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Packers Rout Seattle

December 27, 2009 by  
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Dec 28, 2009, By Pete Dougherty, Press Gazette

~The Green Bay Packers definitely are on a roll and most definitely are in the playoffs.

Whether they’re a legit championship threat isn’t as definite, at least based on the way quarterback Ben Roethlisberger torched their defense in Pittsburgh last week.

But if their 48-10 manhandling of the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday at Lambeau Field came against a toothless opponent that’s limping to the season’s finish line, it at least keeps the Packers one of the hottest teams in the NFL and helped them clinch a wild-card playoff spot with a week remaining in the regular season. 

Ryan Grant brilliantly and athletically leaps through the air, reaching the ball over the pylon for one of his two touchdowns against the Seahawks Sunday.

Ryan Grant brilliantly and athletically leaps through the air, reaching the ball over the pylon for one of his two touchdowns against the Seahawks Sunday.

“I think last week (at Pittsburgh) was a little wake-up call for us,” said Dom Capers, the Packers’ defensive coordinator and a two-time NFL head coach. “But we make a play last week and we could be heading into this last game winning a bunch in a row. What have we won, six of the last seven? I like that. Hopefully, we can carry it over and go to Arizona and play well there next week. This game is such a game of momentum. It’s momentum and confidence, and nothing does more for your confidence than to have that momentum.”

The Packers (10-5) clinched a wild-card playoff spot on Sunday because the New York Giants (8-7) tanked in their home game against Carolina on Sunday, losing 41-9. Whether the Packers are seeded No. 5 or No. 6 in the NFC is to be determined.

The Packers’ wild-card playoff opponent hasn’t been determined either, and could be any one of four teams — Arizona, Philadelphia, Dallas and Minnesota — depending on how the final week of the regular season plays out. All the Packers know for sure is they’ll be on the road, where they’re 4-3 this season.

“Our goal of winning the world championship is right in front of us,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “And that’s all you can ask for, opportunities. You have to get into the playoffs to accomplish that. We’re going to be a road-warrior mentality as we plan for that. But let’s be honest, we still have work ahead of us.”    Full Story here

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