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Top offense meets top defense in Seattle

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Russell Wilson enters Sunday's NFC Championship game against the Packers 25-2 at home as a starter

The Seattle Seahawks will host the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line.

The Packers are looking to reverse their fortunes in a stadium where they have lost their last two games, including a 36-16 loss in Week 1 this season and the infamous “Fail Mary” game in 2012.

Seattle will try to continue a dominant stretch of playoff wins at home that dates back to the 2005 season.

Top stats to know

The Seahawks have won their last eight home playoff games, the longest active streak in the NFL and tied for fourth longest all-time. The Seahawks’ last home loss in the postseason was in 2004 to the St. Louis Rams.

Since drafting Russell Wilson in 2012, the Seahawks are 25-2 at home (regular season and playoffs). Every other NFL team has lost at least twice as many home games in that time.

The Packers went undefeated (9-0) at home this season outscoring opponents by 160 points but have gone 4-4 and been outscored by 17 points on the road.

No. 1 scoring offense vs No. 1 scoring defense under current playoff format (1990)

According to Elias, no team in NFL history saw a bigger difference in their home and road scoring than the 2014 Packers in the regular season (318 points at home, 168 on the road).

This will also be the fifth matchup of the league’s top offense and top defense in the playoffs under the current playoff format. The last such meeting was the 2013 Super Bowl between the Seahawks and the Denver Broncos.

Matchups to watch

Eddie Lacy vs Seahawks rush defense

The Seahawks’ pass defense makes the headlines, but the rush defense allowed 3.4 yards per rush this season, which ranked second in the NFL.

In Week 1 the Packers rushed 21 times for 80 yards, with Eddie Lacy being held to a season-low 34 yards on 12 rushes. Lacy left in the fourth quarter of that game with a concussion, but he’ll need a heavier workload Sunday.

Seahawks rush defense this season (inc. playoffs)

Teams that committed to the run this season fared the best against the Seahawks. In fact, the four teams that beat Seattle all ran the ball at least 27 times.

By running at a higher rate, the Packers will limit the chances of negative plays in the passing game. The Seahawks scored off 12 of their 15 interceptions this season, and no team scored a touchdown on a drive where the Seahawks recorded a sack.

Seahawks rush offense vs Packers rush defense

The Packers lost their last two playoff games to a team that had a mobile quarterback and successful ground game (49ers). Enter the Seahawks.

Wilson rushed for 849 yards this season and averaged 7.7 yards per rush on zone reads with five touchdowns. Only three teams the last three seasons (including playoffs) allowed more yards per rush on zone reads than the Packers (6.2).

The Packers will also have to account for Marshawn Lynch, who was second in the NFL behind LeGarrette Blount of the New England Patriots with 2.5 yards after contact per rush. The Packers allowed 2.0 yards after contact per rush this season, which was second worst in the NFL.

Did you know?

The Seahawks are 9-0 against Super Bowl winning quarterbacks over the last three seasons, including 2-0 in the postseason. The Seahawks have beaten Rodgers, Drew Brees, Tom Brady and the Manning brothers in that time.