Packers vs. 49ers: Aaron Rodgers Will Struggle vs. San Francisco Defense

Josh SchochAnalyst IIIJanuary 10, 2013

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 05:  Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers looks on while taking on the Minnesota Vikings during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Lambeau Field on January 5, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Aaron Rodgers is in for a rough Saturday night when his Green Bay Packers take on the San Francisco 49ers in the Divisional Round the NFL playoffs.

The MVP and Super Bowl champ is red hot, but the 49ers defense will be able to shut him down at Candlestick Park.

In his last four games, Rodgers has tallied 12 touchdowns (11 passing, one rushing) and has not thrown an interception. He has had a passer rating of at least 100 in all four games as well, but he will not be able to put up the same numbers against the 49ers.

The two teams have already faced off once, coming in a Week 1 matchup that the 49ers won 30-22 at Lambeau Field.

Rodgers had one of his worst games in that contest, being picked off once and sacked three times in crucial situations. San Francisco figured out how to stymie Green Bay's offense, and this playoff matchup won't be any different.

The 49ers have shut down the pass all season, holding opponents to just 200.2 passing yards per game. The team ranks fourth in pass defense in the NFL—and has been hot as of late, holding its last two opponents to just 188.5 passing yards per game.

If that wasn't enough, the big difference in this game is that the 49ers are coming off a playoff bye and have had more time to prepare for Rodgers and the Packers.

Whereas Green Bay is coming off two tough games against the Minnesota Vikings, and is battered and banged up, San Francisco is well-rested and will have had more than enough time to prepare for Green Bay's aerial assault.

The other key difference is that this game will be played in Candlestick Park, as opposed to Lambeau Field.

The last game between these two teams was at Green Bay, but now the 49ers will be home, where they surrender just 178.5 passing yards per game.

Trying to pass against the 49ers in San Francisco has been a nightmare for opposing quarterbacks. Rodgers struggled enough when he played at home, but now that he must go on the road, he will take another step back.

All signs point to Rodgers having a tough day against the San Francisco on Saturday, and that could certainly lead to the 49ers advancing to the NFC Championship Game.