News now! Rough second quarter for Packers defense

Posted by Mike Spofford on September 4, 2014 – 9:04 pm

Seattle QB Russell Wilson

SEATTLE — The Packers defense had a rough second quarter, allowing the Seahawks back-to-back touchdown drives as Seattle took a 17-10 lead into halftime on Thursday at CenturyLink Field.

The Seahawks quickly erased their early deficit, driving 80 yards in six plays to take the lead.

The last two plays covered 66 yards with a pair of 33-yard passes. On the first, LB A.J. Hawk and S Morgan Burnett ran into each other in coverage, leaving WR Percy Harvin wide open for a big gain. Then, on a 33-yard TD pass, CB Sam Shields bit hard on a read-option run fake, which left WR Ricardo Lockette wide open. S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix then missed the tackle in the open field, and Lockette scored.

The Packers came right back to tie the score, driving 80 yards but settling for a 23-yard FG by K Mason Crosby. An 11-yard slant pass to WR Randall Cobb and a 6-yard run on a draw by RB James Starks converted a pair of third downs. On the next third down, Seahawks LB Bobby Wagner dragged Cobb down on a deep ball for pass interference, a 44-yard penalty that gave the Packers first-and-goal on the 7. But it stalled there, and the Packers could only tie it at 10 with 6:52 left in the half.

The Seahawks wasted no time re-taking the lead again, driving 70 yards, with RB Marshawn Lynch capping it with a 9-yard TD run for a 17-10 lead. TE Zach Miller made a diving, one-handed 24-yard catch to start the drive and Lynch added a 21-yard run to get the Seahawks into scoring position.

The Packers failed to counter, as QB Aaron Rodgers’ third-down pass for an open WR Jordy Nelson along the sideline in Seattle territory was too high, forcing a punt with just over a minute left.

 


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