Packers head to playoffs
The Green Bay Packers start their NFC playoff run at Arizona next Sunday at 3:40 p.m. CST. They return to the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, where they beat the Cardinals 33-7 Jan. 3 in their regular season finale. The Packers won seven of their last eight and secured the NFC's number-five playoff spot with an 11-5 record. The Cardinals finished a game behind the Pack at 10-6, but they have the number-four playoff seed by virtue of winning the NFC West. A win Jan. 10 would send the Packers to either top-seeded New Orleans or number-two Minnesota, depending on how third-seeded Dallas does against number-six Philadelphia the night of Jan. 9. The Cowboys blanked Philly 24-0 Jan. 3 to win the NFC East, on the strength of two touchdown passes from Racine County native Tony Romo. Both New Orleans and Minnesota have next weekend off. The only way Green Bay could get a home game is for both the Packers and Philly to win their next two contests. Those two would then meet in the NFC Championship Game.