The Green Bay Packers squeak by the Seahawks by a score of 28-23 to seal a trip to San Francisco to play in the NFC Championship. Despite the close score, it wasn’t like this until the 4th quarter. At halftime, the score was 21-3 and seemed like an impending blowout. The Seahawks proceeded to score three straight touchdowns and attempted a two-point conversion, which would fail. The Packers scored a touchdown in the third quarter, and put together a game-sealing drive at the end, to seal the game.
Packers Put Together a True Team Effort
Both Packer’s star edge rushers Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith finished with two sacks each, and Kenny Clark came down with one too. The rookie Rashan Gary did finish the game with zero sacks but finished the game as PFF’s highest-graded packers defender. Aaron Rodgers finished with a 59.26 completion percentage, 243 yards, and two touchdowns, both to wide receiver Davante Adams. Rodgers finished with a perfect passer rating on third down and two touchdowns. Unlike what most thought would happen, Aaron Rodgers played like Aaron Rodgers for the first time since week 13. As he’s proven many times in the past, Aaron Rodger’s in the playoffs is something you should not underestimate. As I mentioned before, Davante Adams finished with two touchdowns, along with 160 yards; a Packers franchise record, as the Packers squeak by the Seahawks.
Seahawks Show up One Half Too Late.
The Seahawks managed to rally late in the game, scoring 20 points in the second half but coming up five points too short. The Seahawks only managed to score three points in the first half, which resulted in the necessity to be aggressive during most of the second half. Despite Marshawn Lynch scoring two touchdowns, he only averaged 2.17 yards per carry, and got the ball 12 times. Russell Wilson threw for 277 yards, and a touchdown while rushing for 64 yards. Most of the yards came in the second half when Wilson had to look downfield, and if it was taken away, he would easily escape the pocket as the Packers defensive line failed to bring down Wilson many times.
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