Green Bay’s win over the Pats wasn’t a lopsided victory like the ones they reeled off in their previous two home games against the Eagles and Bears, but by defeating the Patriots, 26-21, on Sunday, the Packers made a clear statement: They are the toughest team to play at its home stadium, and they will do what it takes to get home advantage during the postseason.
With Arizona’s loss against the Falcons, the Packers are now tied for the NFC lead at 9-3. If both teams continue to trend in the opposite directions they’re headed, the path to get to the Super Bowl could be through Lambeau Field.
There are many aspects of why the Packers have accomplished a 6-0 home record this season, but building a huge lead in the early stages of the game is perhaps the biggest one. The Packers had a 79-0 lead in first quarters over the past five games and built a 28-0 lead over Minnesota, a 42 -0 lead over the Bears and a 30-6 lead over Philadelphia before outscoring their foes 150-44.
Some might think now that Green Bay will beat any rival at home. Whether it’s the Detroit Lions in Week 17 or the surging Seattle Seahawks in a potential playoff matchup (two teams that beat the Packers on their own home fields earlier this season), it could easily be argued that there would be a dramatic difference — in Green Bay’s favor — with the game played at Lambeau Field.
The Atlanta Falcons will try to go for an upset on Monday Night Football next week, and the NFC North could be on the line when the Detroit Lions land at Lambeau Field on Week 17. But it remains to be seen whether these teams can do a better job at Lambeau than two 9-3 teams (New England and Philadelphia).
“We’ve been great at home, we’re 6-0 at home, the fans have been excellent with noise,” Aaron Rodgers said. “We’ve got a good advantage going right now with our winning the home games. Have to keep rolling at home.”