Sunday, January 9, 2011
NFC title game at Qwest? It could happen
By Mike Sando
The Green Bay Packers' victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in the wild-card round Sunday makes it possible for the Seattle Seahawks to play the NFC title game at home.
For that to happen, the Packers and Seahawks would have to win their divisional-round games.
The sixth-seeded Packers would have to defeat the top-seeded Atlanta Falcons in the Georgia Dome, where they suffered a 20-17 defeat in Week 12 despite tying the game in the final minute. The fourth-seeded Seahawks would have to defeat the second-seeded Chicago Bears at Soldier Field, where Seattle won in Week 6. These outcomes would not stand as colossal upsets.
A similar scenario helped Arizona advance to the Super Bowl following the 2008 season. The Eagles, seeded sixth that season, defeated the top-seeded New York Giants in the divisional round. The fourth-seeded Cardinals won at second-seeded Carolina the same week. Arizona then defeated Philadelphia at University of Phoenix Stadium in the NFC title game, sending the Cardinals to the Super Bowl.