GREEN BAY — A last-minute drive to end the first half nearly gave the Packers a touchdown, but instead they had to settle for a short field goal for a 13-3 halftime lead over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday night at Lambeau Field.
The Packers defense began the quarter with a stop when the Seahawks appeared on their way to a score. With the Seahawks at the Green Bay 36-yard line, a tackle for loss on RB Marshawn Lynch followed by a false start penalty and a zero-yard sack by DT Mike Daniels set up third-and-long. Rookie CB Damarious Randall broke up a deep pass for WR Jermaine Kearse, forcing Seattle to punt.
Green Bay’s defense had to go right back out on the field, however, as RB James Starks fumbled after catching a short pass, and LB K.J. Wright recovered for the Seahawks near midfield. Earlier in the series, Packers WR Davante Adams went to the sideline and was getting looked at on the bench after making a catch to convert a third down. He was carted to the locker room and reported to have an ankle injury, questionable return.
Seattle once again stalled out, though, mostly due to a personal foul penalty on G J.R. Sweezy after a tackle for loss on Lynch. It moved the Seahawks back on the other side of the 50, and the Packers defense held again.
The offense couldn’t do much, though, after Starks ran three times for a first down. A pass to WR Randall Cobb on third-and-7 came up one yard short of the first down, and the Packers had to punt. P Tim Masthay’s 46-yard boot was a good one, going out of bounds at the Seattle 24.
The Packers defense held again after yielding one first down to Lynch, and the offense got the ball back for one last drive on its own 20 with 1:16 left in the half.
Green Bay got into scoring range when QB Aaron Rodgers threw deep to WR Ty Montgomery when he had a free play with the Seahawks offside, and Montgomery was interfered with for a 52-yard pickup. On the next snap, Rodgers hit WR Randall Cobb for 25 yards down to the 10, and Cobb caught another pass that got the ball inside the 1. The play was reviewed to see if Cobb broke the plane of the goal line, but he had not. That left 13 seconds on the clock, and Seattle called a timeout.
Rodgers then fired to the end zone sideline to WR James Jones, who made the catch while falling down. The play was ruled a touchdown but reviewed to see if Jones caught it in bounds. He had not, so the Packers had one more crack at the TD with 8 seconds left. A quick flip to TE Richard Rodgers in the end zone was incomplete, and K Mason Crosby came on to make a chip-shot field goal from 18 yards out, pushing the Packers’ lead to 13-3.
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