Jan 11, 2015 4:58 PM
NFC championship game set: Packers at Seahawks
The Associated Press
Look out, 12th Man: Here come the Green Bay Packers.
The Seattle Seahawks and the Packers are set for an NFC championship showdown in a rematch of this season's NFL opener.
Aaron Rodgers threw for 316 yards and three touchdowns and the Packers rallied from an 8-point deficit to beat the Dallas Cowboys 26-21 on Sunday and advance to the conference title game for the first time in four years.
The Packers (13-4) will travel to Seattle (13-4) next Sunday to face the defending Super Bowl champions, who dominated Green Bay in a 36-16 win Sept. 4. The Seahawks opened as seven-point favorites in Las Vegas.
Rodgers overcame a calf injury that limited his mobility to lead the Packers over the Cowboys. His 13-yard TD pass to backup tight end Richard Rodgers in the fourth quarter gave Green Bay the lead for good.
A video review reversed a 31-yard catch by Dez Bryant to the Packers 1 on fourth-and-2, and the Cowboys didn't get the ball back.
"I'll do everything I can to get ready to go to Seattle and play a great team," Rodgers said.
In the AFC, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots (13-4) were waiting to find out if they would host the Denver Broncos or Indianapolis Colts.
The Packers finished the season 9-0 at Lambeau Field, but they'll have to go on the road to face a team with a similar home-field advantage in a noisy environment created by the 12th Man. The Seahawks are 25-2 at CenturyLink Field in quarterback Russell Wilson's three years, including 8-1 this season.
In Week 1, Marshawn Lynch ran for 110 yards and two TDs as the Seahawks blew past Green Bay. Rodgers was 23 of 33 for 189 yards, one TD and one interception. He looked almost exclusively for Jordy Nelson matched up against Byron Maxwell and never threw in Richard Sherman's direction.
Eddie Lacy, who ran for 101 yards against the Cowboys, was mostly a non-factor at Seattle with 34 yards rushing on 12 carries and left in the fourth quarter with a concussion.
Brady and the Patriots will meet Peyton Manning and the Broncos in the title game for the second straight year if Denver beats the Colts. Manning led the Broncos to a 26-16 win at home against the Patriots a year ago.
It would be the fourth time Brady and Manning went head-to-head in the AFC title game. The first two came when Manning played for the Colts. The Patriots won in 2004, Indy in 2007.
Brady ran his record to 11-5 against Manning with a 43-21 victory over the Broncos at Gillette Stadium in Week 9.
If Andrew Luck guides Indianapolis to an upset at Denver, the Colts would return to the AFC championship game for the first time since Manning led them past the New York Jets in January 2010. The Patriots beat the Colts 42-20 on the road in Week 11.
AP Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner and Sports Writers Tim Booth and Howard Ulman contributed.
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