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. It helps that when the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers do battle in primetime, something weird usually happens.
Graham had suffered the injury when he was attempting to make a block that forced him out of the game and to be examined by the team. After starting 4-6, the Packers won eight straight games to win the NFC North and advance to conference title game, in which they fell to the Atlanta Falcons.
"We set a standard here the past 12 years and it's our responsibility to play to that standard", McCarthy told ESPN.
That was Green Bay's fourth NFC Championship Game appearance under McCarthy, who led the 2010 team to the Super Bowl XLV title and eight consecutive playoff berths before missing the postseason previous year, when Rodgers missed nine-plus games with a broken right collarbone. "Every individual on the inside, particularly the football team, we have a 2018 commitment, and that's all I've ever focused on". "I still believe we have a lot to play for". So much so that there is an increasing belief this could be McCarthy's past year on the Packers sideline, and the online sports betting site Betonline has released odds on the matter.
Green Bay's 25th ranked run defense was tasked with stopping the NFL's leading rushing offense.
It is not at is Seattle has been ineffective passing the ball, either. Rodgers was sacked five times, four of those in the second half.
"I know everybody knows me for running go routes and snagging touchdowns, but I think I've dedicated myself to the run, to being a part of that because I'm a tight end now", Graham said on Sunday. A loss would have likely proved too much to overcome with games remaining against Carolina, Minnesota and Kansas City.