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Packers sink Seahawks 17-9 in opener

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Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane was ejected during the first quarter of Seattle's 17-9 loss to Green Bay on Sunday after "punching" wide receiver Davante Adams.

The Packers defense also set up the first touchdown of the game in the third quarter and with the Seattle offense ineffective, the Green Bay offense then wore down the Seahawks to tack on 10 more points and pull away.

The first quarter looked more like the 17th quarter of the pre-season.

Driving from their 17 to the Seattle 39, Rodgers threw a quick, short pass to his right but defensive end Nazair Jones snatched the pass and took off 76 yards for an apparent touchdown but Cliff Avril was called for an illegal block in the back against a frantic Rodgers trying to chase down the play.

Another trip back to Wisconsin for Seattle's Russell Wilson turned into a dud.

That's when Mike Daniels took over the game.

Green Bay called two timeouts to try to get the ball back as the drive started.

Outside linebacker Nick Perry also had a stellar game, contributing 1.5 sacks as well and was stout against the run throughout the game.

Especially when a lineman such as Daniels beats guard Luke Joeckel to force Wilson to fumble. Montgomery's touchdown gave the Packers the lead, a lead they didn't relinquish. Wilson then found a huge void in the middle of the field and ran for 29 yards.

Seattle had only 25 yards on 18 plays until moving 74 yards on the final eight plays of the half as its offensive line was often overwhelmed by Green Bay's defensive front.

Nelson ran straight through what appeared to be a Seattle zone defense, and got behind everyone into the end zone to snag Rodgers' pass.

A 12-play, 53-yard drive that took up more than five minutes ended with Mason Crosby's 40-yard field goal with 8 minutes, 1 second left to make it a two-score game.

Green Bay, however, ran out the clock to defeat Seattle for the third consecutive year - all at Lambeau Field.

Martellus Bennett took exception and shoved Wright down well after the whistle resulting in a personal foul penalty.

"I thought our defense played at an extremely high level", Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said.

The numbers showed just how much the Packers dominated the line of scrimmage, outgaining Seattle 370-225, putting up 26 first downs to 12 and controlling the clock for 39:13 compared to 20:47 for the visitors. Aaron Rodgers had a passer rating of 147.4 when targeting Nelson on Sunday. Carroll, for one, will be eagerly awaiting the league's response following more further review.

Randall Cobb was the favorite target with 9 catches for 85 yards, a lot of them quick strikes from the slot or crossing the middle.

Earlier in the game, Nelson became the fourth receiver in Packers franchise history to reach 500 career receptions.

Ty Montgomery had 19 carries for 54, hard earned yards.

Seattle answered with a chip-shot field goal, with rookie running back Chris Carson's 30-yard run being the big play. The two produced all three of Green Bay's sacks and several of the tackles for losses against the Seahawks, who failed to score a touchdown. They held ultra-athletic tight end Jimmy Graham to just three catches for eight yards. "We're a fast-pursuing defense, and we're only going to get better".

There were four injuries reported after the game, Ahmad Brooks in his Green Bay debut left with a concussion in the first half.

The inactives were Josh Hawkins, Aaron Jones, Lenzy Pipkins, Lucas Patrick, Bryan Bulaga, Montravius Adams and Quinton Dial. The last time Packers fans had watched the Packers secondary in a meaningful game, they witnessed Green Bay's pass defense get ripped apart by the Atlanta Falcons in last season's NFC Championship game.

Seattle's offense, which did nearly nothing for the first 29 minutes of the half, struck for back-to-back big plays to take a 3-0 halftime lead.

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