Final: Packers 21, Eagles 16

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NFC Divisional Playoffs: Saturday, January 15th at Atlanta
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4th Quarter

6:42 p.m.  Packers' 3rd Drive  :44
Rodgers in victory formation.  Yes, Aaron Rodgers has won a playoff game.  122.4 rating, and they needed every ratings point - in other words, near-perfection.

First road playoff win since 1997.

6:34 p.m.  Eagles' 3rd Drive  1:45
Philadelphia starts its drive to try and stab the Packers again in the heart (with no time outs, mind you) at the 34 after Masthay's punt and Jackson's return with yellow fabric on the ground.  Holding.  Slight help.  Called from the end of the play.  (??, rule book?)

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I'm calling it.  The Packers will win this game.  They will get the stop.

Vick finds Jackson...broken tackle.  Into Packers territory, inside the 40.  Not a good omen on my prediction.

1:20 left.

Vick overshoots Celek who was open.  Collins smacked Celek in the shoulder pads (legally), and Celek paid a big price.  Because of the injured player needing time off and a lack of time outs, an extra :10 goes off the clock.  Bad for Philly, because the incompletion would have stopped the clock.  Probably, in this case, should still be no runoff.

1:06 left.  Rocky plays again on the loudspeaker.

Vick misses McCoy on a screen.  Almost better to have the incompletion because Woodson was in McCoy's shirt.  Loss on the play and time running would have happened.

3rd down: Vick finds Cooper past the 30 yard line.  Four fresh downs for Philadelphia.  Four more Alka-Seltzers to pop.

:45 left.

Vick to the end zone - YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  TRAMON WILLIAMS!

Wayne: "There is your wildcard dagger!!!!!"

6:25 p.m.  Packers' 2nd Drive  4:02
The four-minute offense has never had a more important test.  The Packers must own the ball, possess it, and not let Kevin Kolb (who is warming up) get the ball.

2 yards, maybe 3, to start the drive.  Philadelphia calls its first time out, with one more left to go.

Must get something out of this second down play....Starks gets BIG YARDAGE!   To the 36 yard line.  OK, 12 yards isn't big yardage, but it's the biggest rushing first down for Green Bay in three years.

James Starks, you just earned a 2011 starting job....I think.

We tick tock tick tock toward three minutes as Starks gains his 124th yard.  Wish it was more than just 1 yard on that run.

3rd-9 at GB 38: the biggest of big third down plays this game....whoa boy....whoa boy...darn.  Sack.   But that's better than an incompletion by Rodgers which gives Philly an extra play.

Two minutes for Vick to get a game winner, and two minutes that the Packers must hold him to get to Atlanta.  Did I just say whoa boy?

6:07 p.m.  Eagles' 2nd Drive  8:50
Green Bay 21, Philadelphia 16
Vick 1 yd TD run

Eagles get it after an out-of-bounds kick at the 25.  Shank.  Philadelphia still has life.

Jackson makes his first post-injury impact with Jackson getting past the 40 yard line.  Philadelphia knows how to handle the Packers' blitz.

Did I mention to you earlier that I love how the Packers have a two-score lead?  They'll need it.  Even more, that McCarthy lack of going after the TD at the end of the first half is hurting them.

After Vick-to-McCoy for 11 yards, Eagles go no-huddle.  They like the personnel matchup.

3rd-5 at GB 40: another big stop opportunity outside Akers' cannon-like range, if he's accurate....

FUMBLE!  Avant...but refs say down by contact.  Sadly, a good call.  March continues; feeling of doom with an 11 point lead in your pocket continues.

Vick scramble...circles past defender...incomplete.  Whoa, could have been been HUGE loss yardage after Hawk nearly corralled him.

Uh oh.  McCoy.  Red zone.  Six minutes left.  An eternity.

Vick scramble....Wynn with the grab of his shoelace...perhaps his heel...for a -1 loss.  That's a temporary PHEW!

Temporary because Celek snags a delivery to get the ball to the three.  With an impending TD, the Packers' best defense may be its running game.  Starks, warm up.

Vick...QB draw....and the Packers knew it.  Great read by Jenkins and Peprah to hold him to 18 inches of yardage.

Five minutes...and the Packers go dime defense?  What?

Screen pass goes wide, thanks to Jenkins' rush.

3rd-goal at 2.5 yard line: at least a field goal would mean an eight-ponit lead and a demand for Vick to go the length of the field next time....

Vick the end zone?  NOPE!  That's a possible-point stop right at the goal line by Wynn, unless Philly goes for it on 4th down.

That's exactly what they do.  Perhaps the game is at stake here.  Sneak.  Vick...did he?  Deflatingly, yes.

2pter: Vick...throws...catch?  Celek, but a ref may have caught him going out of bounds.  Yep...he did. 

2pter: from the 7 yard line.  Vick was pressured by Hawk and Peprah.  Intentional grounding.  Loss of down.

WOW!  Vick limping.  Kolb time if they get the ball back?

6:01 p.m.  Packers' 1st Drive  13:05
Like I said before, you don't dagger the Eagles after they've pulled off 21 point comebacks this year.  But you can unsheath the dagger at least if the Packers go to the end zone.

3rd-4 at GB 30: Rodgers beats a blitz and finds Driver...again...41 yard line.  Driver has three critical 3rd down catches this half. 

James Starks now over 100 yards.  Beautiful.

3rd-1 at 50: Kuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuhn stuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuufed.   Should have stayed with Starks.

5:57 p.m.  Eagles' 1st Drive  Continued from 3rd Quarter
Vick has all the time in the world before finding Cooper for seven yards.  The Eagles have figured out the Packers' pass rush...and the Packers are working more on coverage than blitzes.  Would rather see the blitz come.

3rd-1 at GB 16: McCoy STUFFFFFFFFFFED!  Matthews, Hawk and Pickett forcing the no gain.  Akers comes on, to the chagrin of the highly refined Philadelphia sports fan.

WHAT?  Akers' second miss of the day?  He's a Pro Bowler this year.  Wow!

3rd Quarter

5:50 p.m.  Eagles' 3rd Drive  3:07
Could have been much worse field position than Philadelphia's 46 had Pat Lee not made a textbook tackle during the punt coverage.

It gets worse for Philly, and better for Green Bay, after Justice's false start.  Repeat the previous sentence after Justice's holding and illegal formation penalties.  Beautiful.  Just beautiful.  He will get lambasted by the Philly press and fans on Monday, win or lose.

Packers like 1st and 25's when it's the opponent.

Vick overcame Matthews' insane rush with a heck of a throw to Avant.  It could have been MUCH worse, but McCoy did not hold on near the Green Bay 42.

3rd-14 at PHI 42: Vick throws over the middle into an eight-man zone and Avant took a catch mid-air for 21 yards.  Blitz.  Blitz.  Put Vick away.  Don't give him time.

McCoy...bounce outside...broken tackle...9.5 yard gain.  Ooh, momentum is sliding the cheese steak direction.

5:45 p.m.  Packers' 3rd Drive  4:27
A 98-yard drive would be monstrous right now.  But it would not be a dagger.  Just ask Tom Coughlin that.

Two runs pull off just five yards.  Key 3rd down deep in the dead zone....very key.

ARod...time...lots of time...Samuel had the pick, but out of bounds.  Phew.  Still, Eagles win that drive with a three-and-out.

5:36 p.m.  Eagles' 2nd Drive  7:33
We know the Eagles can go score for score with the Packers, which is why that score to make it a double-digit lead was huge.

First deep bomb to Jackson, and Williams was all over him.  I don't think Jackson has the spring he usually does with that ankle problem.  He's got to be gutting it out.

Vick finds Maclin for a first down.  Tick, tock, just waiting for the Vick time bomb to go off.  Hopefully the Packers play MacGuyver, and not MacGruber.

A little grenade just went off with Maclin getting open on a crossing pattern and Vick finding him for 18 yards.  The Eagles seem to be handling the pass rush a lot better than first half.  Time for Capers to switch things up.

Great tackle by Collins stops Vick to just two yards   Raji just a step behind.  The big guy can move, v.2.

3rd-8 at GB 35: field goal would cut lead to eight points.

DROP!  Avant just helped the Packers out after the pass went right between the 8 and 1, as Wayne put it.  Phew.

Wow.  Rocca punt time.  Field position game.  2 yard line.

5:24 p.m  Packers' 2nd Drive  13:50
Green Bay 21, Philadelphia 10
Rodgers-Jackson 16 yd pass

Now, ARod and company must get the Packers out of a momentum hole.  A score here is majorly important.

Starks to the 20 on the kickoff.  Eagles now playing much more inspired than previous.

Starks with a five-yard run, and the more successful they get with the run game to elongate a scoring drive and rest the defense to come at Vick,  the better.

Well, that didn't work on 2nd down.

3rd-4 at GB 26: big conversion here...Rodgers finds Driver...stopped by Patterson, but JUST......JUST enough for a first down, perhaps with the help of a ref.  Wayne: "That, at this stage of the game, big."

Jennings with a sliding catch...maybe not.  Trap.  Worth a replay, though....and the replay showed an upward bounce before reaching his hands.

3rd-10 at GB 31: DRIVER!  Crunch time, and he is money in that situation.  20 yards.  Beautiful.  This is how you take starch out of a momentum-swung team like Philly: big 3rd down conversions.

Starks...first down yardage...more than first down yardage.  19 yards.  This team can actually run the ball!  Miracles do happen!  94 yards by running backs. the 25.  99 yards by running backs.

Rodgers to Kuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuhn and he gets inside the 10 yard line.  This is the perfect antidote to Philadelphia momentum. the 6.  102 yards by running backs for Green Bay.

Flag day in the Packers backfield after a Rodgers scramble...holding on Colledge.  The 2nd most penalized Packers O-lineman.  Wayne: "The only way the Eagles win this game is if the Packers give it to them."

Jackson...screen pass....DOMINATION AGAIN!

5:19 p.m.  Eagles' 1st Drive  14:06
Green Bay 14, Philadelphia 10
Vick-Avant 24 yd TD pass  

MUST hold to field goal and force an eight-point game.

Vick finds Avant to make that idea a mute set of typed words.  Six defensive backs couldn't stop that throw.

5:12 p.m.  Packers' 1st Drive  15:00
The loudspeaker is playing Genesis' "Turn It On Again" and they have to go down to, pretty much, the basement to replace the power surge so far.

But they got it after a great special teams tackle to push Shields to the 17 on the kickoff return...and the Packers have to go into the wind again.  They've proven they can do it.

Starks with a run for eight yards...keep movin' on, Starksie.  Keep movin' on.  Fantastic move.

Play action with the inverted wishbone and Driver couldn't hold on with the pass coming to him while he was on his back.

3rd-2 at GB 25: must convert to keep momentum going.  Low level of critical zone, but critical.

BALL LOOSE!  Rodgers plastered from behind and the Eagles snagged it.  Parker with the strip and recovery. 

2nd Quarter

4:54 p.m.  Packers' 2nd Drive  1:11
Packers start the 2nd half with the ball.  If the Packers can go into the wind and get seven more points, a 21-3 halftime lead with the ball to start the 2nd half...could be game over.  Wait.  The Eagles have come back from that much down to win this year.  Nothing guaranteed in this game.

They're running with Jackson.  Lots of running.

3rd-5 at GB 25: hold the ball.  Control it.  No points for Philly here.  Play defense with offense.

Rodgers finds Quarless in first down turf....they could get to field goal range here if they're smart.  Time out.

Next play - bomb time...JONES!  WHAT IN THE WORLD!  3rd drop by a wide receiver today.  Samuel was toasted.  That's a touchdown.  Ugh.

HAHA...I know it's the Packers, but this was funny.  Play clock runs to :00.  Rodgers turns to call time.  Snapped ball hits him in the butt.

Jackson makes up for it and six yards more with a swing pass reception.

3rd-4 at GB 43: and we go to the half.  Should have gone for more.  Had a chance.

4:42 p.m.  Eagles' 2nd Drive  5:21
Green Bay 14, Philadelphia 3
Akers 28 yd FG

Jackson returns to the field for Philly.

Uh oh.  Maclin.  44 yards.  Packers should have paid more attention.  Williams let Maclin get inside.

False starts always help, Eagles O-line.  Keep doing that.

B.J. Raji catching McCoy during a screen pass....they get back the yards off the penalty....but Raji!  Nice speed by the big guy.

3rd-10 at GB 30: a sack puts them out of field goal range?  Vick scrambles and makes the point mute.  First down.  Oh well.

Jackson with the droppsies.  He must have commiserated with Jennings before the game.  Three drops by #1 wideouts in this game.  1 catch.

Post 2-minute warning: Avant caught by Williams for just a 2-yard gain on 3rd down.  Akers time.  That's a win.

4:28 p.m.  Packers' 1st Drive  12:21
Green Bay 14, Philadelphia 0
Rodgers-Jones 9 yd TD pass

57 yards from putting this game in total do that while going into the wind would be huge.

Six yards for Starks.  Larry mentioned it earlier, anytime you can average 4 yards on the ground, you're doing your job.  Just keep doing that to keep the defense focused inward and open throwing possibilities.

3rd-1 at PHI 46: Kuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuhn.....fummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmble....but Kuhn retrieved it for a first down.  The Eagle had it right at his torso if he just put a paw on it.  Heads, up, Kuhn.  Phewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.

Kuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuhn...high stepping?  What?  That's like me cartwheeling.  Great job to get it in 2nd-short.

3rd-2 at PHI 39: another in-Eagles-territory-but-not-yet-field-goal-range 3rd down.  They're 1-2 on those so far.....

Rodgers dumpoff to Johnson who does just enough to get to the 35.  Rodgers evaded a fantastic blitz by Parker.  But Jennings was wide open.  Should be 14-zip right now.

Jackson has returned to the Eagles sideline...on a stationary bike.

Larry McCarren: "Packers look like the much-sharper team right now."

Proven by Starks slamming for another first down.  He is owning this Eagles D right now.

Not so sharp as Rodgers and Quin Johnson bump like a bad dance at a wedding.

3rd-4 at PHI 16: after a blitz...Rodgers in first down territory...first and goal territory.  There's that run game!  57 yards by backs, too.

Rodgers - Jones - DIVING GRAB!  Control of this game is officially in the Packers' hands.

4:21 p.m.  Eagles' 1st Drive  Continued from 1st quarter
3rd-2 at PHI 28: Vick slips past Matthews for the first.  Hopefully don't read too much of that.

Maclin wants a flag on a 2nd down throw from Vick.  Tramon Williams simply pulled off fantastic defense guarding Maclin instead.

HUGE SACK BY MATTHEWS ON 3RD DOWN!  15 yard loss...that's not just a 3rd down win, but another field position win.  That is critical when the offense has to go into the wind.

1st Quarter

4:18 p.m.  Eagles' 3rd Drive  :08
Larry McCarren: "Lot of reasons for the Packers to believe right now."

McCoy gets past Raji for a 7 yard gain...change sides, Packers now go into the wind for 15 football clock minutes.

4:06 p.m.  Packers' 2nd Drive  5:46
Green Bay 7, Philadelphia 0
Rodgers-Crabtree 7 yd TD pass

This feels too much like the Jets and 2nd Bears game...wait, the Packers won those games!

ANOTHER DROP!  Jennings...2nd time today.  Ugh.  Where is his head?  Rather, where are his hands?  Cheez Whiz isn't that slippery.

STARKS!  INTO PHILLY TERRITORY!  Fantastic run, breaking tackles, for 27 yards.  The threat of that will hopefully keep Philly honest for a while, opening up passing lanes.

Starks twice...and those times, just 2.5 yards per carry.

3rd-5 at PHIL 36: Eagles jumped across the line of scrimmage...the flag came later than badly run pizza delivery...but it was really 3rd-less than five...extend that right arm for a first down.

More Starks.  An "eh" run length, but again...keep the D honest.

More Starks, through the air zone time.  Philly's got more to deal with than the wideouts, and that's a good thing when they're butterfingers today.  44 yards total on this drive for James Starks.

3rd-7 at PHI 16: lots of time for Rodgers and he finds Kuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuhn to the happy chagrin of lots of fans giving the long U vowel in Philly.  First down again.

Now it's that bad region between the 5 and 10 where it's hard to throw...never mind!  Crabtree!  Heck of a decision to throw it there by Rodgers.

3:55 p.m.  Eagles' 2nd Drive  8:34
91 yards from the end zone.  Like the field position trend so far, guys.

Matthews across the play...Celek only to the 19.  Could have been much worse.  If Vick was smart, he would have bombed for it all.  Nothing to lose.  First down a play later.

Uh oh.  Plenty of time for a bomb...and Vick found Maclin...but Maclin didn't find the ball.  Shields with excellent D to help break up the ball.  Just a hand on it.  Big credit.

Holding call will pull back a McCoy run...thankfully...because it was a 7 yarder.  2nd-17 a lot more daunting for an offense than 3rd-3.

DeSean Jackson off the field with a leg injury.  Could be a HUGE loss for Philly.  Major limp.

3rd-9 at PHIL 22: Screeeeeeeeeeeen.  McCoy gets first down yardage...FUMBLE....Eagles get it, but behind first down territory at the 26....wait...Collins pulled the ball out of the pile.  More referee confusion.  Line judge confirms that it's Philly's ball, but 40 yards or so behind where it might be.

Jackson hobbles into the locker room.

3:50 p.m.  Packers' 1st Drive  10:44
69 yards to the lead, Rodgers starts with a great key pass to Quarless that allowed him good YAC - 16 yard gain.  In the name of Curly Lambeau, who would have ever thought "good YAC" would be a positive NFL statement?

No need for good YAC after a completion of 13 yards to Driver the next play.

Wow.  Bulaga and Clifton switching sides on the O-line.  Nice pass protection wrinkle.

First run play: 3 yards.  Jackson.  They're not gonna get much out of the run.  Eagles know it.  Packers know the Eagles know it.

3rd-7 at PHI 38: throw to Jennings while getting blitzed is off the mark, though it should have been a catch.  Ugh. 

Field position game now.

3:40 p.m.  Eagles' 1st Drive  15:00 left in 1st quarter
Packers will begin with the wind at their back in the 1st quarter...and seemingly, the 4th quarter.  Good if it's a Mason Crosby kick to tie or win it in the end.

Eagles embrace their inner Rocky Balboa with the music blaring over the loudspeakers.  Would you expect anything less?  I don't think McCarthy got his team pumped with "You're gonna eat lightning!  You're gonna crap thunda!" a-la Mick in the movie.

Philly starts inside its own 15 thanks to swarming Packers special teams.

Speaking of swarming, Bishop with the first blitz and the first sack of the game!  How does 95 yards to the end zone feel now, Mr. Vick?

Well, it's a lot less as Vick gets Avant for a near first down.  Stuff my mouth with a cheese steak whenever I want to cybertaunt Michael Vick.

FANTASTIC job by Wilson to blow up the Vick run attempt as he gets nailed behind the line of scrimmage.  Packers used the "Hippo" "I want a hippopotamus for Christmas" stuck in my head.

WHAT?  Punt touched by the Packers?  Eagles flop on the ball...did Underwood touch the ball?   Someone shoved Underwood into the ball which had stopped rolling, and the refs call it Eagles ball?

Unfair call.  REALLY unfair call.  If that's a right call by a ref, you HAVE to change that rule, NFL rules committee.  (Forgive me for channeling my inner-tuck rule era Al Davis.)

Vick past Woodson to the GB 31...that's just Vick's speed and better traction in comparison to Woodson.

3rd-3 at GB 23: thanks, Williams, for stopping the pass from Vick to Cooper.  Limits the damage, unless a Packer pulls a Leon Lett.

WHOA!  Akers missed?  Rare.  But poetic justice.


3:37 p.m.
Following a trumpet performance of the national anthem that had a player who got his instrument to sound like it was on helium, Bush, Rodgers, Hawk and Woodson, Crosby and Jennings - the captains for the Packers - head to the center of the field for the toss.

Packers call heads; the coin falls tails.  Eagles start with the ball.

3:34 p.m.
Class move...they took a moment of silence for the shooting victims in Arizona.  Hard to not pause over that.  Gene Mueller has a fantastic blog about it.

3:27 p.m.
I can't believe I'm saying this...the Eagles fight song is more annoying than the Bears.

2:05 p.m.
The story you'll see below talks about the last two weeks and the changes these teams have endured in their fortunes.

Feel free to read it, but understand something: all the prognostication and scene-setting in the world that shows the Packers in an advantageous situation means nothing.

What the guys on the field do means it all.

Pregame Story

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles have traded places in the past two weeks.

Michael Vick and the Eagles were the talk of the NFL after an incredible comeback win over the New York Giants on Dec. 19. They were sitting at 10-4 with a chance to secure a first-round bye in the playoffs, and had the second-best odds for winning the Super Bowl at 6-1, according to

Aaron Rodgers and the Packers were on the brink of elimination after a 31-27 loss to New England. They were a disappointing 8-6 going into a do-or-die game against the Giants.

Hit the fast-forward button. Now the Packers are the hot team entering the playoffs.

The Eagles (10-6) and Packers (10-6) will meet Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field in the final wild-card game of the weekend.

Call it the cheesesteaks vs. the cheeseheads.

"It's a playoff game, man. It's huge for us," Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson said. "We know what's out there on the line for us, and this has kind of been our goal all season, to make it through the regular season and put us in the best position to get to the playoffs. Now we're finally here, so we just got to put it together and make some things happen."

The Eagles blew their chance at a bye with a stunning loss to lowly Minnesota on Dec. 28, then rested nearly all their starters in a meaningless loss to Dallas last week.

The Packers routed the Giants to stay alive in the playoff race. Then they beat NFC North champion Chicago in their second straight must-win game to earn a playoff berth as the No. 6 seed.

Green Bay has a tough challenge ahead. The Packers have to win three games on the road to reach the Super Bowl. But they're no ordinary sixth seed, and it's been done before. The Pittsburgh Steelers won the 2006 Super Bowl as a No. 6 seed. The Eagles reached the 2009 NFC championship game as the sixth seed.

Oddsmakers list the Eagles as 2 1/2-point favorites because they have the home-field advantage. But the Packers are the consensus pick by many analysts and experts.

"They're the hot team right now, so a lot of people are going to pick them," Eagles center Mike McGlynn said. "It's obviously motivation, but it doesn't matter."

Despite their seeding, the Packers have 12-1 odds of winning the Super Bowl. Those are the same odds as the Bears, who have a bye this week and play at home next Sunday. The Eagles, by the way, have dropped to 11-1. Green Bay was 25-1 two weeks ago.

The Packers, a popular preseason pick to win the Super Bowl, were set back by a slew of injuries. They lost six starters, including running back Ryan Grant and tight end Jermichael Finley.

"I think in here there's a lot of confidence," Rodgers said. "Yeah, we have to go on the road and that makes it tough, but we're just happy to be able to have played well the last couple of weeks and keep that momentum going as we go into a tough environment this weekend."

This will be a rematch of Green Bay's 27-20 victory at the Linc in Week 1. In that game, Kevin Kolb was Philadelphia's starter. But Clay Matthews knocked him out with a concussion, giving Vick a chance to show his stuff.

Vick made the most of it. He had the best season of his career and was selected to start the Pro Bowl. His sights are set on a higher goal.

"Just to be in the playoffs is a gratifying feeling right now, but obviously I've dreamed of taking it a step further," Vick said. "I've dreamed of being back in the playoffs and having another opportunity to compete for the opportunity to play in the Super Bowl."

The Packers weren't ready for Vick the first time around. He threw for 175 yards, ran for 103 and nearly rallied the Eagles from a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter.

"I think we understand what we're getting ourselves into now and the fact of what type of athlete he is and what he brings to the table," Matthews said. "The fact that we were able to see him for a half is only going to help us out. If we have zero sacks but can force him to stay in the pocket, I think that's a win for us. It's difficult. You're obviously going to have to keep your rush-lane integrity and not get too high or too low because he can make plays with his feet."

With Vick, Jackson, LeSean McCoy and Jeremy Maclin, the Eagles have a potent offense. They finished second in total yards and set a team record for points with 439.

But the Packers have an outstanding defense led by Matthews and Charles Woodson. They were fifth in total yards allowed, and gave up just 10.4 points per game over the last nine weeks. They held opponents to seven points or less five times in that span.

The Packers still have a bitter taste from last year when they lost 51-45 in overtime to Arizona in a wild-card game. Their defense hopes to avenge that performance.

"I don't think in that playoff game we were that aggressive defense," Woodson said. "And this time around, I just don't think it will be the same. We'll keep applying pressure and that's the way our team likes to play."

This will be the third time these teams have met in the playoffs. The first two were memorable wins for Philadelphia. The Eagles beat the Packers in the 1960 NFL championship game, giving Vince Lombardi his only playoff defeat. The Eagles and their rowdy fans are still waiting to win another title.

In January 2004, Philadelphia beat Green Bay 20-17 in the divisional round. Down 17-14 with 1:12 remaining at their own 27, the Eagles converted on fourth-and-26 when Donovan McNabb connected with Freddie Mitchell for a 28-yard gain. That set up David Akers' tying field goal. Akers then won it in overtime after Brian Dawkins intercepted Brett Favre's pass.

"Hopefully it won't come down to a fourth-and-26 for us," Woodson said. "We'll make some plays and wrap the game up early."

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)