Green Bay topples Seattle in opener

2017-09-12 02:24:36 GMT2017-09-12 10:24:36(Beijing Time) Agencies

AARON Rodgers threw for a touchdown and 311 yards as the Green Bay Packers opened their National Football League season with a 17-9 victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

Rodgers led the offense but the Packers also put on an impressive showing on defense, shutting down star quarterback Russell Wilson in Sunday’s marquee matchup.

“This really started with our defense,” Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy said. “It starts on the line of scrimmage. We were in the backfield a bunch.”

Wilson was limited to 158 yards on 14-of-27 passing as the Seahawks managed only 12 first downs and totaled just 225 yards.

Rodgers clinched the victory with a 26-yard bootleg pass to tight end Martellus Bennett just prior to the 2-minute warning.

The only negative for Rodgers was seeing his regular-season streak of passes without an interception come to an end at 251. The streak was the second-longest in team history behind Bart Starr’s 294 passes in 1964.

Ty Montgomery rushed for 54 yards and a touchdown on offense for the Packers, but they couldn’t have done it without a staunch effort from their defense.

The Packers limited Seattle to 12 first downs, three-of-12 third-down conversions and 225 total yards, and Green Bay had an 18:26 edge in time of possession.

Green Bay has beaten Seattle each of the past three seasons at Lambeau Field.

Elsewhere, Derek Carr threw two TD passes and Giorgio Tavecchio kicked four field goals in his NFL debut as the Oakland Raiders beat the hosts Tennessee Titans 26-16.

In his first game since breaking his leg on Christmas Eve against Indianapolis, Carr completed 22 of 32 passes for 262 yards.

Tavecchio converted a pair of 52-yard field goals after hitting a 20-yarder on the second quarter’s first play.

Like Carr, Titans QB Marcus Mariota was also playing his first game since suffering a broken leg on the same day but against a different team.

He scored a TD and completed 25 of 41 passes for 256 yards. Mariota rushed for his TD, a 10-yarder with 6:58 left in the first quarter.

In Cleveland, Ben Roethlisberger threw two TD passes to tight end Jesse James as the Pittsburgh Steelers edged the Cleveland Browns 21-18.

Roethlisberger completed 24 of 36 passes for 263 yards. Antonio Brown caught 11 passes for 182 yards while James finished with six catches for 41 yards.

Elsewhere, it was: Lions 35, Cardinals 23; Eagles 30, Redskins 17; Cowboys 19, Giants 3; Falcons 23, Bears 17; Ravens 20, Bengals 0; Jaguars 29, Texans 7; Bills 21, Jets 12; Rams 46, Colts 9; and Panthers 23, 49ers 3.

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