Seahawks at Packers – First quarter

Peephole perspective: Packers, 14-0. A 13-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers to Brandon Jackson. A short scoring run by Ryan Grant. Another big first-quarter hole for the Seahawks.

Player of the quarter: Greg Jennings. The Packers WR Greg Jennings had receptions of 40 and 24 yards, to account for 64 of his team’s 94 yards.

Play of the quarter: Backed into another third-down situation, Packers QB Aaron Rodgers dropped a beauty of a pass over Seahawks CB Kelly Jennings for a 40-yard gain to WR Greg Jennings. Two plays later, the Packers scored their second TD.

Line of the quarter: 3-5-21-0-1-30.0. That was Matt Hasselbeck’s passing stats. He had a pass picked off, while completing 3 of 5 passes for 21 yards.

The bigger picture: The Seahawks not only got a stop on the game’s first third-down situation, DE Darryl Tapp got to Packers QB Aaron Rodgers for a 9-yard sack to force a three-and-out. The Seahawks then converted on two third-down plays – on 3- and 2-yard runs by Julius Jones. But QB Matt Hasselbeck threw a pass on the next third-down play that was intercepted by Packers LB A.J. Hawk and returned 29 yards to the Seahawks’ 35-yard line. Before Hasselbeck’s ill-fated pass, Jones had carried six times for 27 yards against the league’s No. 2-ranked run defense.

But it only took four plays for the Packers to score after the turnover, on a 13-yard pass from QB Aaron Rodgers to RB Brandon Jacobs. Rodgers was 2 of 2 for 29 yards on the short scoring drive.

The Seahawks’ defense got the Packers into another third-down situation on their fourth series, but Rodgers dropped a beautiful pass over Jennings for the 40-yard gain to Jennings. Another Rodgers-to-Jennings pass gained 24 yards on the next play, setting up a 3-yard TD run by Ryan Grant to make it 14-0 with :23 seconds left in the quarter. Sixty-four of the 73 yards on the drive belonged to Rodgers and Jennings.

Fashion note: After coming out for pregame warm-ups sans sleeves, Hasselbeck is wearing a long-sleeve shirt under his jersey.


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