The Green Bay Packers won the NFC North with an 8-7-1 record. The San Francisco 49ers finished second in the NFC West by going 12-4. But, even though the 49ers have the better record, the Packers get to host a playoff game at Lambeau Field because they won their division. This Sunday, the two teams will battle for the fourth time since the 2012 season opener. This NFC Wild Card battle will kick off at 3:40 CT with television coverage on FOX.
As I mentioned earlier, this will be the fourth meeting in the last 15 meetings between these storied NFL franchises. There have been two things in common from those two games. One is the 49ers have won each of the three games. The other has been the great play from 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. In the NFC Divisional playoffs last year, Kaepernick ran wild against a confused Packers defense, rushing for a quarterback playoff record of 181 yards. In the first game against the Packers this season, Kaepernick passed for over 404 yards, proving that he could be any team with his arm or his legs.
Both teams enter this playoff game on relative highs. The 49ers might be the hottest team in the NFL coming into the playoffs. They have won their last six games and are showing why they won the NFC Championship last year. Even though the Packers aren’t entering the playoffs with a long winning, they do have a lot of momentum. The return of quarterback Aaron Rodgers bolstered the team’s play last week against the Bears, including when he escaped Bears defensive end Julius Peppers to throw the game winning touchdown pass to Randall Cobb.
Both of these teams know that it is like to reach the Super Bowl. The Packers are ones that got to hoist the Lombardi trophy. The quest to bring the Lombardi back to title town begins on Sunday. It’s time for the Packers to get the monkey off of their back and finally beat the 49ers. The forecast is calling for extremely cold weather, which could play in the Packers favor. It’s the playoffs at Lambeau Field! It doesn’t get any better than this.