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Seahawks’ sacks, Russell Wilson pass define the first half

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Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers can hardly drop back to pass without ending up on his back. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has had one big pass. And that’s the story of the first half on Monday Night Football.

Rodgers has been under relentless pressure from Seattle’s front, sometimes because of breakdowns on the Packers’ offensive line and sometimes because Rodgers himself hasn’t done a good job of avoiding the rush, and the Seahawks have sacked him a whopping eight times. Chris Clemons already has four sacks, while rookie first-round draft pick Bruce Irvin has two, and defensive tackle Brandon Mebane has two of his own. The Packers’ offense hasn’t been able to do anything.

The Seahawks’ offense hasn’t done a lot either, but in the second quarter Wilson heaved a long ball to receiver Golden Tate, who reeled it in for a 41-yard touchdown catch. That’s the only scoring so far in the game, and Seattle leads 7-0.

And if the Packers can’t do a better job of protecting Rodgers, seven points is all the Seahawks will need.

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78 Responses to “Seahawks’ sacks, Russell Wilson pass define the first half”
  1. skoobyfl says: Sep 24, 2012 10:02 PM

    Clemson with 4 sacks in one half ?? Anybody think to send a RB out there for a chip or two ?

  2. contra74 says: Sep 24, 2012 10:02 PM

    8 sacks and counting. The Packers pathetic o line is risking Rodgers health with every snap. He will be lucky to finish this game if this keeps up.

  3. tiredofyoureferringtoateamaswe says: Sep 24, 2012 10:03 PM

    Wow. Seahawks have some “D.” Hope the Pack can figure this one out.

  4. jh500 says: Sep 24, 2012 10:04 PM

    Rodgers is clearly holding onto the ball too long.

    With Vick or Cutler, they hold onto the ball too long. Rodgers, it’s the offensive line!

  5. obiyohnkanobi says: Sep 24, 2012 10:04 PM

    “Lol” – Jay Cutler

  6. mrplow3 says: Sep 24, 2012 10:06 PM

    Barring injury, when its all said and done, Russel Wilson will top Flutie as the greatest shrimp qb of all time!

  7. Uncle Charlie says: Sep 24, 2012 10:06 PM

    The Peckers might as well have turnstiles for both of their lines. Olay muchachos.

  8. aaronitout says: Sep 24, 2012 10:09 PM

    Don’t forget about Seattle’s pass blocking philosophy – Tackle the pass rushers as they run by you….TD should have never happened if the refs call the BLATANT tackle of CMIII on the play before.

    Other than that,
    Packers offense looks like a high school team right now. Ok, maybe that’s too much, junior high team.

  9. sixjak says: Sep 24, 2012 10:09 PM

    NFC West = NFC Best?

  10. ososrule says: Sep 24, 2012 10:09 PM

    8 Sacks on Rodgers at halftime, that’s what Green Bay fans get for acting with no class last week about Cutler! It stings….. what goes around, comes around.

  11. bantry1234 says: Sep 24, 2012 10:11 PM

    And if it were Jay Cutler who’d been sacked 8 times you’d write a two-thousand word essay on how terrible he was. Here, nothing. So you guys think Aaron Rodgers has nice looking glutes or something?

  12. brewdogg says: Sep 24, 2012 10:11 PM

    @ Uncle Charlie

    Olay? Are you telling them that they have dry skin? I’m sure they appreciate your concern, but it’s not really something that men suggest to each other.

  13. gtodriver says: Sep 24, 2012 10:11 PM

    I heard that Rodgers is opening up a grocery store in Green Bay and needed a bunch of “sacks” for the bakery departments new specialty- “cheesy turnovers”….

    Seriously, that’s a lot of abuse he’s taking out there.

    That’s what happens when the defense doesn’t have to respect the run.

  14. geniusfan says: Sep 24, 2012 10:12 PM

    Rodgers has been mediocre since his loss to the Chiefs last year. His play has been on a comparable level to guys like Flacco, Vick, and Cutler (well maybe not Cutler but you get the point) this isn’t surprising anymore.

    I don’t know what happened that day at Arrowhead but since then the Packers offense has been bad.

    Man what about the NFC West though? Last week we all though the 49ers were far and away the best team in the NFL, now I’m not even sure they are the second best team in their own division.

  15. wludford says: Sep 24, 2012 10:14 PM

    Hmmm. 8 sacks in one half. Maybe the Packers front office outta take a look at another position on offense during the off-season besides WR or TE. The rate that Rodgers is going down, won’t be long before they get to see their trusted backup QB in action, too. Talk about flying without a net.

  16. theysone says: Sep 24, 2012 10:15 PM

    How about that…Aaron Rogers looks like crap when he has no time to throw.

    Take note 49er fan Alex Smith haters…

  17. wberg21 says: Sep 24, 2012 10:17 PM

    That piped in extra crowd noise paying off tonight…

  18. drew05 says: Sep 24, 2012 10:18 PM

    If this was my (1st place) Eagles…

    It’d be the coaches fault…the gameplan is terrible…he’s holding the ball too long!

    Fire Mike McCarthy! He’s Terrible!

  19. Kreedos says: Sep 24, 2012 10:20 PM

    As a Cards fan a Seahawks loss would be nice but it is good to see a NFC West team beat up on an out of division foe.

  20. imaginesuperbowlwin says: Sep 24, 2012 10:21 PM

    Erin better do a discount triple check on his o-line.

  21. Uncle Charlie says: Sep 24, 2012 10:21 PM

    LOL yeah I can’t believe I F’ed that one so bad. Olay for the GB muchachas, not muchachos.

  22. dannythebisforbeast says: Sep 24, 2012 10:27 PM

    Unlike Andy Reid. McCarthy adjusted at half time and started to run the ball to slow down the rush.

  23. blacknole08 says: Sep 24, 2012 10:31 PM

    Told Packers fans earlier that this defense is underrated. You are baring witness to it now.

  24. warewolf94 says: Sep 24, 2012 10:31 PM

    Offensive Lines in general around the NFL seemed to struggle this week

  25. nupicasso says: Sep 24, 2012 10:31 PM

    “bantry1234 says:
    Sep 24, 2012 10:11 PM
    And if it were Jay Cutler who’d been sacked 8 times you’d write a two-thousand word essay on how terrible he was. Here, nothing. So you guys think Aaron Rodgers has nice looking glutes or something?”

    The difference is the Cutler would have thrown 5 picks by now. That’s the difference.

  26. thejuddstir says: Sep 24, 2012 10:33 PM

    Are there fans of any of the other 31 teams who like packer fans ? Packer fans are about as obnoxious as they come (packer fans….i know a 9 letter word has you scrambling for your dictionarys)

  27. goldrush36 says: Sep 24, 2012 10:34 PM

    I think it is becoming increasingly clear….

    NFCW> NFCN > NFCE

  28. freedomispopular says: Sep 24, 2012 10:46 PM

    Aaron, just don’t openly criticize your O-line’s crappy play or else everyone in the sports world will vilify you can talk about how crappy of a leader you are.

  29. beerbudsnbevo says: Sep 24, 2012 10:49 PM

    Hawks D is Legit

  30. thetokyosandblaster says: Sep 24, 2012 10:55 PM

    Rodgers IS holding the ball too long.

    The Packers o-line IS looking bad.

    Contra IS inbred.

  31. andrewfbrowne says: Sep 24, 2012 10:55 PM

    Wow, it is almost an act of hubris by Packers that they are not doing any of the things that you do to slow down a pass rush, draws and screens, keeping a back in to chip, and heaven forbid, but you run the ball. I mean why, this is two out of three weeks now that this same thing has happened.

  32. davikes says: Sep 24, 2012 11:00 PM

    Did Rogers bump any of his oline-men? Or were they too far away by the time he got up?

  33. mrcogburn says: Sep 24, 2012 11:06 PM

    The MNF crew makes me envy the deaf and the blind.

  34. joey49er says: Sep 24, 2012 11:10 PM

    Wilson sucks ….what has he done ???

  35. conormacleod says: Sep 24, 2012 11:19 PM

    Don’t worry, the officials let the Packers back in the game.

  36. joey49er says: Sep 24, 2012 11:19 PM

    wilson = punt punt punt punt punt lol lol!!
    hey i think sigletary is ur oc run run run punt! lol
    how can they take this team seriously??

  37. thetokyosandblaster says: Sep 24, 2012 11:23 PM

    Wow. Another gift to the Seahawks. If the Packers DO win, they’re going to the Super Bowl. This is crazy.

  38. oblongsphere says: Sep 24, 2012 11:24 PM

    Roughing the passer? Wow…… Brutal, just brutal calls by the refs tonight both ways.

  39. oblongsphere says: Sep 24, 2012 11:27 PM

    How is that on Shields? These refs have decided this game. Thanks Commish!!!!!!!!!!

  40. gnarlesbarkley says: Sep 24, 2012 11:27 PM

    These officials are the worst I have ever seen.

  41. gnarlesbarkley says: Sep 24, 2012 11:28 PM

    So many terrabull calls. NFL office has to do something NOW!!

  42. sabatimus says: Sep 24, 2012 11:28 PM

    Tirico just said about the refs: “It’s making it hard to watch. Every game.” If Tirico has an opinion, it MUST be bad.

  43. gnarlesbarkley says: Sep 24, 2012 11:30 PM

    Shame on Roger Goodell. What integrity does the game have now?

  44. Canned Heat says: Sep 24, 2012 11:36 PM

    Tell me again how good these refs are after the absolute f job these hacks have screwed this Packers team, hate them or not. This is the biggest black eye I have seen yet.

  45. dkhhuey says: Sep 24, 2012 11:37 PM

    This endless droning on about the referees has got to f@#$ing stop! My god, I thought last night with Chris Collingsworth ridiculous criticisms was bad enough to cause me to grab a shiv and stick it in my ears – Gruden is coming close to that now.

    Enough of blaming the refs – you can pull any film from the last five seasons and find just as many bad calls as you do with the replacement refs. Yes, there are issues about the difference in rules but that will fade with each game. I think I’ll watch the remaining games with the sound completely off!

  46. joey49er says: Sep 24, 2012 11:38 PM

    Wow i feel sorry for u greenbay fans the refs did every thing they could to give seattle the win !!!lol
    dont worry the niners have a running game

  47. photoguy13 says: Sep 24, 2012 11:43 PM

    Substitute refs are doing their best to give this to the Seahawks.

  48. sabatimus says: Sep 24, 2012 11:46 PM

    BHAAHAHAAHAHAHAA simultaneous possession on a hail mary!

  49. joey49er says: Sep 24, 2012 11:49 PM

    packers got robbed

  50. cliffclavicle says: Sep 24, 2012 11:50 PM

    And there you go, the NFL’s credibility is officially shot. Nice call, refs.

  51. gnarlesbarkley says: Sep 24, 2012 11:50 PM

    These officials are the worst!!

  52. ripster65 says: Sep 24, 2012 11:51 PM

    game over. NOW, can we say that the replacements have directly given away a game? No offense to ‘Hawks fans, but REALLY?!?!?!?

  53. beerbudsnbevo says: Sep 24, 2012 11:51 PM

    Wow the Packers just got robbed on National TV…

    And to believe that they confirmed it with instant replay….

  54. guitarrebel says: Sep 24, 2012 11:51 PM

    What a crazy finish!!!

  55. bspurloc says: Sep 24, 2012 11:51 PM

    the NFL has lost all credibility

  56. smasher99 says: Sep 24, 2012 11:51 PM

    OMG!!!! What a joke!!!

  57. theysone says: Sep 24, 2012 11:51 PM

    Well, the SCABS just cost a team a game.

    1) Missed the offensive PI on the hail mary, in which #37 of the Packers was blatantly pushed to the ground.

    2) #43 of the Packers clearly had control of the ball in the end zone.

    Unbelievable.

    OUTRAGEOUS! Heads need to roll.

  58. romoscollarbone says: Sep 24, 2012 11:52 PM

    BOYCOTT THE NFL! WHAT WAS THAT UTTER NONSENSE? THAT WAS NOT SHARED POSSESSION.

  59. smasher99 says: Sep 24, 2012 11:52 PM

    This season is clearly a wash… these ref’s are changing the game.

  60. aljack88 says: Sep 24, 2012 11:53 PM

    well, looks like the home town homies have scared the crap out of these make believe refs again.

  61. tiredofyoureferringtoateamaswe says: Sep 24, 2012 11:54 PM

    WOW!!! Congrats Seahawks for having the refs gift you the game. You lost and you know it. GB got taken by the refs. Rediculous.

  62. stevenfbrackett says: Sep 24, 2012 11:54 PM

    Well, the incompetent replacements have finally done it – they changed the outcome of a game by botching an obvious call and then confirm the error.

    Disgusting.

  63. eventhorizon04 says: Sep 24, 2012 11:54 PM

    Referees just handed the game to the Seahawks

  64. franklinandbashandflorio says: Sep 24, 2012 11:55 PM

    Biggest joke of any game this season. Green Bay should have won and I loathe the Packers.

  65. bolzenthal says: Sep 24, 2012 11:55 PM

    FIRE THE REFS AND FIRE GOODALL!
    FIRE THE REFS AND FIRE GOODALL!
    We the fans pay to see this crap. I’ve supported the exceptions of the replacements until this. This is ridiculous. Now it’s costing games because of the lousy calls, and completely unmistakable reviews and they still don’t get it right. Worst year of Football in NFL History

  66. fafaflunky says: Sep 24, 2012 11:57 PM

    Wtf bring back thee refs green bay got robbed

  67. monkeyjuice313 says: Sep 24, 2012 11:57 PM

    joey49er says:
    Sep 24, 2012 11:10 PM
    Wilson sucks ….what has he done ???

    He’s a professional troll in a sports blog…oh wait a minute.

  68. joey49er says: Sep 24, 2012 11:57 PM

    Well i was wrong the refs finally gave it to the seahawks

  69. sabatimus says: Sep 24, 2012 11:57 PM

    I have NEVER seen anything so farcical and idiotic in my entire life. Not even close.

  70. lionsplayoffs says: Sep 24, 2012 11:57 PM

    I am a Lions fan, therefore I’ve seen a ton of screw jobs, but that was absolutely the worst one I’ve ever seen. I’m sorry Packer fans, that was horrid.

  71. sullijo1 says: Sep 24, 2012 11:58 PM

    Packers fans,

    Join our referee h$ll. Sorry.

    Love,

    Denver Broncos fans

  72. tobiasjodter says: Sep 24, 2012 11:59 PM

    This is the biggest travesty I have ever witnessed.

    A 100% clear interception is ruled a TD?

    It is a freaking insult.

    Not much more to say.

  73. mrcogburn says: Sep 24, 2012 11:59 PM

    Have the boys at PFT hit the sack?! MNF had kinda a spectacular finish tonight. Newsworthy, one might say. Hello? Mike? Anyone?

  74. castleofcheese says: Sep 25, 2012 12:00 AM

    I’m never one to blame refs, but we got f-ing screwed. Complete BS. Enjoy your BS win Seattle.

  75. garza0080 says: Sep 25, 2012 12:00 AM

    If you saw the end of the Monday night game you would know that you have to get this situation resolved, Packers clearly got robed. That was not a Touchdown! Seattle does not deserve that win. Let me ask you a question what if that was a championship game? the winner would not deserve the trophy. Owners if your team lost because of a BS Call would you pay the refs? Pay them after the fact, after losing the ring or the championship. How embarrassing lose a championship over a bad call ridiculous this lock out must be fixed ASAP. Clearly a bad call.

  76. swagger52 says: Sep 25, 2012 12:12 AM

    In case you thought this ending never happened before with the real refs..You know the union paid-off refs…In 1999 in the favor of surprise the Patriots..

    Stop complaining…this has happened before with the paid-off Refs….Surprise the last time in favor of the Patriots…in 1999

    Several Bills claimed one said “just give it to them” (referring to first down yardage) in the huddle. Television instant replays showed that he was short of first down yardage, but the NFL had discontinued use of instant replay the previous season. This was followed by a questionable pass interference call made in the end zone on what would have been the game’s final play. Bledsoe hit Ben Coates for a touchdown on the final untimed play of the game. In protest, the Bills left the field and let the Patriots kicker Adam Vinateri walk in for a meaningless two-point conversion. Doug Flutie, then the Bills’ quarterback, later quipped “They gave them the game, we figured we might as well give them the extra point.”

    I will take the replacements anytime. Obviously, it is difficult to call a game, but at least they don’t throw the games.

  77. iluvbears says: Sep 25, 2012 7:14 AM

    Maybe if the Packers OL had played better & their coaching decisions had been smarter earlier in the game, they wouldn’t be belly aching this morning about a blown call at the end of the game and blaming the replacement refs for their loss. If they are as good as everyone likes to think they are, they would have had a big enough lead over the Seahawks where the last second TD catch wouldn’t have beaten them. C’est La Vie.

  78. marycochrane says: Sep 25, 2012 10:39 AM

    Here’s what Tate told an AP reporter earlier:

    Asked later if he got his hands on Wilson’s pass first, Tate wasn’t so sure.

    “I think so. … Oh, well maybe he did. But I took it from him,” Tate said.

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