Packers' Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (21) celebrates with Jayrone Elliott
in front of Seattle Seahawks' Chris Matthews during the second
half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, in Green
Bay, Wis. The Packers won 27-17.
GREEN BAY — All week long, the Green
Bay Packers did their best to disregard the noise about their recent,
disheartening history with the Seattle Seahawks.
A 27-17 win over Seattle on Sunday
night in a rematch of last January's NFC championship game left the
Packers with a reason to smile.
This time, the Packers finished strong
in a bruising, physical contest with the Seahawks.
"It doesn't count for anything
more than a win, but it is probably one of the more satisfying
regular-season wins that we've had, just to get that monkey off our
back of not being able to beat these guys," guard T.J. Lang said.
The victory snapped a three-game losing
streak to Seattle, all on the road. None of those games were more
painful than the 28-22 loss in overtime in the playoffs in January
after the Packers blew a 16-0 halftime lead.
On Sunday night, the Packers had a
raucous crowd on their side and they held on after giving up a 13-3
The Seahawks, who fell to the New
England Patriots in the Super Bowl last year, dropped to 0-2 for the
first time since 2011.
"But you have to move forward and
realize there's a lot of season left," said Seattle quarterback
Russell Wilson, who threw an interception in the fourth quarter.
Packers' Richard Rodgers catches a touchdown pass in front of
Seattle Seahawks' Cary Williams during the second half of an NFL
football game Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, in Green Bay, Wis.
Seattle lost its opener at St. Louis,
34-31 in overtime. After two weeks away, the Seahawks finally get to
play at home next week against the Chicago Bears.
The Packers (2-0) get an extra day off
before taking on the Chiefs in a Monday night game on Sept. 28.
"It is what it is. We're going to
enjoy it for a couple days and get ready to move on to Kansas
City," Lang said.
Some other notes and takeaways from
Sunday night's game:
CLUTCH RODGERS: Quarterback Aaron
Rodgers finished 25 of 33 for 249 yards and two touchdowns, including
the go-ahead score on a 5-yard pass to Richard Rodgers in the fourth
quarter. A 2-point conversion pass, also to Richard Rodgers, made it
24-17 with 9:28 left.
The quarterback was a master at moving
around to buy time. He took advantage of Seattle penalties with long
throws for big gains.
MIDDLE MAN: Given time in the fourth
quarter, Aaron Rodgers found the weakness in the Seattle defense.
It was the middle of the field, an area
where safety Kam Chancellor might normally help. But Chancellor is
holding out for a new contract.
Seahawks' Russell Wilson runs past Green Bay Packers' Nick Perry
during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 20,
2015, in Green Bay, Wis.
In that fourth quarter drive that ended
with the touchdown throw, short passes turned into big gains.
"In the middle of their defense is
where you can find some soft spots, that's kind of what we targeted
there," Rodgers said.
SO CLOSE: For a team that just fell to
0-2 to start the season, the Seahawks sounded relatively upbeat.
Carroll thinks his team will rebound, pointing to the success of
reaching the Super Bowl last year despite starting 3-3 and 6-4.
"I think that's a really good
point, and we don't talk really in that manner. But we were not right
last year for some time, too," Carroll said. "We just need
to clean up our game and get right, and hopefully we can do that and
Packers' Aaron Rodgers throws long against the Seattle Seahawks
during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 20,
2015 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis.
WILSON'S PICK: Wilson was 19 of 30 for
206 yards with two touchdowns, while running for 78 yards on 10
carries. But he lamented the disappointing fourth quarter.
Jayrone Elliott made a lunging,
one-handed interception of a short pass from Wilson with 6:50 left,
one of the rare mistakes in the second half for Seattle's dual-threat
The Packers cashed in with one of Mason
Crosby's four field goals on the night for a 10-point lead with 2
TRAINER'S ROOM: Green Bay running back
Eddie Lacy left the game in the first quarter with a right ankle
injury. Backup James Starks kept Packers running game going with 95
yards on 20 carries. ... Safety Steven Terrell had the only Seattle
injury of note, with a hip flexor. Carroll said he did not know the
severity of the injury.