San Francisco 49ers: Predicting 5 NFL Playoff Stats vs. the Green Bay Packers
A win won’t come easy for either team as both the Packers and Niners are part of the NFC elite. Though, they boast different playing styles.
San Francisco relies on a great defense and a run game to aid a newly found high-powered passing attack. Green Bay rides the arm of their superstar quarterback and boasts a solid defense to go with him.
This will be a fun game. It will be a tough contest and an interesting matchup.
Preview articles are always nice, but this is more than your average article.
Sit back and relax as I predict five stats that will be important for the 49ers when they play the Packers in the next round of the NFL postseason.
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The number of yards Frank Gore will have
Superstar running back Frank Gore has rushed for 100 yards or more three times.
Unsurprisingly, one of those games was against the Green Bay Packers. In Week 1 Gore ran for 112 yards and a touchdown at Lambeau Field.
He only had 16 attempts, but was completely on fire, averaging seven yards per carry and completely carving up the Cheesehead defense.
The eight-year veteran should be able to do it again, and this time he will at home.
The Pack are ranked 17th when defending the run, giving up 1,896 yards on the season. Opposing backs run for an average of 118.5 yards per game against Green Bay.
Frank Gore will continue that trend this upcoming weekend.
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The number of touchdowns Colin Kaepernick will throw
The young and electrifying Kaepernick has only played seven full games this season, but has thrown 10 touchdowns in that span for an average of 1.4 passes into the end zone per game.
That average will bump up a little bit in this contest with the Nevada product hurling the pigskin for 12 points.
When Kaep throws touchdowns, he throws multiple touchdowns. He has thrown a touchdown in five games this year. In three of those games he has thrown more than one touchdown.
Furthermore, the Green Bay defense has given up a total of 24 passing touchdowns on 16 games this year. Tramon Williams is leading a surprisingly strong secondary, but this is still a unit that can be beat and beat often.
In fact, Alex Smith threw for exactly two touchdowns on 211 yards against the Packers earlier this year. Yes, that is the guy that Kaepernick replaced because San Francisco thought the latter gave them a better chance to win.
The pressure is on.
Kaepernick won’t be a gunslinger but he will do enough in the air for two touchdowns.
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The number of time the 49ers defense will pick off Aaron Rodgers
The Green Bay signal caller is a great quarterback but he isn’t invincible.
Rodgers has eight interceptions on the season, a great number, but he will throw another one. It is interesting to note that six of his interceptions have come when playing outdoors and five of them have been on grass.
Candlestick Park is both open air and full of grass.
Furthermore, the 49ers secondary is ranked fourth in the NFL when defending against the pass and have picked off the opposing quarterback 14 times this season.
Dashon Goldson leads the team in interceptions and will pilot the secondary, which is hungry to get after Rodgers.
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The number of points the Green Bay Packers will score
Two touchdown passes by Rodgers and two Mason Crosby field goals will give Green Bay 20 points.
The San Francisco defense has only allowed 17.1 points per game. That is the second best number in the NFL. The Packers offense is scoring 27.1 points per game.
The Niners smash mouth defense will prevail.
Patrick Willis and company will bottle up an offensive attack that is one-dimensional. The Packers running game has improved, but it will not be able to compete with the fourth ranked defense in stopping the rush.
That will force Rodgers to face the Niners by himself.
The MVP candidate, aided by his kicker, will deliver twenty points.
Will it be enough?
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The number of points the San Francisco offense will score
Kaepernick, as previously mentioned, will have the same number of touchdowns as his opponent. But, he can do more on his feet. He will have a run that will set up Frank Gore to rush into the end zone.
David Akers, yes David Akers, will hit two short field goals and the Niners will put up 27 points on the scoreboard.
With the game tied at 20, going into the fourth quarter, Kaepernick will lead a late drive and hit Michael Crabtree for the go-ahead touchdown.
The defense will then seal the deal and have the Bay dancing as San Fran heads to the NFC Championship game.
I have quickly become a believer in Kaep and the big stage will not slow the second-year signal caller. He is at home, after all.
The 49ers might be the most balanced team in the NFL and their offense is incredibly dynamic. Gore will continue to be a workhorse back with Vernon Davis and Crabtree aiding in the passing game.
Colin Kaepernick will get his first playoff win as a starter in front of a packed house of 69,732 of his best friends.