Thanks to the all-time great play of quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the Green Bay Packers are on the doorstep of the Super Bowl. To get there, they will need to upset the defending champion Seattle Seahawks at Century Link Stadium, which as the rest of NFL can attest to is no easy task.
Yet, the Packers are no slouch. You don’t win 12 of 14 games in the NFL, including a playoff game over a very good Dallas Cowboys team without being damn good.
That being said, Green Bay comes into Sunday’s NFC championship game as a touchdown underdog and the Packers will need to be at their absolute best to beat Seattle.
Here are five things Green Bay must do Sunday to get to the Super Bowl:
No. 1 — NO turnovers. And I mean none.
Seattle’s defense does as good a job of any NFL team at forcing turnovers and if Green Bay is going to beat them, then taking care of the football is a must. Of course Green Bay turned it over less than anyone in the NFL, so if there’s a team that can escape Seattle without one, it’s the Packers. If Green Bay does avoid turning it over, its chance of winning increases exponentially.
No. 2 — Slow Down Marshawn Lynch
The Packers aren’t going to stop Mr. Skittles but they can certainly contain him. And doing so will be the key to victory. Russell Wilson is great but Lynch is the straw that stirs the drink for the Seattle offense. Slow him down and you can hold the Seahawks’ offense in check.
No. 3 — Get Eddie Lacy going early and often
The best way to neutralize the 12th man is to take them out of the game and one of the best ways to do that is successfully running the football. Lacy is one of the top young backs in football and the Green Bay offensive line has evolved into one of the league’s best. If Green Bay can establish a run game, it will make things much easier for Rodgers and the defense to get it done.
No. 4 — Cash in on red zone opportunities.
Green Bay WILL move the ball against Seattle and they will have chances in the red zone, the Packers just need to take advantage of them. Kicking field goals on the road against a team like the Seahawks simply won’t cut it.
No. 5 — Aaron Rodgers must be legendary again.
If the Packers are going to win Rodgers needs to be the best player on the field. He can make throws no one else in the NFL can and that will need to be on full display Sunday. He was outer worldly in the fourth quarter against Dallas and will need to be even better to slay Seattle.