Seattle Seahawks center Justin Britt was in a terrific mood after Thursday night?s 27-24 win over the Green Bay Packers. The Seahawks were called for four false starts in the first 21 minutes of the game with three of the four false starts coming from the offensive line. After George Fant was called for their fourth false start six minutes into the second quarter, Britt made an immediate beeline toward head referee Tony Corrente to say that the Packers were simulating their offensive line calls along their defensive front.
Whether it was failing to mount a challenge against Tyler Lockett?s ?catch,? giving budding star Aaron Jones only six touches in the second half, some adventurous timeout management or the decision to punt 4th and 2 on Green Bay?s final possession, McCarthy?s detractors had plenty to point to as the Packers lost 27-24 and fell to 4-5-1. For many, no moment symbolized what McCarthy cost the Packers more than that decision to not go for it on 4th and 2. Armed with one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history in Aaron Rodgers and needing only two yards, McCarthy instead placed his faith in a defense that had given up 147 yards in the Seahawks? previous two possessions.
Tight end Jimmy Graham left Thursday night?s game early with an injury, and NFL Network?s Ian Rapoport said Friday that he has a broken thumb. There?s no initial word on how much time Graham might miss, but it seems fair to assume Graham will miss some games or at the very least be affected trying to catch the ball. The Packers lost to Seattle on Thursday night to slip to 4-5-1.
Packers head coach Mike McCarthy?s decision to punt on fourth-and-two while down three points with 4:20 left to play in Thursday night?s loss to the Seahawks began being second-guessed even before the Seahawks were able to run out the clock. Veteran Packers cornerback Tramon Williams said after the game that he thought the best thing to do was leave the team?s fate in the hands of Aaron Rodgers rather than Russell Wilson. ?I want to go for it,? Williams said, via Michael Silver of NFL Media.
Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson have faced off in a few memorable games in Seattle, from the ''Fail Mary'' to an unforgettable NFC championship game that sent the Seahawks to their second straight Super Bowl. For the fifth straight regular season - and the seventh time overall since 2012 - Green Bay and Seattle will meet again on Thursday night, but this time it's positioning in a jumbled NFC playoff picture at stake. Washington, New Orleans, Chicago and the Los Angeles Rams are the division leaders in the NFC, leaving a pile of seven teams - including Seattle and Green Bay - within a couple of games of each other likely competing for the two wild-card spots.
Both the Packers and Seahawks came into this season with legitimate playoff aspirations, but the loser of tonight?s game will have a very uphill climb to the playoffs. With six games to go, they?d have a very hard time catching both the 6-3 Bears and the 5-3-1 Vikings in the NFC North. The Bears and Vikings play on Sunday night, and the winner of that game will be the favorite in the division.
Signs pointed to the Packers moving wide receiver Trevor Davis to the active roster this week and the team officially made the move on Thursday afternoon. Davis hits the roster in time to play against the Seahawks on Thursday night. Randall Cobb has been ruled out for the game, so he will join Davante Adams, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Equanimeous St. Brown and J'Mon Moore on the roster.
Well, that didn?t take long.
Only 1:14 into the game, and the Packers lead 7-0.
On the first play from scrimmage, Chris Carson fumbled. Linebacker Clay Matthews got credit for forcing the fumble, but it appeared Blake Martinez got his helmet on the
The Green Bay Packers ruled out safety Raven Greene from returning to Thursday night?s game against the Seattle Seahawks. Additionally, defensive tackle Mike Daniels is questionable to return with a foot injury. The Packers came into Thursday?s game depleted already as cornerback Kevin King, wide receiver Randall Cobb, safety Kentrell Brice and linebacker Nick Perry all did not make the trip.
Packers linebacker Clay Matthews grabbed the bottom of Rashaad Penny?s jersey in the backfield. Penny limped off after the run and has not returned yet, but he had heavy black tape over his left ankle. The Seahawks got a 10-yard Chris Carson run on fourth-and-one at the Green Bay 29, but they ended up settling for the field goal anyway.
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