Packers turn tables on Seahawks

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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.

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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.”

AFP

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