Earl Thomas III was back to his usual ways in the Seattle Seahawks’ season opener, though the Week 1 win didn’t come like he had hoped.

Earl put in his share of work, tallying a team-high 11 tackles as well as a near-interception and a would-be interception that was called back. The Hawks limited Aaron Rodgers and the dangerous Green Bay Packers offense to just 370 points, but Seattle was sent home with a 17-9 defeat.

Afterward, No. 29 talked about his performance and how he felt in his first regular-season action since breaking his tibia late last season.

“I’ll have to watch the film to see what I put out there, but I felt great. I felt in rhythm,” Earl said. “I feel like I’m back.”

He certainly put some impressive plays on film as he racked up double-digit tackles for the first time since Seattle’s 2014 playoff win over the Carolina Panthers. He highlighted his day with some outstanding takedowns, including a big hit on Green Bay running back Ty Montgomery. He also hauled in an interception on a deep throw by Rodgers to Jordy Nelson—though the INT was called back due to an offsides flag on Seattle.

Nonetheless, Earl is back to being Earl, sealing off Area 29 as well as ever before. Check out some of his highlights, and read more at the links below:

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