The Seattle Seahawks defeated the Green Bay Packers, 14-12, on a controversial last-second touchdown on Monday night, and the ending will be hotly debated in the weeks to come. Lost in all that debate will be how well the Seattle defense performed against one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.
Danny Kelly, of SB Nation's Field Gulls, understands the ending was botched, but the dominating performance by the Seahawks front-four has him excited:
Outside of the final hail-mary debacle, the Seahawks' defense was the real story of the game, for me. Seattle's attacking pass rush sacked Aaron Rodgers eight times in the first half and had him pressed on nearly every play. Chris Clemons played out of his gourde on the outside, grabbing a ridiculous four sacks, four quarterback hits, and four tackles for a loss; Brandon Mebane was unblockable on the inside, racking up two sacks and three quarterback hits, and rookie Bruce Irvin added two sacks and three quarterback hits.
The Seattle defense held the Packers to just 268 yards on a meager 3.9 yards per play. Aaron Rodgers was under siege for most of the night, and could get nothing going down the field, leading to just 5.7 yards per pass attempt. Factor in the sacks and Rodgers' scrambling efforts, and the Packers gained just 201 net yards on 49 dropbacks.
It was an outstanding effort by the defense and that will have Seahawks fans excited about their chances going forward. With the win, the Seahawks move to 2-1 and look to contend in a challenging NFC West.