Packers-49ers: What to watch
The 49ers are rested, but Rodgers won't be denied
|Green Bay at San Francisco|
|When: 8:00 PM ET|
After watching film of both teams, Scouts Inc. breaks down key elements of the divisional-round matchup between the Packers and 49ers.
• Keep San Fran honest with a run game: The 49ers are one of the most difficult teams in the NFL to run on, so maybe the Packers really don't even try -- although DuJuan Harris has been a pleasant surprise. Harris is an energetic back with a good burst and can be an effective dump-off option in the passing game. But Green Bay could muster only 45 yards when these teams met in the regular season. The week off should have 49ers DT Justin Smith healthier than he was to finish up the regular season, and the Niners' defense is far superior when he is in the lineup. Pro Bowlers Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman give every running game fits because not only are they both superb athletes but they also read and react very well and take very few false steps. The 49ers' safeties are also very good downhill players. Willis and Bowman are also great in coverage, with Willis usually matching up on the tight end and Bowman on a running back. Willis and Bowman will never leave the field.
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