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First-half wrapup

Post by News Tribune Staff on Oct. 12, 2008 at 2:37 pm with 6 Comments »
October 12, 2008 2:37 pm

Neither team is dominating in a first half that resembles a boxing match where both teams are trying to feel each other out. It seems as if both teams are trying to establish ball control, both doing a good job of mixing runs with passes.

The Packers tied the score at 10 in the final seconds of the half with a one-yard touchdown by Aaron Rodgers, who was stopped but never brought down, enabling him to reach the ball across the goalline. It capped a 13-play, 66-yard drive.

Compared to what it had been doing this season, Seattle’s defense is holding pretty steady. But here is the perfect example of what the coaches are talking about players not making plays. On a third and seven at the beginning of the Packers’ last drive, Lofa Tatupu knew what the play was. He went from the line of scrimmage to deep safety. And even though he knew where the ball was going, Rodgers still was able to complete a 19-yard pass to Donald Driver, which kept the drive alive and led to the game-tying touchdown.

Charlie Frye has looked pretty decent, making a couple of nice throws. The Seahawks are doing a good job with their running game, Julius Jones, Mo MOrris and T.J. Duckett all contributing. In a seemingly evenly matched game, the Seahawks need home-field advantage to play a factor in the second half.

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  1. The season hangs on 30 minutes of football in the 2nd half!

  2. nighthawk2 says:

    I’d like to know why there wasn’t a whistle that blew the play dead here, the dreaded “inadvertent” whistle on that play, because all the players stopped and then he reaches over. They’re saying there was no whistle that made everyone stop? Shades of Ben Roethlisberger here.

  3. seahawkbryce says:

    Not a bad 1st half. The offense is performing as expected. The defense could have done better, but they are keeping us in the game. They need to step up in the 2nd half now and win us this game.

  4. BrianBlades says:

    That play should not have been reviewable. He had to have been ruled down, and everything after that is moot…just ask Hochuli. If it had been outside two minutes, McCarthy would have been told he could not challenge a “ruled down” call – the booth can only review “challengable” calls. Not saying the D shouldn’t have stopped them, but don’t the Refs know their own rules?

    Also, the announcers said that Holmgren wants to “keep it close and win it in the 4th quarter”. Wow, if he really said that he is a king dumbass. Not shocking, but how isn’t that the definition of “playing not to lose” rather than “playing to win”. Kind of a problem we’ve had.

  5. MadSweeney42 says:

    Nighthawk, if you recall from the old coinflip playoff game there was a play when Green was stopped but not down and the ball was knocked out of his hand, Seattle recovered. The refs ruled that his forward progress was stopped and the play is dead when the ref decides it’s dead, not just when he gets the whistle to his mouth and blows it. I think it was quite clear that the HL ruled him down before the ball was stretched over. Right or not, they should’ve followed the ruling on the field which was down short of the endzone. Yet another bad call by the refs this year. At this rate I don’t know who will call the SB as most refs are grading pretty poorly this season.

  6. MechanicMan says:

    This team sucks from top to bottom! Game plan, play calling, effort, toughness, skill, depth, stamina, coaching, physical ability and on and on and on. It’s not going to get any better any time soon either. Jones and Wahle are over the hill, so is Hasselbeck. The entire receiving group is either old or can’t stay healthy. Defense is totally over rated. Holmgren should have quit or been fired three years ago, his play calling and clock management are worthless. secondary is Swiss chesse. Our season ended today and it will take years to rebuild this franchise. The time it takes to get a QB with actual skill trained that compete at a high level I’ll bet we are at least 4 years from another playoff game.

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