It wasn’t a perfect night, but close. It wasn’t even the blowout that many Green Bay Packer fans were hoping for or predicting. But for one evening, Packer Nation could revel in a measure of revenge from eight months earlier when their team gave away a 14th trip to the NFL championship game (fourth to the Super Bowl) following a painful loss against the Seattle Seahawks.

A record crowd of 78,433 at Lambeau Field and a national television audience watched as Green Bay got off to a frantic start, taking a 10-0 lead after the first quarter, then fidgeted through the third quarter as Seattle scored two quick touchdowns to lead by four, and then partied in the fourth as the Packers scored the next 14 points to claim a 27-17 victory over the stubborn Seahawks Sunday night.

It was the Packers first victory over the Seahawks since 2009, sandwiched around three difficult losses including last season’s NFC Championship meltdown in Seattle. More importantly, it gave Green Bay a 2-0 record while Seattle fell to 0-2, meaning that the Packers now have a three-game lead over the Seahawks and home field advantage should they meet again in the playoffs.

A 5-yard touchdown pass and two-point conversion from Aaron Rodgers to Richard Rodgers gave Green Bay the lead for good, 24-17, and the third field goal of the game by Mason Crosby, who became the Packers all-time leading scorer with 1,057 points, gave them a two-possession cushion.

But it was Jayrone Elliott and the defense that sealed the victory.

The undrafted, second-year outside linebacker made a one-handed interception of a short pass by Russell Wilson to set up Crosby’s final field goal, then in the final minute punched the ball loose from back Fred Jackson and Micah Hyde recovered to end the Seahawks hope for another miracle comeback.

For three of the quarters, in fact, the Packers defense was stellar.

They limited Marshawn Lynch, who had racked up 365 yards rushing in the three previous meetings, to just 41 yards on 15 carries. Wilson passed for 205 yards and two touchdowns, and also ran 10 times for 78, but most of that came in the third quarter as the Seahawks took the lead, 17-13.

But Aaron Rodgers again was clutch, recording his ninth career fourth-quarter comeback.

He completed his last eight passes and finished 25 of 33 for 249 yards, two TDs and no interceptions for the Packers 10th straight home victory counting playoff games. The Packers are 8-2 in home openers in the Mike McCarthy era.

If there was a sour note in the sweetest victory in several years by the Packers it was the injury suffered by Eddie Lacy, who rolled an ankle on his third carry of the game and did not return. His status for this week is uncertain. In his place, James Starks rushed for 95 yards on 20 carries.

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