Packers grind out 17-9 win over Seattle in regular season opener

GREEN BAY, Wis. - The Packers defense led the way in a 17-9 season-opening win against Seattle Sunday.

Green Bay held the Seahawks out of the end zone, and limited Seattle's offense to just 225 yards Sunday.

The Packers trailed 3-0 at halftime, but the turning point came early in the third quarter when DT Mike Daniels strip-sacked Russell Wilson and OLB Kyler Fackrell recovered a fumble deep in Seahawks territory.

Daniels dominated Sunday finishing with 7 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1 TFL, and 4 QB hits.

Green Bay capitalized with a 6-yard TD run from Ty Montgomery to take the 7-3 lead with 10:33 left in the third quarter.

“I thought our defense played at an extremely high level,” Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said. “You hold an offense to nine points in today’s NFL and that speaks volumes. I thought they were playing at a real high level coming out of the preseason, so very impressed with our defense. Started at the line of scrimmage. We were in the backfield a bunch and got the big plays.”

Then in the final seconds of the 3rd, Aaron Rodgers caught Seattle with 12-men on the field and connected on a free play, 32-yard touchdown to Jordy Nelson to give Green Bay a 14-6 lead.

"If they try to sub, it's one word and we all line up and we know what to do," Nelson said. So it's worked for us multiple times over the years and it will continue to work for us. It's something teams are prepared for now. They've got to stay on the field, and if not we will take advantage of them.

Nelson became just the 4th player in franchise history to record 500 career receptions, and finished with 7 catches for 79 yards and the score.

Randall Cobb led the way for the receivers with 9 catches for 85 yards.

Montgomery helped put the game away, accumulating 72 of his 93 total yards in the final 30 minutes.

"It felt great," Montgomery said. "I like being able to be the guy to finish the game, and get some catches, get some runs and keep the clock moving."

Green Bay caught a big break when Rodgers had an interception returned for a touchdown called back in the first quarter thanks to a pair of penalties.

One of those, a personal foul on Seattle starting CB Jeremy Lane, led to his ejection for throwing a punch, though replays did not show a punch thrown.

Rodgers saw his streak of 251-passes without an INT snapped, but after a slow start he finished 28-for-42 for 311 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT.

 


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