Against all odds, the Green Bay Packers have made it to the final four teams in the NFC. They stunned the Dallas Cowboys with a dominant victory in the NFC Wild Card Round.
Even the most optimistic Packers fans couldn't have seen this performance coming. They won the toss, took the ball, and dominated the game from that moment. Dallas hadn't lost a game at home all season. Green Bay ended that in a game reminiscent of the stunning victory over the Atlanta Falcons in the 2010 playoffs.
Jordan Love threw for 272 yards and three touchdowns and earned a perfect passer rating in his first playoff start. Incredible.
This was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Packers. But here they are, only two games away from the Super Bowl. Nobody could've predicted this back in September.
Aaron Rodgers enjoyed great success against the Cowboys, and Love has now won his first start against them. Including the playoffs, Rodgers went 8-3 against Dallas. Love helped lead Green Bay to its 10th victory in its previous 11 games against the Cowboys.
It's a game that will impact both teams. The Cowboys may consider Mike McCarthy's future after a surprise first-round exit. Meanwhile, the Packers will start to believe they can shock the world and go on a magical playoff run. And they already know their next opponent.
Packers will meet 49ers in NFC Divisional Round
The Packers are the lowest seed in the NFC, which means they will play the highest-remaining seed in the NFC Divisional Round. That would be the San Francisco 49ers, who earned a first-round bye.
Love gets to take on another team the Packers have a lot of playoff experience against over the past decade or so. San Francisco has eliminated Green Bay four times since 2012. Love will hope to help the Packers end that losing run next week.
San Francisco is the best team in the NFC. Quarterback Brock Purdy threw for 4,280 yards, 31 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions in the regular season. Christian McCaffrey had 2,023 yards from scrimmage and 21 total touchdowns. Deebo Samuel, George Kittle, and Brandon Aiyuk each had over 1,000 all-purpose yards.
The Niners have the No. 3 scoring defense. Nick Bosa has 10.5 sacks, while Charvarius Ward leads the team with five interceptions.
The 49ers are one of the league's best teams. The Packers will need their best performance of the season to beat them. But as they proved in the wild-card round, anything is possible.