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2016 record: 6-6, tied for second in NFC North.

Coach: Mike McCarthy (110-61-1 in 11 years as head coach of the Packers).

Series record: Packers lead the regular season series 9-7, including a 27-17 win at Lambeau Field last September. Seattle is 1-5 in regular-season games played in Green Bay.

By the numbers

19-3 Green Bay’s record at home in December since McCarthy became coach in 2006, tied with New England as the best in the NFL in that span.

33 The projected high temperature Sunday in Green Bay, according to Accuweather.com, with a low of 13 and a chance of snow showers (the historical averages are 30 and 16).

Early line: Seahawks by 2½

KEY PLAYERS

QB Aaron Rodgers: Most teams should be so fortunate to have a quarterback struggling as much as Rodgers has been perceived to be at times this season. After throwing eight touchdowns the last three weeks (with no interceptions) Rodgers has 29 TDs for the season, on pace for 39, which would tie the second-most he has thrown in any season.

WR Jordy Nelson: The ninth-year vet out of Kansas State has bounced back from a knee injury that cost him all of the 2015 season to again emerge as Rodgers’ favorite target, leading the Packers with 69 receptions for 872 yards.

 

RB Christine Michael: Still the leading rusher this season for the Seahawks with 469 yards on 117 carries, Michael saw his most action yet as a Packer on Sunday when he had nine carries for 19 yards against Houston. Three came on a final drive as the Packers ran out the clock.

DE Julius Peppers: Peppers, who turns 37 next month, hasn’t committed to playing beyond this season. But he has shown lately he still has it, getting a sack Sunday against Houston to give him 6.5 for the season. He now has 142.5 for his career, fifth-most in NFL history.

THE PACKERS’ KEYS TO SUCCESS

Green Bay has had one of the more enigmatic seasons of any team in the NFL, considered one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl at the beginning of the season but then losing four in a row at midseason to appear in significant danger of not making the playoffs let alone getting to Houston. But wins the last two weeks have at least kept the Packers’ playoffs hopes alive (listed at 8-1 to win the Super Bowl before the season, Green Bay is currently 30-1). The Packers, though, have been susceptible to the big play through the air, allowing 8.2 yards per pass, highest in the NFL, and 24 touchdowns, which ranks 29th. Green Bay is 24th in the NFL in rushing yards per game at 99.1 (though its 4.3 average per carry ranks 11th) and the Packers have had to get creative to try to fashion a running attack — particularly after Eddie Lacy, who remains the team’s leading rusher with 360 yards, had to go on Injured Reserve after five games — increasingly using receiver Ty Montgomery in the backfield and also bringing in whatever free agents are available.