Today, the Green Bay Packers travel to the most hectic stadium in the NFL to take on the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship game. The game will kick off at 3:05 pm ET and will be commentated by Joe Buck and Troy Aikman on FOX.
Preview / Prediction
This is a re-match from the very first game of the 2014 regular season. The end result in that game saw the Seahawks defending their home turf with a 36-16 onslaught of the Packers. Things were relatively close at halftime -- the Seahawks had a 17-10 lead -- but Seattle went on 12-0 run to begin the second half, shutting the door on Green Bay's chances of staging a comeback.
Both teams are coming off of divisional playoff wins which were tightly contested into the fourth quarter of play. The Seahawks led 14-10 over the Panthers in the fourth quarter before ripping off 17 straight points and eventually winning 31-17. The Packers were down 21-20 in the fourth quarter before Aaron Rodgers zipped a touchdown pass on his bad calf through two defenders. The Cowboys then had a big catch on fourth down by Dez Bryant waived off, which allowed Green Bay to run out the clock and hang on.
This is a battle of the NFC's top two seeds during the regular season. This is a case where home field advantage is so important, though. The Packers are 9-0 at home (including the playoffs), but 4-4 on the road. The Seahawks are 8-1 at home (including the playoffs) as they boast the 12th man advantage and one of the most feared defenses in the NFL. As awe-inspiring as Rodgers' effort was on his injured calf against the Cowboys, how is he going to beat a much better Seahawks defense that will be coming after him every snap of the game?
My preference is to see the Packers advance, but I think Seattle's defense will be able to take advantage of Aaron Rodgers' limited mobility, and that scheming will allow Seattle to come away with a closely-contested win. Seahawks 23, Packers 20
Former Browns Playing for the Packers or Seahawks
Green Bay Packers: C Garth Gerhart (2012),
Seattle Seahawks: WR Chris Matthews (2011), TE Keavon Milton (2014), OL Patrick Lewis (2014)
*is currently on IR
**is currently on practice squad
The parenthesis shows the last time the player was a member of the Browns.
Game: Green Bay Packers vs. Seattle Seahawks
Date/Time: Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 3:05 p.m. ET
Location: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington
Weather: 50 degrees, cloudy, 15 MPH wind, and rain showers
Television: FOX - Joe Buck & Troy Aikman
Radio: Packers Radio Network, Seahawks Radio Network
Online streaming: FOX | Verizon NFL Mobile
NFL Odds: Seahawks by 7.5
DBN / Browns Fans Perspective
After last Sunday's games, 69% of fans felt the Seahawks would advance to the Super Bowl, with only 31% of fans showing support for the Packers. Has your outlook changed since then?
Use this as your open thread to discuss the NFC Championship, and vote in the poll below on who you think will advance to the Super Bowl.