With wins by the Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, the Redskins now know their opponent for their first-round playoff game at FedExField: the Green Bay Packers.
Now it’s time to see how the Washington Redskins stand up to the best the NFL has to offer.
With Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Dallas Cowboys now in the rear-view mirror, the 2015 NFC East Division champion Redskins set all their attention on the Wild Card Round playoff matchup next weekend at FedExField.
And, with victories by the Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings in Sunday's Week 17 action, the Redskins know their fifth-seeded opponent for that first-round game: the Green Bay Packers. The game will be played Sunday at 4:40 p.m. and televised on FOX.
Here’s a quick look at the Packers entering the matchup:
Green Bay Packers
Redskins play them because…: The Packers claimed the No. 5 seed with a loss to the Vikings tonight on Sunday Night Football.
Team synopsis: The Packers will enter the game against the Redskins having completed the 2015 regular season with a 10-6 record, and finished in second in the NFC North Division.
The Packers’ defense has been a little worse than middle of the pack, as, entering Sunday, they allowed 353.7 yards per game, ranking 19th. They ranked 13th in passing yards allowed (236.7 per game) and 21st in rushing yards allowed (116.9), while they allowed 20.2 points per game, ranking 10th.
Despite offensive inconsistencies, quarterback Aaron Rodgers is putting up another fine season under center for Green Bay. Entering Sunday, he had completed 319-of-528 passes (60.4 percent) for 3,530 yards with 30 touchdowns to just seven interceptions. Eddie Lacy (724 yards rushing, three touchdowns) and James Starks (577 yards rushing, two touchdowns) lead the Packers’ run game, and Randall Cobb (73 receptions, 792 yards, six touchdowns) and James Jones (46 catches, 788 yards, eight touchdowns) lead their receivers.
The defense is led by safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix’s 96 tackles. He also has two interceptions and two sacks apiece. Julius Peppers has a team-best 9.5 sacks, while Damarious Randall and Sam Shields have three interceptions.
Series history: The Redskins and Packers have met 34 times in their longstanding series history, with the Packers claiming a 19-14-1 advantage in those games.
The Redskins and Packers have met two times in the postseason, with each franchise claiming a win:
- 1936 NFL Championship Game: Packers 21, Boston Redskins 6
- 1972 NFC Divisional Playoff Game: Redskins 16, Packers 3