Seattle loses a close one
All season, the Seattle Seahawks played close games, winning more often than not.
On Sunday at Green Bay, the host Packers held off a Seattle comeback, though, to stay alive in the quest for the Super Bowl.
Green Bay was outscored 20-7 in the second half, but beat the Seahawks 28-23 in an NFC divisional playoff game.
The Packers, which had a first-round playoff bye, will visit San Francisco next week for the NFC championship game (3:40 p.m. Sunday) against the 49ers.
Seattle fell to 8-2 on the road this season.
The Seahawks were coming off a 17-9 wild-card win at Philadelphia, but dropped to 1-10 all-time at Lambeau Field with nine consecutive losses there.
Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson slipped to 0-4 starting at Lambeau. He completed 21 of 31 for 277 yards and one touchdown, with no interceptions, and led Seattle in rushing with seven carries for 64 yards.
First-half drives of 75, 75 and 60 gave the Packers a 21-3 halftime lead.
Seattle had the ball late in the fourth quarter, but stalled just shy of midfield, punted and watched Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers throw for first downs on third-and-8 and third-and-9 and then run out the clock.
Rodgers was 16 of 27 passing for 243 yards and two TDs, with no interceptions.
Aaron Jones led Green Bay rushers with 21 carries for 62 yars and two TDs.
Tyler Lockett of Seattle had a game-high nine receptions for 136 yards and a touchdown.
Davante Adams of Green Bay caught eight passes for 160 yards and two TDs.
The temperature was 22 degrees at kickoff with light wind.
Green Bay took the opening kickoff and went 75 yards in eight plays, taking a 7-0 lead on a 20-yard pass on third-and-7 from Rodgers to Adams.
Seatle tight end Jacob Hollister, from Mountain View High in Bend, caught an 11-yard pass on the Seahawks' first play from scrimmage but fumbled when hit, but a review was unable to determine a defensive recovery. But the Seahawks were forced to punt.
Seattle went three-and-out on its next possession.
The Seahawks got the ball back at their 42 and a 28-yard completion to Lockett put the ball at the Green Bay 30. That led to a field goal from 45 yards by Jason Myers with 28 seconds left in the first quarter.
The Packers scored the next time they had the ball, going 75 yards again, this time in nine plays. Jones ran up the middle from the 1 on third-and-goal and was ruled to have hit the plane of the goal line with 9:49 left in the second quarter. That gave the Pack a 14-3 lead.
Myers missed a 50-ayrd field goal to the right four minutes later.
The Packers then marched 60 yards in 11 plays and took a 21-3 lead with 1:30 left in the half on another Jones run on third-and-goal from the 1.
The half ended on an incomplete Hail Mary from midfield by Wilson.
Seattle used up more than five minutes to score a touchdown at the start of the third quarter. Marshawn Lynch punched the ball into the end zone on a 1-yard run to cap a 10-play, 69-yard drive and get the Seahawks within 21-10.
But Rodgers and the Packers came right back, scoring a TD with 7:09 left in the third quarter on a 40-yard pass play from Rodgers to Adams for a 28-10 advantage.
Wilson led the Seahawks to another touchdown, finding Lockett on first-and-goal from the 7, and Myers' PAT cut the deficit to 28-17 with 39 seconds to play in the third quarter.
The Seattle defense held, and then the offense did it again, moving 79 yards in nine plays and scoring on Lynch's 1-yard power run. The Packers sacked Wilson on a two-point conversion, leaving the score at 28-23 for Green Bay with 9:33 to go.
A Green Bay punt gave Seattle the ball at its 23 with 4:54 remaining. A third-down sack forced the Seahawks to punt on fourth-and-11, and the Packers took over at their 20 on a touchback with 2:32 on the clock.
Rodgers hooked up with Adams on third-and-8 for 32 yards to the Seattle 46.
Then, with two minutes left, Rodgers found former Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham over the middle on third-and-9 for a first down to the Seattle 36.
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