The San Francisco 49ers pay a visit to Lambeau Field on Saturday night to play an NFC divisional playoff game against the NFC North champion Green Bay Packers. San Francisco reached this divisional round matchup against Green Bay by defeating the Dallas Cowboys 23-17 last Sunday on Wildcard Weekend. Elijah Mitchell rushed for 96 yards with one touchdown to lead the offense and San Francisco held the powerful Dallas offense to only 307 total yards. The 49ers are 10-7 overall and 6-3 on the road. San Francisco will play without Raheem Mostert, Mohamed Sanu Sr, Trenton Cannon, Tavon Wilson and Dee Ford amongst others, while several players are questionable including Nick Bosa, with a concussion.
The Green Bay Packers won the NFC North with a record of 13-4 and earned a bye in the first week of the postseason. Green Bay ended its regular season with a 37-30 loss to the Detroit Lions in a meaningless game as far as playoff seedings. Green Bay finished 10th in scoring during the regular season and 19th in points allowed. At home this season, the Packers were a perfect 8-0. Green Bay will play without Whitney Mercilus, Ty Summers, Za’Darius Smith, Randall Cobb and Malik Taylor amongst others, while Marquez Valdes-Scantling, David Bakhtiari and Jaire Alexander are amongst those questionable.
Defense key to 49ers successSan Francisco was able to contain the Dallas offense last Sunday and must do the same against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense on Saturday. San Francisco finished the regular season third in yards allowed at 310.0 yards per game. The 49ers allowed 103.5 yards rushing and 206.5 yards passing per game which were 7th and 6th respectively in the NFL. The 49ers allowed an average of 21.5 points per game which is 10th and had 17 takeaways. The statistical leaders on defense for San Francisco this season were Fred Warner with 137 tackles, Nick Bosa with 15.5 quarterback sacks and Jimmie Ward with two interceptions.
The Niners averaged 25.1 points per game which is 13th in the NFL while rushing for 127.4 yards and passing for 248.3 yards per game, which are 7th and 12 respectively. The 49ers averaged 375.7 yards of total offense which was 7th and San Francisco turned the ball over 24 times. During the regular season, Jimmy Garoppolo passed for 3810 yards with 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions while Elijah Mitchell rushed for 963 yards and five touchdowns, and Deebo Samuel caught 77 passes for 1,405 yards and 26 touchdowns. Samuel is also a threat as a runner. Last week, he had 72 yards rushing with a TD. In the regular season, he had 59 carries for 365 yards with eight TDs for a 6.2 yards per carry average.
Green Bay equally tough on both sides of the line of scrimmageGreen Bay finished the regular season 10th in total yards with an average of 365.6 yards per game. The Packers rushed for an average of 111.8 yards per game which was 18th and passed for an average of 253.8 yards per game which was 8th. Green Bay scored an average of 26.5 points per game which was 10th and turned the ball over only 13 times which was second-best. Aaron Rodgers passed for 4150 yards with 37 touchdowns and only four interceptions, while AJ Dillon rushed for 803 yards and five touchdowns and Aaron Jones rushed for 799 yards and four touchdowns. Green Bay's leading receiver during the regular season was Davante Adams with 123 receptions for 1553 yards and 11 touchdowns.
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Green Bay's defense held its own this season as the Packers were 9th in total yards allowed at 328.2 yards per game. Green Bay allowed an average of 109.1 yards rushing which was 11th and 219.1 yards passing per game which was 10th. The Packers were ninth-best in takeaways with 25. The statistical leaders on defense this season for Green Bay were De’Vondre Campbell with 146 tackles, Rashan Gary with 9.5 quarterback sacks and Rasul Douglas with five interceptions.
- Green Bay is 7-1 ATS in the last eight at home
- The Packers are 6-1 ATS in the last seven as the favorite at home