The Seahawks won the coin toss and deferred their choice to the second half. The Packers received the opening kickoff and managed a short return to their 13-yard line. That’s where the 2014 season began for the Packers.
Immediately in their no-huddle offense, the Packers gained a first down on a 6-yard run by Eddie Lacy followed by a Seahawks offside penalty. On the next play, Lacy bounced off a defender and ran for 15 yards. That’s where the drive ended. A short punt left the Seahawks to begin their first possession of the season at their 35-yard line.
Three plays gained a first down near midfield. On third-and-2, Russell Wilson threw high and the pass was deflected and nearly intercepted. Wilson could easily have run for a first down. The Packers extended the Seahawks drive, however, when Mike Daniels was flagged for running into the punter.
A jet-sweep run by Percy Harvin gained 13 to the Packers 26. On third-and-5, Wilson threw short of the sticks, leaving third-and-1 and bringing on kicker Steven Hauschka to attempt a 35-yard field goal. Hauschka was good and the Seahawks led, 3-0, with 6:03 to play in the first quarter.
The Packers began their next drive at their 20, and the noise began to build at CenturyLink Field. Rodgers threw to Jordy Nelson for 11 yards and a first down. On third-and-14, Rodgers was unable to find an open receiver and the Packers were forced to punt again, but this time it was the Seahawks that committed the special teams error. Earl Thomas fumbled the punt and the Packers recovered at the Seahawks’ 34. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix recovered the fumble.
Two runs by Lacy left third-and-8, and then Rodgers threw to Randall Cobb for 8 yards and a first down. Rodgers found Nelson for 16 yards at the Seahawks 8. Another pass to Nelson left the Packers at the 2. From there, John Kuhn scored in a formation that included Daniels in the backfield as a blocker. The Packers led, 7-3, with 1:25 to play in the first quarter.
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