MILWAUKEE, DEC. 9 -- The Seattle Seahawks' previous four games came down to the final play. Today's 20-14 victory over the Green Bay Packers was still in doubt until just two plays and one minute remained.
But the Seahawks (7-6) continued to emerge victorious in the close ones, winning the fourth of the last five to stay in the thick of the AFC playoff race.
"This is five weeks in a row now that the game has gone down to the last minute," said Seattle Coach Chuck Knox, whose team's previous four games had been decided on the final play. "It's kind of tough, but I'll take those W's."
Trailing by 20-0, the Packers rallied for two fourth-quarter touchdowns behind third-string quarterback Blair Kiel, who before today had not thrown an NFL regular season pass since 1987. He replaced ineffective Anthony Dilweg, who started for injured Don Majkowski.
Kiel moved the Packers (6-7) to Seattle's 12 with two minutes left after the Seahawks fumbled a kickoff. On fourth down from the 8, Kiel missed Jeff Query in the end zone. Seattle then ran out the clock.
Seattle, which got 112 yards and a touchdown rushing from Derrick Fenner, led 17-0 at the half. For the game, the Seahawks held Green Bay to a club-record-low 13 yards rushing on a club-record-low 10 carries.
Kiel (23 of 31 for 198 yards) hit Perry Kemp with a 13-yard touchdown pass with 5:35 to go. He then connected with Ed West on a one-yard scoring pass after Green Bay's Bryce Paup recovered an onside kick.
On the enusing kickoff, Seattle's Nesby Glasgow fumbled and Green Bay's Herman Fontenot recovered at the Seahawks 24 with 3:23 to go.
"I'll probably dream about that last play," said Kiel of the pass for Query. "It was there, I think."