We now know everything about the NFC Championship Game except the Green Bay Packers’ opponents.
The top-seeded Packers advanced to the conference championship for the 2020 football season on Saturday thanks to a 32-18 victory over the Los Angeles Rams at Lambeau Field. Behind 296 passing yards and three total touchdowns from Aaron Rodgers, the Packers clinched their fifth conference title appearance in Rodgers’ career as a starter, and the first one that will take place in the Packers’ home confines.
That game will kick off at 2:05 PM Central Time (3:05 PM Eastern) next Sunday, January 24th. The AFC Championship will kick off at 5:40 PM Central (6;40 Eastern).
The Packers’ opponents are yet to be determined. Either the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or New Orleans Saints will make the long flight north to Green Bay for next Sunday’s game. The two NFC South rivals will play in the final game of the Divisional round of the postseason on Sunday evening. Green Bay defeated the Saints 37-30 in New Orleans back in week three, but lost to the Buccaneers 38-10 three weeks later in Tampa.
Regardless of which team wins on Sunday, the Packers will face a starting quarterback who is older than Packers head coach Matt LaFleur. LaFleur is 41 years old, while Saints quarterback Drew Brees just turned 42 and Buccaneers QB Tom Brady is 43.
The Saints and Buccaneers play at 5:40 PM Central Time (6:40 PM Eastern) on Sunday to decide which team will advance to play the Packers next weekend.
The last time the Packers hosted the NFC Championship was after the 2007 season. That year, the second-seeded Packers played the 5th-seeded New York Giants, who defeated the top-seeded Dallas Cowboys in the Divisional playoffs.