And so the 49ers now have an opponent. And it was the relatively expected one. With relative ease, the Green Bay Packers dispatched the Minnesota Vikings and advanced to the Divisional round against the San Francisco 49ers. This is a rematch of their Week 1 matchup at Lambeau Field. This is also the first playoff game between the two teams at Candlestick Park since the 49ers beat the Packers on The Catch II.
The Vikings looked solid on their opening drive as they were running read option all over the place. However, the Packers adjusted and the Vikings could never completely get back into the game. They weren't completely blown away on the scoreboard, but with Joe Webb at the helm, it did not seem like they were ever going to get back into it.
And that seems to make the Packers performance all the more perplexing. Shouldn't they have blown the doors off Minnesota? Maybe once they realized the game was relatively in hand, they decided to go more conservative and just play it safe. I'd like to think the Packers underwhelmed and will struggle next week, but I don't think it's quite so simple.
Whatever the case, the 49ers have opened in offshore sports books as three point favorites. That line will most assuredly move over the coming days, and I suspect it involves money on the Packers. The 49ers are not the most inspiring of two seeds this year. Even with some big wins on their resume, the 49ers are dealing with a variety of issues. We'll see what a week of practice brings for the 49ers next Saturday!