The San Francisco 49ers narrowly hung onto their Wild card victory at the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night.
Dak Prescott appeared to forget the rules in the final play of the game as the 49ers’ soft defence was allowing the home side to move the ball down the field at will before the clock expired.
We correctly predicted underdogs San Francisco to win that wild card game, but it wasn’t the most convincing of second halves after building up a good lead to begin the game.
Green Bay had the week off as the Number 1 seed in the NFC and the weather is expected to be freezing on Saturday night – both play in the favour of the Packers.
On top of that, Joey Bosa and Fred Warner both picked up knocks in the Wild card round, if either aren’t close to 100% at Lambeau Field then there’s a risk that Kyle Shanahan’s side get blown out.
San Francisco will need to continue their excellent ground game against a Green Bay defence that hasn’t always been the best at stopping it. Matt LeFleur’s side will much prefer their chances when the ball is in Jimmy Garoppolo’s hands – they are excellent at getting to the quarterback and creating turnovers.
Whilst I believe Garoppolo is the worst of the remaining quarterbacks in the playoffs, Aaron Rodgers is simply the best. Hands down the MVP of the season, I still expect the Packers to go all the way for a second time with their number 12.
Of all the Divisional Round games, Green Bay have the shortest odds. I think this is a fair reflection. I expect Aaron Rodgers to move the ball at will in this game and build up a big lead either before half-time or by the end of the third quarter at least.
Pick: Green Bay Packers -5.5