When they beat the Seattle Seahawks in a key season-opening showdown on Sunday, it was due to their defense.
On third down from the Packers' three-yard line, quarterback Russell Wilson lofted a pass into the end zone toward tight end Jimmy Graham.
Green Bay caught a big break when Rodgers had an interception returned for a touchdown called back in the first quarter thanks to a pair of penalties. Cornerback Jeremy Lane was flagged for a personal foul on the play and ejected for allegedly throwing a punch.
Mike Pereira, a former Vice President of Officiating in the National Football League and now a rules analyst at FOX Sports tweeted that both penalties might have been blown calls.
For all of his new age approach, this is an old school offense based on a power running game to set up the play-action pass. Blair Walsh's 21-yard field goal cut the margin to 7-6.
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Seattle hasn't won in Green Bay since 1999 and the Packers drilled Seattle 38-10 past year. Ty Montgomery will start at running back position for the Packers. It was uttered by Aaron Rodgers when the Packers were mired in a 4-6 funk and referred to the team practically needing to win out to make the playoffs. Thomas Rawls is coming off a high-ankle sprain and hasn't played since the preseason opener August 13. The Hawks failed to get into the end zone, though, after netting a first-and-goal from the 3, coming up with a run for no gain and two incomplete passes. (Chris Carson was next-best with 39 yards on six carries). "One or two plays, one, two, three plays here and there would have had the chance". "He's done everything we have asked of him, for weeks and weeks now", head coach Pete Carroll said. If the Packers keep playing defense the way they did against Seattle, they could be virtually unstoppable since offense isn't really a problem in Green Bay.
Daniels also made the game's biggest play. Rodgers had not been sacked four times in a half since Seattle took him down eight times in the first two quarters of the 2012 "Faily Mary" game.
Jordy Nelson: Nelson had seven catches for 79 yards and a touchdown.
The final minute of the first half is worth recounting because it was as good as it got for Seattle Sunday.
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Green Bay is favored at home in this game, as the Packers are getting odds of -3 points against the Seahawks.
While all the talk was on Rodgers and Wilson before the game, the main focus was still on them throughout. It was the kind of run Wilson couldn't make last season when his longest carry for the entire season was just 18 yards.