Packers Earn No.1 Seed; Here’s Why This Is Significant GREEN BAY, Wis. — Sunday night’s victory over the Minnesota Vikings gave the Green Bay Packers the No.1 seed in the NFC playoffs and home-field advantage. Despite last year’s humiliating loss in the NFC Championship Game, this is a significant payoff.
All 14 teams who reached the Super Bowl in the seven postseasons from 2013 to 2019 had either the No.1 or No.2 seed, meaning a first-round bye. That changed during the extended postseason last year. The NFC South runner-up Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the No.5 seed won three road games to go to the Super Bowl, which they won on their home field.
After the game, coach Matt LaFleur said, “I don’t believe anybody in that locker room is going to take a big breath and say, ‘Hey, we’ve arrived.'” Every game from here on out is essentially win-or-go-home, and you must prepare throughout the week to be at your best; we know this going into every game.
Why are the Packers the top seed instead of the Buccaneers?
With a victory tonight, the Green Bay Packers can clinch the NFC’s No.1 seed. Rasul Douglas and the Green Bay Packers need one more victory to secure the NFC’s top spot. ASSOCIATED PRESS With a victory over Minnesota tonight, the Green Bay Packers will clinch the NFC’s top seed and a first-round bye.
- The Packers (12-3) and Vikings (7-8) play at Lambeau Field at 7:20 p.m. (CST).
- Green Bay received a boost when second-seeded Dallas lost to Arizona, dropped to 11-5, and fell to the fourth spot in the conference.
- The Los Angeles Rams (12-4) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (12-4) earned the No.2 and No.3 seeds, respectively, in the NFC playoffs.
The Packers own tiebreakers over both the Rams and Buccaneers, so with one more victory, they will secure the No.1 seed. After testing positive for COVID on Friday, Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins will miss the game. The Vikings will play journeyman quarterback Sean Mannion, who has failed to throw a touchdown pass in his seven-year career.
- The Packers, who had been a 6.5-point favorite for the majority of the week, skyrocketed to a 13-point favorite when the Cousins news surfaced.
- Since Brett Favre came in 1992 and overturned a generation of losing football in the NFL’s smallest city, this would be the fourth time Green Bay has secured the NFC’s top seed.
In 1996, the Packers advanced to the Super Bowl as the top seed, however in 2011 and 2020, Green Bay fell short as the top seed. Here is a summary of Green Bay’s performances as the No.1 seed over the past few seasons:
Here are the final schedules for the conference’s top four teams. At Baltimore (8-5), vs Cleveland (7-6), versus Minnesota (6-7), and at Detroit (1-11-1). Total: 22-29-1. Away-at-home: 2-2. Two winning records: No.2 Tampa Bay: versus New Orleans (6-7), versus Carolina (5-8), versus the New York Jets (3-10), versus Carolina (5-8).
- Total: 19-33.
- Away-at-home: 2-2.
- Zero wins recorded.
- No.3 Arizona: versus Detroit (1-11-1), vs Indianapolis (7-6), versus Dallas (9-4) and against Seattle (5-8).
- Total: 22-29-1.
- Away-at-home: 2-2.
- Two winning records: No.4 Dallas: at.
- The New York Giants (4-9), vs.
- The Washington Redskins (6-7), vs.
- The Arizona Cardinals (10-3) and at the Philadelphia Eagles (6-7).
Total: 26-26. Home-away records of 2-2. Winning records: The Packers Will Face Difficulty Maintaining the Top Seed
Why do the Green Bay Packers have the tiebreaker over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?
GREEN BAY – The Packers must wait at least one further week to clinch the NFC North. As a result of Minnesota’s victory over Pittsburgh on Thursday night, Green Bay’s magic number to secure the division remains at two. On Sunday night against the Bears, the Packers can at most decrease it to one.
Green Bay still has a chance to secure at least a wild-card playoff place. To qualify for the playoffs, the Packers must defeat the Bears and hope that New Orleans and San Francisco both lose. Therefore, to expedite Green Bay’s postseason qualification, cheer for the Jets to defeat the Saints and the Bengals to defeat the 49ers.
If both of these outcomes occur on Sunday afternoon, the Packers will have the opportunity to secure a postseason place by defeating the Bears at Lambeau Field that evening. (There is a further scenario in which the Saints and Rams both lose and the 49ers tie, but ties are so uncommon that it is hardly worth noting.
In addition, as indicated below, it is more advantageous for the Packers if the Rams win this week.) As a total, the top five teams in the NFC are separated by two games and are now ranked as follows.1. Arizona (10-2), 2. Green Bay (9-3), 3. Tampa Bay (9-3), 4. Dallas (8-4), 5. LA Rams (8-4). All teams have now received their byes, so from now on everyone will play every week.
Monday night’s matchup between Arizona and Los Angeles will be the most important of the week. The Rams hope to close to within one game of the Cardinals’ NFC West lead, while Arizona hopes to grab a three-game lead with four games remaining and push the Rams to the wild-card picture.
- A Cardinals loss would aid the Packers tremendously in their pursuit of the No.1 seed, which holds the only NFC bye and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
- If Green Bay defeats Chicago on Sunday and Los Angeles defeats Arizona on Monday, the Packers would not need any further assistance to claim the top slot since they own the head-to-head tiebreaker against Arizona.
So cheer for the Rams to prevail in the Monday night matchup. Elsewhere on Sunday, Dallas has a crucial NFC East clash against Washington, which is two games behind the division leader. With the Cowboys close behind the Packers, rooting for Washington to win would help Green Bay maintain its space.
Before the evening matchup between the Bears and the Packers, Buffalo will face Tampa Bay. This is the Buccaneers’ hardest remaining matchup, since it is their only remaining contest against a club with a winning record. Green Bay now has the tiebreaker over Tampa Bay owing to a higher conference record, thus if the Packers continue to win, the Buccaneers cannot catch up to them.
Clearly, though, rooting for the Bills to defeat them would aid the Packers, as it’s unlikely that the Buccaneers would suffer a fourth loss elsewhere.