The quarterback, an MVP candidate, looked like the version of himself that the Packers are very familiar with. In 2014, he robbed them of their trip to the Super Bowl with a hectic comeback in Seattle. Now he was here at Lambeau Field and took over his 23 to play at 4:54 and at 5 he was looking for a throw that would drive a dagger into the hearts of the home crowd – as the two outlines Green Bay moments like this had been decided for themselves.
After a completion put the Seahawks at 37, Za’Darius Smith appeared first and forced Wilson to throw incompleteness. Then Preston Smith fired Wilson into third place to force the Seahawks to vomit, and that was enough for Aaron Rodgers, the faded but not wiped out star of the Packers. The Green Bay offense took Wilson and the Seahawks 2:41 off the field, securing a 28:23 win and a date with the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC championship game next week.
The division round was one of the wildest playoff rounds recently – the weekend's biggest outsiders beat the Super Bowl favorites, and the reigning NFL MVP eliminated a 24-point deficit to score a 20-point win – and yet the chaos in Green Bay in the second half declined reassuring predictability. The Seahawks have not won at Lambeau Field since 1999. That applied to the tailgate and on the way home.
The Packers' win may be a good sign for the best 49ers who put the Packers under pressure 37: 8 at Levi’s Stadium in late November. The Niners go well with Green Bay, play at home and have an extra day off before the NFC championship game on Sunday afternoon.
But the packers believe they can defy expectations and they show why Sunday with a diverse, dangerous offense. They relied on a balanced approach with Rodgers at the center and Aaron Jones from behind. They kept finding their best playmaker, wide receiver Davante Adams, while mixing in unexpected twists like reverse pitch or a quarterback sneak. They prevented Superstar Pass-Rusher Jadeveon Clowney from ruining the game with creative safeguards.
The Packers' lead at the 21: 3 half looked like a death knell. Wilson had never won at Lambeau and his numbers here were among the worst in his career. Then the Seahawks stopped trying to establish the run and everything changed.
Wilson and his team marched 69 yards after first possession of the ball in the third quarter, which Marshawn Lynch ended with a touchdown run of one yard. The Packers responded with a 40-yard touchdown pass from Rodgers to Adams – their second goal in the game – but Wilson looked unimpressed. He broke away from hands that might have pulled him down for a sack and extended the game. He sprayed passports on a star rookie (Wide Receiver D.K. Metcalf) and a stranger (Travis Homer). Wilson went on a second long goal drive and threw Tyler Lockett a 7-yard touchdown pass, and then a third that ended with another 1-yard run from Lynch.
The Packers ended the two-point switch attempt at 9:33 after Lynch's second save, but the Seahawks were only five points behind. Rodgers tried to take matters into his own hands and tried to keep Wilson out of the field, but he stopped at Seattle 48. The Packers needed their defense.
The unit once relied on flashing pressure, but the Smiths had changed that. The couple helped lower the team's percentage from the top five in the league to the last five, keep pressure constant, and terrorize Wilson on Sunday. The Smiths beat or pillaged him all night, sometimes in second place, to speed up the journey. And so on this last trip, Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith had the chance to bottle the quarterback, which had left a sour taste in their teammates' mouths not so long ago.
Then Rodgers extended the Packers' last trip with a long pass to Adams. It exhausted the Seahawks' timeouts and finally the watch. The sideline soon emptied and the packers allowed themselves an additional rush.
Read below for our in-game updates.
January 12, 2020 at 9:50 pm EST
The packers complete the win and advance to the NFC title game
The Packers were first defeated in a game by Aaron Rodgers against Jimmy Graham with third and ninth goals. The game was a real icing on the cake for Green Bay, which will face the San Francisco 49ers next Sunday. Rodgers completed a 32-yard pass for Davante Adams at the start of the ride, also in third place, to prevent Seattle from having the last chance to take the lead. (Packers 28, Seahawks 23, end of game)
January 12, 2020 at 9:35 pm EST
Seattle is forced to poke
Green Bay will take the lead with 2:32 and have the chance to run out after a jump-off against Seattle. All three of the Seahawks are off. (Packers 28, Seahawks 23, 2:32 left in the fourth quarter)
January 12, 2020 at 9:30 p.m. EST
The Seahawks fire Aaron Rodgers and have the chance to take the lead
The Griffin brothers from Seattle, Shaquem and Shaquill fired Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in a crucial game against third parties, and after a stab in Green Bay the Seahawks now take the ball with a chance to take the lead. Russell Wilson and the Offense begin on their own 23-yard line. (Packers 28, Seahawks 23, 4:54 leaving fourth quarter)
January 12, 2020 at 9:21 pm EST
Marshawn Lynch TD gets Seattle within five
Russell Wilson reaches its most dangerous form. The Seahawks have now completed three touchdown rides in a row and Wilson doesn't look like the restricted quarterback he was in the first half. Marshawn Lynch scored a nine-yard drive with 79 yards and another one-yard touchdown run. The only rescue for the packers: they fired Wilson because of the two-point conversion, so the Seahawks still need a touchdown to take the lead. (Packers 28, Seahawks 23, 9:33 left in the fourth quarter)
January 12, 2020 at 9:04 p.m. EST
Seattle enforces a Green Bay punt
The Seahawks had a much-needed stop and forced Aaron Rodgers to finish third. Now they will take the ball on their own 21-yard line to further improve Green Bay's leadership. (Packers 28, Seahawks 17, 14:01 quit in the fourth quarter)
January 12, 2020 at 8:54 p.m. EST
Seahawks cut the packers' lead again
The Seahawks are slowly developing into Wilson's top forms. They responded to the Packers' quick score with their own methodological drive. Russell Wilson conducted 79 yards in 12 games and threw Tyler Lockett a seven-yard touchdown to keep the crowd at Green Bay calm at the end of the third quarter. (Packers 28, Seahawks 17, 0:39 left in the third quarter)
January 12, 2020 at 8:42 pm EST
Aaron Rodgers throws another TD
Reports of Aaron Rodgers' sharp decline seem exaggerated. The Packers quarterback put a cent on former Seahawk Jimmy Graham to score a 27-yard finish for an important third-down game. A few moments later, he shot a bullet at Davante Adams, who then started a 40-yard touchdown. The Seahawks could have a fight, but the Packers don't leave it unanswered. (Packers 28, Seahawks 10, 7:09 left in the third quarter)
January 12, 2020 at 8:36 pm EST
Seahawks scores TD at the start of the second half
If the Seahawks want to make a comeback, if they want to keep their season alive, they need the best quarterback Russell Wilson. He was on the opening half of the second half, marching 69 meters in 10 games with his team and turning a crucial fourth down into the wide receiver Tyler Lockette with a game action pass. Marshawn Lynch scored a one-yard score to take Green Bay in the lead. (Packers 21, Seahawks 10, 9:44 left in the third quarter)
January 12, 2020 at 8:12 pm EST
Packers lead, 21-3, at halftime
Seattle is in serious trouble and no one should be surprised. The Seahawks haven't scored a touchdown at Lambeau Field in the first half since Russell Wilson became the team's quarterback in 2012. The team has not won here since 1999.
The Seahawks are making it harder for themselves by not being able to stop the Packers' offensive as they have little impact on their defenses after a few games from defenders Jadeveon Clowney and security Bradley McDougald. Green Bay relied on one of the better first halves of Aaron Rodgers and a number of offensive weapons that recipient Davante Adams highlighted and Aaron Jones brought back.
The Seahawks not only have to stop the packers and give the go-ahead themselves, but also have to overcome a double-digit deficit for the fourth time this year to keep their season alive. (Packers 21, Seahawks 3, half time)
January 12, 2020 at 8:05 p.m. EST
Aaron Jones rushes to another Packers TD
The Packers' offensive this season was as diverse and dangerous on this trip as any team. The team mixed game calls, Aaron Rodgers washed up to a bevy of receivers and Aaron Jones stayed smooth on long runs. Jones interrupted chewing with 11 games and 46 yards with a touchdown run of one yard. (Packers 21, Seahawks 3, leaving 1:30 in the second quarter)
January 12, 2020 at 7:47 pm EST
Seahawks miss a field goal
The Seahawks, who almost single-handedly brought Packers to a standstill before linebacker Za’Darius Smith, were forced to try a field goal of 50 yards to bring them back to a single-digit figure after a journey from eight games to 50 yards. Jason Myers pushed the attempt to the right and Seattle was only a few minutes behind in the first half by 11 points. (Packers 14, Seahawks 3, 5:43 left in the second quarter)
January 12, 2020 at 7:37 pm EST
Green Bay extends leadership with TD run
The story of the game: The Packers brought the ball to their best playmaker, Davante Adams. The wide receiver caught five balls for 78 yards – three for 44 alone on this drive – and achieved the end result by pulling a defensive pass disturbance on second and length. The Seahawks fought for a goal line, stopped two runs, and forced Rodgers to throw them away after targeting Adams. Still, the Packers rushed forward and Aaron Jones broke the plane when he landed a meter. (Packers 14, Seahawks 3, 9:49 left in the second quarter)
January 12, 2020 at 7:22 pm EST
Seahawks took the lead from Packers with a field goal
The Seahawks were lucky that the first part of their journey was not intercepted. Packers Corner Kevin King dropped it and Seattle took advantage. Russell Wilson hit Tyler Lockett for 28 yards so the Seahawks stayed within range of the field even after stalling the ride. Jason Myers scored a 45 meter field goal for his team's first points. (Packers 7, Seahawks 3, 0:28 left in the first quarter)
January 12, 2020 at 7:02 pm EST
Fumble replay regulation is beneficial for Seattle
The Seahawks wanted to walk down the field and score a goal themselves, but Jacob Hollister started the first game after Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander's goal to turn him over. The referees decided not to be fiddly, but Green Bay challenged. Then they said Hollister fiddled, but there was no clear evidence of a recovery in Green Bay.
Lambeau Field, already electrified, howled when the replay of the video showed a Packers player emerging from the stack with the ball in hand. Seattle would sting sometime.
After being released, Green Bay's Za’Darius Smith informed him that he was not selected for the Pro Bowl and revealed a shirt under his leotard that said “Snubbed”. (Packers 7, Seahawks 0, 8:03 left in the first quarter)
January 12, 2020 at 6:51 pm EST
The packers strike first
The Green Bay packers are usually aggressive towards short and second. They like to attack like any other team in the league. But after Aaron Jones finished 2nd and 3rd, the Packers needed a big win for a first loss. They chose everything instead. Davante Adams won the outside individual reporting, grabbed Aaron Rodgers' floating pass, and jogged to the end zone for the game's first touchdown. (Packers 7, Seahawks 0, 10:37 left in the first quarter)