Russell Wilson started slow but finished strong as the Seahawks quarterback got hot in the fourth quarter in front of his home crowd and carried Seattle to a 27-24 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night. When they ultimately miss the playoffs, it will be for the second straight season and for the first time when Rodgers has been "fully healthy" since he originally took over the starting duties in 2008.
All five of Seattle's losses have been by seven points for fewer.
Mike McCarthy chose to punt the ball back to the Seattle Seahawks on a fourth-and-two from their own 33 with 4:20 left to go in the game.
Seattle is one of only two National Football League teams (Tennessee is the other) with more rushing attempts than passing attempts this season. Green Bay would have needed a stop either way, so they could have turned the ball over on downs and then held Seattle to a field goal, still giving the ball back to Aaron Rodgers in a one-possession game.
Wilson threw for 225 yards on the night but his most important pass was a 15-yard dart to Ed Dickson with 5:08 left that pushed the Seahawks past the Pack for good.
It seems too often the Green Bay Packers have not given Aaron Rodgers a chance to win the game because he never gets the ball back and Tramon Williams is frustrated.