nfc: green bay at seattle
2:05 p.m. today • CenturyLink Field • TV: Ch. 9 • Line: Seahawks by 7
head to head
The Seahawks have won the past two regular-season meetings, including 36-16 in the 2014 NFL opener. The Packers have won the previous two playoff meetings, both of them in Green Bay.
why seattle will win
The Seahawks are 25-2 at home in the Russell Wilson era and on an 8-0 run in the playoffs when favored. By contrast, the Packers are on a 1-8 skid overall when underdogs away from Lambeau Field and Aaron Rodgers is less than 100 percent. Wilson has highest postseason passer rating (109.6) in league history with a minimum of 150 attempts.
why green bay will win
The Packers defense has allowed more than 21 points only once in the past nine games. That coincides with Clay Matthews moving from outside to inside linebacker for a significant chunk of snaps. Since Green Bay visited Seattle in Week 1, center Corey Linsley, wide receiver Davante Adams and tight end Richard Rodgers have become integral parts of the offense.
WHEN green bay has the ball
If the Packers can't establish a semblance of a running game, it could be a long Sunday. Led by dynamic linebacker Bobby Wagner and a stout defensive line featuring Michael Bennett, the Seahawks rarely allow an opponent to control the clock on the ground.
WHEN seattle has the ball
Seattle must feed The Beast, running back Marshawn Lynch, and give Wilson freedom to create. Lynch has the power, speed and determination to ruin a defense's day, and he gets better as the game progresses.
ONE TO WATCH
Seattle strong safety Kam Chancellor was at his enforcer-like best last week against Carolina with 10 tackles. He intercepted a pass in his third straight playoff game and took this one back 90 yards for the first touchdown of his career. The 6-foot-3, 232-pounder also hurdled the Panthers offensive line — twice — on field goal attempts.
The past seven NFC Championship Games have been decided by seven or fewer points.
Green Bay: Aaron Rodgers was limited all week in practice with a lingering left calf injury. Running back Eddie Lacy was added to the injury report on Thursday with a sore knee.
Seattle: Starting cornerback Byron Maxwell was ill last week and was limited to just four snaps on special teams. His return will be important against Green Bay's passing attack. Center Max Unger is expected to play despite aggravating an ankle injury late in last week's win over Carolina.