The San Francisco 49ers blew out the Minnesota Vikings. The Green Bay Packers got out to a big lead against the Seattle Seahawks but were outscored 20-6 in the second half. That has been the theme for the majority of Green Bay games. Lack of scoring as the game wears on. Against the 49ers, you can’t do that. San Francisco puts too much pressure on you to let up. Because of that, and what happened the last time these two teams faced each other, the 49ers are touchdown favorites over the Packers, according to DraftKings Sportsbook. The total on the game is 45, so Vegas is expecting somewhere around a 25-20 49ers win. That total is a half-point lower than the first time these two teams met. This will be the eighth meeting for the 49ers and Packers in the playoffs in the past 25 seasons. No other team has met more than five times in the postseason during that span.
We are going to review that game and preview each matchup, but there are a few differences this time. Packers right tackle Bryan Bulaga had to leave the first matchup early on after a knee injury. Bulaga is a very good player and a key part of what they like to do on offense. The Niners were without Dee Ford, Joe Staley, Robbie Gould, and Matt Breida. San Francisco got after Aaron Rodgers early and often. Rodgers was sacked five times and averaged 3.2 yards per attempt with a quarterback rating of eight (100 is the highest.) More on that later. Having Staley back is big, as the Packers have two talented edge rushers. Having Ford should prove to be an even bigger deal. Ford turned the Niners defensive line into the Avengers Saturday against Minnesota. It was a complete onslaught, and we’re going to break that down for a couple of days before we move onto Green Bay.