More than any other week, the NFC Championship Game has the potential to be a high-stakes shootout.
The teams will face off at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on Sunday and the winner will play for its first title since 1995.
The stakes are high.
The Packers have won the last six meetings between the teams.
The Falcons have lost four of those contests, including a 20-13 win in the 2015 season opener.
Atlanta and Green Bay combined for 471 yards rushing and nine touchdowns in a 27-10 win at Atlanta on Sept. 28, 2015.
The winner will face the Cowboys in Dallas on Sunday.
This is the first meeting between the two teams since the Falcons lost 30-20 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta in October 2015.
Both teams were in the playoff mix heading into this matchup.
Atlanta had won three of its previous four and had won two of its last three.
But it was a disappointing loss in the last meeting in Dallas.
In all, Atlanta has won three games in a row against the Packers, with the only loss coming in last season’s NFC Championship game at Lambeau Field.
The Packers have lost three of their last four in Atlanta.
They won seven of their previous eight games at home.
The Falcons are coming off their best performance of the season, leading 24-16 in the fourth quarter of a 34-27 win at Green Bay in Week 13.
Atlanta’s offense was a little off at the start of the fourth, but the offense got back on track with three touchdowns on the ground and seven yards on the kickoff return.
Atlanta (8-2) was led by running back Devonta Freeman (23 carries, 133 yards) and tight end Austin Hooper (22 catches, 567 yards) with the most yards per carry (6.3).
The Packers are playing with four of five starters sidelined after spraining their left ankle on Sept., 22, and starting running back Matt Jones missed his fifth consecutive game with a foot injury.
Both Jones and running back Eddie Lacy are day-to-day.
Jones was expected to be cleared for full practice this week and the Packers have made it a priority to get him back in.
The offense will likely be without running back Toby Gerhart (knee) and wide receiver Randall Cobb (foot) if Jones is unable to play Sunday.
Cobb has caught four passes for 55 yards and two touchdowns this season.
Gerhart was the Packers’ leading receiver in 2016 and has 14 receptions for 174 yards and one touchdown this season, but he has been limited to three catches for 29 yards in three games.
This will be the third meeting between these two teams in the playoffs.
The teams split their previous two meetings, with Green Bay winning in overtime in 2014.
The Green Bay offense scored touchdowns on its first two possessions of the 2015 regular season finale against the Falcons, but they were outscored 42-28 in the second half.
The defense held Atlanta to 39.3 percent (7 of 15) rushing yards on 27 carries.
The last time these two met in the postseason was in the 2008 season opener, when Green Bay won 28-24 in overtime.
This could be a shootout.
Atlanta led 31-24 at halftime and had a 27 to 8 lead in the third quarter, but a field goal by wide receiver Davante Adams cut it to 34-31.
The Cowboys converted on their next possession and Green Day kicker Terrance Mitchell went 4 of 4 on field goals to extend the lead to 36-30 with 1:06 remaining.
The first overtime was played on the Falcons’ 41-yard line, and a field goals by Ryan Switzer and Matt Bryant tied it at 38-38 with 1 1/2 minutes left in the first overtime.
The game went into overtime, but Aaron Rodgers recovered the fumble on the Packers 27 with 1 minute left.
The team would tie it at 36-36 with 3 minutes left when Packers quarterback Brett Favre was sacked on the first play of overtime.
But Favre scored on the next play and the Falcons recovered the ball on the Cowboys’ 23 with less than two minutes left.
The second overtime began with the Falcons getting a 14-yard field goal attempt to make it 31-31 with 3:08 left.
But the Packers took advantage and took the lead for good at 35-35 with 2:15 left in overtime on a touchdown pass from Jermaine Gresham to Jermichael Finley.
The Cowboys led 33-28 with 2 1/3 minutes left and the teams went to overtime.
However, the Cowboys missed a potential game-tying field goal on their first play and they had a timeout.
The score remained 31-32 until the final seconds.
The third overtime ended with a 35-30 Dallas touchdown to Dez Bryant with 1 minutes left, but an interception by Cowboys safety Jourdan Lewis on