LIVE BLOG: Packers defeat Rams 32-18, will host NFC Championship game
GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – The Green Bay Packers (13-3) will be in the NFL spotlight Saturday afternoon as they host the Los Angeles Rams (11-6) during the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs.
Saturday’s game is the first playoff game of the weekend, and the winner will take on the victor of Sunday’s matchup between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship.
Both the NFC and AFC Championship games will be played on January 24.
As noted in Dave Schroeder’s ‘Fast 5 Pack Facts’: Packers vs. Rams, the Packers have the #1 scoring offense in the NFL, while the Rams have the #1 scoring defense.
Team officials say this will only be the third postseason meeting between the two franchises. Each club has won one of the previous two meetings – the Rams in 2001, and the Packers in 1967.
During the regular season, the Rams won the last matchup in 2018, however the Packers have won five of the last six games, which go back to 2007.
The Rams, who are the 6th seed, are coming off a 30-20 win over the Seattle Seahawks in the Wild Card round of the playoffs.
Meanwhile, the Packers had a bye last week after securing the #1 seed.
So far, the Packers are 5-1 during the last six divisional games after a bye, and overall, are 10-10 in the divisional round.
In addition, the team is 7-1 at home during the divisional round of the playoffs.
As previously reported, for the first time all season, Lambeau Field will have between 8-9,000 fans in the stands, with about 6,500 of those being season ticket holders. The rest will be made of invited guests such as first responders, health care workers, military members, and family of Packers staff.
Although the sun was shining earlier in the day, anyone attending the game should expect cloudy skies, with highs in the mid 30′s. CLICK HERE to get your game day forecast.
The game is airing on FOX, and kickoff is scheduled for 3:35 p.m. at Lambeau Field. Kevin Burkhardt will be doing play-by-play, while Daryl Johnston will be the analyst. Pam Oliver will report from the sidelines.
No matter the outcome, the Action 2 News Sports team will have highlights and postgame reaction on Action 2 News at 10 on Saturday, as well as Cover 2, which airs Sunday night at 10:35.
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As part of the hype around the playoff game, avid Packers fan rapper Lil Wayne released a new single entitled “Green and Yellow” on Friday.
Packers Tight End Robert Tonyan penned a letter to Packers fans earlier this week regarding the team and their playoff journey, and also shared a personal story.
The Packers won the coin toss, and elected to defer it in the first half.
The Rams went three and out in their first series of the game.
During the Packers first drive, a few big plays were made as they made their way down the field.
However the plays only amounted to a field goal attempt from Crosby, who put three points on the board after making a 24-yard kick.
On the next drive for the Rams, Tyler Lancaster went down for the Packers.
Although the Rams moved quickly downfield, some confusion on a 4th down attempt and an offsides penalty caused them to attempt a 37 yard field goal, which was good.
Packers player Krys Barnes was spotted going to the locker room towards the end of the first quarter.
The game stood at 3-3 at the end of the first.
The Packers announced soon after that Barnes has a thumb injury.
The Rams were then penalized for a face mask.
The Packers were able to put another seven on the board after a short pass from Aaron Rodgers to Davante Adams to make it 10-3.
During the second quarter, Goff was sacked by Za’Darius Smith for a loss of seven, causing a 3 and 14 scenario. The Rams failed to convert and punted.
An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the punt allowed the Packers to start on their own 38 yard line.
In addition, linebacker Krys Barnes was spotted running back out to the field for the Packers.
In addition, flurries were also falling during the second quarter.
On that same drive, the Packers got to the red zone, and Rodgers ran for a one yard touchdown to put another six on the board.
The Packers then attempted a two point conversion after a kick formation but failed, leaving the Packers at 16-3.
The Rams got to the red zone with less than a minute to go in the first half, and put six on the board with less than 30 seconds to go in the half after Goff threw a short pass to Jefferson.
The extra point was good, making it 16-10 with 29 seconds to go.
A few big plays in that drive got the Packers within field goal range, and Crosby made a 39 yard field goal, making it 19-10 at the half.
The Packers will receive to start the second half.
Crosby got to the field after the half later than his teammates, and JK Scott was seen practicing field goal kicks.
On the first play of the half, Aaron Jones ran up the middle for 60 yards, putting the Packers in the red zone early in the half. The next play, Rodgers threw an incomplete pass.
That play set up a touchdown from Aaron Jones at the one yard line.
The Packers attempted a two point conversion, but failed, making it a 25-10 game.
Crosby did return to the field to kick the ball to the Rams for their first drive of the half.
The Rams went three and out, with help by a sack from Kenny Clark and Rashan Gary, which caused a loss of nine yards.
The Packers were unable to score on their next drive, and JK Scott punted for the first time Sunday in the middle of the third quarter. The ball landed at the Rams’ 21 yard line.
The Rams got to the red zone on their drive, and punched it into the end zone following a 7 yard run from Akers.
They then attempted a two point conversion, and converted, making it a 25-18.
The Packers made it to their 40 yard line by the end of the 3rd quarter.
Rapper Lil Wayne made an appearance between the 3rd and 4th quarters to lead fans in a Roll Out the Barrell celebration.
On third and seven, Rodgers threw an incomplete pass out of bounds, giving JK Scott another punt for the day. The ball was downed by Russell at the Rams’ 6 yard line.
Running back AJ Dillon fumbled a play and was also injured during the drive, and was helped off the field.
Allen Lazard found the end zone for the Packers in the 4th, after catching a pass from Rodgers for 58 yards. Crosby’s kick was good, making it 32-18.
Goff was sacked during the Rams next possession on 4th and 13 at the 50 yard line by Gary and Clark.
The attendance at Lambeau was announced during the 4th, with more than 8,000 fans at the stadium.
Dillon was later ruled questionable to return due to his quad injury.
The Packers held on to the 32-18 score for the win, and will advance to the NFC Championship game. That game will be played at Lambeau next Sunday afternoon.
Check back for updates from the Action 2 News Sports team throughout the game.
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