Aaron Rodgers returned with a bang last Sunday. He finished with 318 yards passing, two touchdowns and put the team on his back when it mattered most for a game winning strike to lead the Green Bay Packers to the postseason dance.
We all know that Rodgers is arguably the best quarterback in football when on his game. He has a rocket arm and can also beat defenses with his mobility in and out of the pocket. Rodgers always shows up come playoff time, and the Packers and their faithful are glad to have this bad man back.
The real question is will it be enough? The San Francisco 49ers are a heck of a football team on both sides of the ball. They feature an explosive offense that can also wear a defense down on the ground. Frank Gore is one of the game’s elite backs, and Colin Kaepernick is one of the game’s elite young quarterbacks.
The addition of Anquan Boldin has put this offense over the top. Sprinkle in Vernon Davis and the return of Michael Crabtree, and this offense is a problem. Rodgers and company are going to have to score points.
He certainly has the weapons at his disposal, including mega productive receiver Jordy Nelson and a running back in Eddie Lacy who is a load to bring down. Lacy has been a godsend. The Packers have not had a true threat in the running game in a long, long time as they have relied solely on Rodgers to get things done.
Those days are gone. Lacy is frankly a big reason the Packers survived Rodgers’ absence. This is going to be a tight affair and will see points put up on the scoreboard regardless of the weather.
I believe the Niners’ talent on both sides of the ball will prove to be too much for the Packers even with a healthy Rodgers.
Final prediction? 27-24 49ers