When the Packers last made a trip to the desert, they might as well have been set upon by snakes and scorpions for all the fun they had. Arizona throttled Green Bay, 38-8 in Week 16, leaving the visitors confused about their future and wondering whether the 2015 season would be one of ultimate disappointment.
The final game of the NFL's Wild Card Weekend resides in Washington, D.C., where the Redskins host the Packers. In a weird twist, Washington fans were rooting for a matchup against Green Bay considering how the Packers limped to the finish line.
Since Green Bay couldn’t stop the Arizona juggernaut last Sunday in the desert, it must now conquer the Vikings for a second time in the season or end up consigned to a road trip during the first week of the postseason. It’s not the best situation for a team that was at one point 6-0 and presumably headed for big things.
A win for the Arizona Cardinals (12-2) this afternoon would clinch the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs. Ironically, Green Bay is the only team that can mathematically swap places with Arizona, giving this matchup added significance.