Seahawks dominate Green Bay 36-16 to begin 2014
SEATTLE (AP) — The Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks started the new NFL season the way they finished 2013, with a convincing blowout win, beating Green Bay 36-16 on Thursday.
Marshawn Lynch rushed for 110 yards and a pair of touchdowns, Percy Harvin had 100 combined yards rushing and receiving, and the Seahawks defense stymied Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ up-tempo offense.
The Seahawks unveiled the first Super Bowl banner in franchise history during a brief pregame ceremony and then began the process of trying to be the first team in a decade to repeat.
Their effort against the Packers — a popular pick to contend in the NFC — will only reinforce the belief Seattle is still the favorite.
“We got a few more weapons on offense, a lot of guys are more experienced,” Harvin said. “The guys on defense, Kam (Chancellor) and Earl (Thomas), just have another year of experience.”
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was outstanding in the first half, including a 33-yard touchdown pass to Ricardo Lockette. Harvin got touches as a receiver, running back and returner. He was used all over the field in different formations after never being fully healthy in his first season with Seattle.
Wilson finished 19 of 28 for 191 yards passing.
And Lynch was at his best. Pete Carroll said earlier this week that Lynch appeared in the best shape of his career, and it showed. Lynch averaged 5.5 yards per carry and topped 100 yards for the 20th time in the regular season since joining the Seahawks in 2010.
Lynch barreled through a trio of Packers for the TD with 3:41 left before halftime to give the Seahawks a 17-10 lead and added a second TD run on the first play of the fourth quarter.
Seattle had 207 yards rushing as a team and won for the 18th time in its past 20 regular season home games. Harvin finished with 11 offensive touches including four rushes for 41 yards.
″‘Lord have mercy, we have Percy,’ that’s what I always say,” Wilson said. “He is a great player, plays so hard, pushes the other receivers and players and they have a great relationship.”
Rodgers finished 23 of 33 for 189 yards and was isolated to one side of the field. Trying avoid Seattle’s ace cornerback Richard Sherman, he instead looked almost exclusively for Jordy Nelson matched up against Byron Maxwell. Nelson did have nine receptions, but Maxwell came up with a third-quarter interception.
But Seattle’s defense did its part. They sacked Rodgers three times, taking advantage of a knee injury suffered by right tackle Bryan Bulaga in the second quarter. His replacement Derek Sherrod, gave up a fourth-down sack.
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