Packers Seahawks 17-0 difference with Rodgers and Wilson back
Green Bay, Wes. – Aaron Rodgers wasn’t on par in his comeback from COVID-19, but he did more than needed to shore up the Green Bay Packers’ outstanding defense in the 17-0 win over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.
AJ Dillon rushed to drop twice in the last quarter for the Packers, who handed the Seahawks their first closing loss in a decade.
A week after being forced to sit in Kansas City due to a positive COVID-19 test and subsequent disclosure that he had not been vaccinated, Rodgers went 23 of 37 for 292 yards and threw an interception in the end zone in the third quarter.
Rodgers has not trained all week and was allowed to play on Saturday under NFL protocols for unvaccinated players. The QB said before the season that he had been “vaccinated” and, after testing positive, explained in an incendiary radio interview his reasons for looking for alternatives to vaccination and his skepticism about the effectiveness of the injection. Rodgers later apologized for the misleading statement about his vaccination status.
Although Rodgers was barely at his best, his comeback made it abundantly clear: With him, the Packers (8-2) are among the top teams in the NFC and a contender in the Super Bowl.
Seattle’s Russell Wilson also struggled on his comeback after missing three games with an injury to his middle finger. He went 20 of 40 for 161 yards with two interceptions. The Seahawks (3-6) missed two scoring chances when Kevin King and Adrian Amos picked Wilson’s passes in the end zone.
The Packers recorded their first close since a 22-0 win over the Buffalo Bills on September 30, 2018. The Seahawks have not closed out since their 24-0 fall to the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 18, 2011.
Wide receiver DK Metcalf was sent off in Seattle with 1:19 remaining after a skirmish after the whistle led to penalties for both teams. It looks like Metcalf snatched at least one player’s face mask from the Packers.
Seattle has lost its last 10 matches at Lambeau Field, including three in the playoffs, and hasn’t won at Green Bay since 1999.
Green Bay’s 3-0 lead tied for the fourth quarter with the second lowest result in three quarters of any NFL game since 2008. Dallas and Philadelphia were goalless during the third quarter of the 2017 game that Dallas eventually won 6-0.
With the 2020 Pro Bowl sidelined Aaron Jones with a knee injury in the second half, Dillon executed the Packers’ rushing attack.
In the third and goal of 3, Dillon faced Bobby Wagner around the line of scrimmage but essentially carried the linebacker six times into the end zone on his first touchdown of the season. This increased Green Bay’s lead to 10-0 with 10:37 left.
Dillon also scored at 2 yards with two minutes remaining after setting that touchdown with a 50-yard reception. He rushed for 66 yards on 21 buggies and had two shots for 62 yards.
Green Bay outscored Seattle 201 yards to 86 in the first half but failed to capitalize on scoring opportunities. Mason Crosby missed a field goal from 42 yards and another possession ended with Rodgers’ incomplete throw in fourth and second from 34.
He led Seattle to Green Bay 35 in the final seconds of the first half, but a penalty kick on Damien Lewis pushed the Seahawks out of range and Wilson Hill Mary’s bid was incomplete.
With Seattle losing 3-0, Wilson threw a third pass and 10 of 12 that King intercepted in the end zone. In the next round, Jamal Adams picked Rodgers’ third and sixth pass from 15.
Seahawks: OT left Duane Brown with a thigh injury.
Packers: Jones is not back after injuring his knee. …Left-back LB Rashan Gary looked injured in his arm in the second half. … OLB Whitney Mercilus injured his biceps in the third quarter.
Seahawks: Arizona hosts Sunday.
Packers: In Minnesota on Sunday.
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