On Sunday, the Green Bay Packers defeated the Dallas Cowboys by a score of 26-21 to earn the second spot in the NFC Championship Game. One night earlier, the Seattle Seahawks earned the right to host that game with a 31-17 victory over the Carolina Panthers, and the two winners will play in a rematch of the game that opened the NFL's 2014 regular season schedule.
On Thursday Night in week one, the Seahawks beat Green Bay 36-16. The running games were the difference in that game, as Marshawn Lynch ran the ball 20 times for 112 yards and two scores while the Packers could get little production from the running back tandem of Eddie Lacy and James Starks.
This will be the third meeting between these two franchises in the playoffs. Both of the two previous games took place at Lambeau Field, and both ended in Packers wins. Following the 2003 season, the Packers won 33-27 in overtime. That game is best remembered for Matt Hasselbeck's proclamation that "we'll take the ball and we're going to score" during the overtime coin toss; however, Packers cornerback Al Harris took an intercepted Hasselbeck pass back to the house for the game-winning touchdown a few drives into overtime. The second game took place during the 2007 playoffs, when Seattle visited Green Bay during the Divisional Round. That game was the Ryan Grant party, as the Packers' running back fumbled twice early but redeemed himself with 201 rushing yards and three touchdowns in a 42-20 Packers victory.
Next week's game at CenturyLink Field will kick off at 12:05 Pacific Time (2:05 Central) and will be televised on FOX.