News now! Packers have three INTs, 16-0 lead at half

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 18, 2015 – 3:35 pm

Packers CB Sam Shields intercepts Seahawks QB Russell Wilson

SEATTLE — The Packers defense got its second and third interceptions of the game in the second quarter and took a 16-0 lead into halftime over the Seahawks in the NFC Championship on Sunday at CenturyLink Field.

The Packers defense started the second quarter with a three-and-out, helped in part by a false start penalty on the Seahawks on first down. The ensuing punt was returned by DB Micah Hyde 29 yards to the Seattle 33.

The Packers only could add another field goal, though. An illegal hands to the face penalty on Seahawks DE Cliff Avril on third-and-13 gave the Packers a first down at the Seattle 31, but then three running plays — two by RB Eddie Lacy, one by WR Randall Cobb — came up one yard short of another first down, and the Packers settled for K Mason Crosby’s third field goal of the game. His 40-yarder made it 16-0 with 9:37 left in the first half.

The Packers defense got the ball right back, as rookie S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix intercepted QB Russell Wilson’s deep ball for WR Jermaine Kearse. It was Clinton-Dix’s second INT of the game. His long return was wiped out, though, by a blindside block penalty on LB Clay Matthews, who took out Wilson on the return.

The Seahawks returned the favor with an interception three plays later, though, as QB Aaron Rodgers was picked off by CB Byron Maxwell, giving Seattle the ball with just over 8 minutes left in the half.

Seattle got its first first down of the game on a 14-yard run by Lynch, and Lynch converted on third-and-1 to get the Seahawks into scoring range. A 14-yard pass to WR Ricardo Lockette on third-and-7 gave the Seahawks a first down on the 20, but on third-and-8, CB Sam Shields intercepted Wilson’s lob pass for Kearse, and the Packers took over again.

Green Bay went nowhere, punting the ball back to Seattle with 35 seconds left in the half. The Packers defense held and that ended the half.


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