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Cheese Curds, 1/13: Packers haven’t played on Wild Card weekend since 2016 season

Randall Cobb caught a Hail Mary to end the first half in the Packers’ most recent Wild Card game.

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If you are a Green Bay Packers fan, you have probably become accustomed to sitting and watching Wild Card weekend without a major emotional investment. The Green Bay Packers have not played during the first weekend of the playoffs for years, thanks in large part to the team’s regular season success under Matt LaFleur.

In fact, the last time that the Packers played on Wild Card Weekend was after the 2016 season, when they welcomed in the New York Giants to Lambeau Field. Since then, the team has missed the playoffs three times (2017, 2018, 2022) and earned a playoff bye the other three (2019 through 2021).

Green Bay played Wild Card games against NFC East teams in back-to-back seasons after 2015 and 2016, defeating Washington in 2015 before beating the Giants the next year. That gave the Packers wins over three different NFC East teams in three consecutive seasons, after winning against the Dallas Cowboys in the Divisional Playoffs in 2014.

But for the first time in the Matt LaFleur era, the Packers are home for good this weekend, having missed out on the postseason with their loss to the Detroit Lions last Sunday night. That sent the Seattle Seahawks into the playoffs as the #7 seed, where they will face a divisional rival in the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday night.

Here’s a look at the Wild Card round as well as a great move by the Packers and some looks at the team’s 2022 rookie class.

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