bounces off the back of Green Bay Packers' LaDarius Gunter (36)
as he breaks up a pass intended for Seattle Seahawks' Jermaine
Kearse during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday,
Dec. 11, 2016, in Green Bay, Wis. Quinten Rollins intercepted
GREEN BAY, Wis. — A hobbled
Aaron Rodgers passed for 246 yards and three touchdowns and the
Green Bay Packers routed the Seattle Seahawks 38-10 on Sunday.
Seattle's Russell Wilson threw a career-high five interceptions and
the Packers (7-6) won their third straight game to keep their
playoff hopes alive.
They're two games back of first-place Detroit in the NFC North, but
play division opponents in the last three weeks of the season.
Green Bay gained 330 yards in Seattle's first game without former
All-Pro safety Earl Thomas, who is out for the season with a broken
Rodgers set the tone on the opening drive after connecting with
receiver Davante Adams on a perfectly-thrown pass down the right
sideline for a 66-yard touchdown. Cornerback Jeremy Lane slipped on
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll watches it snow before an NFL
football game against the Green Bay Packers.
Rodgers, who is already playing with
a sore left hamstring, said he also hurt his right calf on that
play. He finished 18 of 23 and left in the fourth quarter with his
team leading by 25.
"Aaron's a great player. Frankly, he spoils us all," coach Mike
The Packers also took advantage with touchdown drives after two
Wilson finished 22 of 39 for 240 yards and a touchdown. Two
interceptions came off passes that deflected off receivers' hands,
including one that caromed off Doug Baldwin's helmet to cornerback
It was a stunning turn for Seattle a week after blowing out Carolina
40-7. The Seahawks missed out on a chance to clinch the NFC West
following Arizona's loss to Miami earlier Sunday.
"This is such a rare occurrence for our team," Seattle coach Pete
Carroll said. "It's just something at this time we have to push
behind us and get going."
Packers' Davante Adams catches a touchdown pass in front of
Seattle Seahawks' Jeremy Lane during the first half.
Green Bay had a 21-3 lead at
halftime, reminiscent of the way the Packers built big leads on
opponents in recent dominant seasons.
"Obviously it makes a difference. It means we're being successful,
we're scoring points," receiver Jordy Nelson said. "We saw what
happens when our defense can play with a lead."
The Packers needed this confidence-builder against a playoff
contender. They look nothing like the team that suffered
back-to-back blowout losses at Tennessee and Washington a few weeks
Most of the focus about defense going into the game was about
Seattle's league-best unit, but the Seahawks gave up a season high
The Packers dominated, mixing in a few blitzes and getting effective
pressure on Wilson most of the game against a shaky offensive line.
It was an impressive showing without starting linebackers Nick Perry
(hand) and Blake Martinez (knee). Outside linebacker Clay Matthews
(shoulder) was limited mainly to passing downs.
Packers' Aaron Rodgers congratulates Jordy Nelson after a
touchdown catch during the second half.
ON THE RUN
Ty Montgomery picked up his first touchdown run of his career on a
1-yard carry in the second quarter. A second-year receiver who also
lines up in the backfield, Montgomery has turned into a playmaking
threat on the ground and through the air.
Seattle linebacker K.J. Wright slipped on consecutive plays in the
second quarter, and the Packers took advantage each time. He was
covering Montgomery in the flat on a pass that turned into a 24-yard
gain to the Seattle 9. He slipped again on the next play trailing
Nelson across the end zone, leaving the receiver open for a
touchdown pass and a 21-3 lead with 5:15 left in the first half.
Rodgers threw two touchdown passes to Nelson. They have connected on
57 TD passes overall, tying Hall of Famer Brett Favre and Antonio
Freeman for the most touchdown passes from a quarterback to a
receiver in franchise history.
WR Randall Cobb left the game riding in the front seat of a cart in
the second quarter with a left ankle injury. But he wasn't out for
long, and the crowd clapped as Cobb dashed out of the tunnel back to
the sideline a few minutes later. ... TE Jared Cook left the game
with a chest injury following an incompletion down the left sideline
with 1:55 left in the quarter.
Seahawks: Have a quick turnaround with a Thursday night home game
against the Los Angeles Rams.
Packers: Begin their season-ending stretch of three straight NFC
North games with a trip to Chicago on Dec. 18 to play the Bears.