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Packers defense shines in showdown with Seahawks

Green Bay Packers' Nick Perry reacts after sacking Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- The Packers defense asserted their dominance in the season opener keeping the Seahawks out of the end zone for a full 60 minutes.

"Our defense had a challenge today and they clearly played at a very high level," said head coach Mike McCarthy. "They were the thermostat today to hold these guys to nine points is a good day."

The defensive applied the pressure that kept Seattle quarterback Russel Wilson off balance all afternoon, holding him to 158 yards through the air and sacking him three times.

The first Packers score came after a Mike Daniels strip sack of Wilson that left the ball on the six yard line and led to a Ty Montgomery touchdown.

"Selfishly I think we would have liked to have a few more sacks," said linebacker Clay Matthews. "But that huge sack forced fumble, Nick picking up two as well. that's what we strive for, I know it's cliche I say it every year every game, but shut down the run force them to pass and get after the quarterback and for the most part I think we did a good job today."

"We knew that it was going to be a tough one, but we just wanted to keep our composure and continue to get after the quarterback," said linebacker Nick Perry. "Continue to pressure the offense and things happen and we made it happen out there today."

"We're just getting started, we're still working on things and we're just getting started," said safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. "I'm happy with our performance today. We have a lot to work on, a lot to improve on and we're going to get better each and every week that's the plan."

The Packers defense ranked 22nd in the NFL last season, Sunday only allowing 225 net yards of offense and only allowing a trio of field goals.

An early indication that this defensive unit has improved from a year ago.

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