coleryan Posts:21705 Followers:24
On 12/30/2013 01:19 PM in NFL

San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers

The Green Bay Packers needed to win the last game of the season against the Chicago Bears to make the playoffs. The Packers needed a last minute miracle to win that game and with that victory they assured themselves that they would have one home game as they will host the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Wild Card weekend. The 49ers could not overcome the Seahawks for the NFC West title, but they enter the playoffs as one of the hottest teams in the post season. For the Full Preview Click Here

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coleryan Posts:21705 Followers:24
12/31/2013 06:26 AM

49ers minus-1 at Packers: This opened 49ers minus-2.5 at Sportsbook, but BetOnline and 5Dimes went with pick 'em. The LVH opened the 49ers as a 1-point road favorite, and, just like with the others, it got bet up to 1.5 and then 2 within 17 minutes and, after half an hour, everyone was up to 49ers minus-2.5. There's heavier juice on the favorite at some books, so we'll see whether it gets to 3, although I think that's as high as it'll go as bettors surely will bet the Pack as a 3-point home 'dog. The over/under opened at 49.5 and dipped to 49.

coleryan Posts:21705 Followers:24
01/01/2014 08:17 AM

Retribution will be on the mind of the Packers, as it was these same 49ers who knocked them out of the playoffs last season, beating Green Bay 45-31 in the divisional round of the playoffs. San Francisco then went on to beat Atlanta on the road to the Super Bowl, but lost to the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII.

Both teams squeaked into the playoffs this season, with Green Bay’s appearance being rather miraculous considering Aaron Rodgers missed much of the season with a broken collarbone. Rodgers came back just in time for the Packers’ Week 17 clash with the Chicago Bears though, and Green Bay’s 33-28 win propelled it to the NFC North Division crown and the No. 4 seed in the NFC.

The 49ers beat the Arizona Cardinals 23-2o in Week 17 on a last-second field goal to clinch the No. 5 seed. San Francisco is on a six-game winning streak.

Judging by the 49ers six-game win streak, one would think this would be a safe bet. With that said, the Packers seem rejuvenated with Rodgers back at the helm, and the newly returned Randall Cobb will add a huge spark for their offense.

This game is at Lambeau Field as well, so the Pack will have home field advantage.

The two teams met in Week 1 in San Francisco, with the 49ers coming away with a 34-28 win.

History says the 49ers have an advantage here, but in my opinion, it’s not enough to take the spread; especially with the game being in Green Bay.

coleryan Posts:21705 Followers:24
01/02/2014 09:11 AM

Which one-on-one matchup will have the biggest impact on Sunday’s game?

I’m not sure who’s going to be assigned to him, but the Packers’ coverage on TE Vernon Davis will be critical. The Packers are more banged up at linebacker right now than any other position, missing Clay Matthews and with Nick Perry, Mike Neal and Brad Jones all on the injury report last week (only Jones missed the game of those three). A.J. Hawk is the healthiest linebacker but he has had trouble guarding Davis in the past. Green Bay safeties Morgan Burnett and Sean Richardson didn’t play in Week 1, so that would be a change of pace against Davis. If the Packers decide to try a cornerback, the options are rookie nickel Micah Hyde or dime back Jarrett Bush. It will be interesting to see what Dom Capers prefers to do. In the Week 1 game, WR Anquan Boldin had the huge game with 13 catches for 208 yards and a TD, but I look for CBs Tramon Williams and Sam Shields, who are playing well right now, to prevent a repeat of that. Davis had six catches for 98 yards and two TDs in Week 1, and the Packers can’t let that happen again, either.

Which player is most the underrated but essential contributor to San Francisco’s Wild Card berth?

Alex Boone. Just like your pick with Eric Bakhtiari, solid offensive line play never gets enough attention. Boone, San Francisco’s starting right guard, was the only player on offense or defense to play every single snap this season for the 49ers. That even included emergency duty at left tackle against the St. Louis Rams and Robert Quinn, recorded 19.0 sacks on the year. Boone matched up against the man with the second-most sacks in the NFL and shut him out that day. When three-time Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Staley went down with a knee injury in Week 13, Boone moved back to his collegiate position as a blindside protector and showed he could hold his own. Fortunately for the 49ers, Staley’s injury was minor. He returned to the lineup the following week against Seattle and Boone resumed his duties at right guard. Boone’s toughness and tenacity is complimented by the hard-nosed nature of San Francisco’s starting right tackle Anthony Davis. Together, the right side of the 49ers offensive line is one of, if not the best right guard and right tackle combinations in all of football. The 49ers finished the year averaging 137.6 rushing yards per game, third-best in the league. San Francisco also finished fourth with 18 rushing touchdowns and sent two linemen, Staley and left guard Mike Iupati, to the Pro Bowl. Boone was chosen as a Pro Bowl alternate and should be a perennial Pro Bowler for years to come.