It’s the Packers vs Seahawks in the Divisional Round of the playoffs at Lambeau Field on Sunday.
These two teams have had some epic battles in the past and if wild-card weekend is any indication this weekend will be another close game. Who can forget the fail-mary on Monday night football during the regular season with replacement officials? That was just in the regular season and not the playoffs.
Green Bay leads the all-time series 13-9. The home team hasn’t lost in this series since Green Bay beat Seattle 27-17 in Seattle on October 12, 2008. Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson hasn’t won in the state of Wisconsin since he was the starting quarterback at the University of Wisconsin.
The playoffs are a different animal and anything can happen. There are three playoff of games that stick on in my mind.
We want the ball and we’re gonna score!
Those words were said by Seattle quarterback and former back-up quarter Matt Hasselbeck in the 2003 NFC Divisional playoff game at Lambeau Field as Seattle won the coin toss in OT. Seattle at the time was lead by former Packer head coach Mike Holmgren. Hasselbeck was having an unbelievable second half, leading his team back to force OT. At the start of OT, the captains were on the field, after Seattle won the coin-toss, Hasselbeck full of emotion and adrenaline said those famous words, ‘We want the ball and we’re gonna score’. After several nice runs and passes to start the drive, Hasselbeck dropped back looked left, Packers cornerback Al Harris jumped the route and intercepted the pass. He was off to the races, scoring the touchdown to give the Packers a victory in the divisional round. I can still see the moment now.
2007 NFC Divisional Playoff – Snow Globe
The Packers were headed back to the NFC Championship game for the first time in 10 years. It was a match-up between McCarthy and Holmgren and Holmgren and Favre. There were blizzard like conditions throughout the game, making it appear as if the game was played in a snow globe. Is there anything better than a snowy football game at Lambeau Field? The game started with the Seahawks jumping out to a 14-0 lead after the Packers fumbled on their first two possessions of the game. Green Bay then scored two touchdowns to end the first quarter in a tie. After that, it was all Green Bay, as Seattle only was able to score 6 points on two field goals the rest of the game, while Green Bay cruised to a 42-20 victory to send them to the NFC Championship Game. Brett Favre had 173 yard passing and 3 touchdowns in this game, while running back Ryan Grant lead the way with 201 yards on the ground and 3 touchdowns.
2014 NFC Championship Game – Misery in Seattle
This one still hurts. I still have nightmares about this game. This Packers team had a legitimate shot to win the Super Bowl. They were better than the 2010 Super Bowl team. I undertstand that it is extremely difficult to get to the Super Bowl and win it, but it was right there for them, they had this game won. The Packers lead 19-7 with 3:07 remaining in the game, this gave the Packers a 99.9% chance of winning according to profootballreference.com. What happened after that, was a series of miscues that cost the Packers this game. Even before that point, Morgan Burnett intercepted Russell Wilson and then slide down when he had room to run deep into Seattle territory. Even with two minutes remaining, the Packers still had a chance to win, but Brandon Bostick fumbled the onside kick he should have let Jordy Nelson recover. Just heartbreaking. There are only 7 players on the team from this game, and it probably won’t be talked about by the team this week, but those players will be out for revenge. This is still probably the most painful lost in Packers history.
Go Pack Go!
Anthony Haag is a writer for PackersTalk.com. He has been a Packers fan since the day he was born and truly bleeds green and gold. He makes annual visits to Lambeau Field and has attended his fair share of games. You can follow Anthony on Twitter at @anthony_haag