NFL Playoff Scenarios: 3 Teams Green Bay Packers Don't Want to Encounter

Kyle VassaloFeatured ColumnistDecember 26, 2011

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 08: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers talks with Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints after the NFL opening season game at Lambeau Field on September 8, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Saints 42-34. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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There is no team that is going to be favored over the Green Bay Packers this postseason, but there are certainly a few Green Bay wouldn't mind never seeing.

The Packers are the best team in the NFL, but no team is invincible. Now a bit banged up and no longer undefeated, teams smell blood in the water.

The Packers can't run the ball, and only the New England Patriots allow more passing yards. Here are three teams the Packers don't want to see come playoff time.


San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers actually benefit more from the poor conditions at Lambeau than the Packers do. They don't need to throw the ball to win, and a sloppy day gives the 49ers an edge on their own turf.

This is a matchup between the best offense and defense in the NFL. The 49ers have a ridiculous turnover differential of 26, and their ability to keep games close and play stingy defense would pose a problem for the Packers.

Eli Manning, Matthew Stafford, Michael Vick and a hobbled Ben Roethlisberger, aren't Aaron Rodgers—but the fact that none of them could get the best of the 49ers proves that Green Bay's elite passing attack doesn't make them a lock to win should these teams collide.


New Orleans Saints

The 49ers are dangerous because they may be able to stop the Packers. The Saints are dangerous because they have the means to keep up with them in a shootout.

Drew Brees and the Saints have the No. 1 passing attack in the league, throwing for 331.4 YPG. They were embarrassed last postseason in a disappointing outing against the Seattle Seahawks. Not this time.

The Saints are back with a vengeance, and flying under the radar puts a major chip on the Saints' shoulder.


Baltimore Ravens

When they are on, no team is better than the Baltimore Ravens. Their offense relies too heavily on Ray Rice and they've been embarrassed on the road by inferior teams at times this season, but their team is littered with future Hall of Famers who are eager to earn a ring on their way out.

Joe Flacco is far better than what people give him credit for, and Rice is one of the most talented players in the entire league.

Their ferocious defense has the ability to slam the door shut on Rodgers' passing attack, and as long as the play-calling is on point, the Ravens pose a huge threat to the Packers.