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Kuhn still picked up 3. He had a boom­ing lead block on Chan­cel­lor, too, as the Pack­ers pre­vented the in­tim­ida­tor from caus­ing much harm.


What in heaven’s name was Mike Daniels’ think­ing on Wilson’s first in­ter­cep­tion? He wasn’t even in the game on his taunt­ing penalty that might have been the dif­fer­ence be­tween 7 points and 3. Daniels took it upon him­self to run 30 yards down the side­line to ha­rass RG J.R. Sweezy, who made a clean tackle. True, Sweezy is a cut­throat com­peti­tor, but there is no ex­cuse for such self­ish be­hav­ior. Aw­ful in Week 1, Daniels (50 of 70 snaps) was bet­ter against mas­sive LG James Car­pen­ter. He held his ground ad­e­quately, dis­en­gaged sev­eral times to col­lab­o­rate on drag­ging down Lynch and set up one of Mor­gan Bur­nett’s two sacks by beat­ing a dou­ble team. The Pack­ers played 13 snaps of 3-4, and for the first time in sev­eral months the starter at LE was Da­tone Jones (31) rather than Josh Boyd (17). Jones had two of the 17 missed tack­les by the de­fense, the same num­ber as in the opener. How­ever, he held the point re­spectably and did play hard. Boyd made back-to-back big plays to halt a sec­ond-quar­ter drive but wasn’t as stout in the sec­ond half. NT Letroy Guion (36) ap­peared to have prob­lems with the Sea­hawks’ run game, which is a thorny blend of mis­di­rec­tion and power. He looked in­de­ci­sive, started stand­ing up and got dis­placed too much.


Julius Pep­pers knocked backup RT Alvin Bai­ley off bal­ance for an easy early sack. He also knocked Sweezy on his back side for a knock­down and set up Bur­nett’s other sack by KO’ing Sweezy, who was gimpy. Of Pep­pers’ 56 snaps, 13 came as a de­fen­sive line­man when he moved to find the best matchup. In all, he had five of the Pack­ers’ 16 pres­sures. His split-sec­ond decision to put the stop sign on Bur­nett 4 yards into his in­ter­cep­tion re­turn was rash and wrong. Nick Perry (40) looked stiff and slow in space and was just OK as a rusher; he also was hard to block in the run game. Mike Neal (27 at LB, 11 at DL), Clay Matthews (29 at ILB, 24 at OLB), Sam Bar­ring­ton (ca­reer-high 69) and Perry each missed two tack­les as the LBs had 10 misses to­tal. Matthews was up and down. His only pres­sure came on a risky inside pres­sure against LT Rus­sell Okung when he not only flushed Wilson but had the burst to hunt him down for mi­nus-15. He also was guilty of a gra­tu­itous penalty against Wilson, but at least he went after peo­ple. Neal played fast. Named to re­place Brad Jones as the dime LB at week’s start, Bar­ring­ton kept strik­ing Lynch at the knees or be­low and get­ting him down. Lynch has caught just one long wheel route all sea­son. Bar­ring­ton went over the top to break up the first but then im­prop­erly went un­der­neath a pick and paid the price on the 26-yard re­cep­tion. Most of A.J. Hawk’s 17 snaps came when Matthews be­came ex­hausted late and had to leave. Be­cause Hawk worked to the A rather than the B gap, Lynch had an easy 24-yard TD through the B gap. Of course, when Hawk was in the right gap, it didn’t make any dif­fer­ence when he dived and missed on an 11-yard carry by Lynch.


Ha Ha Clin­ton-Dix (69) closed with two in­ter­cep­tions, in­clud­ing a one­handed snag of Wilson’s heave off deep-boot­leg ac­tion. He also pulled the trig­ger twice and brought Lynch down with sharp open-field tack­les. How­ever, he dropped a third in­ter­cep­tion right in his hands and then played patty-cake in­stead of break­ing up the 2-point pass that hung for 2.8 seconds. The decision by Bur­nett (70) to go down with block­ers and open field ahead will be talked about for a long time. Lynch had a 14-yard run be­cause of Bur­nett’s in­cor­rect run fit. Micah Hyde (57) was solid. Dime back Casey Hay­ward (25) was burned late by Doug Bald­win twice for 55 yards. Prob­a­bly the top CB was Sam Shields (65), who saw the take-off com­ing by Jer­maine Kearse and po­si­tioned him­self for the pick. Tra­mon Wil­liams also cov­ered well, set­ting up Clin­ton-Dix for one pick and blan­ket­ing Kearse on the deep route for the other. On Kearse’s win­ning TD, it’s dif­fi­cult to fault Wil­liams for any­thing in thank­less Cover 0 ex­cept not mak­ing the play.


Ma­son Crosby was the man. That 48-yarder through gust­ing wind to tie with 14 seconds left was stun­ning. He added another from 48 and boots from 40, 20 and 18. His seven kick­offs av­er­aged 72.1 yards and 3.91 hang time. Tim Masthay’s five-punt av­er­ages were 39.4 (gross), 35.2 (net) and 3.68.


On his flubbed on­side re­cov­ery, Bran­don Bo­stick left his feet but didn’t ex­tend his arms. Nel­son was right there, too, just wait­ing to catch it. Hawk was sta­tioned be­hind the FG block front for his ex­pe­ri­ence, not his ath­leti­cism. His mis­take — run­ning up on fourth and 10 when the punter couldn’t hurt the Pack­ers in­stead of stay­ing back on the man who could — prob­a­bly was as egre­gious as Bo­stick’s. Brad Jones beat the block of FS DeShawn Shead to strip Bald­win on a kick­off (Bur­nett re­cov­ered). Hyde re­turned a punt 29 after be­ing for­tu­nate to re­cover his fum­ble of a fair catch. Jar­rett Bush siz­zled in cov­er­age.

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