Packers vs. 49ers: 4 Subtractions on Offense for San Francisco in 2012 Playoffs

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Packers vs. 49ers: 4 Subtractions on Offense for San Francisco in 2012 Playoffs
Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
The 49ers will hit the field without the services of WR Mario Manningham.

When the San Francisco 49ers unveil their offense in the 2012 playoffs, the Green Bay Packers may have trouble recognizing it.

San Francisco and Green Bay hit the field over four months ago at the start of the season. The war of attrition had yet to take place.

Both rosters basked in the glory of full health—injuries and any future changes were well beyond the mind’s eye of this collection of players and coaches.

Then 17 weeks of sweat, blood and tears happened. Optimal conditions for the human body became an utterly foreign concept, as did the opening-week starting 11 on offense for San Francisco.

Let’s evaluate the four missing pieces from the 49ers offense and implications they pose versus the Packers.

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