A fast start. A close game up for grabs in the fourth quarter. Crucial mistakes. A loss.
In the last month, it’s been a familiar script for tough losses on the road for the Green Bay Packers.
The latest version came Thursday night at CenturyLink Field in Seattle—a house of horrors for the Packers in the past—in a 27-24 loss that severely crippled Green Bay’s playoff chances.
The 4-5-1 Packers now trail the 6-3 Chicago Bears and 5-3-1 Minnesota Vikings in the NFC North division race. The Vikings face the Bears in Chicago Sunday night.
Green Bay started fast, recovering a fumble and taking a 7-0 lead at the start. They led 14-3 after one quarter and 21-17 at the half and at the end of three quarters.
This time, it was Russell Wilson and the Seahawks with the fourth-quarter heroics, scoring 10 points as the Packers could only muster three points.
“We’ve lost too many games like this—that’s the most frustrating thing,” quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. “We’ve had a chance in almost all our road games—especially against the Rams and the Patriots and again tonight. We’re right there. But we just can’t get it done.”
“It’s not a must-win for the Packers in Seattle,” said former Chicago head coach Mike Ditka. “But there isn’t much room for error and their road doesn’t get any easier.”
After a “mini-bye,” Green Bay travels to Minnesota a week from Sunday.
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