The top-seeded Green Bay Packers (13-3) will host the sixth-seeded Los Angeles Ram (10-6) at Lambo Field for Saturday’s NFC Divisional Round playoff game. The winner will advance to play either the New Orleans Saints or the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC Championship Game.
Here is a full preview for Saturday’s postshade performance at Lambo Field:
How did they get here
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The Packers started 4–0 and then won six straight games to end the regular season, leading 13–3 for the second straight season. Matt LaFleur’s team won the NFC North title and the No. 1 seed in the NFC for the first time since 2011. As the top seed, the Packers received a first round bye and had the opportunity to play the lowest remaining seed in the divisional. Round.
The Rams survived a mostly inconsistent season to finish second at 10-6 in the NFC West and earn the sixth seed in the NFC. A win over the Arizona Cardinals in Week 17 secured a playoff spot. In the wild card round, the Rams went to Seattle and defeated the Division Champion Seahawks 30–20.
Everyone knows the story
Davent vs Jalan: First-team All-Pro wide receiver vs. first-team All-Pro cornerback. It’s not Jerry Rice vs. Dayan Sanders, but it’s as close as you can get in 2020.
friendly fire: Packers coach Matt LaFleur worked with Ramsan Sean McVay in Washington and Los Angeles. In 2017, LaFleur was McVay’s offensive coordinator. The two friends never faced each other as head coaches.
Number 1 vs Number 1: The Packers Offense, which scored an NFL-high 509 points, takes on the Ram defense, which gave an NFL-low 296 points. By almost any relevant statistical measure, this matchup is the NFL’s best offense against the NFL’s best defense.
Aaron vs Aaron: The two-time Defensive Player of the Year is dealing with a rib injury, but Aaron Donald will play through the issue on Saturday. The single most disruptive player in football will face the projected MVP in Aaron Rodgers, who produced a total of 51 touchdowns in 2020.
Enemies are going behind the lines
Managing editors Zach Kruse (Packers Wire) and Cameron Dasilva (Rams Wire) answer questions about their teams ahead of the NFC Divisional Round Showdown.
– Packers wire goes behind enemy lines with Ramus wire
– Ram Wire goes behind enemy lines with Packers Wire
Full injury report
Doubtful: DL Kinglesey KK
Notifications on IR: LT David Bakhtiyari, S Raven Green, OL Lane Taylor, RB / KR Tyler Erwin, DL Montavius Adams
Doubtful: WR Cooper Kupp, OL David Edwards
outside: QB John Wolford, OLB Terrell Lewis
Notifications on IR: RB Darrell Henderson, S Taylor Rapp
If the Packers win…
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The Packers win if … they play their game, and use their inherent advantages. Matt LaFleur’s team produced a major regular season on the back of a highly efficient passing game (see: Aaron Rodgers), dominance in situational football (see: third down, red zone) and a big edge in the turnover department (see: NFL – 11 fewer turnovers). If the Packers do what they do well and avoid big mistakes, the No. 1 seed should advance to the NFC title game, taking advantage of a big edge at quarterback and playing in the cold at Lambo Field.
If Ram wins…
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The Ram wins if … Jared Goff survives mistakes, has a productive afternoon for Cam Acres, and the defense dominates, both in terms of controlling the flow of the game and providing some easy scoring opportunities with takeaways. Goff is playing with a thumbs up, but he must be efficient and avoid giveaways. Acres averaged over 100 yards in his last six games, and he was a major force in Seattle last week. Ram can be seen running away to take the crook. For the defense, Brandon Staley’s group forced 25 takeaways and proved capable of scoring defensive touchdowns. Can Sean McVay’s team put together all the ingredients of an upset and shock the Packers to Green Bay?
The packers know the players
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Most important: QB Aaron Rodgers. The possibility of MVP remained constant during the 2020 season. He will remain in the headlines against the No. 1 defense in football.
Aggressive X-Factor: RB Aaron Jones. Expecting the Packers to include him as both a runner and receiver. There can be versatile and dynamic back running keys that unlock the Ram defense.
Defensive X-Factor: DL Kenny Clarke. He can be a very disruptive inner player. That would be a huge factor in stopping the run and winning the fight against Ram center Austin Beliet and collapsing Goff’s face pocket, which could change the game.
All-Pros: QB Aaron Rodgers, WR Davent Adams, LT David Bakhtiyari, C Corey Linsley, OLB Za’Darius Smith, CB Jaire Alexander
Pro Bowler: QB Aaron Rodgers, RB Aaron Jones, WR Davante Adams, LT David Bakhtiari, G Elgton Jenkins, OLB Za’Darius Smith, CB Jaire Alexander
Ram player to know
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Most important: DL Aaron Donald. No player in the NFL can change a game on the defensive side like Donald. If he is prominent as a pass-ranger, Rama will get a real chance to get upset.
Aggressive X-Factor: WR Robert Woods. He caught 90 passes and can win both in the perimeter and the slot. He needs to be a reliable weapon for Goff and an explosive playwright for Ramus’ offense, who is struggling for score points.
Defensive X-Factor: CB Troy Hill. Rams slot cornerback intercepted three passes and returned for two touchdowns. If the Packers decide to move their top receiver into the slot, he could see a group of Davante Adams.
All-Pros: DL Aaron Donald, CB Jalan Ramsey
Pro Bowler: DL Aaron Donald, CB Jalan Ramsey
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Take a look at the two starting quarterbacks simultaneously:
|Aaron Rodgers (GB)||Jared Goff (LA)|
|Td pass||४ 48||20|
|Yards per attempt||8.2||7.2|
|Team record during start||13-3||9-6|
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According to Pro Football Reference, the statistical rank for both teams:
|Points per game||31.8 (first)||23.3 (22nd)|
|Points allowed per game||23.1 (13th)||18.5 (first)|
|Pillow gap||+7 (7th)||-3 (21st)|
|Passing yards per game||257 (9th)||251 (13th)|
|Yards per game||132 (8th)||126 (10th)|
|Passing yards allowed per game||221 (7th)||191 (First)|
|Yards allowed per game||113 (13th)||91 (third)|
|PFF overall grade rank||1||3|
Full game information
what: Green Bay Packers (13-3) vs. Los Angeles Ram (11-6)
When: CT on Saturday, January 16 at 3:35 pm
Where to: Lambo Field, Green Bay, Wiz.
Referee: Ron torbert
TV Channel: Fox
radio: Packers Radio Network, Serious Satellite Radio (XM225, Streaming 811 WTMJ Feed), Westwood One Sports, WTMJ.com for desktop computers
live stream: fuboTV (try it out), on the Packers mobile app and packers.com
Television Area: Nationally