Packers Hold Off Seahawks’ Comeback to Win 28-23, Advance to NFC Title Game for 49ers Rematch

Green Bay Packers’ Davante Adams catches a touchdown pass during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Seattle Seahawks Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Aaron Rodgers didn’t downplay what the Green Bay Packers‘ regular-season game at the San Francisco 49ers might mean.

“The way I look at it,” Rodgers said in the days leading up to the Week 12 meeting at Levi’s Stadium, “we’ve got to beat them once at their place at some point. It would be nice to do it now.”

Of course, they did not. And it wasn’t close: The Niners won by 29 points.

So now, the Packers will have to try again. Actually, they get to try again.

They certainly earned it with Sunday’s 28-23 victory over the Seattle Seahawks in an NFC divisional playoff game at Lambeau Field. Unlike the topsy-turvy AFC, which will be decided by the No. 2 seed and the No. 6 seed, the NFC is down to the top two seeds, which is what the Packers and Niners were when they met on Nov. 24.

This time, Green Bay’s offense looks well-oiled: Rodgers. Aaron JonesDavante Adams. Even Jimmy Graham.

This will be the Packers’ first appearance in the conference championship game since the 2016 “run-the-table” season, which came two years after their NFC Championship Game collapse at Seattle.

One of the differences this time is a rookie head coach, Matt LaFleur, who is the first Packers rookie coach to lead his team to the playoffs.

If Rodgers played only so-so in the regular season — and even that was debated — he turned into a former version of himself on Sunday. Gone were throwaways en masse, off-target passes and out-of-sync plays.

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SOURCE: ESPN, Rob Demovsky