GREEN BAY – The preseason is over, cutdown day is looming, and the Packers of today made their case to be the Packers of next week here at Lambeau Field on Saturday.
The final score will read 19-15, the Packers defeating the Seattle Seahawks. But as we have all come to understand, records and scores are meaningless when the games don’t count.
Still, there was still some tape for players to put themselves on; either for the Packers coaching staff – or one of the other 31 teams around the NFL.
The starters began the game but gave way in short order, but not before quarterback Jordan Love found Christian Watson on a back shoulder throw in the end zone from six yards out for the game’s first touchdown on his third and final series.
Love finished the game 9-of-15 for 63 yards and one touchdown (91.8 passer rating). For the entire preseason his stat line was: 21-of-33 for 193 yards, 3 touchdowns and no interceptions. (109.8 passer rating).
Seattle first got on the board when Drew Lock found Jake Bobo for a 16-yard touchdown reception.
Near the end of the first half, rookie kicker Anders Carlson, who has been shaky in practice on his field goal attempts and missed a pair of extra points in Green Bay’s first preseason game in Cincinnati, blasted another long one through the uprights. His 57-yard field goal gave the Packers a 12-7 lead going into halftime.
In the second half, Seattle took the lead on an impressive 10-play, 89-yard drive capped by SaRoderick Tompson’s one-yard touchdown plunge. But Packers third-string signal caller Alex McGough engineered the two-minute drill to near perfection, highlighted by a 52-yard bomb to Jadakis Bonds down the left side. The winning score came on a Nate McCrary one-yard plunge that capped a nine-play, 75-yard drive that took 4:42 off the clock.
Packers players on the bubble will now have to wait until Tuesday to see if they made the initial 53-man roster.