TWD Saturday Sports Thread For 1/12/13: 2012-13 NFL Playoffs NFC Divisional Game #2- Packers/49ers
The key for the Packers is if they can match the physicality of this 49ers outfit. That certainly was not the case in Week 1, as Frank Gore ran whenever he needed yardage behind that formidable O-line.
B.J. Raji must be major in the middle today against Jonathan Goodwin and a mixture of Mike Iupati and Alex Boone. Raji needs to command double teams today, but that will also require Ryan Pickett, C.J.Wilson, and AJ Hawk from MLB to play their best games of the season. While Clay Matthews needs to find a way to continue to stuffing the run against Joe Staley in a heavy weight match, those are the major keys in this game today.
And not to be overlooked at all is the tremendous punting of Andy Lee, who will be vital in field position all day today if the 49ers have solid field position.
I feel the loss of Kyle Williams and Mario Manningham on offense, and Justin Smith's injury woes will be too much for Kaepernick to overcome, as Dajuan Harris will be able to give Aaron Rodgers enough balance today in a revenge win for Green Bay.
Post time: As of this post, Green Bay is up 7-0 with a Sam Shields return for a touchdown off a bad Kaepernick throw.
Kaepernick responds, makes it 7-7.