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January 11, 2015 at 7:53 PM

Looking ahead to Green Bay

The NFL playoffs often surprise.

But then there are years like this one in the NFC where the favored home team has won every game creating the matchup that we have Sunday — No. 1 seed Seattle hosting No. 2 seed Green Bay for the right to go to the Super Bowl.

It’s just the third time the top two seeds have advanced in the NFC playoffs to get to the conference title game. The home team won just one of those — in 2009 when the Saints beat the Vikings. In 2012, the No 2-seeded 49ers defeated the Falcons.

So almost hardly needs saying that nothing is guaranteed, especially against a talented Green Bay team that also has its eyes set squarely on the prize.

Here’s my story for the Monday paper that includes some quotes compiled with the help of a reporter in Green Bay that gives evidence of the confidence of the Packers.

Green Bay WR Jordy Nelson noted that the Packers had to go with some younger players in that game — such as rookie center Corey Linsley — who now have  a season’s worth of experience.

“Obviously we have the same guys, but our guys have grown up,” Nelson said. “That’s why you go through a year. I think we’ll be in a good situation. I think this (Dallas) game did a lot of things for a lot of people and now we just have to go out and execute.”

Get ready for a lot of that storyline this week, as well as Russell Wilson-Aaron Rodgers and lots more of what should be a fun lead-up to one of the marquee moments in Seattle sports history.

Here are a few more links tonight. …

 

 

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