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- Both defenses played exceptionally well. Mike McCarthy and the Packers expertly exploited the Seahawks sub-par offensive line. Additionally, Pete Carroll’s offense did not have much time to try anything offensively.
- Mike McCarthy made a critical in-game adjustment in the second half. On offense, he went to a quicker, shorter passing game. The tempo improved and it kept the Seahawks defense on the field for most of the game.
- The key turning point in the game came in the third quarter. Ahead 3-0, Pete Carroll had the ball on his own 13 yard line and chose to try to throw on 3rd and 18, even though the Seahawks offensive line was being dominated. Instead of running the ball, punting, and relying on a defense that was shutting out the opposition, the Seahawks elected to push the limit. The Packers rush forced a fumble which it converted into a 7-3 lead which it never relinquished.
- It did not appear Pete Carroll made any key in-game adjustments on offense to better protect QB Wilson. The Seahawks ineffective line determined the outcome of this game.
- Mike McCarthy’s defensive game plan and use of his defensive personnel was very sound and effective.