Seahawks come back in 4th quarter to beat Packers 27-24
After a pair of Seahawks comeback attempts fell short in their previous two games, they found the answer to finish off the Green Bay Packers.
A 15-yard touchdown pass from Russell Wilson to Ed Dickson put Seattle ahead with five minutes to go, and a big stop by the defense gave Wilson and company the opening to run the clock out for a huge 27-24 victory at CenturyLink Field on Thursday night.
The Seahawks led just once before the fourth quarter, and only for a short period of time, but they ultimately bounced back from an atrocious start that saw them turn the ball over on their first play from scrimmage and fall behind 14-3 in the first quarter.
A stellar pass rush in the second half and balance on offense led the Seahawks to the win, which makes them 5-5 on the year and boosts their hopes of playing their way into a wild-card playoff spot.
Here’s a quarter-by-quarter look at Seattle’s victory.
Packers 14, Seahawks 3
It certainly wasn’t the start the Seahawks were looking for. But it could have been a whole lot worse.
The Seahawks began their pivotal game against the Packers in the exact opposite way you would want to, as running back Chris Carson lost a fumble on the first first play from scrimmage. Green Bay took over at Seattle’s 39-yard line, and three plays later running back Aaron Jones was in the end zone on an 8-yard run.
The second Seahawks possession didn’t go a whole lot better, as Michael Dickson was out to punt after a three-and-out, and the Packers were quickly back in Seattle territory once quarterback Aaron Rodgers and wide receiver Davante Adams connected for a 41-yard gain on first down. The Seahawks got a break, however, as Green Bay kicker Mason Crosby was wide left on a 47-yard field goal attempt, keeping it a one-score game.
Seattle had better luck in the kicking game – Sebastian Janikowski hit from 39 yards on its next series – but the drive had more promise than that with rookie Rashaad Penny’s 30-yard run to open it and a 10-yard rush by Carson that got the Seahawks into the red zone. The Seahawks were held back by a pair of false starts and some Russell Wilson incompletions, especially one that was air-mailed over a wide-open Doug Baldwin that would have been a touchdown.
That missed opportunity hurt even more when Rodgers found tight end Robert Tonyan for a long 54-yard TD pass less than three minutes later, pushing Green Bay’s lead to 14-3.
Injury note: Penny left the game to get his ankle taped after his 30-yard run and was listed as doubtful to return. He was back on the field in the second quarter, however.
GB – Aaron Jones 8 run (Mason Crosby kick), 13:46
SEA – Sebastian Janikowski 39 FG, 6:04
GB – Robert Tonyan 54 pass from Aaron Rodgers (Crosby kick), 3:21
Packers 21, Seahawks 17
It’s not unusual to see a team fall behind early on short rest in a Thursday night game and pack it in. That was not the case for the Seahawks against the Packers.
Despite falling behind by 11 points in the first quarter, Seattle responded with back-to-back touchdowns to not only get back into the game but take the lead – albeit briefly.
Though Wilson missed a chance to get Baldwin his first touchdown of the season in the first quarter, he made the connection in the second for a 6-yard score. That completed a 14-play, 77-yard drive, and the Seahawks were just getting started.
The defense played its part, as Frank Clark took down Rodgers on a key third down play to force Green Bay into a punt. That was Clark’s ninth sack of the season, which moved him into a tie for third in the NFL.
With momentum firmly on Seattle’s side, it made the most of the opportunity. Wilson took a shot at No. 1 wide receiver Tyler Lockett from the Seattle 30 on the first play of the next series, and a pass interference call on Green Bay put the Seahawks all the way at the Packers’ 22. A 4-yard run by Chris Carson, 17-yard pass to Nick Vannett and 1-yard plunge by Carson later, Seattle was ahead 17-14.
The lead didn’t last long, however, as yet another offensive shootout took shape for the Seahawks. There was 3:22 left before halftime when the Packers got the ball back, which was plenty for Green Bay’s future Hall of Fame quarterback. A 24-yard touchdown pass from Rodgers to Aaron Jones capped a five-play, 75-yard drive that put the Packers back in the lead, 21-17.
Wilson and the Seattle offense tried to get into field goal position with 44 seconds to work with, but a Kyler Fackrell sack helped derail those plans and keep Green Bay’s advantage intact.
SEA – Doug Baldwin 6 pass from Russell Wilson (Janikowski kick), 8:03
SEA – Chris Carson 1 run (Janikowski kick), 3:22
GB – Jones 24 pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick), 0:44
Packers 21, Seahawks 17
Punts happened. That’s… literally it.
Alright, let’s count ’em.
First, the Packers punted. That’s one.
Then, the Seahawks punted. That’s two.
Then Packers, and then Seahawks, and then the Packers again. So we’re up to five – in one quarter. It was really something!
The Seahawks didn’t punt on their final drive of the quarter, but they still could because it was ongoing as we went to the fourth quarter. The punt streak needed to stop if Seattle was going to come back and win, which of course did happen.
To be serious, the Seahawks had a strong defensive frame, sacking Aaron Rodgers three times. That included the first career sacks for rookies Jacob Martin and Austin Calitro (who split his sack with Jarran Reed) and the 10th of the year for Clark, who now is in sole possession of third place in the NFL.
Seahawks 27, Packers 24
That Seahawks pass rush that forced the Packers into three straight punts in the third quarter? Give it credit for Seattle taking the lead back for good in the fourth quarter.
A bomb thrown by Rodgers to Davante Adams on third-and-9 for 57 yards put Green Bay inside the red zone, but the Seahawks kept the Packers from turning their one-point lead at the time back into a two-score advantage. That’s because rookie Rasheem Green recorded his first career sack on third-and-5 at the 12 for Seattle’s sixth sack of the day, making the Packers settle for a 36-yard field goal by Crosby.
Seattle, which opened the quarter with a 43-yard Janikowski field goal, saw that as an opening. Wilson led the Seahawks on a seven-play, 75-yard scoring drive that included passes of 18 and 34 yards to Lockett on back-to-back plays (one that Packers coach Mike McCarthy might have been able to have ruled incomplete if he had challenged it), then was capped off with a 15-yard TD pass to tight end Ed Dickson that moved the Seahawks into a 27-24 lead.
That gave Rodgers five minutes to do something, but Seattle stopped the Packers on three plays and, after a Green Bay punt, went to work running down the clock.
Run it down the Seahawks did.
The Packers had just one timeout remaining when they punted back to the Seahawks, and Wilson and Mike Davis each ran for a first down to allow Seattle to kneel its way to victory.
SEA – Janikowski 43 FG, 12:18
GB – Crosby 36 FG, 8:27
SEA – Ed Dickson 15 pass from Russell Wilson