When: Noon (CT) Sunday, Jan. 2
Where: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI
All-time regular season: Packers lead 5-4-0
All-time postseason: Packers lead 1-0.
Standings: Packers - 4th place, NFC North. Seahawks - 1st place, NFC West.
Packers leaders: Offense - Favre, 3,622 passing yards and 19 passing TDs; Samkon Gado, 582 rushing yards and 6 rushing TDs; Donald Driver, 80 receptions, 1,103 receiving yards and 5 receiving TDs. Defense - Aaron Kampman, 6 1/2 sacks; Ahmad Carroll, Al Harris and Mark Roman, 2 INTs.
Seahawks leaders: Offense - Hasselbeck, 3,383 passing yards and 24 passing TDs; Alexander, 1,807 rushing yards and 26 rushing TDs; Bobby Engram, 64 receptions and 748 receiving yards; Joe Jurevicius, 9 receiving TDs. Defense - Rocky Bernard, 8 1/2 sacks; Michael Boulware, 4 INTs.
Packers team rank: Rushing Offense - 85.6 yards per game (30th); Passing Offense - 234.7 ypg (6th); Total Offense - 320.3 ypg (18th). Rushing Defense - 127.5 ypg (26th); Passing Defense - 168.9 ypg (1st); Total Defense - 296.3 ypg (8th).
Seahawks team rank: Rushing Offense - 157.3 yards per game (3rd in NFL); Passing Offense - 220.7 ypg (12th); Total Offense - 378.0 ypg (1st). Rushing Defense - 96.1 ypg (6th); Passing Defense - 220.9 ypg (26th); Total Defense - 317.0 ypg (15th).
Road/home records: Seahawks - 5-2 on the road; Packers - 2-5 at home.
Packers-Seahawks series: These teams have met just 10 times, including their 2003 playoff, since Seattle entered the National Football League in 1976. With that postseason win, Green Bay holds a 6-4-0 advantage.
Last meeting: Jan. 4, 2004, Lambeau Field; Packers won in overtime, 33-27 (2003 NFC Wild Card Playoff). Al Harris returned an interception 52 yards for an overtime touchdown to lift the Packers past the Seahawks 33-27 in a first-round NFC playoff game. Harris scored the first defensive TD to win an overtime playoff in NFL history.
Seattle tied it with 51 seconds remaining on Shaun Alexander's third 1-yard TD run. Then Packers kicker Ryan Longwell was short on a 47-yard field goal attempt as regulation time expired. Seattle won the coin toss, and Hasselbeck told the official, "We want the ball, and we're going to score." The Seahawks got the ball, but punted. After Seattle got the ball back, it was Harris, a six-year veteran in his first season with the Packers, who scored on the game's only turnover.
Brett Favre set an NFL record by throwing for a TD in a 14th straight playoff game and rallied the Packers to a 27-20 lead. Then Hasselbeck, once Favre's backup in Green Bay, guided a 67-yard drive to tie it.
The Seahawks, who had lost at Green Bay the previous October, shut down Ahman Green, who rushed for 1,883 yards in the regular season. But he came on late, particularly on short-yardage plays. After falling behind 20-13, Green Bay covered 60 yards in 12 plays. Green converted a fourth-and-1 from the 3 before surging into the end zone to tie it with 10:01 left.
Streaks and notes: Seahawks - Alexander is the 16th player in NFL history to rush for at least 1,800 yards in a season. ... Holmgren, who coached the Packers from 1992-98 and won a Super Bowl in 1996, is 1-2 all-time against Green Bay. ... Seattle has won five straight road games.
Packers - Green Bay has won its last seven home games played in the final week of the regular season. ... Green Bay has a minus-16 turnover differential its last five games. ... Favre hasn't thrown a touchdown pass in his last four games.
Connections: Packers GM Ted Thompson, the architect of the five Seattle drafts, spent five seasons (2000-04) as the Seahawks' vice president of football operations...Head Coach Mike Sherman was Mike Holmgren's offensive coordinator in 1999, the year Holmgren left for Seattle after seven seasons (1992-98) at the helm of the Packers...Mike Reinfeldt, the Seahawks' vice president of football administration, served eight seasons (1991-98) as an instrumental member of Bob Harlan's Packers administration, helping among other things to bring Ron Wolf to Green Bay...Both Seahawks coordinators, Gil Haskell (1992-97) and Ray Rhodes (1992-93, 1999), coached previously in Green Bay; Rhodes (1999) was the 12th head coach in Packers history...Seahawks assistants Nolan Cromwell (1992-98), Jim Lind (1992-98), John Marshall (1980-82) and Gary Reynolds (1996-98) also coached in Green Bay...Ron Wolf selected Matt Hasselbeck in the sixth round of the 1998 draft; the quarterback spent his first three seasons in Green Bay, including his rookie campaign on the Packers' practice squad...Seattle vice president Lance Lopes worked in the Packers' front office from 1993-2000...Seahawks head athletic trainer Sam Ramsden worked six seasons in the Packers training room...Packers scouting director John Dorsey (1999) and personnel analyst to general manager John Schneider (2000) spent time in the Seahawks' front office.
Line: Packers by 4.5 points.
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