(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 drive.
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 finale.
12/27 17:18:09 ET
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