NFL Playoff Schedule 2013: Picking the Most Exciting Game of the Weekend

Daine Pavloski@@dpavloskiAnalyst IIJanuary 12, 2013

Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers will get a shot at revenge against the 49ers on Saturday.
Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers will get a shot at revenge against the 49ers on Saturday.Andy Lyons/Getty Images

The NFL Playoffs are almost always exciting. Rarely do NFL fans get a boring or unexciting game, but some games are better than others, and while all of the games this weekend have an exciting storyline or two, one of them easily stands out above the rest. 

That game will take place on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET between the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers. The battle of the bays will be the most exciting game of the weekend and possibly the entire 2013 playoffs. 

NFL fans got a little taste in the first week of the season as the 49ers beat the Packers at Lambeau field, 30-22. The game was a lot more lopsided than the final score showed as the 49ers ran all over the Packer defense, racking up over 186 yards on the ground. 

The Packers managed a measly 45 yards on the ground while Aaron Rodgers was good, but not good enough, to beat Alex Smith and the 49ers. 

Now, as the Packers and 49ers prepare for their Divisional Round matchup, things are much different. Colin Kaepernick is the starting quarterback for the 49ers and the Packers running game and defense have both improved dramatically since Week 1—especially now that they're getting healthy on defense, bringing back Charles Woodson and Clay Matthews. 

This game will keep fans on the edge of their seats and/or couches as Colin Kaepernick and Frank Gore match up with one of the hottest defensive units going in the playoffs and as Aaron Rodgers looks to continue his roll against the fourth best passing defense in the NFL. 

Other matchups this weekend include: the Seattle Seahawks against the much better Atlanta Falcons, the Baltimore Ravens against the Broncos, who beat them handily a few weeks ago and the Texans against the Patriots, another rematch from a blowout in the regular season.

The 49ers against the Packers is one of the most evenly matched pairings in the Divisional Round and will be sure to entertain NFL fans everywhere. 



PREDICTION: Packers win 45-21 as Aaron Rodgers goes off and the Packers defense keeps Gore and Kaepernick bottled up.  

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