Matt LaFleur’s first two seasons in Green Bay resulted in consecutive NFC Championship trips, but no Super Bowl appearances. Is this the year when his group finally scales the NFC Playoffs mountain?
The Packers (13-4) face the San Francisco 49ers (10-7) in the NFC Divisional round of the NFL playoffs. Kickoff is set for 7:15 p.m. Saturday, and fans can catch the action on FOX.
If this is the year LaFleur’s squad breaks through and Aaron Rodgers gets a second Super Bowl appearance, the Packers will have to get past one of the NFL’s hottest teams.
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Green Bay Packers NFC Playoffs outlook
The Packers opened as 5.5-point favorites – the largest spread in the divisional round. The current line is . Green Bay is 12-5 against the spread (7-1 at home) this season.
All eyes are on Rodgers, who cemented himself in the MVP discussion after throwing for 4,115 yards and 37 scores, but this Green Bay offense thrives on a balanced attack.
Davante Adams (123 receptions, 1,553 yards, 11 touchdowns) carries the receiving load, but the dynamic tandem of tailbacks Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon punctuate the offensive balance. Jones and Dillon both tallied more than 1,000 scrimmage yards during the regular season and combined to score 17 touchdowns. Green Bay is 9-2 this season when rushing for 100 yards or more in a single game.
The Packer defense, though, could decide this chilly Lambeau matchup. San Francisco boasts one of the better rushing attacks in the NFL, and it’s been Green Bay’s Achilles heel when the 49ers won previous matchups.
The teams split four meetings since 2019, with Green Bay winning the last two. In those Packer wins, the defense allowed an average of 61 rushing yards and just 3.2 yards per carry. Green Bay is 6-0 this season when allowing 75 yards or fewer on the ground and San Francisco is 0-4 when rushing for less than 100.
Conversely, when the 49ers came away with wins against the Packers, it was a different story – San Francisco averaged 198.5 rushing yards and six yards per carry in those two wins.
What to know about the San Francisco 49ers
In the final nine weeks of the regular season, the 49ers won seven games, covering the spread in each win.
The 49ers picked up a 23-17 wildcard win over the Cowboys thanks to tailback Elijah Mitchell and wideout Deebo Samuel, who combined for 168 rushing yards. Samuel has been electric for the 49er offense this season, catching 77 passes for 1,405 yards and running the ball 59 times for 365 yards. Samuel boasts 15 total touchdowns this season: eight rushing, six receiving and one passing score.
NFC Playoffs injury updates
Against Dallas, San Francisco linebacker Fred Warner suffered an ankle sprain, edge rusher Nick Bosa left with a concussion and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo sustained a shoulder injury. Coach Kyle Shanahan said he’s optimistic the trio will play against Green Bay.
Green Bay has a chance to return several big names on defense. Cornerback Jaire Alexander and linebackers Za’Darius Smith and Whitney Mercilus all practiced this past week with hopes of returning in the divisional round. LaFleur also expects wideout Randall Cobb to return.
Los Angeles Rams vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay is against the LA Rams on Sunday afternoon.
The Rams beat Arizona 34-11 in the wildcard round. The Matt Stafford to Cooper Kupp connection has been lethal this season, as Kupp led the league in receptions (145), receiving yards (1,947) and receiving touchdowns (16).
Tampa Bay notched a 31-15 wildcard win over Philadelphia. Tom Brady threw two scores in that game, echoing his strong regular-season performance (5,316 yards, 43 touchdowns). Brady has covered in four straight games and seven of his past 10 playoff appearances.
The winner of this game with either host the 49ers or visit the Packers at Lambeau Field for the NFC Championship.