SEATTLE–A third-quarter safety helped the Seattle Seahawks take control of a game they led, 22-10, after three quarters of play at CenturyLink Field on Thursday night.
The Seahawks opened the second half with Marshawn Lynch gaining 23 yards on two carries. On third-and-10, Sam Shields made a saving tackle on Doug Baldwin and the Packers defense forced a punt. Randall Cobb made a fair catch at the Packers 14.
Aaron Rodgers’ first pass of the second half glanced off the hands of Jordy Nelson and into the hands of Seattle cornerback Byron Maxwell, who returned the interception to the Packers 8-yard line. To the credit of the Packers defense, thanks in part to a Nick Perry deflection of a Russell Wilson pass, the Seahawks were held to a field goal, 20-10, with 10:28 to play in the third quarter.
The Packers avoided a three-and-out when Rodgers hit Nelson for a first down. Again, Rodgers faced third-and-long. This time, Rodgers found Cobb over the middle for 23 yards to the Seattle 46. On third-and-5, Rodgers scrambled from pressure and threw incomplete deep for Nelson.
Mike McCarthy decided to go for the first down on fourth-and-5 and Rodgers was sacked.
From midfield, Harvin ran the jet sweep for 16 yards. The Packers defense stiffened, however, and forced a punt. Cobb made a fair catch at 10.
On the next play, Rodgers was sacked by Michael Bennett and stripped of the ball. Derek Sherrod recovered in the end zone but the Seahawks had scored a safety, taken a 22-10 lead and obviously control of the game. An unsportsmanlike penalty on David Bakhtiari worened the situation and left the Seahawks to start their next possession at their 47-yard line.
Seattle began to pound out first downs in a time-consuming drive. They were at the Packers 3, first-and-goal, when the quarter ended.
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