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Green Bay Keeps Season Alive With Dominant Win Against Seattle

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Green Bay Dominates in all Phases Versus Seattle

The Green Bay Packers (7-6) came into Week 14 hoping to get some help from various teams around the league in their quest for a playoff birth. When they didn’t get it, they took matters into their own hands.

In their 38-10 trouncing of the Seattle Seahawks (8-4-1), the Packers made a very loud and emphatic statement to all that watched. Simply put, they’re not going anywhere.

Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams were sure to make that clear from the start.

On just the third play of the game, a 3rd and 2, Rodgers hit Adams in-stride down the right sideline after a beautifully run out-and-up pattern for a 66-yard touchdown pass. It stands as the longest play of the year for Green Bay, and it ignited both the team and the crowd early on.

The Packers grabbed that momentum and never gave it back, thanks in large part to the most unlikely of sources, their defense.

On the day, the much criticized group held Seattle to 10 points, seven of those coming late in the 4th quarter during garbage time, and forced six turnovers. This includes five interceptions of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

Green Bay was able to double Wilson’s total on the year, as he came into Sunday with just five picks in the previous 12 games combined.

Of the five, the Packers offense cashed in on three of the them, converting interceptions from Morgan Burnett, Damarious Randall, and Micah Hyde into touchdowns.

The first of those, Burnett’s, came in the second quarter after Rodgers and the offense had hit a mini-skid.

The Seahawks regained possession only down 7-3 with a chance to take the lead and make a run. Instead, Burnett stepped in front of a 1st down pass over the middle at the Seattle 45 and returned it the other way 19 yards to the 26.

Feeding off the big-play, running back Ty Montgomery found the endzone a few plays later for his first career rushing touchdown. Montgomery would go on to finish the game with 41 yards on nine carries (4.6 per carry) and three catches out of the backfield for 45 yards in his new role as featured back.

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Wilson’s next two picks would fall into the hands of the now healthy Damarious Randall at corner, the second one quite literally.

On a second down play in the third quarter, with Troy Aikman and Joe Buck sending out constant reminders of the 2014-15 NFC Championship Game, Green Bay needed one more big play to  neutralize the “never give up” attitude of the Seahawks.

That’s just what Randall supplied, with some help from Seattle receiver Doug Baldwin.

The pass from Wilson to Baldwin wasn’t great, but it slipped right through Pro-Bowl wide-outs hands and popped off his helmet into the waiting arms of Randall. After a solid 26-yard return to the Seattle 32, the Packers were in business again.

This time, Rodgers took to the air, finding Jordy Nelson in the corner of the endzone seven plays later for the duo’s second touchdown of the day.

It marked the 57th time the two had connected for a touchdown in their career’s, tying Brett Favre and Antonio Freeman for the franchise record.

Due to both the score and a freshly injured calf, Rodgers played only one more series the rest of the game, sitting out a majority of the 4th quarter. He left with another MVP-like performance, completing 18 of 23 passes (78%) for 246 yards and three touchdowns (150.8 QB rating) while squaring off with the league’s number one scoring defense (16.2 ppg).

After his exit, Green Bay was able to finish off Seattle with one final dagger.

Again, it was a ball that went straight through the hands of an intended target. This time it was on a simple dump-off to back up running back Troymaine Pope.

The throw from Wilson was high, and as Pope reached for it, his hand forced the ball straight into the air and directly into the arms of a sprinting Micah Hyde. Hyde read the play all along, and his positioning couldn’t have been better.

With Rodgers on the sideline up 31-10, head coach and playcaller Mike McCarthy dialed up a wide-receiver reverse to Jeff Janis on the next play from the Seattle 19. Janis, with some great blocking from Davante Adams on Richard Sherman, took the hand-off all the way in for the game’s final score.

Someone would have to go back years to find a complete performance like this from a Green Bay team led by McCarthy, but it comes at the perfect time.

Now sitting at 7-6, winners of three straight, they are streaking towards a potentially massive Week 17 game with the Detroit Lions for the NFC North title.

The Lions, who improved to 9-4 with a late-game win against the Chicago Bears on Sunday, will have to brave a heavy storm the next two weeks to avoid a winner-take-all game on New Years Day. They will head on the road in both week’s 15 and 16 against the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys respectively.

Green Bay is blessed with a much easier schedule, facing the struggling Bears in Chicago and the inconsistent Minnesota Vikings at home. Assuming the favored squad wins in each match-up, both teams would enter the last week 9-6.

Even if Detroit does win one of their two games, if the Packers win out, they’re in the playoffs due to the tie-breaker (2-0 head-to-head with Lions).

However, at the moment it’s just about wining the next game up and not worrying about what you can’t control. All that matters is three wins down, three to go.