Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers: NFL Playoffs Preview and Predictions

Josh ZerkleChief Writer IIIJanuary 6, 2013

Second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick was already the quarterback of the future for the 2012 San Francisco 49ers. But how big can he be for the Niners this season?

Kaepernick ended the regular season with seven touchdown passes in his last three games. While 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh was originally reluctant to install Kaepernick under center on a permanent basis after Alex Smith suffered a concussion, it's clear that Kaepernick is keeping the starting job for the balance of the season. 

It's unfair to say that Green Bay lucked out in their wild-card matchup against Minnesota, but with Christian Ponder out and Joe Webb at quarterback, the Packers cruised to advance at Lambeau.

But they still gave up another 100-yard game to Adrian Peterson, a frightening prospect when considering Niners running back Frank Gore and the arsenal of other ball-carriers San Francisco possesses, including Kaepernick. 

Check out our video preview of Packers at 49ers. Enjoy our takes and predictions for the game, and leave your own in the comments section below. Be sure to check out all of our other previews for the divisional round.