Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches...
Seattle will be without Britt, its 16-game rookie starter at right tackle.
All were probable heading into Sunday. How many cameras will Fox have focused on Rodgers' calf at all times?
Key matchups to watch
In the Week 1 shellacking, the Seahawks' pass rush sacked a more mobile version of Aaron Rodgers three times. The quarterback has been sacked 11 times in the past two games against the Seahawks. Mobility will be an issue for the quarterback trying to escape a beastly Seattle rush. However, the Packers' offensive line is much different than the group that was hounded months ago. Rookie Corey Linsley has a full season under his belt and is already one of the better centers in the NFL. Having Bryan Bulaga healthy for the full game should end the turn-style action on the right side of the line we saw in Week 1. After getting sacked 20 times in the first eight weeks of the season, Rodgers was taken down just eight times the rest of the way and twice more last week. The Packers' underrated line must give the gimpy quarterback a clean pocket if he's going to make plays against the Legion of Boom.
The Seahawks' defensive front, led by Michael Bennett, Bruce Irvin and Cliff Avril, has earned 26 sacks in the last seven games. They snagged two sacks last week against the tough-to-corral Cam Newton. Physical defensive fronts have given the Packers problems this season. If Seattle is able to push the pocket against an injured Rodgers they should be able to discombobulate the entire Packers offense. The unit will have to be more stout against Eddie Lacy and the Packers running game than it was last week when it gave up 132 yards on the ground. With a dominant secondary, if the defensive front gets pressure on Rodgers, the Seahawks could ground the NFL's No. 1 scoring offense.
When Andrew Luck doesn't have pressure in his face he's like a quarterback machine that never stops producing. It's no wonder that in the playoffs the Colts quarterback has been otherworldly as he's been sacked just once this postseason. Luck wasn't taken down at all by Denver in the Divisional Round. Indy's offensive line has done a good job keeping defenders off Luck, but it's the quarterback's innate sense and pocket presence that allows him to slip away from defenders. The Patriots secondary is one of the best in the NFL, but if the pass rush doesn't get to Luck he can pick apart anyone. Luck has 40-plus pass attempts in each of his five playoff starts with 300-yard passing games in three of his last four contests. If bodies aren't piling on him Sunday, he could toss the Colts to another road playoff win.
The Patriots had zero sacks last week against the Baltimore Ravens. Chandler Jones and Co. must change that this week. New England earned 40 sacks this season, 13th best in the NFL, so Bill Belichick's crew can get pressure on the quarterback. We'll see if Belichick throws any creative pressures at the third-year signal caller. Luck can be loose with the football when he's under pressure. The quarterback has eight career interceptions in three games versus the Patriots. Jones is the best pure pass-rusher of the Pats bunch. If he has a dominant day, expect the Pats to earn several turnovers -- Luck was second in the NFL with 22 giveaways. If the rush is stymied, however, New England could be in for a long day on defense.
Did You Know?
There have been 22 playoff matchups of the No. 1 scoring offense versus the No. 1 scoring defense from the regular season in NFL history. Teams have split the matchups 11-11, but the defense has won seven of 12 such matchups in the Super Bowl era.
The Green Bay offense scored 30.4 points per game (tops in the NFL) and had the NFL's No. 6 total offense, 386.1 yards per game. They also led the NFL with a 6.2 yards per play average during the regular season.
Green Bay owned the NFL's third-best third-down offense (47.2 percent).
Rodgers did not fare well against top five defenses this season (based on end-of-season total defense rank), earning less than 230 yards passing in all four games against such opponents.
Green Bay didn't have any false start penalties in Week 1 in Seattle.
Eddie Lacy is coming off back-to-back 100-yard rushing games with 95-plus rushing yards in six of the last seven games. He's averaging 99.0 rushing YPG in last seven games (including playoffs).
Davante Adams had seven receptions, 117 yards and 1 TD last Sunday versus Dallas. During the regular season, Adams did not rank in the Top 10 among rookies this season in receptions (T-11th), yards (13th) or TDs (T-10th).
Green Bay's defense ranked 15th in the NFL in total defense (346.4 YPG) with the No. 13 scoring defense (21.8 PPG).
The Green Bay defense has actually outperformed the Seahawks' defense in a few areas over the last four games, giving up 19.5 fewer total YPG and 30 fewer passing YPG. On third down, Packers opponents are converting 32.7 percent of the time, while Seahawks opponents are converting 36.2 percent of the time.
The Seahawks have won eight straight playoff games at home (longest active streak in NFL). Their last playoff loss at home was in the 2004 Wild Card game versus St. Louis.
The Seattle offense was the NFL's No. 1 rushing offense in 2014 regular season, averaging 172.6 rushing yards per game (best in franchise history). They earned 5.3 yards per rush (first in NFL and best in franchise history).
The Seahawks rushed for four or more yards on 50.9 percent of rush attempts in the 2014 regular season (highest percent in NFL).
The 'Hawks had 100-plus rushing yards in 15 of 16 regular season games (most in franchise history). They have also earned 100-plus rush yards in six straight postseason games.
Rodgers and Wilson are the two highest-rated passers in playoff history. However, did you know that Wilson (109.6) ranks ahead of Rodgers (105.3)? On this list, Bart Starr (104.8) ranks third, while Kurt Warner (102.8) is fourth.
Against QBs who have won at least one Super Bowl, Wilson is 9-0 in the regular season and playoffs. Wilson is 2-0 vs. Eli Manning; 2-0 vs. Drew Brees; 2-0 vs. Peyton Manning; 2-0 vs. Aaron Rodgers; and 1-0 vs. Tom Brady. In those nine games, Wilson has thrown 15 TD, 4 INT and has a passer rating of 104.7.
In his first 13 games this season, Luke Willson had 17 receptions, 191 yards and one touchdown. In his last three games (including playoffs) Willson has nine receptions, 239 yards and three touchdowns. Note: Willson missed one game in 2014.
The Seahawks had the NFL's top total defense in the regular season. The unit ranked top three in total defense, scoring defense, passing defense and rushing defense (only team in top three for each category).
Over their last seven games (plus the 4th quarter of Week 11 at KC), the Seahawks' defense has allowed 5 TDs in its last 77 opponent drives.
Seattle's defense allowed 8.0 PPG in the last seven games -- 10 teams didn't allow eight or fewer points in any game this season.
The Colts' offense has looked better in the playoffs than in December: 25 points per game to 19 PPG; 423.0 yards per game to 311.8; -1 turnover differential to -3.
Indianapolis has at least one giveaway in 15 of 18 games this season. Their 31 giveaways in regular season were tied for 29th in the NFL. Luck finished the season with 22 giveaways, second behind Jay Cutler.
Daniel "Boom" Herron in the playoffs: 35 rush, 119 yards (3.4 avg.), two TDs. He had just one rush TD in 16 games this regular season. Herron also has 18 receptions, 117 yards in two playoff games this season. He had 21 receptions all regular season. The running back's 18 catches is tied for second-most in a two-playoff game span in NFL History (Darren Sproles 19 in 2011).
The Indy defense has allowed 13 or fewer points in three straight games and four of the last five.
The Colts were the NFL's second-best third down defense during the regular season, allowing only 33.3 percent of third down conversions during regular season (10 of 31, 32.3 percent in postseason).
Indy has at least one takeaway in 11 straight games.
The Patriots owned the NFL's fourth-best scoring offense in regular season (29.3 PPG) and scored 40-plus points five times this regular season -- most 40-point games in NFL.
New England had the best scoring differential in NFL during regular season (+155) -- outscored opponents 468-313.
The Pats allowed only 26 sacks during regular season -- tied for fourth-fewest in NFL.
Brady is 60-7 in his last 67 home games including postseason, with a 65.3 completion percentage, 278.6 yards per game, 144-39 TD-INT ratio and a 101.1 passer rating.
The Pats' quarterback completed just 25.0 percent of 20-plus air yard passes in 2014 (third-lowest in NFL). He completed 40 percent of such passes in the Divisional Round.
Brady has completed 29.0 percent of his passes to a tight end.
Rob Gronkowski has a touchdown reception in four consecutive games, including postseason -- longest streak of career is six games. The tight end has four 100-yard games this season (Including playoffs).
New England is 11-1 this season when Gronk has 40-plus receiving yards including postseason and is 2-2 when held to 40 or fewer yards (0-1 in games he did not play).
Darrelle Revis: seven career postseason games, 23 tackles, 2 INT, 5 passes defensed. Quarterbacks have a passer rating of 41.5 when targeting Revis in the postseason.
Bill Belichick needs one win to break a tie with Tom Landry for the most postseason wins by a head coach (each have 20).