December 27, 2009 in Sports

Lambeau flop

Packers hand Seahawks near-record defeat
Danny O'Neil The Seattle Times
 

GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Sea

hawks took the field in one of the

league’s most legendary stadiums

Sunday, and put on a nearly historic

performance.

Historically awful that is, requir

ing a record book to show just how

bad Seattle’s 48-10 loss to the Green

Bay Packers at Lambeau Field truly

was.

The Packers’ 48 points were the

most scored by any Seattle op

ponent since November 1983, and

the 38-point margin of defeat

matched the second-largest in the

Seahawks’ 33 seasons. Only a

fourth-quarter touchdown pass to

tight end John Carlson prevented

the Seahawks from suffering the in

dignity of the franchise’s largest

loss ever.

And on a day when Matt Hassel

beck became the franchise’s lead

ing passer, he was intercepted four

times in a game for the first time

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since Dec. 20, 2009. Oh, wait – that

was just last week’s double-digit

loss to Tampa Bay.

With all the double-digit dust

ings Seattle has suffered this sea

son, it’s hard to keep them all

straight.

Seattle has lost 10 times this sea

son, and nine of those defeats have

been by more than 10 points. After

one more rout, what’s left to say?

“You can almost give it any adjec

tive, really” receiver T.J. Housh

mandzadeh said. “It’s terrible. It’s

embarrassing. … It’s unbelievable.”

Well, that about covers the of

fense, which was held to a single

touchdown for the second consecu

tive week. Hasselbeck was picked

off the first two times Seattle

crossed midfield, negating scoring

chances and leaving Seattle’s de

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fense to swim upstream.

Hasselbeck’s first interception

was returned 29 yards by Green

Bay linebacker A.J. Hawk and set

up the Packers’ first touchdown

four plays later. The second came in

the end zone, with Seattle threaten

ing to cut into the Packers’ 14-0

lead. Green Bay lineman Johnny

Jolly tipped a ball intended for

Houshmandzadeh, and safety Atari

Bigby picked it off.

Seattle had outgained Green Bay

to that point, yet trailed by double

digits. When the Seahawks finally

scored on Olindo Mare’s 28-yard

field goal midway through the se

cond quarter, the Packers an

swered by scoring on their next six

possessions, a run of 34 consecutive

points in a span of 29 minutes. Dur

ing that time, the Seahawks offense

gained a total of four first downs,

threw two interceptions and

crossed midfield only once.

“They’re all very distinct in my

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mind. It’s an awful feeling

every time,” defensive end

Patrick Kerney said after

seeing his team outscored

106-24 in the past three

games. “There’s not much

more to say about it.”

Packers running back

Brandon Jackson had

never scored more than a

single touchdown in a

game in his three NFL

seasons. He scored three

times Sunday. Running

back Ryan Grant scored

twice, and his 56-yard run

was the third-longest

ground gain against Seat

tle this season.

Even 32-year-old Ah

man Green, 10 years re

moved from his last game

as a Seahawk, scored on a

6-yard run with 6:39 left

in the game.

That made the score

48-3, leaving Seattle in

danger of surpassing the

worst loss in franchise

history – 51-7 in Dallas on

Nov. 27, 1980.

They avoided that his

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toric lowpoint when Carl

son made a 16-yard touch

down catch with 4:15 left.

 Packers 48, Seahawks 10

Seattle 0 3 0 7 — 10

Green Bay 14 10 14 10 — 48

GB—Jackson 13 pass from Rodgers (Crosby

kick)

GB—Grant 3 run (Crosby kick)

Sea—FG Mare 28

GB—Grant 56 run (Crosby kick)

GB—FG Crosby 29

GB—Jackson 6 run (Crosby kick)

GB—Jackson 4 run (Crosby kick)

GB—FG Crosby 52

GB—Green 6 run (Crosby kick)

Sea—Carlson 16 pass from Hasselbeck

(Mare kick)

Sea GB

First downs 17 20

Total Net Yards 291 417

Rushes-yards 29-115 32-153

Passing 176 264

Punt Returns 1-20 0-0

Kickoff Returns 7-142 3-68

Interceptions Ret. 0-0 4-32

Comp-Att-Int 19-37-4 16-29-0

Sacked-Yds Lost 3-22 1-9

Punts 4-47.8 4-41.0

Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-0

Penalties-Yards 8-86 5-50

Time of Poss 27:46 32:14

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING—Seattle, Forsett 14-70, J.Jones

14-39, Hasselbeck 1-6. Green Bay, Grant 16-97,

Green 8-29, Jackson 5-20, Rodgers 1-9, Flynn

2-(minus 2).

PASSING—Seattle, Hasselbeck 19-37-4-

198. Green Bay, Rodgers 12-23-0-237, Flynn 4-

6-0-36.

RECEIVING—Seattle, J.Jones 6-51, Branch

5-53, Houshmandzadeh 4-51, Carlson 2-24,

Butler 1-15, Forsett 1-4. Green Bay, Jennings 4-

111, Finley 3-80, Driver 3-33, Jackson 3-19, Nel

son 1-17, Hall 1-7, J.Jones 1-6.

MISSED FIELD GOALS—None.


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