The Green Bay Packers’ hopes of clinching the No. 1 seed in the NFC took exremely popular in Week 15 when they lost to the Buffalo Bills. It even get’s worse, the Packers looked horrible in the process. Despite what some people think (I’m looking at you Aaron Rodgers), Green Bay still has a legitimate shot at clinching the No. 1 seed and homefield advantage through the entire playoffs.
Rodgers said on his weekly radio show on 540 ESPN Milwaukee that the No. 1 seed is probably out from the question. However, he did say he believes the team can still grab the No. 2 seed, that will guarantee one or more playoff game at Lambeau Field, an area where in actuality the Packers are undefeated this season. Even although the odds have Green Bay getting the No. 2 seed, we are here to shine light on another possible outcome.
The given is the Packers need to win their next two games to even think about homefield advantage. A matchup contrary to the lowly Tampa Bay Buccaneers should be considered a good warmup for once the Detroit Lions come to Green Bay for the normal season finale. The Week 17 contest involving the Packers and Lions will be for the division and a leg up in the playoffs.
Assuming Green Bay emerges victorious in both contests, they will finish with a 12-4 record. Most years, that could be adequate for the top seed in the conference. Unfortunately, you can find at the very least five teams with a legitimate shot at coming up with exactly the same record in the NFC, this means a lot of quality competition in the playoffs. It also means the Packers will be needing some assistance to be able to get the top seed.
For starters, Green Bay must defeat Tampa Bay in Week 16. It would also be nice for the Lions to reduce because which means they may be bounced from the playoffs if the Packers defeat them in Week 17, nonetheless it does not have any effect on the final game one of the ways or the other.
So far as the Week 16 Arizona Cardinals-Seattle Seahawks matchup, and this may sound crazy to Packers fans, Green Bay should root for the Seahawks to win. This is because just because a Seattle win over Arizona on Sunday and a Seahawks loss to the St. Louis Rams in Week 17 means the Packers clinch the No. 1 seed so long as they win out. Even though the Cardinals lose to the San Francisco 49ers in the last week of the summer season, they will still clinch the No. 1 seed so long as they defeat Seattle on Sunday. Essentially, Arizona is playing for the top seed in the conference this week.
To summarize: Packers winning out in addition to the Cardinals losing to the Seahawks in Week 16 in addition to the Seahawks losing to the Rams in Week 17 equals homefield advantage for a Packers team that will have gone undefeated at Lambeau Field in 2014.
I realize there are a lot of moving pieces, but the stark reality is Green Bay still features a shot at clinching homefield advantage. That is incredibly important just because a trip to Seattle for a possible NFC Championship matchup could be very difficult to overcome. Likewise, no team wants traveling to Lambeau Field in January to attain the Super Bowl.