Green Bay Packers
Seattle has already faced, and beaten, both the Saints and 49ers this season but not the Packers. Does the unknown help or hurt a team in the Playoffs?
Last year, the 49ers made an improbable run to the Super Bowl, before falling one play short of reaching the ultimate team goal. They lost to the Baltimore Ravens, a more experienced team that rode momentum all the way to a Championship. This year it’s San Francisco who fits this description and unlike last year, the Niners have everything in place to get past the rest of the NFC.
Two of the NFL’s most decorated franchises will meet this Sunday when the Packers and 49ers meet in a NFC Wild Card matchup. The winner will move on in the playoffs, while the loser will face a disappointing end to a season that started with much higher aspirations.
Despite their dearth of recent success, all eyes will be on the Cowboys. For the karma and the drama, for better or worse, they are America’s team. Mostly for worse. Just watch on Sunday.
The Green Bay Packers will have to try to win their first game in more than a month without Aaron Rodgers.
The endless genius of the NFL can’t be completely quantified. But part of pro football’s popularity is burning its image in our culture and our consciousness. While baseball and basketball have their July 4 and Christmas brands, they are afterthoughts, or leftovers, compared to the NFL’s hallmark roll call.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy says the chances of quarterback Aaron Rodgers playing Thursday at Detroit are “slim to none.”
With Joe Mays hampered by an oblique injury the Texans added some depth at linebacker on Wednesday.
Packers wide receiver James Jones and defensive end Mike Neal are among four players listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against Cleveland.
Jason La Confora NFL Insider for the NFL Today joined In The Loop with Nick and Lopez and they talked about who is the best team in the AFC South, his thoughts on the Texans underachieving, the Super Bowl chances of Green Bay, Atlanta and San Francisco and the treatment of Aldon Smith and Terrell Pryor.