Seahawks dominate Packers in season opener
(Reuters) - The Seattle Seahawks gave an early indication of how tough it will be to replace them as Super Bowl champions with a dominant 36-16 win over the Green Bay Packers as the new NFL season kicked off on Thursday.
A suffocating defence, methodical offence and an electrifying home crowd was once again the winning formula for the Seahawks.
Marshawn Lynch rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns, quarterback Russell Wilson threw for two more, and Seattle's defence squeezed the life out of Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers and his offence.
"We don’t change for anybody. (The Packers are) a dynamic offence but it says a lot about us that we could shut them down,” Seahawks safety Earl Thomas told reporters.
"This was the first championship game out of the way, now it’s on to number two. Every week is a championship game."
After crushing the Denver Broncos 43-8 to win the Super Bowl in February, the Seahawks are vying to become the first back-to-back champions since New England in the 2003 and 2004 seasons.
The Packers took a 7-3 lead through the first quarter, but Seattle’s Wilson tossed a 33-yard touchdown to Ricardo Lockette in the second to move ahead.
Seattle's Lynch scored his first touchdown to give the hosts a 17-10 lead at halftime before the Seahawks added a field goal and a safety in the third quarter to go up 22-10.
Lynch’s second score of the night made it 29-10 early in the fourth. Continued...