Both teams have blossomed into perennial Super Bowl contenders -- each possessing suffocating home-field advantages and star quarterbacks -- and with that success, the rivalry has only grown.
It’s a new decade, but not much has changed. The Seahawks and Packers are set to square off in yet another pivotal playoff game on Sunday in the divisional round. The two teams have played some unforgettable games, with plenty of unlikely finishes. Both teams have become perennial Super Bowl contenders over the years — each possessing suffocating home-field advantages and star quarterbacks — and with that success, the rivalry has only grown.
The Seahawks are 9-13 all-time against the Packers, most recently beating Green Bay in Seattle 27-24 last season on Thursday Night Football. With Russell Wilson at quarterback, Seattle is 4-3 against the Packers, but have yet to beat Green Bay on the road. The Seahawks enter Sunday’s divisional round as 4-point underdogs.
Before Sunday’s playoff tilt, we decided to take a trip down memory lane, looking at the top games and moments between the Seahawks and Packers. Will this weekend bring another instant classic?
Jan. 4, 2004: “We want the ball and we’re gonna score”
This one will live in infamy, and for all the wrong reasons for Seahawks fans. In the 2004 NFC wild-card round of the playoffs, the Seahaws and Packers went to overtime tied at 27. Before the current overtime rules, the first team to score won. That’s why Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck was a little overly confident when the Seahawks won the coin toss and elected to take the ball. The referee’s mic caught Hasselbeck proclaiming, “We want the ball, and we’re gonna score.”
Well, Hasselbeck was almost right. The Seahawks took the ball, but it was Green Bay who scored off a pick-six to end the game. Ouch.
Nov. 27, 2006: Shaun Alexander returns to MVP form on Monday Night Football
After missing six games because of a broken foot, reigning MVP Shaun Alexander returned to action in a prime-time matchup on Monday Night Football. Alexander didn’t miss a beat, rumbling to a season-high 201 yards against the Packers as the Seahawks ousted Green Bay in snowy Seattle, 34-24.
Jan. 12, 2008: Packers 42, Seahawks 20 (NFC divisional playoffs)
In what turned out to be a fairly forgettable playoff game, the Seahawks were thumped by the Packers at Lambeau Field. Brett Favre and company picked apart the Seahawks’ secondary en route to a 42-20 win. Shaun Alexander mustered just 20 yards on nine carries, and the Seahawks offense managed just 6 points over the final three quarters.
Dec. 27, 2009: Seahawks thumped in Green Bay
Seahawks fans surely don’t have fond memories of the most recent time their team ventured to Wisconsin. The Packers rolled all over Seattle with a 48-10 win in this 2009 game, pushing the Seahawks to a 5-10 record in coach Jim Mora’s only season in Seattle. Matt Hasselbeck threw four interceptions, and the Packers even let a guy by the name of Matt Flynn take reps in place of Aaron Rodgers.
Sept. 24, 2012: Seahawks stun Packers with Hail Mary on Monday Night Football
Does this one even need an explanation? In the words of Mike Tirico, it was “one of the craziest finishes you’ll EVER see.” With the Seahawks trailing 12-7 and eight seconds remaining, Russell Wilson dropped back to the 40-yard line and lofted a ball to the left corner of the end zone. Catch? No Catch? That’s all been debated ad nauseam. What is clear, though, is that this game was one for the books.
Sept. 4, 2014: Seahawks open season with a bang
The Seahawks opened the 2014 with a convincing victory. On a night where all eyes were on Seattle, the Seahawks soared to a 36-16 win. Marshawn Lynch rushed for 110 yards, Russell Wilson threw for two touchdowns, and Percy Harvin showed signs of what many thought would be a prosperous season in Seattle.
Nov. 15, 2018: Seahawks get a comeback win on Thursday Night Football
The Seahawks kept their playoff hopes alive with a November nail-biter at home against the Packers in 2018. Seattle trailed 14-3 at the end of the first quarter, but got a huge second quarter out of Russell Wilson, who went 10-11 to lead the Hawks to two touchdowns and a 17-14 lead. Rodgers and Co. weren’t done, though, as Green Bay battled back in the second half and led 24-20 with 8:27 left. Then came Wilson once again, who said “let’s go win” in the huddle. That’s exactly what they did. Wilson led another magical come-from-behind drive in the fourth quarter, sealing a win with a TD pass to tight end Ed Dickson to go up 27-24. The win got Seattle back to .500 (5-5) on the season and helped fuel an eventual run to the playoffs.
Jan. 18, 2015: Seahawks rally for “miracle” comeback in NFC Championship Game
Before this matchup, it seemed impossible to imagine a Seahawks-Packers game ending in more jaw-dropping fashion than the Hail Mary toss to Golden Tate. The 2015 NFC Championship Game, in many ways, blew that out of the water. This one had everything from a punter (Jon Ryan) tossing a TD pass on a fake-field-goal attempt to the Seahawks recovering an on-side kick after the ball bounced off the chest of Packers’ Brandon Bostick. In what will go down as one of the greatest Seattle sports moments, the Seahawks rallied from a 12-point deficit with just under three minutes to play.