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NFL Playoff Picture: Why Home Field Gives the Green Bay Packers a Real Advantage
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The Lambeau advantage is substantial in these playoffs.

The Green Bay Packers' 35-21 victory over the rival Chicago Bears on Sunday night locked Green Bay into the No. 1 seed in the NFC Playoffs, guaranteeing that the playoffs will go through the "Frozen Tundra" and that if any other NFC team wants to go to the Super Bowl, they'll have to beat the Packers in Green Bay.

Historically, traveling to Green Bay in the playoffs has been a quick way to end the opposing team's season.

Recently they've been a little more vulnerable at Lambeau, dropping three games in the last decade. Mike Vick and the Atlanta Falcons broke the lore of Lambeau when they defeated the Packers 27-7 on January 1, 2003.

The Vikings followed that a couple of seasons later in the game famous for Randy Moss "mooning" the crowd. Finally, the New York Giants won a classic overtime game in the NFC Championship on their way to a Super Bowl title, effectively ending Brett Favre's career as a Packer in the process. 

This season, however, the Lambeau advantage in the playoffs is going to be substantial, not just because the Packers have a dominant team, but because of the teams that potentially will be making the pilgrimage to the hallowed grounds of Lambeau Field. 

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