There were few surprises on the NFC side of the bracket in the 2015 NFL Playoffs. The No. 1 and 2 seeds advanced, with Seattle beating Carolina 31-17 and Green Bay topping Dallas 26-21. As for the latter, the Packers had a much tougher test than Seattle. And it took a controversial no-catch call to seal their victory. Nevertheless, Green Bay survives and moves on to the NFC title game.
The Packers boast the likely MVP in quarterback Aaron Rodgers and one of the NFL’s best offenses. But they are certainly facing a handicap here in that they’ll be playing away from the friendly confines of Lambeau Field. With their win over Dallas, the Packers ended the season with a 9-0 record at home. But now they face a Seattle team that’s won their last five games at CenturyLink Stadium by at least 10 points each.
As for Seattle, they are within two victories of winning their second-straight Super Bowl title. Recent history shows that it’s tough enough to make the big game two years in a row, let alone win it. But based on the fact that they’ve won seven straight games and their defense looks better than ever, it’s hard to see anybody but Seattle winning right now. Our current betting line at GTBets.eu reflects this:
Green Bay (-110)
Seattle -7 (-110)
Considering everything that we just discussed, it’s certainly understandable that Seattle is a touchdown favorite here. They handily won in these two teams’ only matchup of the season – a 36-16 stomping in the regular-season opener. Of course, that was nearly five months ago and a lot can happen in that time span.
Besides having time to improve their team, another thing that Green Bay has going for them is history. The last seven NFC title games have been decided by 7 points or less. Seeing as how Green Bay features a pretty complete team, it’s not hard to see them keeping this one close – no matter how good Seattle may be. Going further, we figure this will be a game that comes down to a field goal or two.
Final Score Prediction: Seattle wins 27-24