Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers will face each other in Saturday’s action of the NFL Quarterfinals. The home side had enough time to rest and prepare for this game, as they were first seeded. The visitors had a strong start into the playoffs, and they want to continue in the same fashion.
Green Bay was excellent in the regular season, and they deservedly advanced directly to the NFL Quarterfinals. Now, they have the chance to get one step closer to the Super Bowl, as they have the home-field advantage. On the other hand, San Francisco has already stunned one Super Bowl contender. The away side is full of confidence, and they will search for another excellent display.
Green Bay Packers – Will they bounce back with a win?
The Packers have been smoking hot in the regular season, finishing on the top of the NFC North and clinching the first-seed spot. Nevertheless, they lost to the Lions 37-30 in the latest round, concluding this stage of the campaign with a 13-4 record. However, that defeat didn’t do them any harm, as the Packers could rest their leading players. Green Bay aims high in the playoffs, and they look forward to producing a strong performance.
Aaron Rodgers passed for 4,115 yards in the regular season, with 37 touchdowns and four interceptions, while the opponent defenders sacked him 30 times. AJ Dillon and Aaron Jones lead the Packers’ rushing department with 803 and 799 yards, respectively, while they combined for nine scores. Davante Adams is dominant in the receiving game with 1,553 yards and 11 touchdown receptions, while Allen Lazard and Marquez Valdes-Scantling have combined for 943 receiving yards and eleven scores as well. On the other hand, De’Vondre Campbell dominates Green Bay’s defense with 146 total tackles, while Rashan Gary logged 9.5 sacks.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Aaron Jones, Davante Adams, Amari Rodgers, Allen Lazard, Josiah Deguara, Yosh Nijman, Jon Runyan, Josh Myers, Lucas Patrick, Billy Turner
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Dean Lowry, Kenny Clark, Kingsley Keke, Preston Smith, De’Vondre Campbell, Krys Barnes, Rashan Gary, Eric Stokes, Adrian Amos, Darnell Savage, Rasul Douglas
Quarter Back: Aaron Rodgers
Kicker: Mason Crosby
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San Francisco 49ers – Can they produce another surprise?
The 49ers boked their playoffs ticket thanks to the overtime victory over the Rams in the closing round of the regular season. San Francisco had a tough challenge already in the first post-season round, as they went to face the Cowboys. However, as they are a very tricky opponent, the Niners managed to book a surprising victory, holding the best NFL’s offense to only 17 points. They were more focused in the chaotic finish of the wild-card game, where the Niners’ rushing department produced 169 yards, finding the end zone twice.
Jimmy Garoppolo has gone 3,810 yards through the air during the regular season, with 20 touchdowns and 12 picks, while he was sacked 29 times. Elijah Mitchell has been San Francisco’s best rusher with 963 yards and five TDs, while Deebo Samuel and Jeff Wilson Jr. contributed with 659 rushing yards and ten scores. Deebo Samuel leads the Niners’ receiving department with 1,405 yards and six touchdown receptions, while George Kittle and Brandon Aiyuk have combined for 1,736 receiving yards. On defense, Fred Warner tops the charts with 137 total tackles, while Nick Bosa has 15.5 sacks.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): JaMycal Hasty, Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk, Jauan Jennings, George Kittle, Kyle Juszczyk, Trent Williams, Laken Tomlinson, Alex Mack, Daniel Brunskill, Tom Compton
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Arik Armstead, Kentavius Street, D.J. Jones, Nick Bosa, Samson Ebukam, K’Waun Williams, Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles, Emmanuel Moseley, Jaquiski Tartt, Jimmie Ward, Josh Norman
Quarter Back: Jimmy Garoppolo
Kicker: Robbie Gould
Expert Pick #1 – Green Bay Packers -6 @-110
The Packers won’t have an easy task, but I consider them favorites who will meet the expectations. Jimmy G’s appearance is questionable, while the Niners will miss several players in the defense, including Nick Bosa. I’ll back the hosts to cover the spread as my first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Over 47.5 @-110
Although San Francisco put an excellent defensive effort against the Cowboys, I don’t think they’ll keep the Packers away. Both teams have been involved in high-scoring games lately, and six of the Packers’ seven matches went over the margin. This one shouldn’t be much different, and that’s going to be my second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Packers Over 27.5 @+105
Green bay managed to break a 30-point mark six times on the previous seven occasions. San Francisco can be physical, but they’ll be hit with some absences in the backline. Therefore, I’ll take the Packers to score at least 28 points on the plus money odds.