Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers, 4:25p.m. EST
Speaking of history, these teams always seem to create a story when they play. No matter how you slice it, the Packers and Seahawks have been involved in some of the NFL’s wildest finishes in recent years. Add in the fact that playoffs are almost always on the line and this is one of the league’s best pairings.
Keys to the Game
Even though they hail from the north, playing at Lambeau Field in December is always tough. There’s always a chance of heavy snow and/or wind that can greatly impact the game. It will be important for Seattle to keep this one close because they can’t contend with Green Bay’s prolific passing attack in a shootout. Getting after Aaron Rodgers — and bringing him down — is going to be a major factor for them in this game. If Rodgers is free to do as he pleases, the Seahawks will be in trouble.
The Packers will look to start the scoring early against Seattle. They know that the Seahawks can’t keep pace with them. Establishing an early lead will make Seattle much more one-dimensional and will allow Green Bay to focus its defensive resources on pressuring Russell Wilson — which they need. Things will go sour for Green Bay if the Seahawks can disrupt Rodgers’ rhythm and force turnovers.