GREEN BAY, Wis. — Green Bay defensive lineman Mike Daniels' strip sack of Russell Wilson deep in Seattle territory in the third quarter set up Ty Montgomery's 6-yard touchdown run on the next play to spark the Packers' 17-9 win Sunday.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was 28-of-42 for 311 yards and added a 32-yard touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson to make it an eight-point game late in the third quarter. "These are the kind of wins you're thankful for come December and January," Rodgers said.
Rodgers' regular-season streak of passes without an interception ended at a career-high 251. The Seahawks defense, reinforced by the return of safety Earl Thomas, bottled up receivers from making many big plays and put plenty of pressure on Rodgers.
But the Packers started denting Seattle with runs or quick passes in the second half, chewing up clock in the process. A 12-play, 53-yard drive that took up more than 5 minutes ended with Mason Crosby's 40-yard field goal with 8:01 left to make it a two-score game.
Green Bay's defense had an even better debut, especially considering how maligned the Packers were against the pass last season.
Seattle managed just three field goals. Wilson was held to 14 of 27 passing for 158 yards.
"The key to the game was our defense," Rodgers said. "The defense plays like that, we're going to be tough to beat."
Seattle defensive end Michael Bennett, who last week accused Las Vegas police of using racially motivated excessive force against him in an altercation last month, sat on the bench again during the national anthem. On the Packers sideline, his brother Martellus, a tight end, stood but raised his right fist in the air.