Packers seek revenge in Seattle with Super Bowl berth at stake
(Reuters) - Four months after the Seattle Seahawks routed the Green Bay Packers in the NFL's season opener, the NFC powerhouses will go at it again, this time with a Super Bowl berth at stake.
The Packers will leave the comforts of their home stadium, where they went undefeated this season, for a visit to hostile CenturyLink Field where the famous "12th Man" will be in full roar for Sunday's conference final.
Seattle romped to a 36-16 home win over Green Bay last September and now find the Packers standing in the way of their quest to become the first team to claim back-to-back Super Bowl titles since the New England Patriots did it a decade ago.
"It's exciting but the job's not done," said Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who is 2-0 in his career against the Packers. "We're on one mission. You just have to take it one game at a time."
If the Packers are to return to the Super Bowl for the second time in four years they will have to find a way to win in Seattle where the favored Seahawks are 8-1 this season and won eight consecutive home playoff games.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, hobbled by a calf injury that has limited his mobility, will face a ferocious Seattle defense that led the NFL in fewest points allowed per game, total defense and pass defense.
Even with one of the NFL's most explosive attacks and a lineup loaded with game breakers and a Pro Bowl quarterback, Green Bay will not want to fall behind.
Seattle is riding a seven-game winning streak that dates back to the regular season and in doing so have displayed a lethal knockout punch by outscoring opponents 102-20 in the second half of the game and 62-7 in the fourth quarter.
"We're going to have to be efficient against them," said Rodgers about facing Seattle's defense. "They're a great defense, they've got Pro Bowlers all over the place and they're well-coached." Continued...