The damage was done. In took two minor defensive failures for the Packers to score.
1-10-SEA 15 (12:43) 25-R.Grant left tackle to SEA 13 for 2 yards (57-D.Hawthorne).
Craig Terrill and Will Herring make this play for Seattle. Hawthorne tackles.
Green Bay is a in a fullhouse backfield, but instead of a "T", the quarterback, both fullbacks (left and right) and running back make a diamond shape. Terrill stacks and sheds. This stalls the run. Herring swoops down and neutralizes the right fullback. This give Hawthorne a lane to move into and tackle Grant.
2-8-SEA 13 (12:05) (Shotgun) 12-A.Rodgers pass incomplete short right to 88-J.Finley (79-R.Bryant).
Jermichael Finley is open but Red Bryant tips and the pass errs right incomplete.
3-8-SEA 13 (12:01) (Shotgun) 12-A.Rodgers pass short left to 88-J.Finley to SEA 1 for 12 yards (21-K.Jennings).
Finley is split wide on the left.
Three wide receivers are split out on the right.
Kelly Jennings is playing off coverage. One could argue that Jennings is a less than ideal matchup against Finley, but the failure occurs because Jennings is a beat slow in his break. Finley runs up the left sideline and curls in at the first down marker. Jennings needs to read this and be on Finley like ads on Field Gulls editorial content. Instead, he missteps back and is just a fraction of a second late. He's close enough to swat at Finley's hands, but Finley puts the vice grip on the ball and then bullies into Jennings for an extra four yards.
1-1-SEA 1 (11:20) 12-A.Rodgers pass short right to 30-J.Kuhn for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN. WATCH HIGHLIGHT
Marcus Trufant picks up the right tight end and Will Herring is picked out of the play. The fullback streaks clean into the end zone.
Trufant and Herring could have switched assignments. That might have been best, but it would have cost Seattle run stopping ability. Hawthorne could have maybe broken on the play, but at the expense of defending the middle. Mostly, Herring needs to adjust his angle and not get caught with Trufant between him and his assignment.
Plays like this make me think there isn't a consistent way for a defense to bend but not break.