Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE
Across the board, the 49ers need to focus on winning individual match-ups; obviously, this entails a lot.
When Jim Harbaugh and the staff talk about accountability, this is loosely what they are alluding to. Players need to be accountable and responsible for their assignments. They must play as hard, if not harder, than the guy next to them.
And this goes for offense, defense and special teams.
The 49ers' receivers need to beat their corners to give Alex Smith a chance to make a play. The backs have to pick up the blitz, catch out of the backfield and hit their gaps. And the offensive line needs to execute their assignments to allow full functionality on that side of the football.
It's important for the Niners to have balance on offense, and they can do that by simplifying things, like winning individual match-ups.
San Francisco's defensive line and backers need to keep this game in front of them. The defensive lineman need to beat their match-ups, which are favorable ones, and inflict constant disruption in the Green Bay backfield. This applies to the outside linebackers as well, who will be depended upon to get pressure on the quarterback.
And perhaps most importantly, the 49ers' cornerbacks need to beat the Packers receivers. San Francisco has the depth at the position to take away Green Bay's receivers and present them with a real challenge for 60 minutes.
If the Niners defensive backs can consistently get position on them and run with them 'til the whistle blows, they will have a great shot of winning this one.
Also, there cannot be any blown assignments, because Green Bay will capitalize without hesitating. Give this team an inch and they will take a mile; it's that simple.
But remember, the 49ers defensive backs only need to cover long enough for Justin or Aldon Smith to get through, which is only a matter of seconds at a time. Because of the level of talent on this team, there will be an intangible support system when it comes to guys winning match-ups.
Having talent next to talent will make the jobs of each 49ers player easier than it would have been had they not fielded a complete team. On the contrary, there is indeed a number of highly able football players, that together, should be able to exploit their opponent.