Packers skate to comeback win against Seattle
By Ros Krasny
GREEN BAY (Reuters) - The Green Bay Packers overcame a disastrous start to rally past the Seattle Seahawks 42-20 in a driving snowstorm on Saturday, advancing to the NFC Championship Game for the first time since the 1997 season.
Playing in rapidly deteriorating conditions, veteran Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre and running back Ryan Grant, who scored three touchdowns, led the way in a dominating offensive performance by the home team.
Green Bay fell 14-0 behind on two early touchdowns after a pair of fumbles by Grant but steadied the ship quickly and grabbed the lead for good early in the second quarter after touchdowns on four successive possessions.
The Packers will play the winner of Sunday's Dallas Cowboys-New York Giants game for the right to advance to the Super Bowl in Arizona on February 3.
A New York win would return next week's game to the Lambeau Field, where the Packers now own a 13-2 postseason record.
The Super Bowl seemed a distant prospect early in the first quarter though when the Packers were reeling from two early touchdowns from Seattle.
Grant fumbled on Green Bay's first play and from the visitor's response Shaun Alexander dived over from one yard.
Another Grant mishandle left Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck to throw to Bobby Engram to make it 14-0.
Grant, who had fumbled only once in the regular season, started to make amends though when he made a four-yard run in a drive that led to Favre's pass to Greg Jennings for a touchdown.
Then Grant himself went over from the one-yard line after making three impressive surges on the Packers next drive.
The scores level, Grant was dominating and added his second touchdown to give the home side the lead at the halftime interval when he went over from the three-yard line.
Grant went in at half-time with 91 yards and two touchdowns to his name and his contribution had turned the game on it's head.
With the snow reducing visibility and making it tricky for the players to keep their feet, the Packers oozed confidence while Seattle never looked like getting their lead back.
Brandon Jackson took a 13-yard pass from Favre in the third quarter with a Josh Brown field goal all that the Seahawks could provide in way of response.
Grant then wrapped the game up in the fourth quarter with a one-yard run at the end of a seven play drive.
Favre, who has hinted he will return for one more season, added to his lengthy list of league records when he became just the second NFL quarterback to throw for 5,000 postseason yards, behind the legendary San Francisco 49ers' Joe Montana.
But the 38-year-old quarterback said the fun in the snow had been what he took the most pleasure in.
"I've been waiting for that for 17 years, it was awesome. It was the most snow I've every played in," Favre told reporters after the game.
"I've wanted a game where you couldn't see the field. I've played a long time up here, and that was the first time it's ever been like that."
Grant ended with 201 yards -- one more than Seattle managed as a team.
(Editing by John O'Brien and Simon Evans)