Pregame warmup: Weather could be a factor in Seattle today

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 18, 2015 – 12:50 pm

SEATTLE — Weather could definitely play a factor in today’s NFC Championship between the Packers and Seahawks in Seattle.

Temperatures are in the low 50s, but rain has been falling during pregame and that could continue through the start of the game. There’s also a chance for harder rain or a storm later on in the afternoon, toward the end of the game. Winds are also expected to be in the 15-20 mph range.

So, the “run the ball, stop the run” analysis many have used to describe the Packers’ best chances to win could apply even more significantly if the rain or wind impacts QB Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay’s passing game.

Injury update: For the Seahawks, starting RT Justin Britt is inactive with a knee injury from last week’s game vs. Carolina. Britt had started every game at RT for Seattle this season. He will be replaced by second-year pro Alvin Bailey.

Rodgers (calf) and RB Eddie Lacy (knee) were listed as probable on the Packers’ injury report and both are in the starting lineup. As he was last week, Rodgers was a limited participant in practice throughout the week to rest the calf and be as healthy for the game as possible.

Looking for history: Last week, the Seahawks became the first defending Super Bowl champion in a decade to win a playoff game the following season. Now they’re trying to become the first team to reach the Super Bowl in back-to-back years since the Patriots in 2003-04.

Meanwhile, the Packers are looking for their second Super Bowl appearance in the Mike McCarthy era and the sixth in franchise history. The Packers are 1-1 in NFC title games under McCarthy, losing to the Giants at home in the 2007 postseason and beating the Bears in Chicago four years ago.

All four teams in the conference title games today — Packers, Seahawks, Patriots and Colts — experienced their ups and downs in the regular season to get to this point. For a recap of all that, click here.

Keys on defense: The No. 1 priority for the Packers defense is to slow down Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch. A close second is to keep QB Russell Wilson in the pocket. If those two things are accomplished to some degree, the game could hinge on whether or not the Packers can get an interception against Wilson.

In the Packers’ run to the Super Bowl four years ago, they intercepted passes at key moments for key plays. For a look at how that could play into today’s game, click here.

In case you missed it: All week, produced a daily video series entitled “Countdown to Seattle” that took a look at one key aspect of this game, Monday through Friday. For links to the entire video series, click here.


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