Seattle Seahawks – 23 – Green Bay Packers – 28
Russell Wilson has never won at Lambeau field. He’s won in every stadium he’s ever visited more than once, except the home of the cheeseheads, where Russell Wilson (21/31, 277 yards, 1 TD) is 0-4. Add in the fact that the Seahawks are far better at home in the playoffs under Pete Carroll (6-0) than they are on the road (3-6), and you can easily see how important Seattle’s week seventeen loss to San Francisco was.
Century Link Field is one of the toughest places in the entire NFL to play, but then again, when the weather starts to turn, so is Lambeau. Aaron Rodgers (16/27, 243 yards, 2 D) and the Packers started quickly, getting out to a 21-3 lead at halftime, on the back of two rushing TDS by Aaron Jones (21 rushes, 62 yards, 2 TD) and a twenty yard strike to Davante Adams (8 catches, 160 yards, 2 TD). The Packers have never lost when Adams has two or more receiving touchdowns, so getting A-Rod’s favorite target going early was clearly part of the plan.
Jimmy Graham showed up huge as well after a hit and miss season with the Packers, hauling in three key passes for 49 yards and the game clinching first down, even if it might have looked short to some viewers on TV.
Seattle wouldn’t go gently, though, mustering a frenetic and convincing charge late in the game, shutting Green Bay out in the fourth quarter, but coming up just short, inexplicably choosing to punt the ball away with 2:41 on the clock while trailing by only five points. What followed was a masterclass in salting away the clock, as Rodgers and crew cleverly drew up plays to move the chains and keep the Seahawks offense on the sideline. Rodgers was clutch throughout the game, converting on over sixty percent of third down attempts to keep Green Bay in the driver’s seat.
What comes next for Green Bay might be a little more daunting. They’ll need to leave the friendly confines of Lambeau for a trip to Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, where the top ranked 49ers await. Here’s hoping that the Packers learned something in their week twelve loss to San Francisco.
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