It's NFL season again, and that means I am going to resume my Packers series history posts. What a game to start the season with, against the Seattle Seahawks. It is likely to be tough sledding, but let's delve into what has happened between these two teams in NFL play.
Overall, the Packers lead the all-time regular season series 8-6, but hold a 2-0 lead in postseason play.
The Seahawks entered the NFL in 1976 as a member of the NFC West, and they played a round-robin schedule against the Packers that year. The Packers beat Seattle in that first season, and would defeat the Seahawks again in 1978 and 1981 (after Seattle had switched to the AFC West in 1977).
Seattle then began defeating the Packers during the down years in the 80's, winning three in a row in 1984, 1987, and 1990. The Packers finally began to rebound and registered their first win in Seattle in 1996 by the score of 31-10. The 1999 game was a matchup of former Packer coach Mike Holmgren against the Packers, as Holmgren returned to Green Bay as the coach of the Seahawks. The Packers had trouble holding onto the ball, as Brett Favre threw four interceptions in a 27-7 loss.
The NFL realigned before the 2002 season, and Seattle was sent into the NFC West. In 2003, the Packers defeated the previously undefeated Seahawks, 35-13, midway through the season. This game saw five consecutive Green Bay drives end in touchdowns, and Seattle was unable to overcome this efficiency. The Wild-Card game in 2003, however, was among the most memorable games in the series. After going into overtime, Seahawks (and former Packers backup) quarterback Matt Hasselbeck famously said after winning the coin toss "We want the ball and we're going to score". His words proved true, as he threw the game-winning touchdown pass, but the receiver was Green Bay defensive back Al Harris, who ran the interception back for a touchdown.
The Packers ended their miserable 2005 season by beating the Seahawks and Lambeau but then lost in a snow squall in Seattle in 2006 by the score of 34-24. In 2007, the teams met for their second playoff game. Ryan Grant, in his first playoff start, fumbled twice in the first few minutes of the game, and the Seahawks scored touchdowns off both miscues to take a quick 14-0 lead. Grant, however, redeemed himself, rushing for 201 yards (a Packer playoff record) amid a heavy snowstorm that produced whiteout conditions midway through the third quarter. The Packers would prevail, 42-20.
In 2008 and 2009, the Packers defeated the Seahawks, first in Seattle in 2008 and then in Green Bay in 2009. The 2009 win clinched a playoff berth for the Packers.
In 2012, however, the series switched back to Seattle, in a game that will go down in infamy thanks to the replacement referees who were calling the game. The Packers struggled early but took a 12-7 lead in the fourth quarter. As the game wound down, the Seahawks mounted a drive, which was partially aided by several bizarre calls. The game ended in tremendous controversy, as what appeared to be an interception by Packers defensive back M.D. Jennings was overruled and Seattle had a highly-debated 14-12 win.
That's the series in a nutshell; what are your personal memories of the Packers playing the Seahawks?