Road for the Lombardi will go through Lambeau
Packers lock up No. 1 seed in NFC and home-field throughout playoffs
MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - The Packers 35-16 win over Chicago has set up a postseason slate in Green Bay only seen twice in the last 25 years. Green Bay as the No. 1 seed in the NFC.
The Packers were the No. 1 seed in the 1996 postseason when they won Super Bowl XXXI, then again in 2011 when they lost in the divisional round.
No. 1 seed gives Green Bay the only first round bye in the NFL’s expanded postseason and of course home-field throughout the playoffs.
Aaron Rodgers, who has put together a campaign for his third MVP trophy finishing the regular season with a 70.7 completion percentage, 4,299 passing yards and career-best 48 passing touchdowns knows how advantageous Lambeau Field can be in the winter months.
“The big thing, though and you guys know this, is we’ve played in four NFC Championship games,” Rodgers said following the Packers win over Detroit on December 13. “Being able to have the whole thing come through Green Bay is something that we’ve talked about for a long time — and we’ve wanted and we’ve never had.”
“I think that would definitely be in our favor, with the weather that we have in Green Bay, play at home, be on our schedule.”
“The cold is something that we always embrace here, and just that’s what we practice in, that’s what we live in every day,” Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said after the Packers win over Tennessee last week where the gametime temperatures felt as low as 17 degrees with windchill playing on a snow blanketed Lambeau Field.
Sunday evening in Chicago was packed with history for two of Green Bay’s best players. Aaron Rodgers threw four touchdown passes finishing with 48 on the season. His previous career-high was 45 in 2011 when he won his first of two MVPs.
Davante Adams hauled in six passes for 46 yards and one touchdown. Adams set the franchise single-season record for receptions with 113 on the year and touchdown receptions with 18. Both records were previously held by Sterling Sharpe.
Rodgers three other touchdown passes went to Robert Tonyan Jr, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Dominique Dafney.
Aaron Jones led the way rushing with 42 yards on 11 carries and one score. Jones added 43 receiving yards on four catches.
When Green Bay won Super Bowl XLV in 2010, they were the six-seed and a NFC wild card team.
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