I'll be heading down to the locker room shortly. Deadlines are tight given the late start. You might not hear from me much tonight. In the meantime, I'll file some notes.
Monday - The Seahawks overcame a sloppy start to defeat Green Bay at Qwest Field.
Where they stand - The Seahawks improved their record to 7-4 while opening a two-game lead over St. Louis and San Francisco in the NFC West. Seattle moved into third place in the NFC playoff race, behind Chicago (9-2) and New Orleans (7-4). Dallas is also 7-4. The Saints are second and the Cowboys fourth thanks to tiebreaking procedures.
A look ahead - The Seahawks visit Denver for a nationally televised game Sunday night. NBC has the coverage.
Star of the game - Shaun Alexander, RB, Seahawks. He topped 200 yards rushing in his second start since returning from a foot injury. Alexander ran hard and ran smart, keeping his footing despite icy conditions.
Key play - D.J. Hackett's leaping 23-yard touchdown grab pulled Seattle within two points in the second half, sparking the Seahawks.
Best play - Packers QB Brett Favre fired a quick pass to Donald Driver for a 48-yard catch-and-run touchdown in the third quarter. Green Bay had run the ball on its four previous plays with two backs and two tight ends. The Seahawks seemed to be expecting run this time as well. Driver slipped past FS Ken Hamlin and into the clear.
Worst play - Take your pick. Any of Matt Hasselbeck's interceptions would do, but he figured to be rusty after a month-long layoff. Unlike TE Jerramy Stevens, Hasselbeck never quit on a play. Stevens stopped in the end zone after being held by the Packers. He never looked back for the ball, which hit him and fell incomplete. Seattle settled for a field goal and a 14-12 halftime deficit.
Picked off - Starting Seattle corners Marcus Trufant and Kelly Herndon hadn't picked off a pass since a Nov. 6, 2005 game against Arizona. Herndon ended the drought by picking off Brett Favre in the end zone to kill a first-half Packers drive. Trufant followed with a fourth-quarter interception with six minutes remaining. Rookie corner Kelly Jennings added an interception in the final four minutes, the first pick of his career.
Personnel notes - WR Nate Burleson took over for RB Josh Scobey on kick returns. … SS Michael Boulware, benched in recent weeks, replaced CB Jimmy Williams in the dime defense. … Seattle backup LB Kevin Bentley shared time with starter LB Leroy Hill. … LG Rob Sims replaced an ineffective Floyd Womack in the first half. The move seemed to help RB Shaun Alexander top 100 yards rushing in the half. Womack returned to play the third and fourth quarters. … Seattle used its four-receiver personnel group 11 times in the first half. Those plays produced one interception and a sack that led to a fumble return for a Packers touchdown. There were also three rushes for 11 yards and four passes for 32 yards. The team hadn't gone four-wide more than eight times in any of the six previous games.
Medical report - TE Itula Mili suffered a first-half concussion and did not return. Packers LB Brady Poppinga hit him hard.