RUSHING OFFENSE: A-minus -- The Seahawks came out using eight-man fronts and the Packers ran into them anyway with their misdirection counter game. Ahman Green had another sensational game, carrying 27 times for 118 yards and two touchdowns. Left guard Mike Wahle and center Mike Flanagan worked well to the second level against linebacker. Tackle Kevin Barry, in as a second tight end in power situations, threw a couple devastating blocks.
PASS DEFENSE: B -- Matt Hasselbeck hit 23 of 39 passes for 225 yards but only had two go for 20 yards or more. Cornerbacks Al Harris and Mike McKenzie were their usual confident, aggressive selves keeping a good receiving corps (Koren Robinson, Darrell Jackson and Bobby Engram) in check. Nickel back Bhawoh Jue and McKenzie each broke up sure touchdown passes in the end zone. The only interception in the game was made by S Darren Sharper, who read Hasselbeck's eyes and made a Pro Bowl type of pick.
RUSH DEFENSE: D -- If the score had been closer there's good reason to think the Seahawks would have surpassed 200 yards on the ground. As it was, they had 23 carries for 128 yards, including 102 in 20 carries by Shaun Alexander. The Packers are weak at the point of attack, both in the defensive line and at linebacker. NT Rod Walker plays high too often, NT Gilbert Brown is in and out of the lineup and DT Cletidus Hunt is up and down.
SPECIAL TEAMS: C -- Ryan Longwell's kickoffs were their usual pedestrian selves. Josh Bidwell's two punts were shaky. Return man Antonio Chatman was OK. The coverage was pretty good.
COACHING: A -- Offensive coordinator Tom Rossley put together his most memorable game plan since Week 5 in 2001 against Baltimore. The Seattle defense coached by Ray Rhodes might have been competitive if this had been the CFL and he had three downs to get the Packers off the field. Everything worked because the design and execution were exceptional. Mike Sherman really put it to his mentor, Mike Holmgren.