GREEN BAY, United States: Aaron Rodgers threw for two touchdowns on Sunday (Monday in Manila) to lead the Green Bay Packers to a 27-17 victory in an NFL grudge match against the Seattle Seahawks.
The win won’t erase the bitter memories of Green Bay’s shock defeat in last year’s National Conference title game—when Green Bay blew a 12-point lead in the final four minutes to miss out on a Super Bowl berth.
But it gave the Packers a distinct early-season edge as they took their record to 2-0 while the Seahawks fell to 0-2.
“We’ve got to keep this thing rolling,” said Rodgers, while also warning against reading too much into the win.
“It’s the second game of the year. We’re not going to make a big deal about it, because we’ve got 14 left and then hopefully the playoffs.
“But it’s a good win for us,” added Rodgers, who completed 25 of 33 passes for 249 yards. “Great opponent, great fourth quarter for us.”
Green Bay seized a quick 10-0 lead on the way to a 13-3 halftime advantage.
But Seattle responded, opening the second half with back-to-back touchdowns to grab a 17-13 lead.
Green Bay cut the gap to 17-16 with a field goal late in the third and in the fourth Rodgers completed eight of eight passes in a touchdown drive capped by a short laser to Richard Rodgers in the end zone.
The quarterback found his namesake receiver again for a two-point conversion that made it 24-17.
On Seattle’s ensuing possession, Green Bay’s Jayrone Elliott made a one-handed interception of a pass from Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, and the Packers took advantage of the turnover to score a field goal.
“I was just trying to make a play,” said Elliott, who also forced a fumble. “We needed some energy in the stadium, so I just tried to be an energy guy.”