Green Bay Packers vs San Francisco 49ers 2012 NFC Divisional

San Francisco 49ers Defense Players

San Francisco 49ers by Jeffrey Beall

Green Bay Packers vs San Francisco 49ers 2012 NFC Divisional playoff game is a rematch from week 1 of the regular season where they played in Green Bay. The San Francisco 49ers held the Green Bay Packers scoreless in the first and third quarter for a 30-22 victory.

Quick Summary: The pick is San Francisco 49ers at Bovada.

NFL Team Stats and Key Football Players

Green Bay Packers (11-5) ended the regular season with a 37-34 lost in week 17 vs Minnesota Vikings and then the very next week got revenge with a 24-10 victory over the Vikings in the NFC wild card round. Now facing the very team that started the Packers 2012 season with a lost. The Packers will have to show the 49ers that they are not playing the same team they played in week 1.

The 49ers defense allows 200 passing yards per game on average and the Packers pass for 235 yards per game on average. If the Green Bay Packers want to win this game they must push those passing yards pass the 49ers defense as much as they can.

Green Bay Packers key offensive players are Aaron Rodgers, Alex Green, Randall Cobb, and James Jones. The 49ers defense is use to shutting down opponents rushing game. If the 49ers focus on shutting down Alex Green will be a good thing for the Packers as it will create openings for Aaron Rodgers to connect with Randall Cobb and James Jones down the field and get points on the board. However, Aaron Rodgers can not sit in the patch too long as the San Francisco 49ers defense will be closing the patch very quickly. Aaron Rodgers may need to scramble out of the patch and pick up some rushing yards himself.

Green Bay Packers key defensive players are Clay Matthews, Casey Hayward, and Sam Shields. Clay Matthews is a player that will get the defense going just by making a big play. He is known to be all over the place with 13 sacks and 1 force fumble for the 2012 regular season. He will be gunning for the 49ers quarterback all game long.

In the wild card game last week Sam Shields lead the Packers in tackles. He will need to bring his A-game in order to be as productive against the San Francisco 49ers. Casey Hayward is the rookie cornerback that showed the world he was ready for the NFL. This season Casey Hayward has received 6 interceptions and 1 force fumble. An interception can be the big play to win this game, Casey Hayward most likely will be the player to make that interception.

San Francisco 49ers (11-4-1) has a 6-1-1 at home for the 2012 regular season, a 13-7 record in the division playoff round with 12-3 at home, and the last lost in the division playoff round at home was 27-17 to the Packers in 1996. The last 2 times the 49ers played the Green Bay Packers in the divisional NFL playoff round, the Packers have won. So you can say the 49ers have more than one reason to win this game. Besides wanting to win the superbowl the 49ers must get revenge and break the losing streak vs the Packers in the divisional round.

San Francisco 49ers key offensive players are Colin Kaepernick, Frank Gore, Randy Moss, Michael Crabtree, and Vernon Davis. Since Colin Kaepernick in week 11 he has been a threat to the opponents defense. They never know when he will hand it off to the running back, pass to his receivers, or keep himself headed towards the first down. As long as he has receivers like Randy Moss, Michael Crabtree, and Vernon Davis down field you never can fully cover Colin Kaepernick.

Frank Gore has been having a killer season. 3rd most yards in 49ers history with over 11,400 yards and breaking the record for the most touchdowns in a single season. You can bet on it that Frank Gore will be a threat this Saturday against the Packers.

San Francisco 49ers key defensive players are Aldon Smith, NaVorro Bowman, Dashon Goldson, and Patrick Willis. Aldon Smith broke the 49ers for the most sacks in a single season with 19.5 sacks. He will surely be bringing his A-game this Saturday hunting for Aaron Rodgers throughout the whole game. If Aaron Rodgers is not careful Aldon Smith will force the fumble as he has 3 force fumbles this season already.

Patrick Willis lead the 49ers defense this season with the 2nd most tackles on the team only behind NaVorro Bowman and tied for the 2nd most interceptions with 2 other players behind Dashon Goldson with 3 interceptions. Patrick Willis will have to get his niners defense to step it up against the Packers passing game if they want to win this game.

Where To Bet Online On The Packers vs 49ers Game

  • Green Bay Packers: +3 (-130)
  • San Francisco 49ers: -3 (+110)

I believe that the San Francisco 49ers will cover the spread with a victory over the Green Bay Packers. The source of the points spread above and the place to make your bet online is Bovada. (Odds last updated: 1/9/2013)

Green Bay Packers vs San Francisco 49ers Predictions

All the stats point to the Green Bay Packers winning this game. However, I think that the niners will make this a game changing year. The San Francisco 49ers may have lost the last 2 times they have mat in the divisional playoff round. However, the San Francisco 49ers has the better record overall whenever these two teams play each other.

I believe this game will be close throughout the whole game. It may come down to a field goal to win this game but then again you never know what can happen in the NFL playoffs. I will have to pick the San Francisco 49ers as I feel that the 49ers will take this game 24-21

My Prediction: San Francisco 49ers 24-21

Game Final Score

  • Green Bay Packers: 31
  • San Francisco 49ers: 45
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