Seattle might have won its Wild Card game against Philadelphia, but the Seahawks’ 17-9 win came against Josh McCown after Carson Wentz was knocked out early in the game. Now, Seattle travels to Green Bay for a showdown with the No. 2-seed Packers. Green Bay finished the regular season with a 13-3 record, including a last-second win against Detroit in a Week 17 thriller.
Seahawks coming off ugly win against EaglesSeattle finished the regular season with an 11-5 record and improved to 12-5 with its 17-9 win in Philadelphia last week. The Seahawks committed 11 penalties for 114 yards in the win. They also faced backup quarterback McCown for the majority of the game, which was obviously beneficial. Wide receiver DK Metcalf set a rookie record for most receiving yards in a playoff game with 160 against the Eagles. Seattle had some troubling numbers out of its running back room, with Travis Homer and Marshawn Lynch combining for just 19 yards on 17 carries. Green Bay ranks No. 23 in the NFL against the rush, though, so Homer and Lynch could have better opportunities on Sunday.
The Seahawks are led by veteran quarterback Russell Wilson, who threw for 325 yards and one touchdown in the Wild Card game. He also led the team in rushing with 45 yards on nine carries. Wilson threw for 4,110 yards and 31 touchdowns in the regular season, only throwing five interceptions. Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny were the top running backs, but both players went down with injuries. Homer, a rookie, and Lynch, a veteran, have been called into action as replacements. Wide receiver Tyler Lockett led the team in receiving yards with 1,057 on 82 receptions. Metcalf added 58 catches for 900 yards and seven touchdowns.
Packers leaning on RodgersGreen Bay was able to have the week off last weekend after securing the No. 2 seed in the NFC with a 13-3 record during the regular season. The Packers finish to the season was surprising, though. They needed a 13-point fourth quarter and a last-second field goal from Mason Crosby to get past the 3-12-1 Detroit Lions. Green Bay scored just 21.7 points per game over the final month of the regular season. The Packers ran the ball more than normal down the stretch, averaging 22 more rush yards per game in the final three games of the season than they did the rest of the season. Green Bay was just 24th in third-down conversions, but finished sixth in red zone efficiency.
The Packers are led by veteran quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who has thrown for 4,002 yards and 26 touchdowns this season. Rodgers has been efficient as usual, only throwing four interceptions. Running back Aaron Jones is the bell-cow back, rushing for 1,084 yards and 16 touchdowns on 236 carries. He also caught 49 passes for 474 yards and three scores. Jamaal Williams added 107 carries for 460 yards and a touchdown out of the backfield. Wide receiver Davante Adams led the team with 83 receptions for 997 yards and five touchdowns. Allen Lazard added 35 catches for 477 yards and three scores.
Green Bay is:
- 7-1 ATS in its last eight games vs. a team with a winning record
- 5-1 ATS in its last six playoff games
- 7-0 ATS in its last seven games after an ATS loss
- 2-5 ATS in its last seven Divisional playoff games
- 1-3-1 ATS in its last five games overall
- 2-6 ATS in its last eight games after allowing less than 15 points in its previous game