GAME BLOG: Packers shut out Seahawks at home, 17-0
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Aaron Rodgers was uneven in his return from COVID-19 but did more than enough to support a standout Green Bay Packers defense in a 17-0 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.
A.J. Dillon rushed for two fourth-quarter touchdowns for the Packers, who handed the Seahawks their first shutout loss in a decade.
A week after he was forced to sit out a loss at Kansas City because of a positive COVID-19 test and the subsequent revelation that he was not vaccinated, Rodgers went 23 of 37 for 292 yards and threw an interception in the end zone.
Rodgers did not practice all week and was cleared to play Saturday under the NFL’s protocols for unvaccinated players.
Despite Rodgers’ return, multiple Packers players left Sunday’s game due to injuries - running back Aaron Jones- who is reported to have sprained his MC- as well as linebackers Rashan Gary and Whitney Mercilus.
Next week, the Packers, who are now 8-2, will travel to Minnesota to take on the now 4-5 Vikings. Minnesota defeated the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday afternoon 27-20.
The Packers continue to hold their lead in the NFC North. The Vikings are in 2nd place, and the Chicago Bears are in third. The Bears had a bye this week, and are currently 3-6. Meanwhile, the Detroit Lions broke their losing streak while on the road this week, and tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday afternoon. The Lions are now 0-8-1.
Green Bay does not have a bye until Week 13. After the Vikings, Green Bay will host the Rams before their break. They will host the Chicago Bears the week after their bye.
(WBAY) -- The Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks will be playing in snowy conditions Sunday afternoon at Lambeau Field.
As Seattle began their drive with less than 2 minutes to play, Wilson connected with Homer for a gain of 8 yards. He then threw an incomplete pass meant for Lockett with 1:39 to go.
Green Bay called a timeout at 1:30.
Following that, Wilson ran for four yards and threw an incomplete pass to Metcalf with 1:23 to go. Penalties were then called on both teams following that play. Seattle’s Metcalf was called for unnecessary roughness, and Green Bay’s Savage for taunting.
More incomplete passes and short passes from Wilson brought the Seahawks into Green Bay territory.
Amos broke up a deep pass from Wilson to Eskridge in the end zone on 1st and 10. That play was followed by Green Bay’s final timeout.
Wilson was sacked on 2nd down, making it 3rd and 26. Seattle then called its first timeout.
On 3rd down, Wilson threw an incomplete pass. 4th down was a completed pass, but time expired as Lockett went to the ground, and in bounds.
Following the interception, Dillon first ran for four yards, but then tore loose on a 50-yard run following a short pass from Rodgers.
During the next three plays, Dillon ran for another 4 yards and a pass to Lewis was a gain of 7 yards. The Packers reached Seattle’s 15-yard line with less than 5 minutes to go in the game.
The Packers were threatening to score at the 2 minute warning, and were at Seattle’s 4-yard line with 2nd and goal.
The team announced Gary is questionable to return.
Dillon punched his way into the end zone for a 2 yard gain, and Crosby’s leg made it 17-0.
A punt by the Packers went for 63 yards, and it was returned to Seattle’s 34-yard line by Dallas.
The Seahawk’s first drive of the 4th quarter started with a run by Wilson for a first down.
In addition, the Packers announced Jones is out for the rest of the game.
That play was followed by a pass to Everett for four yards, and a run by Wilson for another 5 yards.
On 3rd and 1, Rashan Gary was injured.
On 1st and 10, Wilson was intercepted by Amos in the end zone for a touchback.
The Packers’ first play of the drive resulted in an injury to Jones.
Rodgers then connected with Cobb for a gain of 7 yards to get to their 44 -yard line as time expired in the 3rd quarter.
On the first play of the 4th quarter, the Seahawks were penalized for a neutral zone infraction, and was enforced at Seattle’s 49-yard line.
Rodgers then threw a pass intended for Adams, but it was dropped. Dillon ran for 2 yards, and another penalty was called on Seattle, this time for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Jones was also ruled as questionable to return during the drive.
In the following plays, Rodgers connected with Adams and Deguara, and Dillon ran again to put the Packers inside Seattle’s 20-yard line.
On 1st and goal, Rodgers was pressured, and he threw the ball away. 2nd and goal brought a rush attempt from Dillon, who gained four yards on the play. Green Bay called a timeout with less than 10 minutes to play in the game.
Dillon rushed into the end zone for a touchdown on 3rd and goal, and Crosby’s kick was good, making it 10-0 Packers.
After Rodgers was picked off, the Seahawks ran for one yard and then on the following play, lost four yards.
A pass from Wilson to Metcalf was incomplete, and the Seahawks ended up punting. Amari Rodgers ran it back to Green Bay’s 38-yard line, with about a minute and a half left in the 3rd quarter.
Following the turnover in the end zone, Jones ran for four yards and Rodgers connected with Jones for another 24 yards.
Dillon ran on the following play for a gain of 7 yards.
Mercilus was also ruled out for the rest of the game in the middle of the drive.
Dillon continued to run for yards, followed by an incomplete pass from Rodgers to Jones.
The Packers were soon within Seattle’s 20-yard line, but Rodgers threw an interception in the end zone on a pass intended for Deguara.
Seattle’s next drive began with a pass to Lockett, which was a gain of 7 yards. During that play, Packers player Whitney Mercilus was injured, and he was walked off the field.
Seattle then saw passes from Wilson to Metcalf, and Collins, as well as rushes from Collins, to get them inside the Packers 20 yard line. Soon after, Wilson connected with Homer to get to the Packers’ 12-yard line.
The Packers also announced later in the drive that Mercilus is questionable to return.
A pass meant for Metcalf was intercepted by Kevin King in the end zone. The Packers then took over.
The Packers started the second half with a five yard run by Jones, followed by an incomplete pass to Lazard.
On 3rd and 4, Rodgers ran for 11 yards, but it was called back due to offensive holding. He then connected with Jones on a pass, but they weren’t far out enough for a 1st down, meaning the punting unit once again came on the field.
The punt went 49 yards to Seattle’s 38-yard line, and a fair catch was called.
The second half started with a five play drive for Seattle. Wilson threw two incomplete passes, and one completed pass for a gain of 5 yards. The other two plays were rushes, and gained 5 and 1 yard, respectively.
Amari Rodgers caught a 51-yard punt, which ended at the Packers’ 13-yard line.
With just over a minute to play in the 1st half, Seattle took over on downs.
Their first play was a short pass to Metcalf, who gained one yard. Wilson then ran it himself to gain another 4 yards.
Wilson was able to connect with Everett for a gain of 9 yards. They connected again on the following play, and Seattle called a timeout with less than 30 seconds to go in the half.
Wilson and Metcalf then connected to put the Seahawks in field goal range. A deep pass from Wilson on the following play to Lockett was incomplete.
A penalty for offensive holding backed the Seahawks up to being beyond field goal range, causing the Seahawks to attempt a Hail Mary with four seconds to go. That pass fell incomplete. Seattle will receive the ball at the beginning of the 2nd half.
Rodgers’ first pass of the drive to Deguara helped the Packers gain four yards, and he connected with Adams on 2nd and 6 for a gain of 14 yards. He then threw an incomplete pass to Jones.
A penalty on Seattle for defensive holding resulted in a no play. On the next play, Rodgers and Cobb connected for a gain of 8 yards, bringing up a 2nd and 2 situation.
The snap was fumbled by Rodgers, who was initially ruled to have possession of the bal. Although Seattle challenged the call, they lost it.
Rodgers then connected with Jones for a gain of 10 yards, putting them in Seattle territory. A run by Jones gained another 2 yards, as well as the 2 minute warning.
After the break, Rodgers and Lazard connected for a gain of 6 yards, making it 3rd and 2. A run by Dillon came up short, making it 4th and 2. The Packers went for it, and a pass from Rodgers to Lazard was incomplete.
The Seahawks ran Crosby’s kick back 24 yards, putting them at their own 26-yard line. Their first play was a pass from Wilson to Dissly for a gain of 28 yards. That was followed by a run by Collins for a gain of 5 yards.
Wilson threw an incomplete pass on 2nd and 5. He was sacked on 3rd down by Rashan Gary for a loss of 7 yards.
That brought on Seattle’s punting unit, and Amari Rodgers was able to run it back four yards to Green Bay’s 17-yard line.
As the final minute of the first quarter wound down, Rodgers connected with Adams for a 6 yard gain.
As the second quarter began, Dillon ran for seven yards, and Rodgers threw an incomplete pass. He then connected with Dillon for a gain of 12 yards.
Rodgers then connected with Cobb to convert for a first down to get to their own 39-yard line. That set up a pass to Adams, who gained 34 yards and got the Packers to Seattle’s 21-yard line.
Rodger’s next pass was batted down by Seattle. Afterwards, he connected with Marcedes Lewis for a gain of 3 yards. On 3rd and 7, Rodgers used his legs to convert for a first down.
The Seahawks called a timeout with 10:28 left in the half.
Another run by Dillon helped the Packers gain a yard on the following play. Seattle batted another pass from Rodgers down on 2nd and goal.
A pass from Rodgers to Cobb on 3rd and goal was incomplete, and the field goal unit came on for a 27-yard field goal attempt. That one sailed through, making it a 3-0 game.
After being tripped up in the backfield, Seattle didn’t gain any yards on the first play of the drive. The second play resulted in an incomplete pass from Wilson to Metcalf.
On 3rd down, a pass from Wilson to Everett got Seattle another six yards, but not enough for a first down. The punting team came on yet again, and Rodgers caught a 36-yard punt at Green Bay’s 9 yard line.
The first play by the Packers was a run by Aaron Jones for a gain of 3, and was followed by incomplete passes to Valdes-Scantling and Lazard.
A punt by Bojorquez landed at midfield.
Wilson threw a short pass for a gain of 12 yards on the first play, and a deep pass was incomplete, but a defensive pass interference penalty was called on Chandon Sullivan.
The Seahawks were able to make their way to the Packers’ 45-yard line, where Wilson was sacked by Mercilus for a loss of 7 yards.
A punt went out of bounds at the Packers’ 7-yard line.
The second drive for the Packers started with two runs by AJ Dillon, with a gain of 11 and 5, respectively, to bring them to their own 33.
The Packers then had a short pass and another run attempt, but failed to make another first down. A punt was caught at Seattle’s 9-yard line, and a fair catch was called.
The Seahawks took over on downs after the Packers missed a field goal. Their first play was a 2 yard run to get to their own 34-yard line. Wilson threw an incomplete pass on 2nd down after being pressured by Kenny Clark.
Wilson was nearly sacked twice by the Packers on 3rd down, but ran for seven yards on a 3rd and 8 situation.
After failing to convert on downs, the Seahawks punted 46 yards, and Amari Rodgers ran back to the Packers’ 22-yard line.
The Packers offense took the field first after Seattle lost the coin toss.
After a short pass completion and one incomplete pass, the Packers converted on 3rd down following a deep pass from Rodgers to Marquez Valdes-Scantling to get into midfield.
A penalty called on the Packers following the conversion made it a 2nd and 17 situation. Rodgers was sacked afterwards for a loss of five yards.
Rodgers and Adams connected to put the Packers at Seattle’s 23-yard line. Crosby and the special teams then attempted a 42-yard field goal, but failed after it went wide right.
The Packers (7-2) are returning home after playing two straight games on the road, and also playing four of the last five games on the road. They also hope to continue their winning streak against the Seahawks (3-5) after coming off a loss last week. The Packers have won nine straight home games against the Seahawks, which includes playoffs. In addition, the Packers are one of two teams to be undefeated at home this season – the other being the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
While most of the snow fell during the overnight and morning hours, a few flurries are expected at the start of Sunday’s game, and winds will be blustery. CLICK HERE for your tailgating and game forecast.
As Action 2 News first reported Saturday, quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been activated from the COVID-19 list and is expected to play Sunday. Rodgers had tested positive earlier this month and missed last week’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Seahawks will also have their quarterback, Russell Wilson, back after he broke his finger, causing him to miss three games.
Meanwhile, the Packers announced DL Kenny Clark and CB Eric Stokes are both active for Sunday’s game after being listed as questionable on the previous injury report.
Inactive players for the Packers:
- WR Equanimeous St. Brown
- S Vernon Scott
- TE Dominque Dafney
- T David Bakhtiari
- DL Kingsley Keke
Inactive players for the Seahawks:
- CB Bless Austin
- LB Cody Barton
This week also marks the beginning of a major point in the Packers’ schedule. They play six of its final eight regular-season games against the NFC.
The Seahawks lost by five the last time the teams met, which was the NFC Divisional Playoff game on January 12 last year at Lambeau. During that game, Davante Adams set a single-game franchise playoff record with 160 receiving yards on 8 catches, as well as two touchdowns.
Pete Carroll is in his 12th season as head coach for the Seahawks. He has been to the divisional round in seven of the 11 seasons as coach, and also won two NFC championship games and one Super Bowl.
The Packers are looking to extend their lead over other teams in the NFC North. The Detroit Lions (0-8) are visiting the Pittsburgh Steelers (5-3), while the Minnesota Vikings (3-5) are visiting the Los Angeles Chargers (5-3). The Chicago Bears (3-6) are on a bye this week.
Currently, the Packers are 5-1 against other NFC teams this season and are tied for first in the conference with the Los Angles Rams for the best winning percentage. In addition, the Packers are tied with not only the Rams, but the Tennessee Titans for the second-best record in the NFL. All three of them are behind the Arizona Cardinals.
Kickoff is scheduled for 3:25 p.m. The game will air on CBS.
As always, the Action 2 Sports team will provide updates here throughout the game, and will have game reaction tonight following the 10 p.m. news on Sunday Sports Night Cover 2.
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