The Green Bay Packers will host the Los Angeles Rams in the first game of the divisional round of the NFL playoffs, set for Saturday, January 16th at 3:35pm CST.
The time slot was set shortly after the Chicago Bears were eliminated from the postseason by the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.
The matchup is set. #Packers will host the Rams in the NFC Divisional round on Saturday, Jan. 16 at 3:35 p.m. CT at Lambeau Field 📰: https://t.co/OlUpuxQ4im#PackersUnited | #GoPackGo pic.twitter.com/4llPHiZn4x
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) January 11, 2021
The Packers last hosted a divisional round game last season when they defeated the Seattle Seahawks. That game also came off of a bye, as the Packers were the 2-seed under the previous playoff format in which both the 1 and 2 seeds had bye weeks.
The Packers last faced the Rams in 2018 in a game that appeared ripe for a Packers upset on the road before former Packers running back Ty Montgomery fumbled a late kickoff return, giving the Rams an opportunity to put Green Bay away.
The Rams upset the Seahawks in the wild card round, earning the right to advance and face the Packers. Los Angeles had started backup quarterback John Wolford, opting for Wolford over Jared Goff who practiced all week after recovering from thumb surgery the week prior.
Wolford suffered a neck injury early against Seattle and was later taken to a local hospital for evaluation. He was replaced by Goff. It is assumed that Goff will start against the Packers, but no official designation has been made yet. Wolford was released from the hospital the same day and reports suggested that his injury was a bad stinger.
LA comes in as one of the top defenses in the league and turned in a solid performance against Seattle. The Rams forced two turnovers, one a pick-six and held the Seahawks to just 3-15 on 3rd down and 0-2 on 4th down tries. The Rams sacked Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson five times on the day.
The Packers have the league’s top-scoring offense, setting up a “strength vs strength” matchup that will feature some fun matchups within the contest.
Rams All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey vs Packers All-Pro receiver Davante Adams and Rams All-Pro defensive lineman Aaron Donald vs All-Pro center Corey Linsley and standout guard Elgton Jenkins.
Donald briefly left Saturday’s game vs Seattle with a rib injury but did return to action. X-rays were negative for a break but Donald will have an MRI this week.
The matchup that doesn’t pit two players against each other directly, however, could end up being the biggest difference in this game: All-Pro and MVP candidate Aaron Rodgers vs Goff.
The early weather forecast for Saturday’s game is a high of 25 degrees and partly sunny with no snow expected.