San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers, 8:15 p.m. (Fox).
In the Packers’ final seven video games, Aaron Rodgers has accomplished 72 p.c of his passes and thrown 20 touchdowns with out an interception. He is, at 38, nonetheless on the pinnacle of his craft, and prone to win his second straight — and fourth general — Most Valuable Player Award.
For all of his particular person brilliance, Rodgers has performed in just one Super Bowl, 11 years in the past, and since he can decide the place he performs subsequent season, this is likely to be his final alternative at making it to a different one with Green Bay.
The Packers have surrounded Rodgers together with his greatest group since Matt LaFleur took over earlier than the 2019 season, bolstering the protection with cornerbacks Rasul Douglas and Eric Stokes and All-Pro linebacker De’Vondre Campbell. On offense, receiver Davante Adams, who recorded single-season highs in receptions (123) and yardage (1,553), is a mismatch no matter which cornerbacks — and what number of — are defending him.
Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon lead a strong dashing assault that might be working behind an offensive line regaining left sort out David Bakhtiari, proper sort out Billy Turner and heart Josh Myers. The Packers will profit from the potential returns of all their injured gamers — together with cornerback Jaire Alexander and outdoors linebacker Za’Darius Smith — to counter the most well liked group left within the playoffs.
To make the postseason, San Francisco gained seven of its remaining 9 video games, together with a Week 18 extra time victory on the Los Angeles Rams, when Garoppolo engineered a comeback from a 17-point first-half deficit.
Garoppolo has been to a Super Bowl much more lately than Rodgers — simply two years in the past — however the 49ers, like Green Bay, have drafted his presumptive alternative. Garoppolo has staved off the ascension of Trey Lance by throwing quick, shortly and on time to yards-after-catch monsters Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel and handing off, repeatedly, to Elijah Mitchell and Samuel. San Francisco pummeled Dallas final week for 169 yards and two touchdowns on the bottom.
The 49ers’ various, highly effective working recreation is able to devastating Green Bay’s susceptible run protection, and their entrance seven, with speedy linebackers and a powerful go rush, can decrease a modest secondary. The availability of stars Nick Bosa (concussion) and Fred Warner (ankle) will assist decide whether or not San Francisco can reprise the go rush that generated a forty five.8 p.c stress price — the team’s season high, according to N.F.L.’s Next Gen Stats — final week towards Dallas.