Seattle Seahawks (1-0) 36, Green Bay Packers (0-1) 16
Thursday September 4th 2014 (at Seattle)
Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy (27) leaps over the line while making a run against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash., on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media
Green Bay Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (21) tries to tackle Marshawn Lynch (24) against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field September 4, 2014. Jim Matthews/Press-Gazette Media
Green Bay Packers receiver Jordy Nelson (87) is brought down by Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas (29) and cornerback Byron Maxwell (41) during Thursday's game at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media
GAME RECAP (SportsNetwork.com)
(SEATTLE) - If heavy is the head that wears the crown, the Seattle Seahawks showed Thursday they have the broad shoulders to carry it. Marshawn Lynch ran for 110 yards and two touchdowns for the defending champions and Seattle's defense wreaked its usual havoc en route to a 36-16 victory over the Green Bay Packers to kick off the 2014 NFL season. The Seahawks unveiled the franchise's first Super Bowl banner prior to kickoff with a capacity crowd at CenturyLink Field emitting their signature deafening boom, and the hosts responded in a resounding rout. The battle in the trenches heavily favored the Seahawks, who gained 207 yards on the ground to Green Bay's 80. "I'm mostly fired up that we ran the ball for over 200 yards," Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said. Percy Harvin was a focal point of Seattle's offense, catching seven passes for 59 yards and running four times for 41 yards, while Russell Wilson passed for 191 yards and two touchdowns. The Packers, who are vying for their fourth straight NFC North title this season, were felled by a mistake-filled third quarter. Aaron Rodgers took very few chances downfield and tossed for just 189 yards with a touchdown and an interception. "They're a great defense," Rodgers said. "You've got to make the most of your opportunities. Got to score more points." Adding injury to insult, running back and reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year Eddie Lacy underwent evaluation for a concussion following the game. Lacy was limited to 34 yards on 12 carries. Green Bay's first three drives in the second half ended in an interception, a turnover on downs and a safety, respectively -- a one-sided stretch that turned a 17-10 Seahawks lead into a 19-point cushion. Rodgers' first pass after the break went off the hands of Jordy Nelson and into the arms of Seahawks cornerback Byron Maxwell, who returned the pick to the Green Bay 8-yard line. Steven Hauschka made it 20-10 with a 20-yard field goal, and after Rodgers was sacked on fourth down on the next possession, punter Jon Ryan pinned the Packers down to their own 10. On the next snap, Michael Bennett came around the right end and stripped Rodgers of the ball, which skipped into the end zone and was pounced on by a Packers lineman for a safety. A 9-play, 53-yard drive ended in Lynch's 3-yard touchdown run on the first play of the fourth quarter, and the deficit was too much for Green Bay to overcome. Rodgers and Randall Cobb hooked up for a 3-yard touchdown, and Derrick Coleman caught a 15-yard TD from Wilson on a fourth down play in the closing minutes. Seattle's first drive of the game was extended on a running into the kicker penalty, and Hauschka's 35-yard field goal accounted for the season's first points. A break went Green Bay's way later in the opening quarter when Richard Sherman unknowingly blocked a Packers defender into Earl Thomas as he was fielding a punt. Thomas fumbled it away at the Seattle 34-yard line, and the Packers turned the short field into seven points via John Kuhn's 1-yard plunge. The Seahawks regained the lead six snaps later. Harvin's 33-yard catch-and-run moved the ball to the Green Bay 33-yard line, and on the next play, a well- executed read option pass saw Ricardo Lockette slip into the open field and haul in Wilson's play-action pass. Lockette only had one defender to beat and broke a tackle en route to his second career touchdown. Green Bay settled for a 23-yard Mason Crosby field goal after a 44-yard pass interference penalty set them up inside the 10-yard line. Again Seattle answered quickly, with Lynch capping a 6-play, 70-yard drive with a 9-yard TD run to give the Seahawks a 17-10 halftime lead. "We're very tough and very determined to be a very good football team," Carroll said.
Game Notes: The last time these teams met in Seattle ended in the infamous "Fail Mary" play...Wilson improved to 18-1 at home, including playoffs...Lockette's only other touchdown came in the final week of the 2011 season...Packers offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga and tight end Richard Rodgers collided on the same play in the second quarter and neither returned...Crosby has connected on 15 straight field goal tries...Steve Largent, Cortez Kennedy and Walter Jones -- Seattle's three Hall-of-Famers -- raised the 12th Man flag before the game. 
                         GREEN BAY     SEATTLE
First downs                     19          25
Rushes-yards                 21-80      37-207
Net Passing yards              175         191
Passing (Att-Comp-Int)     33-23-1     28-19-0
Sacked-Yards Lost             3-14         1-0
Punts-Average               4-38.3      2-33.0
Fumbles-Lost                   1-0         2-1
Penalties-Yards               8-65        4-69
Time of Possession           26:40       33:20
GREEN BAY -     7   3   0   6  - 16
SEATTLE   -     3  14   5  14  - 36
1st - SEA - Steven Hauschka, 35-yard field goal SEATTLE 3-0
1st - GB - John Kuhn, 2-yard run (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 7-3
2nd - SEA - Ricardo Lockette, 33-yard pass from Russell Wilson (Hauschka kick) SEATTLE 10-7
2nd - GB - Crosby, 23-yard field goal TIED 10-10
2nd - SEA - Marshawn Lynch, 9-yard run (Hauschka kick) SEATTLE 17-10
3rd - SEA - Hauschka, 20-yard field goal SEATTLE 20-10
3rd - SEA - Safety, Aaron Rodgers fumble recovered by Derek Sherrod in the end zone SEATTLE 22-10
4th - SEA - Lynch, 3-yard run (Hauschka kick) SEATTLE 29-10
4th - GB - Randall Cobb, 3-yard pass from Rodgers (Two-point conversion failed) SEATTLE 29-16
4th - SEA - Derrick Coleman, 15-yard pass from Wilson (Hauschka kick) SEATTLE 36-16
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - James Starks 7-37, Eddie Lacy 12-34, Dujuan Harris 1-7, John Kuhn 1-2 1 TD
SEATTLE - Marshawn Lynch 20-110 2 TD, Percy Harvin 4-41, Russell Wilson 7-29, Robert Turbin 6-27
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Aaron Rodgers 33-23-189 1 TD 1 INT
SEATTLE - Russell Wilson 28-19-191 2 TD
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Jordy Nelson 9-83, Randall Cobb 6-58 1 TD, Andrew Quarless 3-26, Eddie Lacy 3-11, James Starks 2-11
SEATTLE - Percy Harvin 7-59, Zach Miller 3-42, Doug Baldwin 3-14, Ricardo Lockette 2-38 1 TD, Derrick Coleman 1-15 1 TD, Marshawn Lynch 1-14, Jermaine Kearse 1-8, Luke Willson 1-1
AROUND THE NFC NORTH
Sunday September 7th
Buffalo 23, CHICAGO 20 (OT) - Fred Jackson still has plenty of burst left in those 33-year-old legs. Jackson's 38-yard run in overtime set up Dan Carpenter's game-winning 27-yard field goal as the Chicago Bears shocked the Buffalo Bills, 23-20, in the season opener of both teams on Sunday afternoon. The Bears overcame a 17-7 second-half deficit and tied the game with 30 seconds left in regulation on Robbie Gould's 37-yard field goal. Chicago, however, picked up just one first down before punting on its lone possession in the extra session. Buffalo took over at its own 22-yard line. E.J. Manuel fired a 20-yard completion to Mike Williams and Jackson bulldozed through the Chicago secondary all the way down to the 1-yard line two plays later. The oldest running back in the NFL took a handoff along the left side of the line and darted through a huge hole before stiff arming safety Chris Conte twice inside the 10-yard line. Carpenter's boot came two snaps later. Jackson finished with 61 yards rushing on seven attempts, while C.J. Spiller added 53 yards on the ground on 15 carries for the Bills (1-0), who ran for 193 yards. E.J. Manuel was 16-of-22 for 173 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions and Robert Woods caught four passes for 78 yards in the triumph. Buffalo went 6-10 a year ago. Jay Cutler completed 34-of-49 passes for 349 yards with a pair of touchdowns and interceptions for Chicago (0-1), which went 8-8 in 2013. Brandon Marshall had eight receptions for 71 yards and a score, Alshon Jeffery caught five passes for 71 yards while being limited by a hamstring injury and Martellus Bennett hauled in eight throws for 70 yards and a score. Matt Forte carried the ball 17 times for 82 yards and added 87 yards receiving on eight catches in the triumph.
Minnesota 34, ST. LOUIS 6 - Wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson had more rushing yards than Adrian Peterson in the Minnesota Vikings' 34-6 season-opening win over the St. Louis Rams. Patterson carried the ball three times for 102 yards, including a 67-yard touchdown, and caught three passes for 26 yards for the Vikings (1-0), who started the Mike Zimmer era on Sunday. Peterson rushed for 75 yards on 21 carries for Minnesota, which went 5-10-1 under Leslie Frazier last season. Greg Jennings hauled in six passes for 58 yards and a score. Veteran Shaun Hill completed 8-of-13 passes for 81 yards and an interception for St. Louis before exiting at the half with a thigh injury. Austin Davis connected on 16-of-23 passes for 192 
yards ​and an interception in relief. The Rams, of course, lost quarterback Sam Bradford in the preseason to another ACL injury. Brian Quick caught seven passes for 99 yards for St. Louis, which went 7-9 in 2013. Zac Stacy carried the ball 11 times for 43 yards.
Monday September 8th
DETROIT 35, New York Giants 14 - In a battle of teams unveiling brand new offenses, the Detroit Lions had by far the better first impression. With Matthew Stafford throwing a pair of touchdown passes to Calvin Johnson and running for another score, the Lions cruised to a 35-14 rout of the New York Giants in a strong debut under new head coach Jim Caldwell. Stafford operated first-year coordinator Joe Lombardi's system with extreme precision, completing a crisp 22-of-32 throws for 346 yards and finding Johnson early and often, with the All-Pro wideout hauling in seven catches totaling 164 yards. Golden Tate added 93 yards on six receptions for a Detroit (1-0) squad that outgained the out-of-sync Giants by a one-sided 417-197 margin in total yards and intercepted a struggling Eli Manning twice in the second half. Manning managed just 163 yards and a touchdown on a 18-of-33 completion rate directing new coordinator Ben McAdoo's scheme. Larry Donnell recorded 56 yards and a touchdown on five catches for New York (0-1), with Rashad Jennings rushing for 46 yards and a score on 16 carries.
NFC NORTH DIVISION STANDINGS
Detroit      1   0   0  1.000    35   14
Minnesota    1   0   0  1.000    34    6
GREEN BAY    0   1   0   .000    16   36
Chicago      0   1   0   .000    20   23