Packers vs. 49ers Odds and Game Info
Moneyline: Packers (+370) | 49ers (-500)
Spread: GB +9.5 (-110) | SF -9.5 (-110)
Total: 50.5 — Over (-110) | Under (-110)
Date: Saturday, Jan. 20, 8:15 p.m. ET | FOX
Green Bay and San Francisco Key Stats and Fun Facts:
The 49ers finished fourth in passing yards (257.9), third in rushing yards (140.5), and second in total yards (398.4) per game.
The over was 10–7 in the regular season for both Green Bay and San Francisco.
Love (32) had the second-most passing touchdowns this season behind only Dak Prescott (36) and ahead of Brock Purdy (31).
Packers vs 49ers Game Preview
This Saturday's divisional playoff at Levi's Stadium is more than just a game for us Packers fans; it's a chance to rewrite recent history. The Green Bay Packers, facing off against the San Francisco 49ers, are not only participating in a historic NFL moment - it's the 10th postseason meeting between these two teams, an NFL record - but they are also in a unique position as the first No. 7 seed to challenge a No. 1 seed in the playoffs.
The backdrop to this encounter is our Packers' recent postseason challenges against the 49ers, having lost the last four matchups. This statistic, while daunting, adds an extra layer of determination and urgency to the game. It's not just about making it to the NFC Championship Game; it's about overcoming a formidable opponent that has had our number in recent years, and then it's about taking the Lombardi back home to Green Bay!!!
The excitement is building for this Saturday's divisional playoff against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. The 49ers have been a challenging opponent in recent years, especially for Aaron Rodgers, who has faced four playoff losses against them, including two in the last four seasons. However, this time around, the Packers are coming with a fresh and determined approach.
This is so hard to watch, but this rivalry is an absolute rollercoaster of emotions, and the intensity of this rivalry is palpable, cutting deep not just for the players and coaches but for the fans, too! There's no love lost between these two sides; each team is fueled by a burning desire to dominate and leave the other in utter defeat. Respect? That's thrown out the window when these titans clash on the field. It's not just a game; it's a fierce battle, a test of wills, where every play, every move is a strike in this raging war! This isn't just football; it's a showdown where only the strongest will prevail! This. Is. WAR!!!
Jordan Love Season
Enter Jordan Love, our first-year starting quarterback. While he might not yet have the extensive list of achievements like a four-time MVP such as Rodgers, Love's recent performances have been turning heads across the league, including those of the 49ers, who have put together an impressive 12-5 record this season. Nick Bosa of the 49ers acknowledged Love’s skill, commenting, “He’s really good at going through his reads and playing the offense to a T.” But we, as Packers fans, know that Love is more than just a disciplined player; he's a rising talent who's ready to showcase his skills on one of the biggest stages in football.
Love's journey this season has been a remarkable one. He's grown from a somewhat uncertain beginning to become a key player for the team. His statistics over the past nine games - 21 touchdown passes with only one interception - speak volumes about his growth and capabilities. His recent playoff debut was a testament to his skill, where he dominated the Dallas defense, completing 16 of 21 passes for 272 yards and scoring three touchdowns, all without a single interception. Coach LaFleur's praise for Love's performance highlights the young quarterback’s development, "I thought he played a really, really good football game... the guy made some massive plays in that game that kind of go off script, so to speak, and to me that’s where you see so much value in him.”
Gute = Genius
The resurgence of the Green Bay Packers this season, particularly under the leadership of Jordan Love, can be attributed to their young roster's successful integration and development. As the NFL's youngest team, the Packers have heavily relied on their first- and second-year players, who have become crucial components of their offensive strategy. Love’s adaptation to the NFL’s pace and the chemistry he's built with his young weapons have been key.
Rookie Jayden Reed stands out as Green Bay's top receiver this regular season, showcasing the effectiveness of this youth-centric approach. The team's reliance on young talent also extends to the tight end position, where both of the Packers' top tight ends, heavily utilized by Head Coach Matt LaFleur, are rookies. This strategy of incorporating young players isn't limited to the offense; on the defensive side, rookie corner Carrington Valentine started in 12 of the 17 games this season. Additionally, first-round pick Lukas Van Ness has been impactful, registering sacks in his past two games.
This approach aligns with the Packers’ long-standing philosophy of building a team that can sustain success over time. It's a strategy that contrasts with Aaron Rodgers' preference for playing with more experienced teammates, as seen in previous seasons. General Manager Brian Gutekunst's commitment to this youth movement, especially evident in the past year, has been instrumental in shaping the team’s current dynamics.
The transformation of the Packers' offense post-Aaron Rodgers into a cohesive and effective unit is a testament to both time and strategic team-building. The ability to identify and develop young talent and find the right combination on the offensive line has been central to the Packers' resurgence and positions them well for continued success.
Aaron Jones, our running back, has been another key player for us this season, consistently breaking the 110-yard mark in his last few games. Despite never having crossed the 100-yard mark against the 49ers in previous encounters, Jones is undoubtedly looking to change that statistic this time around.
Our receiving depth has been a significant asset as well. Love has connected with a different 100-yard receiver in each of the last three games, demonstrating the unpredictability and depth of our offense. This versatility in our receiving corps means that the 49ers defense will have to be prepared for multiple threats.
The 49ers Are Not The Cowboys
On the other side, the 49ers have their own ambitions and are determined to overcome their recent NFC title game disappointments. Trent Williams, their All-Pro left tackle, put it succinctly, "This is what you wait all year for..." The same can be said for us Packers fans, who have been eagerly awaiting this chance to turn the tide in our recent playoff history against the 49ers.
The San Francisco 49ers boast a diverse array of winning strategies thanks to a roster rich with talent, including Deebo Samuel, George Kittle, Brandon Aiyuk, and the adept quarterback Brock Purdy. However, the linchpin of their offense is the All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey. McCaffrey's skill set is exceptional as the leading rusher in the NFL this regular season. His capability to navigate through tackles, generate significant gains on the outside, and pose a formidable threat in the passing game distinguishes him from his peers. This versatility forces opposing defenses to focus on him right at the line, thereby facilitating Kyle Shanahan's broader offensive game plan.
The teams that have managed to outmaneuver the 49ers this season often took an early lead, compelling San Francisco to rely more on Purdy's passing abilities to catch up. Given this pattern, a key strategy for the Green Bay Packers will be establishing a robust defense against McCaffrey, particularly in the early stages, and limiting the effectiveness of the 49ers' running game.
49ers Defense AKA Goliath
Analyzing the San Francisco 49ers' defensive performance reveals a strong and effective unit. Their run defense has been solid, yielding an average of just 4.1 yards per rush, ranking them 14th in the NFL. This is complemented by their exceptional ability to pressure the quarterback, evidenced by their impressive tally of 48 sacks, tying them for 7th in the league. This capability is highlighted by Pro Football Focus, which rates the 49ers as the 10th-best team against the run and 3rd in pass rushing.
Nick Bosa has been a relentless force at the forefront of this defensive strength, leading the team with 95 pressures. The depth of talent in their defense is further showcased by the presence of players like Javon Hargrave, Arik Armstead, Javon Kinlaw, and Chase Young, each contributing significantly with 25 or more pressures. Their collective effort in disrupting opposing offenses is noteworthy.
Additionally, Bosa and All-Pro linebacker Fred Warner have established themselves as elite defenders against the run. Their skill in reading plays and quickly reacting to stop runners is a key aspect of the 49ers' defensive strategy. This combination of effective run-stopping and aggressive pass-rushing makes the 49ers' defense a challenging matchup for any opponent.
This Saturday's game is more than just a playoff matchup; it's a stage for the Packers to showcase their growth and dominance over a familiar opponent. It's an opportunity for Jordan Love to prove he's a formidable quarterback and for the team to demonstrate their collective strength and resilience. As a Packers fan, I'm eagerly anticipating this battle, ready to see our team rise to the occasion and start a new chapter in our storied rivalry with the 49ers. Go, Pack, Go!
Green Bay 31 San Fran 30