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January 11, 2015 at 1:16 PM

Seahawks to face Green Bay Packers in 2015 NFC Championship game

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 11:  Quarterback  Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers waves to the crowd after the Packers defeat the Dallas Cowboys 26-21 during the 2015 NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lambeau Field on January 11, 2015 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images) 531270699

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers waves to the crowd after the Packers defeat the Dallas Cowboys 26-21 during the 2015 NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

The last time the Green Bay Packers were in town, the Seattle Seahawks raised their Super Bowl flag to the rafters of CenturyLink Field.

Now Green Bay will return to CenturyLink Field as all that stands in the way of Seattle making another trip to the Super Bowl.

The Packers defeated the Cowboys 26-21 in a divisional playoff game Sunday to advance to the 2015 NFC Championship game at 12:05 p.m. next Sunday, Jan. 18, at CenturyLink Field. Early betting lines established Seattle as a 7-point favorite against Green Bay.

Seattle has the Buffalo Bills to thank for having the right to host the game. Green Bay appeared in position to take the No. 1 seed in the NFC before losing at Buffalo 21-13 on Dec. 14. That dropped the Packers into an eventual three-team tie with Seattle and the Cowboys (all finished 12-4) which gave homefield advantage through the playoffs to the Seahawks.

It will be the third time the Seahawks and Packers have met in the playoffs but the first meeting in Seattle.

The others came in 2003, a 33-27 Green Bay win in overtime in an NFC Wild Card game, and in 2007, a 42-20 Packers win in a Divisional game that proved to be the final post-season game for Mike Holmgren as Seattle’s coach.

 GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 11: Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys attempts a catch over Sam Shields #37 of the Green Bay Packers during the 2015 NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lambeau Field on January 11, 2015 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Initially ruled a catch, the call was reversed upon review. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images) 531270699

The Dallas Cowboys’ Dez Bryant attempts a catch over the Green Bay Packers’ Sam Shields. Initially ruled a catch, the call was reversed upon review. (Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Green Bay’s win over Dallas turned when a fourth-down pass initially called a catch by Dez Bryant that would have given Dallas first-and-goal at the one with 4:06 remaining was ruled incomplete after a review. The Packers instead took over at their own 33 and ran out the clock.

Seattle dominated the Packers in the season opener in taking a 36-16 win, holding Aaron Rodgers to 189 yards passing and a passer rating of 81.5 (his second-lowest of the season). Seattle also kept Green Bay’s running game in check, allowing Eddie Lacy just 34 yards on 12 carries with the Packers gaining just 80 overall as Green Bay gained just 255 yards —their second-lowest total of the season.

Russell Wilson completed 19-28 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns while Marshawn Lynch rushed for 110 yards on 20 carries against Green Bay in a game that may be best remembered for the Packers deciding to never throw in the direction of cornerback Richard Sherman.

While Seattle players mostly said they didn’t care who they faced in the NFC title game, a couple — notably defensive lineman Michael Bennett — said they wanted another shot at Dallas to get revenge for the Cowboys’ 30-23 win at CenturyLink Field on Oct. 12.

Instead, Seattle will now have to duplicate its feat of a year ago of beating a team for the NFC title that it had handily defeated at home earlier in the season. Last year, Seattle beat the 49ers 23-17 in the NFC title game after having defeated them 29-3 in week two.

A big story line this week will be the health of Rodgers, who threw for 316 yards and three touchdowns despite battling a left calf injury that he initially suffered in the second-to-last game of the season.

Rodgers told reporters in Green Bay last week he will likely not practice much this week, as was the case last week and “we’ll see how it goes as the week goes on.”

However, Rodgers also said he plans to play, saying “I think I’ve got 120 minutes left in me, so I’m going to do everything I can to play those 120 minutes.” That, of course would be two game’s worth of playing action.

Asked about facing the Seahawks again, Rodgers said “to be the best you have to beat the best. They are the defending champs so it will be a good test for us.”

Running back Eddie Lacy, meanwhile, told the NFL Network that the Packers are a different team now than when they faced Seattle in week one, saying “we are more confident in what we are doing … we know it’s going to be a dog fight and we are going to be ready for it.”

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