SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle sacked Aaron Rodgers eight times and Russell Wilson connected with Golden Tate for a 41-yard touchdown pass and the Seahawks took a 7-0 lead over the Green Bay Packers after the first half Monday night.
The Seahawks kept the high-powered Packers offense searching for answers and picking their quarterback off the turf. Seattle hit Rodgers a lot more than the eight sacks.
Chris Clemons brought down Rodgers four times and Brandon Mebane and first-round draft pick Bruce Irvin both got to Rodgers twice. Irvin was causing havoc for Green Bay right tackle Bryan Bulaga in the first quarter, running around and through Bulaga for two sacks to halt drives.
The eight sacks in the first half tied the most Rodgers has ever been sacked in a game. He was sacked eight times by Minnesota in 2009. The record for most sacks in a game is 12, five times, most recently the New York Giants against Philadelphia in 2007. Seattle's team record is 11.
The Seahawks held Green Bay to 87 yards of offense in the first half. Rodgers was 12 of 15 for 86 yards.
An unnecessary roughness call on D.J. Smith after a run by Seattle's Marshawn Lynch moved the ball into Green Bay territory and the Seahawks immediately took a shot at the end zone. Tate ran a double-move that beat cornerback Tramon Williams and Wilson dropped the pass in over the top to give Seattle the first score of the game.
Seattle' opening possession stalled after a false start penalty against Russell Okung moved the Seahawks into a third-and-long that they were unable to convert.
The Seahawks rode Lynch to shift field position in their favor early on. Lynch hammered away for gains for 8 yards, 6 and 6 and Wilson was 3 for 6 on the drive to push into Green Bay territory. Seattle was forced to punt and backed up the Packers to their own 1-yard line where the punt was downed by Ben Obomanu.
Green Bay was able to get out of danger but the drive stalled after an illegal hands to the face penalty on Josh Sitton backed up the Packers again. Irvin ran around Bulaga for his second sack of Rodgers.
Lynch provided the bulk of Seattle's first-half offense with 71 yards on 16 carries. Wilson was 5 of 10 for 69 yards and a touchdown in the first half.