Packers storm past Seahawks 27-17
Green Bay's ailing quarterback ran for a touchdown early, then threw two scoring passes in the second half to perhaps save the Packers' season in a 27-10 victory over Seattle on Sunday that ended a three-game slide.
Seattle paid for having to start No. 3 quarterback Charlie Frye. It looked inept on offense while dropping to 1-4 — the equal of the St. Louis Rams at the bottom of the NFC West the Seahawks have ruled the last four seasons. Seattle was last 1-4 in 2002, its most recent losing season.
Rodgers, again starting despite a sprained throwing shoulder, was 21-for-30 with 208 yards as Green Bay (3-3) won for the 10th time in 13 road games.
Frye completed 12 of 23 passes for just 83 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions for the Seahawks, who lost for the second time in three home games. They entered the season an NFC-best 42-14 at home since 2001.
Rodgers found Greg Jennings, the NFL's leader in yards receiving entering Sunday, for a 45-yard touchdown that gave the Packers their first lead, 17-10 in the third quarter. Jennings beat Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Trufant for his fourth touchdown of the season.
While the Seahawks sputtered trying to throw with Frye, the Packers took command with a 15-play, 84-yard march. Rodgers was 3-for-3 converting third-down passes on the drive, which ended with a 1-yard touchdown throw to John Kuhn.
Seattle, with three-time Pro Bowl quarterback Matt Hasselbeck out with a sore knee and backup Seneca Wallace out with a calf injury, had just 85 yards of offense at that point. Many of the usually rabid home fans were leaving a stadium that was no louder than a high-school field.
The exits became clogged when Charles Woodson intercepted Frye in Seahawks territory, setting up Mason Crosby's clinching 51-yard field goal with 8:41 left.
Frye started for the first time since the 2007 opener, when he was with Cleveland. The Browns benched him in the first half of that dreadful 34-7 home loss to Pittsburgh. Two days after that, Frye became the first Week 1 starter traded immediately after the opener since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970.
Sunday, he became the latest reason Mike Holmgren's 10th and final season as Seattle's coach is becoming a nightmare.
The Packers ended a 13-play, seven-minute drive with a tying touchdown just before halftime on a 1-yard sneak by Rodgers, making it 10-10. That was after Rodgers scrambled and found Donald Driver for a 9-yard gain to the 2 on third-and-9.
Frye had given Seattle a 10-3 lead midway through the second quarter with his first touchdown pass since Dec. 3, 2006. It was set up by Julian Peterson sacking Rodgers and forcing a fumble Rocky Bernard recovered at the Packers 32. After T.J. Duckett ran 9 yards on fourth-and-1, Frye pulled up on a bootleg with linebacker Brady Poppinga in his face and threw 6 yards to John Carlson for the rookie's first career TD reception.
The injuries to Hasselbeck and Wallace forced Holmgren, a maestro of the passing game, to call 18 runs in the first 24 plays. The last one was a 51-yard gain by Julius Jones to begin the second half that was nullified by Mike Wahle being called for holding Johnny Jolly.
The game changed decisively in Green Bay's favor after Holmgren called passes on five of six plays on the next two drives without getting a first down.