant answered with a 37-yard field goal, making it 23-17 with 3:24 left.

Packers edge rusher Clay Matthews, who has faced Wilson in all those aforementioned games, said the key to keeping Wilson in check is rushing in a disciplined manner.

Rodgers' regular-season streak of passes without an interception ended at a career-high 251.

Seattle's offense, which did nearly nothing for the first 29 minutes of the half, struck for back-to-back big plays to take a 3-0 halftime lead.

Head Coach Mike McCarthy said the 78,381 in attendance and the guys on the defensive side of the ball, helped get it done. Started at the line of scrimmage. Aaron Rodgers completed 28 of 42 passes for 311 yards and a touchdown against an interception. But against one of the most formidable defenses in the league, not bad. Last season, cornerback Damarious Randall struggled with his play and an injury, but with now playing primarily inside against the slot receiver, Randall had better success. In the receiving end, Randall Cobb posted 85 yards in nine receptions while Jordy Nelson added 79 yards and a touchdown in seven catches.

In this photo provided by the NFL, Dom Capers of the Green Bay Packers poses for his 2010 NFL headshot circa 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Jimmy Graham had three catches for all of 8 yards.


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