Green Bay Packers (2-0) 27, Seattle Seahawks (0-2) 17
Sunday September 20th 2015 (at Green Bay)
GAME RECAP (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
(GREEN BAY) - This time, the Green Bay Packers punched back in the second half against the Seattle Seahawks. Aaron Rodgers threw for two touchdowns and the Green Bay Packers outlasted the Seattle Seahawks for a 27-17 win Sunday night in a bruising, physical rematch of last season's NFC title game. Rodgers orchestrated a 10-play, 80-yard scoring drive, capped by a 5-yard scoring pass to Richard Rodgers. A 2-point conversion made it 24-17 with 9:28 left. Jayrone Elliott made a lunging, one-handed interception of a short pass from Russell Wilson with 6:50 left, one of the rare mistakes in the second half for Seattle's dual-threat quarterback. The Packers (2-0) cashed in with one of Mason Crosby's four field goals on the night for a 10-point lead with 2 minutes remaining. ''We're 2-0. It was a great night here at Lambeau Field,'' coach Mike McCarthy said. ''You sleep better when you win.'' The Packers blew a 16-0 lead against the Seahawks in the playoffs last year. They held on after giving up 13-3 lead at halftime on Sunday. 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. Rodgers connected with favorite target James Jones for a 29-yard touchdown pass on the game's opening series. But the offense got bogged down or had to settle for field goals until the fourth quarter. Rodgers was clutch against a defense missing safety Kam Chancellor, who is holding out for a new contract. Young players such as second-year tight end Richard Rodgers and rookie receiver Ty Montgomery had big plays. So did Elliott, a second-year backup linebacker. The defense held on when it mattered in the fourth quarter after giving up chunks of yardage earlier in the second half to dual-threat quarterback Wilson. The Seahawks' last two series ended in turnovers. Besides Elliott's pick, Micah Hyde recovered a fumble by Fred Jackson with 22 seconds left. Rodgers took a knee on the next play to end the game. He finished 25 of 33 for 249 yards. Wilson was 19 of 30 for 206 yards, while running for 78 yards on 10 carries. The Packers held Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch to 41 yards on 15 carries. ''The defense set the tempo early, particularly on the run defense and the two big (turnovers) at the end,'' McCarthy said. Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy left the game in the first quarter with a right ankle injury. But backup James Starks kept Packers running game going with 95 yards on 20 carries. Crosby also had a memorable night. With four field goals and an extra point, the veteran set the franchise record with 1,057 career points.
                           SEATTLE   GREEN BAY
First downs                     21          21
Rushes-yards                25-119      29-127
Net Passing yards              205         234
Passing (Att-Comp-Int)     30-19-1     33-25-0
Sacked-Yards Lost              2-1        2-15
Punts-Average               5-40.2      3-46.3
Fumbles                        1-1         2-1
Penalties-Yards               6-92        6-35
Time of Possession           26:42       33:18
SEATTLE   -  3   0  14   0  - 17
GREEN BAY - 10   3   3  11  - 27
1st - GB - James Jones, 29-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
1st - GB - Crosby, 54-yard field goal GREEN BAY 10-0
1st - SEA - Steven Hauschka, 54-yard field goal GREEN BAY 10-3
2nd - GB - Crosby, 18-yard field goal GREEN BAY 13-3
3rd - SEA - Fred Jackson, 5-yard pass from Russell Wilson (Hauschka kick) GREEN BAY 13-10
3rd - SEA - Doug Baldwin, 13-yard pass from Wilson (Hauschka kick) SEATTLE 17-13
4th - GB - Richard Rodgers, 5-yard pass from Rodgers (Rodgers to Rodgers pass) GREEN BAY 24-17
4th - GB - Crosby, 21-yard field goal GREEN BAY 27-17
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - James Starks 20-95, Aaron Rodgers 6-23, Eddie Lacy 3-9
SEATTLE - Russell Wilson 10-78, Marshawn Lynch 15-41
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Aaron Rodgers 33-25-249 2 TD
SEATTLE - Russell Wilson 30-19-206 2 TD 1 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Randall Cobb 8-116, Davante Adams 5-33, Ty Montgomery 4-37, James Starks 4-11, Richard Rodgers 3-23 1 TD, James Jones 1-29 1 TD
SEATTLE - Doug Baldwin 7-92 1 TD, Marshawn Lynch 3-21, Luke Wilson 2-36, Tyler Lockett 2-17, Fred Jackson 2-16 1 TD, Chris Matthews 1-13, Jimmy Graham 1-11, Derrick Coleman 1-0
Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers throws long against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half (Wm. Glasheen/The Post-Crescent via AP)
Seattle Seahawks' Doug Baldwin can't catch a pass in front of Green Bay Packers' Micah Hyde (33) during the second half
AROUND THE NFC NORTH
Sunday September 20th
MINNESOTA 26, Detroit 16 - Adrian Peterson had 192 total yards and Minnesota rebounded from a rough season opener. Peterson, playing in front of a pro-Vikings crowd for the first time in 658 days, rushed 29 times for 134 yards after receiving a pregame standing ovation out of the tunnel and a couple of "AP! AP! AP!" chants from the fans on a sun-soaked afternoon. Teddy Bridgewater played a smart, sharp game for Minnesota (1-1). He threw for one touchdown and ran for another. Matthew Stafford was erratic for the Lions (0-2), who fell behind 14-0 early in the second quarter.
Arizona 48, CHICAGO 23 - Carson Palmer threw for four touchdowns to lead Arizona in a game that saw Chicago lose Jay Cutler to a hamstring injury. Palmer connected with Larry Fitzgerald for three TDs, David Johnson returned the opening kickoff a club-record 108 yards and added a rushing TD. And coach Bruce Arians gained a measure of revenge after the Bears hired Marc Trestman over him in January 2013. Arizona is 2-0; Chicago 0-2 under new coach John Fox.
NFC NORTH DIVISION STANDINGS
GREEN BAY    2   0   0  1.000    58   40
Minnesota    1   1   0   .500    29   36
Detroit      0   2   0   .000    44   59
Chicago      0   2   0   .000    46   79