Packers: Ranking the 5 best performances in divisional-round win vs. Seahawks
By Jesse Fry
3. Preston Smith
Preston Smith, just as he has all season long, put the pressure on the Seahawks and put the final touches on the defensive performance, sacking Russell Wilson on Seattle’s last offensive play of the game.
If not for Wilson, Smith may have had a half-dozen sacks in the game. Smith had Wilson within his grasp at least on two or three other occasions only to have Wilson duck out, roll out of or just simply evade the sack and make a play.
Smith left the game briefly after an ugly looking hit when he collided with Kenny Clark. Thankfully Smith came back into the game and finished strong. He appeared no worse for wear after the game and will hopefully be 100 percent heading into next week.
The Packers don’t move Preston around as much as they do Za’Darius, but that doesn’t matter to Smith as he just keeps hustling along and making plays.
This game was a test of endurance for the Packers defense. Wilson just somehow kept avoiding the sack and extending the play. The defense was on the field for a long time in the second half but did not cave in to the Seahawks and prevailed victorious.
As I previously stated, Smith briefly left the game with an injury. He was still able to finish the game but sometimes these things come back and rear their head later in the week. Hopefully that’s not the case and Smith is able to play with no restrictions come Championship Sunday.