Seahawks offensive guard Rees Odhiambo helps up Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson after he is sacked for a loss of 10 yards by Packers outside linebacker Nick Perry, left. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)
(GREEN BAY) - Green Bay defensive lineman Mike Daniels' strip sack of Russell Wilson deep in Seattle territory in the third quarter set up Ty Montgomery's 6-yard touchdown run on the next play to spark the Packers' 17-9 win on Sunday. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was 28 of 42 for 311 yards and added a 32-yard touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson to make it an eight-point game late in the third quarter. Rodgers' regular-season streak of passes without an interception ended at a career-high 251. The Seahawks defense reinforced by the return of safety Earl Thomas bottled up receivers from making many big plays and put plenty of pressure on Rodgers. But the Packers started denting Seattle with runs or quick passes to Nelson, Randall Cobb and Montgomery in the second half, chewing up clock in the process. A 12-play, 53-yard drive that took up more than 5 minutes ended with Mason Crosby's 40-yard field goal with 8:01 left to make it a two-score game. Green Bay's defense had an even better debut, especially considering how maligned the Packers were against the pass last season. Seattle managed just three field goals. Wilson was held to 14 of 27 for 158 yards. The Packers held decisive edges in total yardage (370-225) and first downs (26-12). Green Bay held the ball for 39 minutes.
EJECTED: Seattle cornerback Jeremy Lane was ejected after referee John Parry said he threw a punch during a scrum with Packers receiver Davante Adams. The tussle occurred around the Packers 30 during a play in which Nazair Jones intercepted Rodgers at 9:26 of the first quarter. It was Rodgers' first interception since Nov. 13, 2016, at Tennessee. Tensions were already high between the teams early in the game. Rodgers was picking on Lane in the secondary, with Cobb whistled for taunting following a 14-yard gain while being defended by Lane.
NATIONAL ANTHEM: Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett sat on the bench again during the national anthem. On the other sideline at about the 30, his younger brother Martellus Bennett, a tight end for the Packers, stood at the end of the line next to his teammates, but raised his right fist in the air during the anthem. Michael Bennett last week released a statement alleging racially motivated excessive force by Las Vegas police. Seahawks offensive lineman Justin Britt stood next to Bennett again during his anthem protest. Defensive linemen Frank Clark and Cliff Avril each went back to shake hands with Bennett during the anthem and then joined him on the bench. Also for Green Bay, safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix helped hold a giant American flag on the field as the anthem was played.
INJURIES: Packers linebacker Ahmad Brooks, who just joined the team last week as a free agent after being cut by the 49ers, left with a concussion. His injury was announced at the start of the third quarter. ... Rodgers appeared to be limping after getting pushed back by a defender in the pocket late in the fourth quarter. He took a few extra seconds to get back to the huddle on a couple plays but did not leave the game.
                           SEATTLE     GREEN BAY
First downs                     12            26
Rushes-yards                 18-90         28-84
Net Passing yards              135           286
Passing (Att-Comp-Int)     27-14-0       42-28-1
Sacked-Yards Lost             3-23          4-25
Punts-Average               6-45.8        5-43.8
Fumbles                          1             0
Penalties-Yards               8-50          8-70
Time of Possession           20:47         39:13
SEATTLE   -  0   3   3   3  -  9
GREEN BAY -  0   0  14   3  - 17
2nd - SEA - Blair Walsh, 33-yard field goal SEATTLE 3-0
3rd - GB - Ty Montgomery, 6-yard run (Mason Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 7-3
3rd - SEA - Walsh, 21-yard field goal GREEN BAY 7-6
3rd - GB - Jordy Nelson, 32-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 14-6
4th - GB - Crosby, 40-yard field goal GREEN BAY 17-6
4th - SEA - Walsh, 41-yard field goal GREEN BAY 17-9
GREEN BAY - Ty Montgomery 19-54 1 TD, Aaron Rodgers 7-21, Jamaal Williams 2-9
SEATTLE - Russell Wilson 2-40, Chris Carson 6-39, C.J. Prosise 4-11, Eddie Lacy 5-3, Doug Baldwin 1-(-3)
GREEN BAY - Aaron Rodgers 42-28-311 1 TD 1 INT
SEATTLE - Russell Wilson 27-14-158
GREEN BAY - Randall Cobb 9-85, Jordy Nelson 7-79 1 TD, Ty Montgomery 4-39, Davante Adams 3-47, Martellus Bennett 3-43, Lance Kendricks 2-18
SEATTLE - Doug Baldwin 4-63, Paul Richardson 4-59, Jimmy Graham 3-8, Nick Vannett 1-10, Chris Carson 1-10, Tyler Lockett 1-8

Defense holds Seattle out of end zone all game

GREEN BAY – The Packers kept the Seahawks out of the end zone the entire game and defeated them, 17-9, in the 2017 season opener on Sunday at Lambeau Field. Green Bay will take a 1-0 record to defending NFC champ Atlanta next weekend to open the Falcons’ new stadium. QB Aaron Rodgers took a while to get going, but he still posted a 300-yard game, going 28-of-42 for 311 yards with one TD and one INT for an 86.5 passer rating. His leading receiver was WR Randall Cobb, who had nine catches for 85 yards. WR Jordy Nelson added seven grabs for 79 yards and a TD, while RB Ty Montgomery carries 19 times for 54 yards with a score, adding four catches for 39 more yards. For the Seahawks, QB Russell Wilson was 14-of-27 for 158 yards and a 69.7 rating. WRs Doug Baldwin (63 yards) and Paul Richardson (59 yards) had four catches each. RB Chris Carson led the Seahawks on the ground with six carries for 39 yards. Former Packers RB Eddie Lacy had just 3 yards on five attempts. Here's a recap of all the action.
First quarter: The first quarter of the 2017 season was intense and event-filled, but ultimately scoreless. The Packers won the toss and deferred to the second half. Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett returned the opening kickoff 43 yards to the Seattle 39, but Green Bay’s defense got a quick three-and-out. CB Davon House’s tackle for loss on a swing pass and LB Nick Perry’s sack got the ball right back to the Packers. The Packers got moving right away, overcoming their own penalties to do so. A taunting penalty on WR Randall Cobb wiped out his own 14-yard reception, and a delay of game set up long yardage. But a 13-yard completion to WR Jordy Nelson and a 29-yarder to Cobb got the Packers into Seattle territory. QB Aaron Rodgers’ next pass, though, was picked off at the line of scrimmage by DT Nazair Jones. His long return for a touchdown was nullified by a block in the back on Rodgers, who was chasing the play, and Seahawks CB Jeremy Lane was also ejected for throwing a punch in a scrum with WR Davante Adams. It was Rodgers’ first interception in 251 regular-season pass attempts. Seattle took over at the 50, but the Packers forced another three-and-out. After RB Eddie Lacy ran twice for 8 yards, DT Kenny Clark batted down QB Russell Wilson’s third-and-2 pass. P Jon Ryan’s punt pinned the Packers on their own 2-yard line with 7:53 left in the period. RB Ty Montgomery carried twice for 6 yards, and then Rodgers scrambled for 5 to pick up the first down. Montgomery ran twice more for 5, and another third-down conversion came via a 10-yard pass to Cobb. A 9-yard pass to TE Lance Kendricks was followed by a 3-yard run by rookie RB Jamaal Williams to move the chains again. At the Green Bay 40, the drive stalled. Two incomplete passes preceded a third-down sack by DE Cliff Avril, who beat substitute RT Kyle Murphy with speed around the edge, and the Packers had to punt. Green Bay’s defense got a third straight three-and-out as the quarter expired.
Second quarter: A late field goal broke the scoreless deadlock and sent the Packers into the locker room trailing the Seahawks, 3-0. The second quarter began with a 59-yard punt by Ryan, and the Packers started at their own 12. The Packers got moving on a pair of 13-yard passes to Adams. A defensive holding penalty gave the Packers another first down, on their own 43, but another third-down sack, this one by DE Michael Bennett, forced a punt. One play earlier, Nelson recorded his 500th career reception, the fourth players in Packers history to reach the milestone. The Seahawks got their initial first down of the game on a 10-yard pass to RB Chris Carson on third-and-1. That was all, though. S Kentrell Brice pressured Wilson into a throwaway on second down, and then Wilson overshot Lockett on a deep ball, leading to another punt. Ryan again pinned the Packers deep, this time on their own 5, with a 52-yard boot. The Packers went three-and-out, forcing rookie P Justin Vogel to punt from his own end zone. He got off a strong 57-yarder, and a Seattle penalty on the return pushed the Seahawks back to their own 32 to start the next drive. Avril left the field on that series with a shoulder injury and was announced as questionable to return. Green Bay’s defense got its fourth three-and-out in five possessions, and a 40-yard punt left the Packers on their own 29 to start with 5:38 left in the half. Avril returned to the game for the Seahawks. After a first-down sack by LB Terence Garvin, Rodgers hit TE Martellus Bennett for 12 yards on third-and-11. Rodgers was sacked again, by Bennett and DE Frank Clark, but Seahawks DT Sheldon Richardson was injured on the play. He walked off under his own power. On third-and-17, Rodgers hit Adams for 21 yards to get into Seattle territory at the 2-minute warning. The drive stalled there, though, and Vogel’s punt was fair-caught at the 11 with 55 seconds left. Three runs by RB C.J. Prosise picked up a first down with 30 seconds left. Wilson then hit WR Doug Baldwin for 34 yards to the Seattle 44, and Wilson took off on a scramble for 29 yards to the 15. Wilson threw incomplete to the end zone twice, and K Blair Walsh was good from 33 yards out on the final play of the half.
Third quarter: Green Bay’s defense set up a TD, and the offense put together a long drive as well, giving the Packers a 14-6 lead over the Seahawks heading into the fourth quarter. The Packers got the ball to start the second half and picked up one first down on a pass to Nelson, but a holding call and a bad shotgun snap forced Green Bay to punt. Green Bay’s defense started the second half with a sack of Wilson, shared by Mike Daniels and Perry. Two plays later, Daniels got in there again and knocked the ball out of Wilson’s hand, and LB Kyler Fackrell recovered at the Seattle 6-yard line. Montgomery blasted through for the TD on the first play, and the Packers grabbed the lead, 7-3. The Seahawks got a first down thanks to an offside penalty on Perry on third-and-1, and then RB Chris Carter broke free for a 30-yard run to the Green Bay 30. Wilson hit WR Paul Richardson along the sideline for 12 yards to the 18. Daniels tackled Lacy for a 3-yard loss, but a 10-yard pass to TE Nick Vannett set up third-and-3 from the 11. A scrambling Wilson hit Lockett for 8 yards to make it first-and-goal on the 3. Three incomplete passes, including a near-interception by CB Damarious Randall, stopped the drive, and Walsh was good from 21 yards out to make it 7-6 with 4:20 left in the quarter. Green Bay’s next drive started with a holding penalty on G Jahri Evans, his second of the game, but Rodgers scrambled for the first down on third-and-11. A 6-yard run by Montgomery moved the chains again, and a 12-yard screen to Montgomery got the Packers into Seattle territory at the 40. On the ensuing third-and-2, Rodgers caught the Seahawks with 12 men on the field, and he fired deep to Nelson for a 32-yard touchdown on the free play. K Mason Crosby’s PAT put the Packers up 14-6 with 17 seconds left in the period.
Fourth quarter: Seattle’s opening drive of the fourth stalled at its own 44, as TE Jimmy Graham dropped a back-shoulder throw along the sideline on third down. It was announced Packers LB Ahmad Brooks is out for the game with a concussion, CB Damarious Randall was questionable to return with cramps, and backup OL Jason Spriggs was also questionable to return with a hamstring injury. The Packers took over on their own 25 and got moving. A 6-yard run by Montgomery picked up one first down, and a swing pass to him for 20 yards moved the ball to the Seattle 44. After an 8-yard pass to Cobb, Montgomery plowed ahead for 3 more and another first down, but came off limping. Williams picked up the slack with a 6-yard run, and a quick 5-yard pass to Nelson out of the slot converted on third-and-4. Three straight incomplete passes from the 22 brought on Crosby, and he was good from 40 yards out to make it 17-6 with 8:01 left. The Seahawks wasted no time. Passes to Baldwin for 11 and Richardson for 28 and 13 made it first down on the Green Bay 23. Randall was back in the game for Green Bay, then came back out. The Packers’ defense held there, pushing WR Amara Darboh out of bounds on an attempted leaping catch near the pylon, and getting a pass break-up on Graham by S Morgan Burnett. Walsh was good on the 41-yard field goal, and Seattle was back within one score at 17-9 with 6:17 left. Montgomery returned to the game, and a 10-yard pass to Cobb plus a 9-yard pass to Nelson moved the chains twice. With Seattle using two timeouts on the next series, Rodgers scrambled for a first down on third-and-4. A personal foul after the play on Packers TE Martellus Bennett moved Green Bay back 15 yards to make it first-and-10 from the Green Bay 46 with 2:59 left. A few snaps later, a 26-yard completion to Bennett picked up the last first down the Packers needed, and they kneeled out the victory.
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson fumbles the ball and it is recovered by Packers outside linebacker Kyler Fackrell, leading to Green Bay’s third-quarter scoring drive. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)
Seahawks defense can’t stop Packers running back Ty Montgomery scoring this touchdown in the third quarter. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)
GREEN BAY    1   0   0  1.000    17    9
Detroit      1   0   0  1.000    35   23
Minnesota    1   0   0  1.000    29   19
Chicago      0   1   0   .000    17   23

Atlanta 23, CHICAGO 17 - The Atlanta Falcons piled up points last season as if they were playing a video game on "easy" mode. In Sunday's regular-season opener, the Falcons' high-powered offense lacked its typical potency. But the reigning Super Bowl runners-up were able to hang on anyway for a 23-17 win over the Chicago Bears. "We won the game," Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan said with a shrug when asked about the offense's struggles. "At the end of the day, that's why we prepare all week is to come away with a win. "Can we play better? Absolutely. Are we going to try and work on that? For sure. But we'll take a win any day." A couple of big plays unlocked the Falcons' offense in the fourth quarter. Ryan found tight end Austin Hooper for an 88-yard touchdown and connected with him again for a 40-yard reception to set up a field goal. The Falcons' defense preserved the lead -- barely -- as the Bears' comeback bid fizzled inside the 10-yard line. Atlanta escaped with a road victory after defensive end Brooks Reed sacked Bears quarterback Mike Glennon on fourth-and-goal from the 5-yard line. "We needed every snap in that game to get the job done," Ryan said. The Falcons outgained the Bears 372-301 and did not commit a turnover. For now, at least, any discussion of a Super Bowl hangover has been tabled. "Last year was last year," wide receiver Julio Jones said. "This is the 2017 Falcons football team. We've got to build our own legacy this year."
DETROIT 35, Arizona 23 - Matthew Stafford's first pass attempt of the season could be filed under "Worst Case Scenario." Not only did Stafford's throw get picked off, Arizona Cardinals cornerback Justin Bethel returned it 82 yards for a touchdown as Stafford got blocked to the turf. "I'm not fired up trying to make a tackle on the first pass I throw. Not fun," he said. "Shoot, anything's better than that." From that point, things went more according to plan for Stafford and his Detroit Lions teammates. Stafford threw four touchdown passes, two to rookie receiver Kenny Golladay, and the Lions snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Cardinals with a 35-23 season-opening victory on Sunday at Ford Field. Detroit rallied from a 17-9 third-quarter deficit. "You want to win pretty, but you want to win more than anything," said Stafford, who completed 29 of 41 passes for 292 yards. "We won a little bit ugly today. We had some highlights, some big plays, and the defense did a heck of a job. It took us a while to get going and hopefully next week we'll start a little bit faster." Golladay, a third-round draft choice, caught four passes for 69 yards. Lions' wideout Golden Tate caught 10 passes for 107 yards and safety Miles Killebrew scored on a 35-yard interception return for Detroit, which forced four turnovers. "When you hustle to the ball, when you do what you're supposed to do and execute, you make plays like that," said safety Glover Quin, who had one of the Lions' interceptions. "I try to preach all the time that interceptions don't come from doing something spectacular. Nine times out of the 10, if you do your job and just be in the spot you're supposed to be in and hustle, interceptions will come to you. We were in perfect spots today and ready to make some plays." Cardinals star running back David Johnson left the game late in the third quarter with a wrist injury, which he suffered during a fumble. He was held to 23 yards rushing on 11 carries and caught six passes for 68 yards. Quarterback Carson Palmer completed 27 of 48 passes for 269 yards and a touchdown, but was picked off three times. "You can't throw that many interceptions," Arizona head coach Bruce Arians said. "He's trying to force one in there on that pick six. It hits (running back) Andre (Ellington) and that's just bad luck. But the first one was just a poor throw. He was hurrying everything." The Cardinals took a 17-9 lead with 5:37 left in the third quarter on Kerwynn Williams' 3-yard run. That capped a 94-yard, 12-play drive. Lions rookie linebacker Jarrad Davis picked up Johnson fumble and returned it to the Cards 10, setting up Stafford's 7-yard scoring pass to running back Theo Riddick. The two-point conversion failed, leaving Arizona in front by two points. Detroit took a 21-17 lead with 9:27 remaining. Golladay beat one-on-one coverage by Bethel and gathered in Stafford's 10-yard scoring toss. Once again, the two-point try failed. Golladay beat Bethel again on his second touchdown. Golladay made a diving catch and rolled into the end zone to complete the 45-yard scoring play. Killebrew's 35-yard interception return on a deflected pass moments later gave Detroit a 35-17 lead with 4:03 remaining. "Obviously not the start you're looking for," Arians said. "You're not going to beat anybody turning the ball over that many times. It's hard to win on the road, but it's really hard when you play that poorly." Bethel's interception gave Arizona a 7-0 lead just 3:46 into the game. The Cardinals tacked on a 24-yard Phil Dawson field goal after a special teams gaffe by the Lions. Punter Kasey Redfern bobbled the snap in his end zone, then got tackled shy of a first down at the 13-yard line. Redfern injured his knee on the play and did not return. Quin picked off Palmer in the second quarter, leading to Detroit's first score. Stafford found Marvin Jones on a 6-yard play with 4:22 left in the half. The conversion attempt failed after a bobbled snap. Matt Prater's 58-yard field goal on the final play of the half cut Arizona's lead to 10-9. Prater replaced Redfern and averaged 34.8 yards on four punts.
MINNESOTA 29, New Orleans 19 - For the first quarter Monday night, the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints traded long field-goal drives, seeming to feel out the opponent and a new season. After another Saints field goal in the second quarter, Minnesota quarterback Sam Bradford connected with receiver Adam Thielen for 35 yards. The next play, Bradford went to Jarius Wright for 21 yards. An 18-yard pass to a wide-open Stefon Diggs capped the three-play, 74-yard drive with a touchdown. The Vikings found their offense, the defense tightened against the league's No. 1 offense from last season, and Minnesota was on its way to a convincing 29-19 win against the New Orleans Saints. Bradford threw for 346 yards and three touchdowns, and the Vikings spoiled Adrian Peterson's return. "I (thought) those couple plays just got us going," Bradford said. "I think once that happened, it really just opened the door a little bit and kind of opened things up for us." Bradford completed 27 of 32 passes with no turnovers. Diggs had two touchdown receptions in the first half to go with 93 yards receiving in the game, and Thielen finished with nine receptions for 157 yards. Tight end Kyle Rudolph added a touchdown reception in the second half for Minnesota (1-0). "I feel like everybody was feeding off each other's energy," Diggs said. "Everybody was playing as a team, as a unit. The line was doing a great job, Sam was slinging it around. You guys finally get to see what I've been seeing." With Peterson on the opposite sideline in his New Orleans debut, Vikings rookie running back Dalvin Cook ran 22 times for 127 yards. Peterson got the first two carries of the game and picked up a first down, but he was silent afterward as the Saints' offense -- which led the NFL with an average of 426 yards per game last year -- had little room to run and few open receivers. New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees was 27 of 37 for 291 yards and one touchdown. Peterson, who is Minnesota's all-time rushing leader with 11,747 yards, finished with six carries for 18 yards in a timeshare with Mark Ingram and rookie Alvin Kamara. "It felt pretty good," Peterson said of his first two carries. "I didn't really know what to expect coming in. We talked about running the ball a little more, but for whatever reason got away from it. That's how the game played out...."Their defense came out and played well. It is what it is." The Saints (0-1) kicked field goals on their first four trips to the red zone before Brees connected with tight end Coby Fleener for an 8-yard touchdown with 1:56 left in the game. New Orleans finished with 344 yards of offense -- just 113 yards through the first 45 minutes of the game -- and was 4 of 11 on third downs. "Obviously we settled for too many field goals offensively, and then all of the sudden, got into catch-up mode," Saints coach Sean Payton said. "I thought early on, defensively, we did some good things and then there was a series that breaks it open in the second quarter. I felt like when we got into the second half, we were having trouble stopping much of anything." Bradford got comfortable behind his much-maligned offensive line, and the Vikings took to the air against the New Orleans defense. Minnesota started four new players along the line. New tackles Riley Reiff and Mike Remmers signed as free agents, center Pat Elflein was selected in the third round of the draft, and Nick Easton took over at left guard after the release of Alex Boone last week. The group -- with Boone still with the No. 1 offensive line -- struggled in the preseason but came together in the opener with little time to work together in practices. Bradford was sacked just once, and the Vikings averaged 4.3 yards per carry with Cook breaking two long runs in the second half. "Those guys up front, they did a great job all week just making sure that they were prepared," Bradford said. "I think it showed with the way they played tonight. They played fast. They played confident. We were getting out of the huddle. I thought the tempo was great tonight. We were getting to the line early, and I think we put pressure on them."
Green Bay Packers (1-0) 17, Seattle Seahawks (0-1) 9
Sunday September 10th 2017 (at Green Bay)