SEATTLE — The ceremony was brief, lasting less than 10 minutes. The Seattle Seahawks celebrated the accomplishment of winning their first Super Bowl title last season, unveiling the championship banner and giving their fans one more opportunity to savor the feat.
Then it was over, and the process of trying to repeat started in impressive fashion with a 36-16 romp over Green Bay on the night of Sept. 4.
Marshawn Lynch ran for 110 yards and two touchdowns, Percy Harvin had 100 combined yards rushing and receiving, and the Seahawks dominated Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.
Their effort against the Green Bay — a popular pick to contend in the NFC — will only reinforce the belief Seattle is still the favorite in the conference.
“We got a lot of playmakers just looking to get the ball,” Harvin said. “Every time we get a chance, we’re definitely looking to make the most of it.”
Wilson was outstanding in the first half, including a 33-yard touchdown pass to Ricardo Lockette, and added a 15-yard TD pass to Derrick Coleman in the fourth quarter. Wilson finished 19 of 28 for 191 yards.
Rodgers struggled as the Packers were held to 255 total yards, the third-fewest for Green Bay since the start of the 2012 season.
Rodgers was 23 of 33 for 189 yards and was isolated to one side of the field. He looked almost exclusively for Jordy Nelson matched up against Byron Maxwell and never threw in Richard Sherman’s direction.
“I think that you get wake-up calls and then you get drill-sergeant-kick-you-out-the-bed calls and I think we just got kicked out the bed onto a cement floor, and it hurt,” Green Bay defensive lineman Mike Daniels said.
(TIM BOOTH, AP Sports Writer)