In all likelihood, the Green Bay Packers will wind up hosting the New York Giants in the divisional round of the playoffs on Jan. 15 in a rematch of their 38-35 Green Bay shootout victory in early December at MetLife Stadium.
That is, if you believe the oddsmakers for wild-card weekend games.
The top-seeded Packers get a bye this week and will host the lowest remaining seed in the NFC. Thus, if the No. 6 Lions upset the No. 3 Saints on Saturday in a wild-card playoff game in New Orleans, the Packers would face Detroit for the third time this season.
The odds of that happening are slim. The Saints are an 11-point favorite and have been unbeatable at home this season. The Lions would have to play the game of their lives, or the Saints would have to completely collapse. If the Detroit defense couldn't stop backup Packers QB Matt Flynn last week, how can it hope to contain Drew Brees and the explosive Saints this week at the Superdome?
That means the Packers' opponent would be decided on Sunday, with the winner of the No. 5 Falcons at No. 4 Giants game advancing to the next round at Lambeau Field. The Giants have been installed as 3-point favorites.
Although Atlanta (10-6) has a better record than the Giants (9-7), the Falcons have been known to struggle outside the comfort of the Georgia Dome. The weather shouldn't be a huge factor, with temperatures in the New York area predicted to be in the mid-40s on Sunday. Still, it's hard to pick against a home team that plays outdoors vs. a dome team.
A Packers-Giants playoff matchup would be intriguing. The Giants came to Lambeau four years ago in the NFC title game as the No. 6 seed in the NFC and stunned the No. 2 seeded Packers.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin would love the chance to pull off another playoff shocker on the Frozen Tundra. But first, the Giants must dispose of the Falcons, and the Saints must extinguish the Lions' hopes.