When the Green Bay Packers travel to CenturyLink Field to play the Seattle Seahawks, football fans will be treated to one of the most intriguing NFC Championship Games in recent memory.
The most interesting battle on the field in Sunday’s matchup will be Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers squaring off against Seattle’s stout pass defense. The old adage talks about what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object, and the NFL will find out when the Packers play the Seahawks.
|NFC Championship TV Info, Odds and Predicted Winner|
|Date||Time (ET)||TV||Odds||Predicted Winner|
|Jan. 18||3:05 p.m.||Fox||SEA (10-31), GB (14-5)||Seattle|
|Source: NFL.com and OddsShark.com.|
There are few who will question Rodgers’ place among the top five quarterbacks in the league, but the NFL star will face his toughest test of the year against the vaunted secondary of Seattle.
Despite dealing with a calf injury, Rodgers helped Green Bay secure a first-round bye in Week 17 and knocked off the red-hot Dallas Cowboys in the divisional round. Unfortunately for the Packers QB, the Seahawks proved in their 36-16 Week 1 victory that they have what it takes to shut him down.
Even hobbled against Dallas, he went 24-of-35 for 316 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. With a passer rating of 125.4, Rodgers proved he can perform in an elite fashion against even the most difficult situations.
When asked about his injury and how it changes his approach by 540 ESPN (h/t Tom Pelissero of the USA Today, Rodgers said:
Nothing changed in the approach. There was some apprehension on getting out of the pocket and doing some of those things that stayed with me the entire game.
But I was, for whatever reason, able to move to my left a little bit easier hopping on my right (foot) as I threw the ball to Richard (Rodgers) for the (go-ahead) touchdown and not having to put a lot of pressure on the left foot. … It was about being smart and playing within my restrictions.
The tenacity Rodgers has shown will be put to the test against the hard-hitting Seattle defense. Through the regular season, the Seahawks managed to finish first against the pass (allowed 185.6 yards per game) and third against the run (allowing 81.5 yards per game.)
With bona fide stars such as Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and others protecting the secondary, Rodgers will have to be at his best. There will be no room for errors on Sunday, especially with the ball hawks on the Seattle defense.
Rodgers will also need a little help from his friends. Between wide receivers Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Davante Adams, as well as running back Eddie Lacy taking the pressure off the pass attack, the Packers will need every player on the offensive side of the ball to bring their A-game.
The Green Bay defense will also have a major say in whether the team advances to the Super Bowl, but most fans will have their eyes glued to the matchup between Rodgers and the Seahawks secondary.