The Green Bay Packers now know who will rise to meet them in their first playoff game in three years.
The Packers (13-3) will take on the Seattle Seahawks (11-5) in the divisional round next Sunday night at 5:40 p.m. CT at Lambeau Field after the Russell Wilson and the Seahawks charged to a 17-9 win over the Philadelphia Eagles (9-7) in the final wild-card game of the weekend. The New Orleans Saints seemed the most likely for the matchup coming into the week, but the Minnesota Vikings (10-6) stunned them in overtime at the Superdome.
The Eagles would have been a familiar opponent for the Packers with an opportunity for Green Bay to avenge its only home loss of the regular season back in Week 4, but now it comes down to a Wilson-led Seahawks team that has some history with the Packers in the postseason.
Here’s a closer look at the Packers’ upcoming playoff game against the Seahawks along with some background on the series history between the two teams.
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A Closer Look at the Seattle’s Road to Green Bay
It wasn’t too long ago the Seahawks were in a position to contend for the No. 1 seed in the NFC and could have secured the NFC West title in the final game of their regular season, but losing three of their final four games — including Week 17 at home against San Francisco — put a damper on the momentum that drove through the majority of the season.
They have done some things the Packers have been unable to pull off, though, such as defeating the 49ers at Levi’s Stadium where Green Bay was blown out in a prime-time debacle. They also went 2-for-2 on the road against the Eagles, who topped the Packers in Week 4, and beat similar opponents in Minnesota and Carolina.
The Seahawks got off easy Sunday night with Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz coming out of the game early with a head injury, leaving the rest of the job to journeyman backup John McCown. But while a softer challenger, Seattle delivered down to the final completion from Wilson to D.K. Metcalf that sealed the 17-9 victory. They have also been getting just the jolt they needed from Marshawn Lynch after losing both of their top running backs heading into the postseason.
Playoff History Between Packers and Seahawks
When it comes to playoff history between the two teams, Green Bay is still looking to make amends for its last time out against Seattle.
The Packers jumped out to a 16-0 lead on the Seahawks in their 2014 NFC Conference Championship game on Jan. 18, 2015, before allowing them to claw back ahead, needing a 48-yard field goal from Mason Crosby to send things into overtime. The rally efforts were in vain, though, as the Wilson found Jermaine Kearse for a 35-yard touchdown to seal the game and boot Green Bay from the playoffs.
The Seahawks went on to play — and lose to — the New England Patriots in a Super Bowl that is often remembered for Seattle’s decision to pass the ball on the 1-yard line with 26 seconds left, but they did manage to get there by beating the Packers in the playoffs for the first time in three tries. Green Bay won home games against Seattle during the 2003 and 2007 postseasons.
The numbers favor the Packers when looking at all 22 series matchups across the board. The Seahawks have never beaten Aaron Rodgers at Lambeau Field and have only won a total of three games at the storied venue, most recently on Nov. 1, 1999, long before Rodgers was under center.