Packers Look To Avenge Week One Loss

The Green Bay Packers (12-5) will head west for the divisional round of the NFC Playoffs as they take on the San Francisco 49ers (11-4-1) Saturday night.  Its a matchup pitting the number two seed in the NFC (49ers) against the number three seed (Packers).  It is also a rematch from week one of the regular season, as the 49ers went into Lambeau Field and picked up a 30-22 victory.  Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers does not feel that game has much, if any, bearing on the postseason contest between the two teams…

One change that the 49ers have made since their first meeting with the Packers is at the quarterback position.  Colin Kaepernick has replaced Alex Smith as the starter.   Kaepernick is considered to be a dual threat, as this season he threw for 1,814 yards and 10 touchdowns and ran for 415 yards and five scores.  Linebacker A.J. Hawk knows that the Packers defense will have to be ready for both Kaepernick’s arm as well as his legs…

This will be Kaepernick’s ninth start for San Francisco, but his first in the postseason.  Packers defensive tackle B.J. Raji was asked if the 49ers signal caller will find the playoffs to be different from the regular season…

San Francisco has one of the better defenses in the NFL as that unit was ranked third overall (fourth against the run and the pass) and allowed the second fewest points.  Receiver James Jones knows that the Packers offense will have to be ready for a physical 49ers defense…

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy was the 49ers offensive coordinator back in 2005.  He is well aware of how loud Candlestick Park can be but he has faith that his team can handle the noise…

Saturday’s NFC Divisional Playoff between the Packers and 49ers begins at 7 PM.

Notes:
The Packers are 34-27-1 all-time versus the 49ers.  That includes a postseason record of 4-1.

The last time these two teams met in the playoffs was in 2002.  The Packers won at Lambeau Field, 25-15.

The last time the two teams met in the playoffs at Candlestick Park was in 1999.  Terrell Owens caught a touchdown pass with three seconds remaining as the 49ers won, 30-27.  The Packers are 2-1 in postseason games at San Francisco.

The Packers have won three straight road playoff games.  Under head coach Mike McCarthy the Packers have a 3-1 record in the playoffs away from Lambeau Field.

This is a matchup of two of the winningest teams in postseason history.  The Packers are third with 30 playoff wins while the 49ers are fourth with 26.

Injury Report:
Packers: OUT – WR Jarrett Boykin (ankle), DE Jerel Worthy (knee). PROBABLE – WR Randall Cobb (illness), TE Jermichael Finley (hamstring), RB Alex Green (knee), LB Clay Matthews (knee), LB Dezman Moses (hamstring), WR Jordy Nelson (ankle),  RB James Starks (knee)

49ers: PROBABLE – LB NaVorro Bowman (shoulder), CB Tarell Brown (shoulder), TE Garrett Celek (foot), S Dashon Goldson (shoulder), LB Tavares Gooden (ribs), LB Clark Haggans (shoulder), G Mike Iupati (shoulder), RB Bruce Miller (shoulder), CB Carlos Rogers (knee), LB Aldon Smith (shoulder), DT Justin Smith (elbow/triceps), DT Will Tukuafu (neck), LB Patrick Willis (shoulder).

This Weekend’s Divisional Playoff Games:
AFC – Baltimore at Denver (3:30 PM Saturday)
NFC – Seattle at Atlanta (12 PM Sunday)
AFC – Houston at New England (3:30 PM Sunday)

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