2013 NFL Playoffs: What Is Next For The Green Bay Packers?

By Craig Ballard


The Green Bay Packers beat the Minnesota Vikings today in wild-card weekend. As a result they will travel to Candlestick Park next weekend to battle the San Francisco 49ers.

This is a rematch of week 1 where the Niners went into Lambeau Field and won 30-22. The only footage that the Packers are likely to study from that game is to see why/how Frank Gore went over 100 on them. Gore averaged a whopping 7.0 yards per carry as he had 112 yards on 16 carries, plus a touchdown.

The winning quarterback that day was Alex Smith who was 20 for 26 for 211 yards and two touchdowns (zero interceptions). Colin Kaepernick is now the Niners quarterback. He had a 17 yard run in that week one game, and his ability with his legs is the main reason why Jim Harbaugh is going with Kaepernick over Smith.

Last season under Harbaugh the 49ers were the #2 seed in the NFC, just like this season. They beat Drew Brees in their first playoff game, and then were eliminated by Eli Manning in the NFC Championship game. This season Aaron Rodgers comes to town. In that week 1 game Rodgers went 30 for 44 for 303 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. That was his only loss, and only interception in his career vs San Fran. Overall he is 2-1 with seven touchdowns and one interception vs the 49ers. It is worth noting that Rodgers has never played at San Francisco, in fact the last Packers trip to San Fran was way back in 2006 (30-19 GB victory…Brett Favre, Donald Driver, and Ahmad Green led the way).

Rodgers had a whopping 22 road touchdown passes, and just three road interceptions this season. As the 2013 NFL Playoffs Insider for Rant Sports I will have a preview early next week on this game, and the 49ers pass-rush vs Rodgers will be a certain topic to look at.

In 2010 the Packers were the #6 seed in the NFC. They won all three road games, and then Super Bowl XLV so they do have a recent history of excelling away from Lambeau Field in the playoffs.

Under Harbaugh the 49ers are an impressive 25-8-1 (including 1-1 in playoffs) and at Candlestick they are 14-3-1 (including 1-1 in the playoffs).

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