Pack is back: Green Bay routs Seahawks
GREEN BAY, Wis. — A hobbled Aaron Rodgers passed for 246 yards and three touchdowns and the Green Bay Packers routed the Seattle Seahawks 38-10 on Sunday.
Seattle's Russell Wilson threw a career-high five interceptions and the Packers (7-6) won their third straight game to keep their playoff hopes alive.
They're two games back of first-place Detroit in the NFC North, but play division opponents in the last three weeks of the season.
Green Bay gained 330 yards in Seattle's first game without former All-Pro safety Earl Thomas, who is out for the season with a broken leg.
Rodgers set the tone on the opening drive after connecting with receiver Davante Adams on a perfectly-thrown pass down the right sideline for a 66-yard touchdown. Cornerback Jeremy Lane slipped on the play.
Rodgers, who is already playing with a sore left hamstring, said he also hurt his right calf on that play. He finished 18 of 23 and left in the fourth quarter with his team leading by 25.
"Aaron's a great player. Frankly, he spoils us all," coach Mike McCarthy said.
The Packers also took advantage with touchdown drives after two other interceptions.
Wilson finished 22 of 39 for 240 yards and a touchdown. Two interceptions came off passes that deflected off receivers' hands, including one that caromed off Doug Baldwin's helmet to cornerback Damarious Randall.
It was a stunning turn for Seattle a week after blowing out Carolina 40-7. The Seahawks missed out on a chance to clinch the NFC West following Arizona's loss to Miami earlier Sunday.
"This is such a rare occurrence for our team," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. "It's just something at this time we have to push behind us and get going."
Green Bay had a 21-3 lead at halftime, reminiscent of the way the Packers built big leads on opponents in recent dominant seasons.
"Obviously it makes a difference. It means we're being successful, we're scoring points," receiver Jordy Nelson said. "We saw what happens when our defense can play with a lead."
The Packers needed this confidence-builder against a playoff contender. They look nothing like the team that suffered back-to-back blowout losses at Tennessee and Washington a few weeks ago.