Seattle shredded the Green Bay Packers 36 to 16.

 A fan cheers as the Seahawks take the field for their pre-game

A fan cheers as the Seahawks take the field for their pre-game practice. Photo by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren

The Seattle Seahawks began their 2014 regular season almost exactly as they concluded their last: with a blowout victory. The Hawks shredded the Green Bay Packers 36-16 in front of a packed Century Link crowd Thursday night. Check out our game highlights in our photo gallery, and don’t forget to look at our coverage of the pre-game festivities too!

Waiting for the game to begin just off field, a cheerleader laughs at something unexpected. Photo by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren

Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy gets stopped up by the Seattle defense. Photo by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren

Hawks’ cornerback Byron Maxwell picks off a Green Bay pass in the third quarter. Photo by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren

Fullback Derrick Coleman scores a touchdown on a 15-yard pass from Wilson in the fourth quarter. Photo by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren

Our game-day highlights:

1) Zach Miller. The veteran tight end not only broke up an interception early in the first half,

…but went on to post 42 receiving yard for the game. He would’ve lead the team if it weren’t for…

2) Percy Harvin. Harvin caught 7 for 7 for 59 yards.

Plus another 41 yards on the ground.

His double-threat repeatedly tripped up the Packers’ defense.

3) Beast Mode. Still worried about that contract snafu affecting performance?

Lynch’s 110-yard performance ought to answer that question.

Skittles averaged 5.5 yards per run, with 20 attempts.

And was rewarded with not one, but two touchdowns.

4) Wilson looked good. His trademark scrambling earned him 29 yards,

but he performed best in the air, throwing for 191 yards on 19 completions.

Wilson threw for two touchdowns, including this 33-yard pass to wide-recevier Ricardo Lockette in the second quarter.

5) Defensive pressure.

By the numbers, Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers had a good game.

He threw for 189 yards and one touchdown; not a bad showing.

But the Hawks’ defense held Green Bay to only 80 yards rushing.

Notables included line backer Bobby Wagner,

14 tackles of his own.

Defensive end Cliff Avril, who kept Rodgers running.

Defensive end Michael Bennett’s sack, which forced Rodger’s to fumble in the end zone leading to a safety.

And the Hawks’ secondary more generally,

which continually kept Green Bay from converting momentum into scoring drives.

Notably absent, however, was Sherman, who put up virtually no stats all game. We presume that to mean he was so concerning to Green Bay that they just left him alone.

6) The 12th man.

Seattle’s trademark crowd kept the noise coming all night long,

Keeping up a trend that will no doubt frustrate the Hawks’ next visitor, the Denver Broncos, on September 21st.

The 2014 Seahawks season is officially under way!

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