The teams finished with the top two NFC seeds in last season's playoffs. Both looked to be improved from the units that lost to the eventual champion New York Giants on successive weekends.
It was a classic matchup of offense vs. defense. Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers had an historic season in 2012, generating over 300 passing yards per game and accounting for 48 touchdowns to just six turnovers in 15 games. The Packers have five wide receivers that might be as good as anyone in San Francisco right now.
Meanwhile, the defense they were facing was historic, too. They did not allow a rushing touchdown in their first 14 games last season—not that the Packers were going to run, anyway—and led the league in turnovers forced.
But the Packers had all the intangibles. They held a nine-game winning streak against the City by the Bay, suffering just one loss which was made possible by a terrible call in the last 14 and none at Lambeau Field since 1990.
This one had terrible calls and non-calls, too. Most of them went the way of the visitors, but the most significant one helped the Packers. However, the loss can hardly be blamed on the striped shirts, so which positions let Green Bay down?