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Divisional Playoffs

First Look

January 14, 2002

Green Bay (12-4, 1-0)

at St. Louis (14-2, 0-0)

Sunday, 1 p.m.

Channel 11

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How they got here: Green Bay beat San Francisco, 25-15, in a wild-card playoff game. St. Louis received a bye after winning the West Division.

2001 meetings: None. The Rams lead the all-time series, 43-40-2. The Packers won the last meeting, 17-7, at Lambeau Field in 1997.

2001 common opponents: St. Louis beat Detroit, 35-0; Green Bay swept its season series with Detroit. St. Louis lost to Tampa Bay, 24-17; Green Bay swept its season series with Tampa Bay. Green Bay beat Carolina, 28-7; St. Louis swept its season series with Carolina. Green Bay lost to Atlanta, 23-20; St. Louis swept its season series with Atlanta. Green Bay beat the New York Giants, 34-25; St. Louis beat the Giants, 15-14.

About Green Bay: The Packers won't be able to play in the chilly confines of Lambeau Field when they face the Rams, but Brett Favre seems motivated to reach the Super Bowl again. The matchup against St. Louis will feature quarterbacks with five combined MVP trophies: Favre has three, Kurt Warner two.

About St. Louis: The Rams averaged a league-high 31.4 points a game and gave up the fourth fewest points (273) in the NFC, but they actually played better on the road (8-0) than at home (6-2).

Houston Mitchell

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