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Packers Secure Postseason Bid In Thrashing Of Seahawks


There was some concern going into Sunday's game that the Green Bay Packers might suffer a letdown game in wake of last week's last second loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

It didn't take long for those questions to be answered as the Packers pummeled the Seattle Seahawks, 48-10. The win, combined with the New York Giants loss to the Carolina Panthers clinched a playoff spot for the Packers. Green Bay will be riding a wave of momentum into the postseason, having won six of their last seven games.

The Packer secondary, which was ripped to shreds last week against the Steelers, rebounded in a big way against the helpless Seahawks. Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck threw four interceptions and only completed 19 of his 37 pass attempts.

Linebacker A.J. Hawk came up with the first pick, after the ball slipped out of Hasselbeck's hands. The turnover set up the first Packer score of the game and set the tone for the day. Safety Atari Bigby had two picks and cornerback Jarrett Bush had one as well. The Packers are now plus-22 in turnover margin on the season.

The Green Bay offense scored early and often, including five times on the ground. Running back Ryan Grant rushed 16 times for 97 yards and two scores, including a 56 yarder in the second quarter. Brandon Jackson rushed for two touchdowns and caught another.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed 12-23 passes for 237 yards and a touchdown and was taken out late in the third quarter. Even backup quarterback Matt Flynn got in on the action, completing 4-6 passes for 36 yards and drawing a long pass interference penalty.

Even struggling kicker Mason Crosby was able to get the monkey off his back, making two field goals, including a 52 yarder in the 4th quarter which drew a large ovation from the Lambeau Field crowd.

The Packers will head to Arizona next week to take on the Cardinals, who they could end up playing in back-to-back weeks. How long head coach Mike McCarthy chooses to play the starters will be a topic of discussion all week.

Depending on how things shake out, the Packers could play the Cardinals, Minnesota, Philadelphia or Dallas in the wildcard round of the playoffs. All of those games would be on the road.

Green Bay has had its share of ups and downs throughout the season, with the loss to the winless (at the time) Buccaneers in week nine serving as a low point. But the team responded one week later, beating the Cowboys at home in a dominating 17-7 win.

The win against Dallas ignited a five-game win streak, and a six of seven stretch, which has the Packers flying high going into the final week of the regular season. By clinching the playoff berth Sunday, Green Bay has the option of resting some of its key players in the season finale.

The Packers have come a long way since their embarrassing loss in the hot Florida sun and now have the opportunity to reach the ultimate goal in the Superbowl. The road won't be easy, as they will more than likely have to play every game on the road, but it's been done before.


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