Why the Green Bay Packers Don't Want to Play the San Francisco 49ers

Matt SteinCorrespondent IIJanuary 4, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 25:  Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers smiles as he leaves the field after a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field on December 25, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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The likelihood of the Green Bay Packers making it to the NFC Championship Game is rather good. In the divisional round they'll either face the New York Giants or the Atlanta Falcons, both whom the Packers have beaten in the regular season.

On the other side of the bracket, the San Francisco 49ers will likely face the New Orleans Saints for a trip to the NFC Championship Game. If San Francisco wins that game, the Packers could be in deep trouble.

The only offense that has been in the same league as Green Bays this year has been New Orleans. Heck, some would even say that Drew Brees and Co. have been better than the Packers on offense.

So, if San Francisco's vaunted defense can stop them, the logical conclusion is that they would also be able to slow down Aaron Rodgers.

When the Packers lost to the Kansas City Chiefs in week 15, the Chiefs showed the rest of the NFL the blueprint to beating Green Bay. While the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions didn't have the right personnel to do that, the 49ers absolutely do.

They can bring pressure, they can play bump-and-run coverage and, if they can beat New Orleans, they can beat Green Bay.

The 49ers also have a style of offense that would give them a favorable matchup. Most of their damage offensively is done on the ground by Frank Gore. We all know Green Bay is terrible against the run, and if Gore can run all day on the Packers, San Francisco would dominant time of possession.

Hopefully the Saints can go into Candlestick Park and beat San Francisco because if they don't, Green Bay's chances of repeating as Super Bowl champions could fall short.