Packers won’t know divisional round opponent until Sunday

Green Bay Packers, Matt LaFleur (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Matt LaFleur (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images) /

The Packers won’t know their next playoff opponents until Sunday.

While two of the three NFC wild-card games will take place on Saturday night, the Green Bay Packers won’t know their opponents from the divisional round until Sunday.

Regardless of what happens in the games between the Seattle Seahawks and Los Angeles Rams, and Washington Football Team and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Packers’ opponents won’t be confirmed until the Chicago Bears play the New Orleans Saints tomorrow afternoon.

As the Bears are the lowest seed in the NFC, they would advance to Lambeau Field in the divisional round if they can defeat the Saints.

If the Saints win, the Packers would play the lowest seed that won in the two games played on Saturday night.

Entering the weekend we knew the Packers could play any of four teams in divisional round. That will be reduced at some stage tonight.

We already know the Packers can’t meet the Saints or Seahawks in the next round.

If Los Angeles eliminates Seattle today, then Green Bay won’t be able to play the winner of the Washington-Tampa Bay game in the divisional round as the Rams are a lower seed than both. On the flip side, if the Seahawks win, then the Rams will be eliminated so won’t be headed to Lambeau a week from now.

And, of course, the loser of the Football Team-Bucs game also won’t be taking on Green Bay next week.

So, by the end of Saturday’s games, the number of potential opponents for Green Bay in next week’s divisional round will be reduced from four to two.

One will the Bears. The other will be the winner with the lowest seed in today’s two NFC games.

Who do you hope the Packers meet next week? A rematch with the Bears or Bucs? A chance to take on the Rams?