Seattle Seahawks vs. Green Bay Packers

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Game Information
Location: Lambeau Field Green Bay, Wisconsin
Attendance: 78,381

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) A marquee season opener between two NFC heavyweights turned into a defensive slugfest.

The Green Bay Packers - not the menacing Seattle Seahawks - landed the momentum-swinging punch.

Green Bay defensive lineman Mike Daniels' strip sack of Russell Wilson deep in Seattle territory in the third quarter set up Ty Montgomery's 6-yard touchdown run on the next play to spark the Packers' 17-9 win on Sunday.

"This really started with our defense," Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy said. "It starts on the line of scrimmage. We were in the backfield a bunch."

The Packers' Aaron Rodgers was 28 of 42 for 311 yards and added a 32-yard touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson to make it an eight-point game late in the third quarter. The Packers went deep to his favorite receiver on a free play that was extended after Seattle was flagged for having too many men on the field.

Rodgers' regular-season streak of passes without an interception ended at a career-high 251. The Seahawks defense reinforced by the return of safety Earl Thomas bottled up receivers from making many big plays and put plenty of pressure on Rodgers.

But the Packers started denting Seattle with runs or quick passes to Nelson, Randall Cobb and Montgomery in the second half, chewing up clock in the process. A 12-play, 53-yard drive that took up more than five minutes ended with Mason Crosby's 40-yard field goal with 8:01 left to make it a two-score game.

"That was a great defense that we went against. They're going to keep everybody kind of in front, they're going to make us go the long way," Nelson said.

Green Bay's defense had an even better debut, especially considering how maligned the Packers were against the pass last season.

Seattle managed just three field goals. Wilson was held to 14 of 27 for 158 yards. The Packers held decisive edges in total yardage (370-225) and first downs (26-12). Green Bay held the ball for 39 minutes.

"I was disappointed they were able to be as aggressive up front as they were with their defense," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said.

EJECTED

Seattle cornerback Jeremy Lane was ejected after referee John Parry said he threw a punch during a scrum with Packers receiver Davante Adams. Carroll disagreed with the call.

"I have seen it, and I didn't see the punch at all. I'm disappointed the play would have such magnitude on the game," Carroll said. "One (official) saw it, and that's what they went with. I'm anxious to hear how the league tells us how that went."

The tussle occurred around the Packers 30 during a play in which Nazair Jones intercepted Rodgers at 9:26 of the first quarter. It was Rodgers' first interception since Nov. 13, 2016, at Tennessee.

Tensions were already high between the teams early in the game. Rodgers was picking on Lane in the secondary, with Cobb whistled for taunting following a 14-yard gain while being defended by Lane.

NATIONAL ANTHEM

Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett sat on the bench again during the national anthem. On the other sideline at about the 30, his younger brother Martellus Bennett, a tight end for the Packers, stood at the end of the line next to his teammates, but raised his right fist in the air during the anthem.

Michael Bennett last week released a statement alleging racially motivated excessive force by Las Vegas police.

Seahawks offensive lineman Justin Britt stood next to Bennett again during his anthem protest. Defensive linemen Frank Clark and Cliff Avril each went back to shake hands with Bennett during the anthem and then joined him on the bench.

The Bennett brothers talked for about a minute after the game at midfield.

"It was a tough week, but you get through things and I was glad to be out there with my guys again," Michael Bennett said.

Also for Green Bay, safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix helped hold a giant American flag on the field as the anthem was played.

INJURIES

Packers linebacker Ahmad Brooks, who just joined the team last week as a free agent after being cut by the 49ers, left with a concussion. His injury was announced at the start of the third quarter. ... Rodgers appeared to be limping after getting pushed back by a defender in the pocket late in the fourth quarter. He took a few extra seconds to get back to the huddle on a couple plays but did not leave the game.

"Just kicked a couple times, stepped on a couple times," Rodgers said.

UP NEXT

Seahawks: Host the San Francisco 49ers in home opener on Sept. 17.

Packers: Visit Atlanta Falcons on Sept. 17.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Seahawks Packers
No scoring this quarter.

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Seahawks Packers
00:00 Blair Walsh 33 yd FG 3 0

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Seahawks Packers
10:33 Ty Montgomery 6 yd run (Mason Crosby kick) 3 7
04:20 Blair Walsh 21 yd FG 6 7
00:17 Jordy Nelson 32 yd pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick) 6 14

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Seahawks Packers
08:01 Mason Crosby 40 yd FG 6 17
06:17 Blair Walsh 41 yd FG 9 17

Team Stats
  Seattle Green Bay
1st Downs 12 26
Total Yards 225 370
Passing 135 286
Passing Completions/Attempts 14-27 28-42
Yards/Pass 4.5 6.2
Rushing 90 84
Rushing Attempts 18 28
Yards/Rush 5.0 3.0
Turnovers 1 1
Fumbles Lost 1 0
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Possession 20:47 39:13

Seattle Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Russell Wilson 14 27 158 5.8 0 0

Green Bay Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Aaron Rodgers 28 42 311 7.4 1 1

Seattle Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Russell Wilson 2 40 20.0 0 29
Chris Carson 6 39 6.5 0 30
C.J. Prosise 4 11 2.8 0 8
Eddie Lacy 5 3 0.6 0 6
Doug Baldwin 1 -3 -3.0 0 -3

Green Bay Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Ty Montgomery 19 54 2.8 1 8
Aaron Rodgers 7 21 3.0 0 13
Jamaal Williams 2 9 4.5 0 6

Seattle Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Doug Baldwin 4 63 15.8 0 34
Paul Richardson 4 59 14.8 0 28
Chris Carson 1 10 10.0 0 10
Nick Vannett 1 10 10.0 0 10
Jimmy Graham 3 8 2.7 0 6
Tyler Lockett 1 8 8.0 0 8
Tanner McEvoy 0 0 0.0 0
Amara Darboh 0 0 0.0 0
Luke Willson 0 0 0.0 0

Green Bay Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Randall Cobb 9 85 9.4 0 29
Jordy Nelson 7 79 11.3 1 32
Davante Adams 3 47 15.7 0 21
Martellus Bennett 3 43 14.3 0 26
Ty Montgomery 4 39 9.8 0 20
Lance Kendricks 2 18 9.0 0 9

Seattle Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Shaquill Griffin 10 0 0 0
Earl Thomas 7 4 0 0
K.J. Wright 7 2 0 0
Bobby Wagner 6 3 0 0
Sheldon Richardson 4 0 0 0
Kam Chancellor 3 1 0 0
Michael Bennett 2 1 1.5 9
Justin Coleman 2 0 0 0
Jarran Reed 2 1 0 0
Richard Sherman 2 0 0 0
Cliff Avril 1 0 1 6
Terence Garvin 1 2 1 6
Nazair Jones 1 0 0 0
Jeremy Lane 1 0 0 0
Marcus Smith 1 0 0 0
Frank Clark 0 1 0.5 3
D.J. Alexander 0 0 0 0
David Bass 0 1 0 0
Justin Britt 0 0 0 0
Neiko Thorpe 0 0 0 0

Green Bay Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Damarious Randall 6 0 0 0
Mike Daniels 5 2 1.5 12
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix 4 0 0 0
Quinten Rollins 4 4 0 0
Morgan Burnett 3 1 0 0
Kentrell Brice 2 1 0 0
Davon House 2 1 0 0
Blake Martinez 2 0 0 0
Clay Matthews 2 0 0 0
Nick Perry 1 2 1.5 11
Ahmad Brooks 1 0 0 0
Kenny Clark 1 0 0 0
Jake Ryan 1 1 0 0
Marwin Evans 0 0 0 0
Kyler Fackrell 0 0 0 0
Josh Jones 0 0 0 0

Seattle Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Nazair Jones 1 24 0

Green Bay Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

Seattle Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Tyler Lockett 3 91 30.3 0 43

Green Bay Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
No kick return stats.

Seattle Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Tyler Lockett 1 7 7.0 0 7

Green Bay Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Trevor Davis 2 0 0.0 0 0

Seattle Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Blair Walsh 3 3 100.0 41

Green Bay Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Mason Crosby 1 1 100.0 40

Seattle Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Jon Ryan 6 275 59

Green Bay Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Justin Vogel 5 219 57