PLAYER OF THE GAME
The entire Packers team. They came into this game looking to atone for last week’s last-second loss to the Steelers in Pittsburgh and determined to get their 10th win to wrap up a playoff berth.
Sunday, their balance and diversity of production was impressive. Three backs rushed for five touchdowns, and backup Brandon Jackson also scored on a pass play. Three players intercepted passes, including two by strong safety Atari Bigby. Nine players caught passes, including big plays from Greg Jennings (four receptions for 111 yards) and tight end Jermichael Finley (three for 80).
As Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck said, “They’re a good team. But we made them look really, really good today.”
PLAYS OF THE GAME
Offense: It didn’t score a touchdown, but it definitely set one up – the second of the Packers’ two scores in the first quarter. Facing a third-and-4 at their own 33-yard line, QB Aaron Rodgers dropped a beautiful pass over Seahawks cornerback Kelly Jennings into the hands of Jennings for a 40-yard completion.
Defense: With the Packers up 14-0, the Seahawks were on the doorstep of pulling to within one TD. But on a third-and-6 play from the Green Bay 8-yard line, Packers defensive end Johnny Jolly got a hand on Hasselbeck’s pass and Bigby made the interception in the end zone. End of threat, and then some.
Special teams: What the heck? Let’s go with Olindo Mare’s 28-yard field goal in the second quarter. It got the Seahawks on the board, and extended his club-record streak of consecutive field goals to 19.
Special teams co-captain Lance Laury called tails during the coin toss and it came up heads. Nothing else landed right for the Seahawks the rest of the afternoon.
Just as the Packers were scoring their first touchdown – Rodgers’ 13-yard pass to Jackson – a few snowflakes started to fall. The snow held off, but the avalanche of points by the Packers was just beginning. The 38-point margin of defeat tied for the second largest in franchise history and was the worst since the Seahawks lost 51-7 to the Cowboys in Dallas in 1980. They also lost by 38 to the New York Jets in 1997.
Will Herring doing a TV interview in the locker room. The third-year linebacker got the start for injured rookie Aaron Curry and responded with a team-high eight tackles.
Wide receiver Mike Hass, who was signed off the practice squad on Saturday, dislocated a shoulder early in the game, had it strapped down and continued to play. But Mora said Hass likely will need surgery after the season.
Cornerback Josh Wilson got a hip point when he fell to the turf after defending a pass in the second quarter and did not return. Running back Julius Jones aggravated a bruised rib and also injured an ankle. But he still carried the ball 14 times (for 39 yards) and caught a game-high six passes (for 51 yards).
YOU DON’T SAY
“I’m definitely searching for answers,” – Hasselbeck, after throwing four interceptions for only the third time in his nine seasons with the Seahawks, but the second time in the past two games