A quick recap of the Seahawks’ 27-24 loss to the Green Bay Packers at Qwest Field on Saturday night:
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Aaron Rodgers. As good as the Seahawks’ Matt Hasselbeck was in a bounce-back performance, the Packers’ QB was even better – for the second time in as many preseason games.
Against the Seahawks, Rodgers started with a bang by launching a 56-yard bomb to wide receiver Greg Jennings. Before calling it a night in the second quarter, Rodgers had completed 8 of 11 passes for 116 yards and touchdowns. That makes for a passer rating of 146.2. In the Packers opener, Rodgers was 12 of 13 for 159 yards and a TD.
“I thought Aaron was really good,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. “That’s two weeks in a row that he’s really come out smoking and was able to make some plays. The first play that set up their first score, it was a big-time throw. An unbelievable throw, really.”
Player of the quarter: Brandon Jackson. The Packers’ back scored the game-winning touchdown on a 12-yard run with 3:34 to play.
Play of the quarter: On the play before Jackson’s score, Jackson took the handoff on third-and-1 and ran 26 yards to the Seahawks’ 12.
Stat of the quarter: 91 yards rushing for the Packers in the 4th alone, 47 from Jackson, allowed Green Bay to not only take the lead but control the clock in the final quarter.
The bigger picture: The offense took advantage of Dexter Davis’ sack/fumble/recovery late in the third quarter by getting a 35-yard field goal from Clint Stitser, who was kicking because Olindo Mare is nursing a sore calf. The key play on the seven-play, 29-yard drive was a 21-yard pass play from Whitehurst to Deon Butler.
The Seahawks got another chance, immediately, as Kennard Cox recovered Sam Shields’ muff of the ensuing kickoffs at the Packers’ 9. But Spencer Havner made a nice play along the sideline to intercept Whitehurst’s third-down pass to tight end Cameron Morrah.
The Packers capitalized, as Mason Crosby kicked a 51-yard field goal with 8:26 left to make it 24-20. The 11-play, 46-yard drive got a huge boost when rookie cornerback was flagged for pass interference – on a very questionable call, as the ball sailed way over the head of the intended receiver. Flynn kept it alive by scrambling for 8 yards on third-and-7.
After the Seahawks went three-and-out, the Packers went 80 yards in seven plays to a go-ahead TD – Jackson’s 12-yard scoring run. No. 3 QB Graham Harrell directed the drive, but Jackson did the damage at the end – running for 26 yards on a third-and-1 play to set up his score.
The Seahawks had a final chance, but Shields intercepted Whitehurst’s third-down pass.
Peephole perspective: Let’s hear it for the backups. QB Charlie Whitehurst directed another TD drive. Rookie Dexter Davis had a sack, forced fumble and recovery. Linebacker Tyjuan Hagler intercepted a pass. Seahawks 21-17.
Player of the quarter: Ben Obomanu. On the Seahawks’ drive to their go-ahead score, the veteran wide receiver got things rolling with a 17-yard run on an end-around and then finished it by taking a 3-yard pass from Whitehurst for the TD.
Play of the quarter: The TD pass to Obomanu – Whitehurst’s third of the preseason. The play began with Whitehurst using a play-action fake to running back Julius Jones and ended with Whitehurst rolling to his right to make the pass to Obomanu, who had come in motion from left to right.
Stat of the quarter: 3 and 1. The number of tackles for Hagler, who also intercepted a pass that was tipped by cornerback Roy Lewis.
The bigger picture: The Seahawks got an early turnover, as Lewis deflected Flynn’s pass to Charles Dillon and Hagler picked off the carom. But the Seahawks couldn’t capitalize. Punter Jon Ryan pinned the Packers at their own 3, however, when Kennard Cox downed his punt.
After the defense held, thanks to big plays by linebackers Dexter Davis and Hagler, Whitehurst went to work. He directed a 10-play, 60-yard TD drive that ended with the 3-yard scoring pass to Obomanu and gave the Seahawks their first lead – 21-17 with 4:16 left in the quarter. Obomanu also had the 17-yard run, while Whitehurst passed 12 yards to rookie tight end Anthony McCoy on third-and-12 and then 10 yards to Jones on third-and-6.
The defense wasn’t done just yet, as Davis got his hat-trick – a fumble-forcing sack of Flynn on third down and the recovery.
Peephole perspective: The Seahawks got another touchdown, but the Packers got a field goal. Green Bay, 17-14 at the half.
Player of the quarter: Marcus Trufant. The Seahawks finally slammed the door on the Packers as the veteran cornerback made a tackle for a 2-yard loss on second down to stall one possession and then broke up a third-down pass on the Packers’ next possession.
Play of the quarter: Welcome back, Leon Washington. The Seahawks’ back darted 11 yards up the gut for a touchdown. The score was nice, that fact that this was Washington’s first game action since severely breaking his right leg last October made it even better.
Stat of the quarter: 2 for 30. The Seahawks were penalized twice for roughing the passer. They finished the half with seven penalties for 54 wrong-way yards.
The bigger picture: The Seahawks answered the Packers’ answer, with a nine-play, 80-yard drive that started at the end of the first quarter and didn’t end until Washington had run up the gut for a tying touchdown. Hasselbeck passed 7 yards to T.J. Houshmandzadeh on third-and-4 and the Packers were penalized for illegal contact on another third-down play to sustain the drive. Hasselbeck also hit to other big passes – 18 yards to Houshmandzadeh to the Packers’ 32 and 17 yards to Mike Williams to the Packers’ 11.
The Packers turned things over to backup QB Mike Flynn on their next possession, but it was hard to tell as Flynn moved them from their own 30 to the Seahawks’ 14. That’s when Trufant tackled Brandon Jackson for the 2-yard loss and Flynn was way long with his third-down pass. Mason Crosby kicked a 33-yard field goal to give the Packers a 17-14 lead with 9:50 left in the half. Flynn hit passes of 21 yards to Brett Swain and 19 yards to Jordy Nelson. The Packers picked up an additional 15 yards on the pass to Swain as defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson was flagged for roughing the passer.
The consecutive scores streak was snapped at five when tight end John Carlson couldn’t handle Hasselbeck’s third-down pass on the Seahawks’ next possession and they had to punt. The Seahawks’ defense then held as Trufant broke up Flynn’s third-down to Brett Swain.
Jon Ryan, the Seahawks’ punter, got off a dandy late in the quarter. Using the Aussie-drop technique that prompts the ball to go end-over-end, Ryan lofted one toward the goal line that Jordan Babineaux caught on the hop at the Packers’ 1.
Peephole perspective: Three touchdown passes, two by the Packers for a 14-7 lead.
Player of the quarter: Aaron Rodgers. The Packers’ QB was sharp, from start to finish. He was 8 of 11 for 116 yards and the two TDs – one to fullback John Kuhn, the other to tight end Jermichael Finley.
Play of the quarter: The Packers’ play, as Rodgers went to Greg Jennings for a 56-yard gain.
Stat of the quarter: The Packers converted each of their third-down situations.
The bigger picture: Oops. The Seahawks opened with a three-and-out and, following a 65-yard punt by Jon Ryan, the Packers answered with a five-play, 71-yard TD drive. The big gain came on the first play, as QB Aaron Rodgers used a play-action fake to set up the 56-yard completion to Jennings – who got behind rookie free safety Earl Thomas to make the falling grab. Rodgers also passed for 12 yards to Finley on third-and-8 to set up his 1-yard pass to Kuhn for the score.
The Seahawks answered, and got a big boost by a 54-yard kickoff return from Josh Wilson. Starting at the Packers’ 49-yard line, Hasselbeck passed 17 yards to Mike Williams, 14 yards to T.J. Houshmandzadeh, 6 yards to Williams and the final 11 to Deion Branch. Hasselbeck was 4 of 4 for 49 yards.
The Packers answered with a precision 12-play, 76-yard drive that ended with Rodgers’ 12-yard TD pass to a wide-open Finley on third-and-6. Rodgers and Finley also hooked up on another 12-yarder – again on third down – to sustain the drive.
Several notable alums are on the sideline for tonight’s game, including Hall of Fame wide receiver Steve Largent, Ring of Honor defensive end Jacob Green and Ring of Honor defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy.
Nothing official yet, but here’s who’s working in pregame warm-ups:
DT: Craig Terrill looks to start for Brandon Mebane
OLB: Will Herring looks to start for David Hawthorne
MLB: David Hawthorne looks to start for Lofa Tatupu
K: Clint Stitser is in, because Olindo Mare is out
The teams don’t have to name inactive players for preseason games, but the following injured Seahawks will not play tonight:
LB Leroy Hill
OT Ray Willis
OL Chester Pitts
CB Josh Pinkard
Out for the Packers:
S Atari Bigby
CB Charles Woodson
RB Kregg Lumpkin
CB Al Harris
RB James Starks
LB Alex Joseph
LB A.J. Hawk
LB Clay Matthews
LB Nick Bennett
LB Brad Jones
WR Donald Driver
With Matthews, Hawk and Bennett out, the Packers starting linebackers will be Brady Poppinga, Desmond Bishop and Robert Francois. Brandon Underwood starts for Woodson, with James Jones stepping in for Driver.
The Seahawks also could have a couple of lineup changes, but there’s nothing official yet.
Greeting from Qwest Field, where the weather is a lot cooler and the opponent a lot better than it was for last week’s preseason opener.
Tonight’s opponent is the Green Bay Packers, who handed the Seahawks a 48-10 loss at Lambeau Field in Week 16 of the regular season last year. So it will present a bigger test as the starting offense and defense play longer than they did in last week’s 20-18 victory over the Tennessee Titans.
A few things to look for tonight: Read more »