Big game Sunday – Russell Wilson and the Seahawks make their way into snowy Lambeau Field and Green Bay, Wisconsin to take on the Green Bay Packers. A lot of history has gone on between these two teams – notably, the Fail Mary, which helped stem it all. The Seattle Seahawks are what the Dallas Cowboys were of the 1990s – that annoying team that always impacted the overall success of the Green & Gold. I love rivalries, and Sunday will once again be a good chance at that rivalry – where two very evenly matched up teams will duke it out for a shot to go to the NFC Championship Game – whether if that will be in San Francisco, Green Bay, or Seattle remains to be told.
But, whenever the Green Bay Packers have faced the Seattle Seahawks in any way, shape, or form – the end result of the Packers postseason has not been pretty. Let me begin:
January 11th, 2004: SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT THE GREEN BAY PACKERS – WILD CARD PLAYOFFS – PACKERS WIN 33-27 in OT:
Following this game, the Green Bay Packers escaped one hell of a game by Seahawks QB and ESPN Legend Matt Hasselbeck to head over to the City of Brotherly Love in Philadelphia. In a game for what the Packers mostly dominated, the Packers needed to get one more stop on defense to send the Eagles home and set up a date with the Carolina Panthers for the NFC Championship Game. Then, came 4th & 26.
A Donavan McNabb run set up a David Akers 37-yard field goal to force overtime, to which Brett Favre, who the Packers lived and died by, threw a costly interception to Eagles safety Brian Dawkins, who returned it to set up the game-winning field goal, 20-17. I was only 10 at the time, but that was one of the first games where I experienced heartbreak for my Green & Gold.
January 12th, 2008: SEATTLE SEAHAWKS at the GREEN BAY PACKERS – NFC DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS – PACKERS WIN 42-20
A game at Lambeau Field can only get better with more snow, right? The Seahawks got off to a great start in this one, jumping out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. But as the snow started to pile up, the points began to pile up for the Packers. Green Bay would go on a 42-6 run the rest of the game, and Brett Favre was shown throwing snowballs at Packers wide receiver Donald Driver. The Packers would get a lot of help – as the New York Giants upset the Dallas Cowboys at Dallas to set up the 2008 NFC Championship Game at Lambeau Field – one of the coldest games in NFL postseason history. And the last ever pass as a Packer for Brett Favre.
Brett Favre would “retire” – then “unretire”, but he was not part of Green Bay’s plans anymore and he was traded to the New York Jets. As a result of that game, the New York Giants shocked the world and upset the New England Patriots on this crazy catch:
January 8th, 2015: GREEN BAY PACKERS at SEATTLE SEAHAWKS, NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – SEAHAWKS WIN 28-22.
All that needed to happen was that the Packers recover the onside kick. They didn’t.
I remember how bad my stomach hurt and how much my head hurt from watching that play. Over and over and over again. Seattle had the ball at midfield, and a 24-yard Marshawn Lynch run with 1:25 left brought the game to 22-19 Seahawks, on a two-point conversion that Wilson made out of nothing. But that left too much time for Aaron Rodgers and Company.
The game was forced into overtime, but the Packers never got the ball back. Seattle won the game, on this play, breaking the hearts of Packers Nation.
Please, for the love of God – do not let history repeat itself. History overtime shows a team that is coming off a bye starts off slow and ends up losing at home, each and every year, especially from teams that are hot. While I think Seattle is banged up, this matchup should be a lot closer than expected. I love Russell Wilson – class act & great guy – but his constant positivity scares me and I hope we don’t see too much of that confidence on the gridiron. Don’t let me down, Pack!
Go Pack Go -WGL
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