More than four months after losing at Seattle to begin their season, the Packers will get another crack at the Seahawks in the NFC title game next Sunday.
And as was the case then, the Packers are underdogs to win in the unfriendly confines of CenturyLink Field.
After Green Bay edged Dallas on Sunday, numerous Nevada sports books made the Seahawks seven-point favorites over the Packers. The prevailing Over-Under is 47 points.
Per the Spreadapedia database, the Packers have never closed as underdogs of seven points or more in any of Aaron Rodgers’s 113 starts spanning regular season and postseason play.
In fact, the Packers have only once been underdogs of even six points in any of Rodgers’ starts. They were six-point dogs at the Jets in 2010, winning 9-0.
Also, the Packers have only been underdogs of seven-plus points on three occasions in Mike McCarthy’s tenure as head coach. The Packers were 10-point underdogs at Seattle and 11.5-point underdogs at Philadelphia in 2006, and they were 14.5-point underdogs at New England in 2010, when Matt Flynn, not Rodgers, got the start.
Seattle rolled to a 36-16 victory over Green Bay in the NFL regular season opener between the clubs on September 4. The Seahawks closed as 4.5-point favorites.