They opened the regular season. They will close the NFC postseason.
The Seattle Seahawks will host the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game next Sunday at CenturyLink Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:05 p.m. The Seahawks defeated the Carolina Panthers Saturday, 31-17. The Packers defeated the Dallas Cowboys Sunday, 26-21.
The Seahawks stomped the Packers 36-16 in the season opener on Sept. 4. Seattle held quarterback Aaron Rodgers to 189 yards passing, one touchdown and one interception, in a game in which Rodgers avoided throwing in cornerback Richard Sherman's direction all night. Green Bay was also held to 80 yards rushing.
Russell Wilson threw for 191 yards and two touchdowns, and Marshawn Lynch ran for 110 yards and a score.
The big difference for Seattle in the rematch will be wide receiver Percy Harvin – or the lack thereof. Harvin had 160 total yards rushing, receiving and returning kicks. It led Wilson to exclaim, "Lord, have mercy. We've got Percy." But Harvin was traded to the New York Jets after Week 6, following reports of locker room disfunction, and after he took himself out of the game in the 4th quarter in a loss to the Cowboys.
The key matchups will feature Seattle's No. 1-ranked defense in total yardage, passing and scoring vs. Green Bay's sixth-ranked offense, led by MVP candidate Rodgers.
While Seattle had the 27th-ranked pass offense, it dominated in the run game, finishing first in the league – more than 400 yards ahead of the next-closest team. In fact, Lynch and Wilson combined for more yards than 27 other NFL teams. The Packers, on the other hand, finished 23rd in rushing defense.
Green Bay gave up nearly six more points per game than Seattle in the regular season.
Despite his struggles in the season opener, Rodgers boasts an impressive 38 touchdowns to only five interceptions in 2014. In Sunday's win, he was 24-of-35 for 316 yards and three touchdowns. But, he's been dealing with an injured calf and was noticeably immobile during the playoff game against Dallas -- something that could be taken advantage of by a better Seahawks defense.
The Seahawks have lost both previous postseason matchups against the Packers, but both of those games were played at Lambeau Field. One was in a blizzard. The other was that overtime affair in which Matt Hasselbeck boastfully declared, "We're gonna score" after the overtime coin flip. Hasselbeck threw a game ending pick-six in OT.
Seattle is looking to become the first team since the 2004 New England Patriots to not only win consecutive Super Bowls, but back-to-back conference championships, as well.