Seahawks vs. Packers

When: Sunday, 10 a.m., Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wis.

Records: Seahawks 5-9, Packers 9-5

TV: KCPQ/13 (Thom Brennaman, Brian Bilick)

Radio: 710 ESPN-AM and KIRO-FM/97.3 (Steve Raible, Warren Moon, Jen Mueller)

Matchup microscope

The Seahawks’ defense vs. Packers RB Ryan Grant: It’s almost become, “Oh, and Ryan Grant” this season because the Packers’ Aaron Rodgers-to-pick-a-receiver passing game has been so potent. But Grant already has run for 1,105 yards and eight touchdowns, and he’s also part of the league’s No. 8-rated passing game (25 receptions). The Seahawks need no introduction, not after Grant overcame two early fumbles to trample them for 201 yards and three touchdowns in a snowstorm in that 2007 playoff game at Lambeau and also ran for 90 yards at Qwest Field last season. The Seahawks have done a better-than-average job against some of the most productive backs in the league this season. Grant is just the latest challenge.

One to watch

The Packers pass defense vs. Seahawks TE John Carlson: The Buccaneers decided to double-cover the Seahawks wide receivers last week and Carlson made them pay with a seven-catch, 86-yard performance – which matched his receptions and exceeded his yardage total (78) from the previous five games combined. The Packers have had problems with tight end recently, including the Steelers’ Heath Miller (seven catches for 118 yards) in Sunday’s loss to Pittsburgh. But there also was the 49ers’ Vernon Davis (eight for 108), as well as the Cowboys’ Jason Witten, the Ravens’ Todd Heap and the Lions’ Casey Fitzsimmons (five catches each). Getting Carlson involved early also should soften the middle of the Packers’ 3-4 defense for the running game.

Fun to watch

The Seahawks’ offense vs. Packers CB Charles Woodson: This guy, at 33 and in his 12th NFL season, is an all-day sucker. He’ll line up at corner, safety or either of the inside spots in the nickel and dime. He plays the pass (eight interceptions). He plays the run (77 tackles). He blitzes (two sacks). He’s basically a pain to your offensive continuity, because he makes plays everywhere, and from everywhere. Like Grant, Woodson is no stranger to the Seahawks. He has three interceptions in his past two games against them.

Notable

The Packers are currently the No. 5 seed in the NFC playoff picture, and want to secure a 10th win to solidify that spot. … The Packers will clinch the 25th playoff berth in franchise history with a win, and a Cowboys loss or a Giants loss or tie; or a tie and Giants loss. … They’re also 53-30 (.639) in December since 1990. … The Seahawks are 2-4 in December road games the past three seasons. … Packers WR Greg Jennings is averaging 34.2 yards on his 28 career touchdown receptions, tops in the league among active players with at least 20 TD catches. … The Packers lead the league in takeaway/turnover ratio at plus-18. … The Packers have not allowed a team to rush for more than 81 yards in their past seven games. … The Seahawks had 380 yards in total offense in last week’s loss to the Bucs, after compiling fewer than 300 in their previous four games. … MLB David Hawthorne leads the Seahawks with 102 tackles, while ILB Nick Barnett leads the Packers with 103. Hawthorne also leads the team in interceptions (three) and is tied for second in sacks (four).


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