Seahawks send Green Bay packing

At times you had to rub your eyes and shake out the proverbial cobwebs, because the scene unfolding at Qwest Field on Monday night was almost out of a dream. Snow was falling, fans were cheering and at times the Seahawks appeared to be the offensive juggernaut that we've grown so used to since Mike Holmgren took over the team in 1999.

But it didn't look pretty early on as Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck, playing for the first time in four weeks after recovering from a right knee injury, was picked off three times in the first half which resulted in 14 Packers points.

Hasselbeck's first interception came when his second pass hit the helmet of DT Ryan Pickett and CB Charles Woodson was able to run under the deflection giving the Packers the ball at Seattle's 36.

Four plays later RB Ahman Green went over the left side of the line giving Green Bay a quick 7-0 lead.

Seattle was able to counter with three Josh Brown field goals – from 45, 41 and 37 – to take a 9-7 lead late into the second quarter until another turnover led to Green Bay's second touchdown.

Hasselbeck's third interception was taken in by Woodson at Seattle's 23, but after the Packers were unable to move the ball, DT Craig Terrill was able to knife through and block K Dave Raymer's 28-yard field goal attempt.

But Seattle quickly returned the favor by giving the ball right back to their guests.

Facing 2nd-and-8 at his own 39 following the two-minute warning, Hasselbeck dropped back to pass and was flushed to his right by DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila. Just as he was ready to throw, Gbaja-Biamila forced Hasselbeck to fumble and it was plucked out of the air by rookie LB Abdul Hodge who raced 29 yards for the touchdown.

Seattle was able to answer with a drive to the Green Bay 10 and they were able to add another Brown field goal, this one coming from 28 yards out, and the teams entered their locker rooms with the Packers up 14-12 at halftime.

While Hasselbeck struggled mightily in the first half, his receivers didn't help matters by dropping sure touchdown receptions or losing sight of the ball in the driving snowstorm. D.J. Hackett, Jerramy Stevens and Nate Burleson all had passes within their grasp in the endzone, but the ball fell to the ground every time.

When the Packers took the ball first in the second half, Packers QB Brett Favre, possibly facing his mentor Holmgren for the last time, conducted his best drive of the evening by taking his team on a five-play, 72 yard drive that ended when he hit a wide-open Donald Driver for a 48-yard touchdown.

On the play, Driver beat CB Kelly Herndon to the inside, caught a deep post-pattern and then outraced Herndon and S Ken Hamlin for the touchdown.

After the teams traded punts, Hasselbeck and RB Shaun Alexander took over going 62 yards in nine plays – helped by a questionable roughing-the-passer penalty – and ended when Hasselbeck hit Hackett with a beautifully thrown 23-yard touchdown pass.

Alexander finished the night with 40 carries for a season-high 201 yards and, more importantly, kept the chains moving the entire night allowing Seattle to finish with a 13 minute time of possession advantage.

On Seattle's next drive, Hasselbeck found WR Darrell Jackson, who had beaten Woodson in the back corner of the endzone for Seattle's second touchdown of the night and then hit Stevens for the two-point conversion to make the score 27-21 with Seattle in the lead.

Green Bay answered with a field goal of their own, a 34-yarder from Raymer, but then Seattle was able to march it down again going 51 yards in 11 plays as Hasselbeck hit Stevens in the back of the endzone for a three-yard score, putting Seattle ahead for good 34-24.

On the night, Hasselbeck finished 17 of 36 for 157 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions, while Favre completed 22 of 36 for 266 yards, but had one touchdown and three picks (by Herndon, CB Kelly Jennings and CB Marcus Trufant) of his own.

Seattle now goes to 7-4 and has a solid two-game lead on the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC West. Next week they travel to Denver to face the Broncos on Sunday Night Football in a rematch of their old AFC West rivalry.

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