HEAD COACH MIKE MCCARTHY
(Opening statement…) “It was a very hard defeat this evening. Congratulations to Seattle. I thought they played very well. Really in a nutshell, we didn’t come in here and play a style of football that we seeked by any means. With running the football we weren’t quite where we needed to be. We could not stop the run. Our fundamental inconsistencies throughout the game coincided with timely penalties, to combat the momentum swings. We were not able to swing it back tonight. It was a hard loss, a hard defeat.”
(Did the Seattle offense show you anything that you weren’t expecting…) “Without seeing the video and going through specifics, they ran the ball, they ran it well. It’s an important part of their offense. Marshawn Lynch had a huge night. The action and plays off of that were effective and they were able to hit some downfield throws. But to me it really started with the run game.”
(Thoughts on Percy Harvin and him in the run game…) “It’s similar to the way he was used in Minnesota. Obviously he is a dynamic player. We knew that coming in. They had the ability to run the sweeps off of motion and get him the football out on the perimeter. I think they accomplished what they wanted to accomplish running the football with Marshawn and getting the ball to Percy.”
(Injury update on Bryan Bulaga…) “The trainer told me after the game, “We do not fear it’s a major injury””.
(Thoughts on the physicality of the Seattle run game…) “I think that sometimes you can swing that either way based on the conversation. They (Seattle) broke a lot of tackles. We broke some but probably not enough. We’ll get that through the video.”
I just didn’t like the way that we started the game. I didn’t like our substitution patterns, the burning of the timeouts, special teams and defense. You come into this environment, you have to carry your preparation forward. You have to get into a rhythm and a flow, regardless of if you play on offense or defense or special teams. We fought back but we just couldn’t contain it.”
(What do you think of your team’s 4-3 look tonight…) “I don’t feel very good about anything right now. We’ll see how the video looks. We’ll evaluate every play, we’ll correct it and we’ll move forward.”
(Thought on your team’s fourth and five call in the third quarter…) “I thought that it was an important drive in the game, it was a time, clock issue we kind of ran into. I had a conversation with John (Parry) on the sideline. He still disagrees with me. I thought the clock should have been reset there. So we kind of got up against it. In hindsight, I thought about calling timeout and rethinking that situation. But hey, we thought we had a good play, so you go for it on fourth down.”
QB AARON RODGERS
(On where the team came up short…) “On the scoreboard.”
(On Kam Chancellor…) “He’s rangy, he tackles well, and he hits people when he gets the chance.”
(On the team’s offensive rhythm…) “I felt the rhythm was pretty good on the first few drives. Obviously we wish we would have gotten the second drive in there for a touchdown, it was disappointing. We moved the ball pretty well at times and a little lull there in the third quarter, but came up short.”
(On Seattle stopping the run…) “They did a good job at that. They played a couple defenses. There was a lot of one-eye and getting a seventh person in the box in their sub-personal. There is a free guy at times in those situations and they tackle well. There weren’t a lot of broken tackles for us, big plays.”
(On facing Seattle’s defense…) “This is the Seattle Seahawks—they are a great defense. You don’t expect to move the ball effectively every down, every drive. You got to make the most of your opportunities and when you’re near the red zone you have to score touchdowns. We had some decent opportunities—the stretch in the third quarter with the interception and safety put us our defense in a bad spot, but you got to score more points.”
(On the interception…) “I missed my spot by about a foot.”
(On center Corey Linsley’s first start…) “Corey did a great job. He did a really great job. Protection—I thought their protection was really good inside and the snaps were solid. He is learning. This is his first start; he’s a rookie. I thought he did a good job for us.”
(On Seattle’s defensive sets…) “They play their one-eye defense and always tackle well in the secondary. Safeties [tackle well], corners are athletic and linebackers are rangy and when you try to run the ball… those guys come up and make tackles. We didn’t break a lot tackles or have explosive gains in the passing game or running game.”
(On short yardage passing…) We had to hit a lot of checkdowns. We hit Jordy (Nelson) a couple times…to open up some of the underneath staff. When you aren’t breaking a lot of tackles you are going to have a lot of two, three, four-yard gains.”
WR JORDY NELSON
(On the pass intended for him that was intercepted…) “It went off my fingertips. I’ve got to make the play. Big change in the game.”
(On if concentration was an issue…) “No, I just didn’t catch it.”
(On if crowd noise affected communication…) “It didn’t affect us on the perimeter at all. I think the O-line handled it well. I don’t think we had any false starts or anything. I think it went well. Great atmosphere. Great crowd.”
(On how tough it is to catch up…) “It’s tough, especially against a defense that makes you go the long way. They don’t give up any big plays. They make you earn everything you do. It’s tough when you get behind. We knew that we couldn’t waste any opportunities.”
(On if Green Bay missed a chance to make a statement early in the season…) “It’s one game. Obviously it’s the opener of the season and a lot of hype to it, but it’s one game. It would have been that way if we had won or lost. We’ve got a lot more season left.”
(On not being able to carry out the game plan…) “We just missed on some opportunities. Aaron and I weren’t able to connect in the end zone. We normally get that. We just didn’t tonight. For the most part we played well. We just had a couple of plays back-to-back that kind of hurt us and got us out of the game.”
(On if the team can avoid a letdown…) “I think guys just need to understand that it’s one game. I know it’s an old cliché, but win or lose, next week you’ve just got to bounce back. You just have to get better and move forward.”
LB JULIUS PEPPERS
(On the loss…) “We’re fine. There’s no need for any panic right now. It’s one game. I am not dismissing the fact that we got beat pretty soundly tonight. It’s one game.”
DT MIKE DANIELS
(On the outcome of the game…) “We’ve got to go back to the drawing board. We’re a way better team than that.”
(On what made the difference…) “They just got after us. That’s the best way I can say it. They just got after us. You could see it in their eyes. They just got after us.”
(On what to do next…) “Watch film. Take a hard look at it. I want to spit, the way I played. I can only speak for myself, but that was a pitiful performance. We’re way better than that. Watch the tape, make the corrections. There are a lot of corrections I need to make in my game.
(On what he hoped to see in run defense…) “We were hoping to see what any defense hopes to see, and that’s to shut down a running game. I expected us to come out and play much better ball than we did. I know I expected myself to play much better ball. I played pitiful. I don’t think I’ve played that bad since I was about 8. Monday we get back to the drawing board.
(On what he would attribute to…) “It was the bad, bad, bad luck of the draw today. It’s the NFL. You’re going to win, you’re going to win big. You’re going to lose, you’re going to lose big. That’s just the nature of the beast.”
(On if the defense lost its spirit…) “I don’t think we ever lost our spirit. I just don’t think we were playing very good football. At least I wasn’t playing very good football. To be a leader of this team I have to lead by example. The example I set definitely reflected on the way we played.”
C COREY LINSLEY
(On communicating with Aaron Rodgers…) “I thought we handled that the best out of everything. That has to do with our preparation and everything. There was that one miscommunication between myself and Aaron, and I thought he came up and changed the play at the line, and obviously he got on me like a leader should. I thought that was the best thing we did.”
(On if Aaron handled criticizing him well…) “Without a doubt. That’s a leader right there—that’s the leader of our offense, of this team.”
(On the snap count during no-huddle…) “I felt really comfortable with it—even more comfortable than I thought I was going to be. I am not sure whether we had a miscommunication the whole offensive line—it’s a credit to Josh (Sitton) and T.J. (Lang) as well, they helped me out with anything tonight that I may have missed. That was a good thing we did.”
(On what went poorly…) “It was a combination of things. I don’t know—we’ll have to watch the film.”
(On where the team needs to improve…) “I am a rookie. I am out there trying to get everybody on the same page and I don’t have any comments that would be notable.”
(On his first start…) “It was exciting, it was a heck of a time. It was an honor to play next to and snap the ball to a guy like Aaron. It was an honor to play next to Josh and TJ, and obviously Bryan (Bulaga) and Dave (Bakhtiari) as well. I just can’t thank them enough for all the help they have given me so far and I think did decent for my first start, but obviously that remains to be seen.”
LB BRAD JONES
(On the team’s performance…) “We didn’t bring what we started in the preseason. We got to regroup and figure it out.”
(On allowing 36 points…) “Yeah, that’s just not the defense that we can play. It wasn’t it, that wasn’t it. We got to figure out what we did because that is not acceptable.”
(On how the team will respond…) “I think we will respond well. I think everybody will regroup and will be more critical of themselves than any coach will ever be. We will figure this out.”
WR RANDALL COBB
(On Richard Sherman…) “I mean he is a good corner but when it comes down to it we have got to make plays. We had opportunities; we didn’t capitalize on those opportunities. Regardless of where he is on the field—yeah he is a good player and will make plays—but we have to be better.”
(On what went poorly…) “I don’t know. At the end of the day we didn’t make enough plays. We got outmanned across the board; we got to be better. We know what we are capable of on our side of the ball and we to be better. When it comes down to it, we didn’t make the plays when we had the opportunities and that’s what it comes down to.”
(On how the team will improve…) “We are taking it a week at a time. Obviously we had it handed to us tonight, but we got to go back and watch the film—see what we did well, see what we did bad—go back this next week and get back to it and keep grinding, keep pushing, and hopefully we will turn things around next week.”
T DEREK SHERROD
(On how to bounce back from a loss…)“You just go about it like you always do—work hard in practice. We put a lot of preparation into each and every single game. We work hard and just go about it like we always do.”
(On facing adversity…) “You are always going to have adversity in the game—it’s just how you react. The main part is picking yourself back up and go about it and shake it off and make the most of each play afterwards… You’re always going to have adversity and you just have to make the most of every single play you get.”
(On how the team will improve…) “We know what we are capable of. We are going to go out—we can’t do anything about this game now—so we are going to practice the way we always have and get ready for this next game and prepare for anything.”
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SEATTLE–The Seattle Seahawks affirmed their status as rulers of the pro football world by scoring a 36-16 win over the Packers at CenturyLink Field on Thursday night.
Facing a 29-10 deficit following a 3-yard touchdown run by Marshawn Lynch to start the fourth quarter, Aaron Rodgers went to work. He immediately threw to Jordy Nelson for a first down. A screen to Eddie Lacy gained another first down. A completion to Randall Cobb moved the sticks again.
The Packers were now at the Seahawks 39, but a holding penalty against David Bakhtiari set them back. Rodgers went back to Nelson and then James Starks burst up the middle to within two yards of a first down. Rodgers to Nelson moved the sticks at the Seahawks 20.
Starks swept right end to inside the 10 and, suddenly, what had been difficult all evening appeared easy to do. Rodgers capped the drive with an easy-looking touchdown pass to Cobb. Rodgers’ two-point pass attempt to Andrew Quarless was incomplete and the Packers trailed, 29-16, with 9:31 to play in regulation.
A penalty against Brad Jones allowed the Seahawks to avoid a three-and-out and continue to kill the clock. A screen pass to Lynch gained a first down near midfield, as the clock moved toward six minutes to play in regulation. Russell Wilson ran a bootleg for a first down at the Packers 44.
Holding against the Seahawks nullified a long run by Percy Harvin, but on second-and-12 Wilson scrambled and was facemasked by Casey Hayward, giving the Seahawks another first down with 4:09 to play. The Seahawks faced a fourth-and-1 with 2:37 to play and Coach Pete Carroll went for more than a first down, he went for the kill shot. Wilson surprised the Packers defense with a pass to Derrick Coleman for a touchdown; 36-16, Seahawks.
Wilson completed 19 of 28 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns. Lynch gained 110 yards 20 carries.
Rodgers was 23 of 33 for 189 yards, one touchdown and one interception. The Packers were taken out of their running game by the Seahawks’ sizable lead. Nelson caught nine passes for 83 yards.
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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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Monica from Green Bay, WI
Vic, I am happy and enjoying watching. My ears have tuned out the noise and my eyes have tuned in poise and patience on both sides of the ball. What does it sound like from the press box? Ear plug worthy?
I’m behind glass, so the sound is muffled and of no consequence. I could sleep in here. I was in the open-air radio booth before the game, however, and I can tell you the sound was deafening, and the stadium was just beginning to fill up. CenturyLink Field is as advertised.
Tyler from Pierre, SD
How close was the muffed punt to being a penalty?
I think the Packers caught a break.
Joey from Chicago, IL
Well, Vic, the rookie center is looking good so far.
I don’t wanna curse him but, yeah, he appears to be handling the noise and the moment. We must remember Corey Linsley played a lot of big games in front of huge crowds while at Ohio State. Michigan’s and Penn State’s stadiums each seat well over a hundred thousand.
Fred from Bellevue, NE
Any reason Janis is inactive for tonight?
He didn’t fit into their plans. One day, he will.
Matt from Mayville, WI
Vic, I love the Pack, but that Seahawks touchdown at the beginning of the second quarter was pretty awesome.
It was the result of the Seahawks’ play-action game. Sam Shields appeared to bite on a big-time run fake by Russell Wilson. That’s their game. Establish the run and then fake the run and pass.
Joe from Bloomington, IN
Vic, did the Packers forget to game plan for Harvin or is the Seahawks’ offense just too tough to handle?
They’re the Super Bowl champs. I wasn’t expecting a shutout. Harvin is dynamic in space and the Seahawks are bound and determined to get the ball to him in space. You can game plan all you want, but Harvin has speed you can’t match.
James from Wausau, WI
Last team with the ball will win; you can count on it.
That’s a reasonable expectation.
Adam from Wausau, WI
Are the Packers too basic on offense?
No. This is the most multiple, varied, imaginative and dynamic offense I have ever covered, and this is my 43rd year covering pro football and four of the coaches I’ve covered have won a combined eight Super Bowls.
Candido from Tehuacan, Puebla
First game of the season. How are you feeling?
I’m feeling as though I’ve done this before. Seriously, I felt more tension for the game in Chicago last season.
Jordan from Columbia, MD
Vic, please tell my wife we must run to set up the pass. She keeps yelling to stop running it.
Tell your wife I agree with you.
Mark from Yucaipa, CA
So, Vic, did you hear us?
Yinze sound great.
Mary from Casper, WY
Do you see anything that tells you we may be able to stop the run in the second half?
No and that concerns me. I was worried about the Seahawks’ running game before the game began and I’m more worried about it now. They established it in the second quarter and it’s easy to see the field beginning to spread. The Packers need to either score often or score slowly.
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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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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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The following players have been declared as inactive for Thursday night’s game between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field.
Green Bay Packers
16 QB Scott Tolzien
39 CB Demetri Goodson
54 LB Carl Bradford
64 DT Mike Pennel
83 WR Jeff Janis
86 TE Brandon Bostick
91 LB Jayrone Elliott
27 CB Tharold Simon
33 RB Christine Michael
58 LB Kevin Pierre-Louis
81 WR Kevin Norwood
84 TE Cooper Helfet
88 WR Phil Bates
98 DE Greg Scruggs
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As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week. Today’s captains will be QB Aaron Rodgers (offense), LB Julius Peppers (defense) and CB Jarrett Bush (special teams).
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The NFL announced Sunday that the “2014 NFL Kickoff” game, pitting the Packers versus the Seahawks in Seattle, will feature several live musical performances.
The television broadcast will start at 6:30 p.m. CT on Thursday, September 4. Pharrell Williams is scheduled to perform live outside of CenturyLink Field.
Soundgarden will open the event with a performance to be partially broadcast live on NFL Network.
Singer/actress Ariana Grande will sing the National Anthem prior to kickoff.
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