GREEN BAY – There’s not much left to figure out.
The NFC is down to four teams, and the Packers are one of them for the fifth time in the last seven years.
This opportunity is different, though.
Because for the first time in those last seven years, the top-seeded Packers are in the NFC Divisional round knowing if they win, they’ll be hosting the NFC Championship Game.
That hasn’t been the case since way back in 2011, when Green Bay had the No. 1 seed and home-field advantage but did not advance to host the conference title game.
In all their chances since then, the Packers either knew in advance if they won the divisional matchup they’d be on the road the next week, or they’d need help in order to be playing at home with a berth in the Super Bowl on the line.
The Packers won in 2014, ’16 and last year, but never returned home. They traveled all three instances for the NFC title tilt and lost one game shy of the ultimate game.
This year it’s all in front of them, with Saturday’s 3:35 p.m. CT matchup with the No. 6 seed Rams all that’s standing between a chance to host the NFC Championship Game for the first time in 13 years.