News now! Packers suffer heartbreak in overtime

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on January 18, 2015 – 5:33 pm


SEATTLE–Heartbreak struck the Packers in CenturyLink Field again, as the Seahawks rallied to defeat the Packers, 28-22, in overtime on Sunday.

The Seahawks won the overtime coin toss, elected to receive and began to move in small chunks out of the shadow of their own end zone. Russell Wilson faced a third-and-7 at his 30 and Wilson lobbed a deep ball to Doug Baldwin down the right sideline, a 35-yard gain that left the Seahawks at the Packers 35.

On the next play, Wilson hit Jermaine Kearse for 35 yards and the game-winning touchdown.




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News now! Seahawks rally, Crosby sends game into OT

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on January 18, 2015 – 5:20 pm

150118-in-game-updates-4e-300SEATTLE–The Seahawks rallied from a 16-0 halftime deficit to send today’s NFC title game into overtime at CenturyLink Field, 22-22.

A 10-play, 57-yard drive early in the fourth quarter, which Mason Crosby capped with a 48-yard field goal, gave the Packers breathing room and a 19-7 lead. The drive also took 5:02 off the clock and left the Seahawks in panic mode, which is not their style of football.

Seattle began moving down the field, as time ticked away. On third-and-6, Marshawn Lynch bulldozed for 9 yards across midfield. A sack and an incompletion left the Seahawks to face a critical third-and-15. Russell Wilson threw incomplete and the Seahawks were forced to punt.

The Packers took possession with 6:53 to kill, and right away they turned to their running game. Two runs left third-and-4. Aaron Rodgers’ pass was dropped by Andrew Quarless and the Packers had to punt. Seattle had the ball near midfield.

On the next play, Wilson’s pass bounced out of his receiver’s hands and into the hands of Morgan Burnett, the Packers’ fourth interception of the day.

The next time the Seahawks had the ball, Wilson hit Marshawn Lynch with a pass that carried to the 9-yard line. On third-and-goal from the 1, Wilson scored and the Packers’ lead was cut to 19-14 with 2:09 to play.

Lightning struck the Packers when the Seahawks recovered their onside kick.

Wilson ran for 15 yards just outside the 2-minute warning. From the Packers 33, Wilson threw to Luke Wilson for a first down at the 24. From there, Lynch went the distance. Wilson threw a pop up for a 2-point conversion and a 3-point lead, 22-19, with 1:25 to play.

The NFC title and a trip to the Super Bowl rested on Rodgers’ shoulders and gimpy leg.

From the Packers 22, Rodgers threw to Jordy Nelson for a first down at the 36. A short pass to Randall Cobb crossed midfield. Rodgers scrambled for a first down inside the Seattle 40 and the Packers were in field goal range.

Rodgers faced third-and-10 from the Seahawks 36. A short pass to Nelson put the game on Crosby’s right leg. Crosby had already booted four field goals in four tries. This kick would come from 48 and Crosby nailed it.

The two teams were headed for overtime.






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News now! Packers quarter away from Super Bowl

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on January 18, 2015 – 4:22 pm

Packers LB Clay Matthews sack Seahawks QB Russell WilsonSEATTLE–The Packers took a 16-7 lead into the fourth quarter of today’s NFC title game in CenturyLink Field.

The Seahawks began a drive at their 22-yard line early in the third quarter. They crossed midfield in four plays and had a first down at the Packers 39. That’s when Clay Matthews burst through the line and sacked Russell Wilson for a 15-yard loss but, on third-and-19, Wilson found Doug Baldwin for 29 yards to the Packers 19.

Two plays left Wilson facing third-and-10 and Wilson appeared to drop it into Marshawn Lynch’s hands, but Sam Barrington stripped it and the Seahawks were left to kick a field goal, or so everyone thought. Coach Pete Carroll responded with a bold decision, as holder Jon Ryan threw to backup lineman Garry Gilliam for a 19-yard touchdown with 4:44 to play, 16-7.






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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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Plenty of reason to be confident

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on January 18, 2015 – 3:19 pm

Ask Vic Halftime

Marcel from Bamberg, Germany

I know there’s plenty of football left to be played, but I like what I see. The defense is playing playoff football, Rodgers is looking good and the offensive line is just outstanding.

And Eddie Lacy is pounding.

J.D. from Evansville, IN

Vic, I don’t want to chortle …

Then don’t.

D.J. from Los Angeles, CA

Um, underdog who?

That’s chortling.

Dan from New Berlin, WI

Second quarter is starting. Is the 12th man losing its spirit?

Not at all.

George from Los Fresnos, TX

Vic, where did the up-tempo, no-huddle go?

The Seahawks ran six plays in the first quarter. You don’t like time of possession?

Jon from Bloomfield, NJ

Maybe our fans should stop denigrating fans until we can fill Lambeau the way these guys filled CenturyLink. I don’t see a single cheesehead in some of these camera shots.

I see only a few.

Rick from Appleton, WI

Vic, teams that hit don’t like to be hit. Green Bay is doing all the hitting.

And Lacy is doing all of the pounding.

Tony from Truckee, CA

I hate playing scared. Third-and-three and we don’t pass it. It feels like we are afraid of the pass. Same can be said for short-yardage touchdown opportunities. Thank goodness for our defense.

I’m speechless.

Jesse from Vail, CO

Eddie Lacy is a beast.

Thank you.

Julie from Omaha, NE

Vic, all week it was Seahawks. I started to feel defeated. After reading your articles, I kept my faith. I believe, Vic. I just wanted to thank you.

I felt confident all week.

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News now! Packers take 13-0 lead into second quarter

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on January 18, 2015 – 2:49 pm

150118-in-game-updates-1b-300SEATTLE–Two Mason Crosby field goals and an Aaron Rodgers touchdown pass to Randall Cobb staked the Packers to a 13-0 lead over the Seahawks heading into the second quarter of Sunday’s NFC title game in CenturyLink Field.

Seattle won the coin toss and elected to defer its choice; Green Bay received the opening kickoff and began its first possession at its 20-yard line. On third-and-one, Eddie Lacy gained 13 yards to the Packers 42.

A 7-yard completion from Aaron Rodgers to Davante Adams moved the sticks, again, and a short toss to Cobb resulted in a 14-yard gain to the Seattle 29. On third-and-10, however, Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman made a sparkling interception in the end zone of a pass intended for Adams.

It was on Seattle’s third offensive play that lightning struck for the Packers. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix intercepted a Russell Wilson pass that deflected off the receiver’s hands. Following a taunting penalty against the Packers, the Packers put the ball in play at the Seahawks 19-yard line.

A Rodgers pass to Richard Rodgers moved the ball to the 7-yard line. Lacy then bulldozed to the 1. John Kuhn was ruled to have scored on the next play, but review reversed the call and placed the ball inside the 1. Lacy was stopped on the next play and Crosby booted an 18-yard field goal with 8:07 to play in the first quarter, 3-0.

On the ensuing kickoff, Seattle’s Doug Baldwin fumbled and the Packers recovered at the Seattle 23. Brad Jones forced the fumble and Morgan Burnett recovered.

Lacy ran for 7 yards and then Lacy plowed to the 7, first and goal. On third-and-goal from the 6, Rodgers threw to Cobb at the 1, which brought Crosby back onto the field, 6-0 with 5:07 to play.

Following a Seattle three-and-out, the Packers took possession near midfield. An 11-yard completion to Richard Rodgers moved the sticks at the Seattle 18. Lacy then ran for 5 to the 13, and Rodgers threw to Cobb for a touchdown that staked the Packers to a 13-0 lead with no time remaining in the quarter.

The Seahawks ran just six offensive plays in the first quarter.




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NFC Championship inactives: Packers at Seahawks

Posted by Duke Bobber on January 18, 2015 – 12:34 pm

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers

The following players have been declared as inactive for Sunday’s NFC Championship game between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. The list remains the same from last week’s game against the Dallas Cowboys:

Green Bay PackersGreen Bay Packers
26 RB DuJuan Harris
39 CB Demetri Goodson
54 LB Carl Bradford
72 C Garth Gerhart
80 TE Justin Perillo
83 WR Jeff Janis
99 DT Bruce Gaston

Seattle Seahawks
5 QB B.J. Daniels
23 SS Jeron Johnson
28 CB Marcus Burley
66 G Keavon Milton
68 T Justin Britt
70 DE David King
84 TE Cooper Helfet

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#PackersBusinessTrip: Behind-the-scenes photos from Seattle

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Packers-Seahawks postgame quotes

Posted by Duke Bobber on September 5, 2014 – 6:10 am


(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.”



(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.”



(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.”



(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.”



(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.”



(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.”



(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.”



(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.”



(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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News now! Seahawks remain rulers of the NFL, 36-16

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on September 4, 2014 – 10:38 pm

Packers QB Aaron RodgersSEATTLE–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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