Green Bay Packers (7-6) 38, Seattle Seahawks (8-4-1) 10
Sunday December 11th 2016 (at Green Bay)
Packers’ receiver Davante Adams outran the Seahawks’ Jeremy Lane for a touchdown on Green Bay’s first possession. (Credit: Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Russell Wilson was intercepted five times in Seattle's loss to Green Bay, the most in his career. (AP)
Jeff Janis scores a touchdown during the fourth quarter (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
GAME RECAP (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
(GREEN BAY) - 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 more than 300 yards in Seattle’s first game without former All-Pro safety Earl Thomas, who is out for the season with a broken leg. 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 the play. The Packers also took advantage with touchdown drives after two other interceptions. 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 Damarious Randall. 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. Green Bay had a 21-3 lead at halftime, reminiscent of the way the Packers built big leads on opponents in recent dominant seasons. 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 ago. Rodgers, who is playing with a sore left hamstring , finished 18 of 23 and left in the fourth quarter with his team leading by 25.
DEFENSE RESTS: 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 points. 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.
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.
WRIGHT WRONG: 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 Jordy Nelson across the end zone, leaving the receiver open for a touchdown pass and a 21-3 lead with 5:21 left in the first half.
INJURY REPORT: 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.
                           SEATTLE     GREEN BAY
First downs                     22            18
Rushes-yards                26-136         30-93
Net Passing yards              218           237
Passing (Att-Comp-Int)     39-22-5       25-18-0
Sacked-Yards Lost             3-22           1-9
Punts-Average               4-34.0        4-38.5
Fumbles                        1-1           0-0
Penalties-Yards               7-63          5-50
Time of Possession           31:50         28:10
SEATTLE   -  3   0   0   7 - 10
GREEN BAY -  7  14   7  10 - 38
1st - GB - Davante Adams, 66-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
1st - SEA - Steven Hauschka, 28-yard field goal GREEN BAY 7-3
2nd - GB - Ty Montgomery, 1-yard run (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 14-3
2nd - GB - Jordy Nelson, 9-yard pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 21-3
3rd - GB - Nelson, 3-yard pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 28-3
4th - GB - Crosby, 38-yard field goal GREEN BAY 31-3
4th - SEA - Tanner McEvoy, 21-yard pass from Russell Wilson (Hauschka kick) GREEN BAY 31-10
4th - GB - Jeff Janis, 19-yard run (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 38-10
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Ty Montgomery 9-41 1 TD, Christine Michael 10-36, Jeff Janis 1-19 1 TD, James Starks 2-3, Aaron Ripowski 2-3, Brett Hundley 2-(-2), Aaron Rodgers 3-(-6)
SEATTLE - Thomas Rawls 12-67, Alex Collins 7-23, Russell Wilson 4-19, Tyler Lockett 2-15, Troymaine Pope 1-12
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Aaron Rodgers 23-18-246 3 TD, Brett Hundley 2-0-0
SEATTLE - Russell Wilson 39-22-240 1 TD 5 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Jordy Nelson 6-41 2 TD, Davante Adams 4-104 1 TD, Ty Montgomery 3-45, Randall Cobb 3-33, Jared Cook 1-15, Richard Rodgers 1-8
SEATTLE - Doug Baldwin 6-46, Tyler Lockett 4-41, Tanner McEvoy 3-41 1 TD, Alex Collins 3-33, Marcel Reece 2-38, Jimmy Graham 1-16, Luke Willson 1-11, Thomas Rawls 1-7, Jermaine Kearse 1-7
NFC NORTH DIVISION STANDINGS
Detroit   9  4  0 .692 295  268
Minnesota 7  6  0 .538 258  225
GREEN BAY 6  6  0 .538 333  312
Chicago   3 10  0 .231 221  290

AROUND THE NFC NORTH - WEEK 13
SUNDAY DECEMBER 11TH
DETROIT 20, Chicago 17 - Matthew Stafford got a shotgun snap, dropped back, slid left, rolled right and ran up the middle through three defenders with a shot to stop him. Stafford's go-ahead, 7-yard touchdown with 3:17 left made up for his two interceptions in the fourth quarter, one that was returned for a score, and helped the Detroit Lions beat the Chicago Bears 20-17 Sunday. The Lions have become the first team in NFL history to have eight comeback wins from fourth-quarter deficits in a season, according to information provided by the team from the Elias Sports Bureau. "Finding ways to win is what we do," Stafford said. Stafford usually does it with his right arm. With the middle finger on his right hand taped up and covered by a white glove, Stafford struggled to throw at times. When it was time to run and score, he wasn't going to stop himself short of the end zone. "It's fourth quarter, go time, you've got to make a play," Stafford said. "I surely wasn't going to slide on the 2." The NFC North-leading Lions (9-4) have won five straight and eight of nine, moving them a step closer to winning a division title for the first time in 23 years. "Our goals are much bigger than winning this game," receiver Anquan Boldin said. Matt Barkley completed two passes that put the Bears in a position to at least attempt a tying field goal in the final minute, but both were negated by flags, before turning the ball over on downs from the Detroit 44. "You can't really recover from two holding penalties back to back," said Bears guard Ted Larsen, who was called for holding, as was left tackle Charles Leno.
Charles Leno.
Minnesota 25, JACKSONVILLE 16 - Just about everything that could have gone wrong for Minnesota did. The Vikings lost the turnover battle, failed to score twice inside the 1-yard line and allowed a fourth-down conversion on a fake punt. Those kinds of mistakes normally would doom a team. Not against the hapless Jacksonville Jaguars. Matt Asiata scored on a short touchdown run , Kai Forbath kicked four field goals and the Vikings beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 25-16 on Sunday, winning for just the second time in nine weeks. "This was huge to win today," tight end Kyle Rudolph said. "The situation we put ourselves in, we feel we have to win out. You can't win out until you win the first one." Asiata had a chance to score three times, but he was stopped on a fourth-and-goal run in the second quarter and fumbled at the goal line in the fourth. Those turned out to be mere speedbumps against Jacksonville (2-11), which dropped its record-tying eighth consecutive game and fell to 0-6 at EverBank Field this season. Minnesota (7-6) hadn't won on the road since Sept. 25 at Carolina and needed a victory to keep pace in the NFC playoff picture. "We know what lies ahead for us and we felt we needed to win this one to get us going," running back Jerick McKinnon said. Sam Bradford completed 24 of 34 passes for 292 yards and a touchdown. He wasn't sacked and scrambled four times for 17 yards. His 3-yard TD toss to Rudolph with 2:13 remaining sealed the victory. "It was big for us just to get back on a winning track in general," Rudolph said. "We know we're going to have to win our last four games, so we needed this one to get us started." The Vikings finish the season against Indianapolis, Green Bay and Chicago. The Jaguars, meanwhile, will try to avoid setting a franchise record by losing their ninth in a row next week at Houston. "It's tough anytime you lose," quarterback Blake Bortles said. "I know for me personally, I can't wait to play on Sunday the following week and get another opportunity and hopefully to try to erase some of this stuff that's going on and maybe wake up from this nightmare. "With these last three weeks left and then having to live six months until you get another opportunity, I think is more fearful than counting down the days until it's over. I don't want to have to go through those six months."