No. 5 San Francisco 49ers (12-4) at No. 4 Green Bay Packers (8-7-1)

Published: Dec 31, 2013 14:58pm EST
By taylorzanew, Sports Writer for Konsume Sports

Please Note: This article was updated Jan 01, 2014 @ 09:36pm EST

 

Even with all the excitement Green Bay’s last minute win securing their spot in the playoffs, I’m sure they feel like they drew the short straw having to play the 49ers first.  A match up that saw Colin Kaepernick have 412 yards passing in week one. Not to mention the amazing performance Kaepernick had against the Pack in last year’s playoffs.

The 49ers are heading into this year’s playoffs playing as good as anyone. With an almost healthy receiving core, minus Manningham, and one of the best run games in the business the offence is poised to put up big numbers.

Green Bay gets a huge boost with Aaron Rodgers and Randall Cobb returning. We saw what they can do last week. As long as Rodgers is at the helm the Packers have a chance. The man just makes plays, you give him enough time and he will pick you apart. Their newly acquired running game with rookie Eddie Lacy, and the resurgence of James Starks, gives Green Bay a lot more versatility on offense. Last year you pretty much knew they were going to throw it, now they keep you honest and defend the run as well.

On the defensive side of the ball I think the 49ers have the edge. They have one of, if not, the best linebacking cores in the league. With Aldon Smith reengaged after his rehab visit and the cog of the defensive line Justin Smith playing as well as ever, Rodgers is going to have his hands full up front. The 49ers’ secondary is probably their weak link and if they are unable to pressure Rodgers to get rid of the ball early it might be a long day for the 49ers defense.

Green Bay on the other hand could still be without their defensive leader Clay Mathews who they are still listing as day to day even after his surgery to his hand. Without him on the field they will really need A.J. Hawk and Mike Neal to step it up in his absence.

With all this being said I think the 49ers will take care of business at Lambeau 35-28.   


 

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