NFL Game Summary - Seattle at Green Bay|
(Sunday, December 27th)
Final Score: Green Bay 48, Seattle 10
Green Bay, WI (Sports Network) - Brandon Jackson scored three touchdowns and
Ryan Grant rushed for two more, as Green Bay rolled to a 48-10 thrashing of
Seattle and got some help to clinch a postseason berth.
The lopsided win coupled with the Giants' lopsided loss to Carolina on Sunday
has guaranteed the Packers (10-5) one of the two wild card spots in the NFC.
"It feels great to make the playoffs," Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said.
"Our focus all along was to get to 10 wins, which we did today. We're excited
about getting into the playoffs, and the momentum you take from this kind of
game should keep us going."
Grant rushed for 97 yards on 16 carries while Aaron Rodgers threw for 237
yards with a touchdown to lead the balanced attack. Greg Jennings ended with
111 yards on four grabs, and Atari Bigby had two of the defense's four
interceptions of Matt Hasselbeck, who ended with 198 yards on 19-of-37 throws.
"I tip my hat to Green Bay. They executed on both sides of the ball, which is
something we didn't do all day," Seahawks head coach Jim Mora said. "I know
we've got the players that can make these plays, but we made a lot of mistakes
today, and all of us are responsible."
John Carlson caught a TD pass from Hasselbeck, as the Seahawks (5-10) dropped
their third straight game, coming by a combined 106-24 differential.
Early in the game, Hasselbeck threw an interception directly to A.J. Hawk, who
returned the pick 29 yards to the Seattle 35. Four plays later from the 13,
Jackson took a screen pass to the right and worked his way into the end zone
at the 6:34 mark of the opening quarter.
After a series of punts, Jennings followed up a 40-yard grab with a shifty 24-
yard pitch-and-catch to get to the Seattle three. From there, Grant got to the
outside and dove over the goal line with 23 seconds left in the first.
A promising Seahawks drive ended when a tipped ball at the line of scrimmage
fell into Bigby's hands in the end zone early in the second.
Seattle got on the board on Olindo Mare's 28-yard field goal midway through
the frame, but Grant broke through the line of scrimmage and shook off an arm
tackle from Deon Grant en route to a 56-yard touchdown run on the ensuing
Rodgers had a touchdown pass nullified due to a pass interference foul late in
the half, though Mason Crosby's 29-yard field goal as time expired yielded a
comfortable 24-3 lead at the break.
Last week, Green Bay allowed Pittsburgh to storm back and snap the Packers'
five-game winning streak on the final play of the game. The Packers kept their
foot on the gas Sunday, though, cruising to the finish line thanks to a
dominating second half.
"It was clear all week that we would have zero effect from the Pittsburgh
game," McCarthy said. "Our players practiced hard all week, and I knew we
would play hard all day."
Jarrett Bush's interception of Hasselbeck in the first minute preceded
Jackson's six-yard TD run around the right end.
After another Bigby interception in Green Bay territory, Jermichael Finley
caught a 38-yard pass on 3rd-and-1 from the Seattle 42. On the next play,
Jackson took an inside handoff and barreled over the goal line with 5:27 left
in the third.
Crosby tacked on a 52-yard field goal early in the fourth, and Ahman Green
got into the act with a six-yard touchdown run, his first of the season.
The Seahawks finally reached paydirt when Hasselbeck hit Carlson for a 16-yard
score with just over four minutes left.
Rodgers, who completed 12-of-23 attempts, eclipsed the 4,000-yard passing mark
during the game, becoming the first player in NFL history to do so in his
first two seasons as a starter...Including playoffs, the Seahawks have lost in
their last five trips to Lambeau Field...Justin Forsett led the Seahawks'
ground game with 70 yards on 14 carries, while Deion Branch caught five balls
for a team-high 53 yards...The Seahawks end the season at home against
Tennessee next week, while Green Bay visits Arizona in its regular season
12/27 17:18:09 ET