Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks 9/4/14 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Seahawks 36, Packers 16
September 4, 2014
Last night, we got our first taste of the 2014 NFL season with a battle between two of the league’s elite squads when “Thursday Night Football” opened up. The Green Bay Packers started out their season with the unenviable task of heading to Seattle to face the defending champion Seahawks and their notoriously riotous home crowd.
It was a chance for both teams to open with a solid win and set the tone for what should be two of the most competitive divisions in football this season. Let’s break down the numbers and storylines from this one and see why things played out the way they did. We’ll also take a peek ahead to see what’s in store for both teams.
What Happened: Though the Packers held on through the first half and kept things interesting early, this really was no contest. The Seahawks reasserted their dominance by manhandling one of the NFC’s elite teams en route to their 36-16 victory.
The Packers started things out with a heavy dose of Eddie Lacy, but couldn’t really get him going in the end. Some inopportune mistakes and penalties early kept the Seattle drives alive and led to an early field goal, but Green Bay responded with a John Kuhn touchdown to make it 7-3 after one quarter.
That’s where the Pack stalled out, as their offense couldn’t get going in response to a Russell Wilson pass TD and a Marshawn Lynch score that made it 17-10 Seahawks heading into the break.
Things didn’t get much better after the half, as the Seahawks defense added a safety to a field goal for the only scoring of the period.
After a Lynch touchdown in the fourth, the Packers showed some late life with a Randall Cobb touchdown, but it would be cosmetic as Wilson posted another touchdown pass on the other end.
The loss shows Green Bay that they’ve certainly got some things to work on, and also that Seattle isn’t going to be suffering from the Super Bowl hangover.
USA TODAY Sports
The Stars: Lynch was the big star here, posting 110 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 20 rush attempts (and one reception for 14 more). Also, it was something of a coming-out party for Percy Harvin, who posted four rushes for 41 yards and seven receptions for 59 yards. He’s going to be scary this season if he can stay healthy.
On the other side, there wasn’t much to get excited about. Jordy Nelson had a solid game with 83 yards, but was unable to find the end zone. Much of that is credit to Seattle’s incredible defense, however.
The Goats: In the face of the Seattle D, the Packers couldn’t get much going at all. Rodgers posted 189 yards, one touchdown and one interception in an uncharacteristic statistical performance. The rush game wasn’t much better, with Jonathan Starks and Eddie Lacy combining for 71 yards on 19 carries.
Injuries: The big injury story here is Lacy, who left during the fourth quarter to be evaluated for a concussion. The good news here is that he’s got a long off-week to try and get healthy. That said, head injuries are tricky things, so he could be out indefinitely. OT Bryan Bulaga also had a sprained knee in the first half.
Outlook: Seattle will hit the road and take on another up-tempo offense in the San Diego Chargers. That game’s at 4:05 ET Sunday on FOX.
As for the Packers, they’ll host the incoming Jets at 4:25 PM ET on CBS.
For the latest article updates, follow Andrew on Twitter @SCPAndrew.