The NFC Championship game is on. And once again, the fans at the Levi’s Stadium in San Francisco will get to see their favorites meeting the Green Bay Packers. The first clash between the two big rivals ended with 49ers convincing win, 37-8, but that was the regular season clash. This is something completely different.
When: Sunday, Jan. 19, 3:40 p.m. PST
Where: Levi’s Stadium, San Francisco, California
Spread: San Francisco -7.5 (-110) | Green Bay +7.5 (-110)
Moneyline: San Francisco (-350) | Green Bay (+275)
Game Total: Over 45 (-110) | Under 45 (-110)
As we stated, meeting in the playoffs is something totally opposite than during the preseason. Just look at the way Chiefs rolled over the Texans the other night. They too lost in the regular part of the campaign. San Francisco is probably the complete team in the league, but the Packs have Aaron Rodgers. You know, that old man who can have his five minutes of magic and destroy anyone.
49ers’ Form on the Rise
The 49ers opened the season with eight straight wins and were announced as the biggest favorites for winning the Super Bowl. Then they slowed down a little bit, and the focus shifted on the emerging Ravens and Lamar Jackson, who started demolishing everything which stood in their way. Among all other teams, San Francisco suffered a defeat against Baltimore.
But that happened to be a perfect thing for Kyle Shanahan’s side. They didn’t have all the media pressure around them, which often knows to be toxic. Eventually, the Ravens learned that, and the 49ers advanced to the championship game.
Also, it was possible that Shanahan deliberately slowed down his team, preventing them from burning out early during the season. We saw that too often in the league over the last few years.
Jimmy G will play his first championship game, and although being a bit slower against the Vikes (131 passing yards, 11 of 19), he was organizing the offense pretty solid, and didn’t need to be more aggressive.
The 49ers offense is one of the most balanced in the league, and that is, in fact, their main advantage. They don’t have any superstars like some other teams, but the entire offensive team constantly provides good performances. Simply there are no oscillations in their games, and they continually grind their way towards the win.
Old Man Aaron Rodgers
We are a bit joking with Rodgers on this one, but he doesn’t mind about it. “Old” replaced “bad” in his nickname, and it seems that AR isn’t too worried about that. He is still doing his part of the job correctly, although his numbers did drop when compared to previous seasons.
But truth to be told, he didn’t have to be perfect anymore. Finally, the Packers have a decent defense, capable of winning matches, which they demonstrated on a couple of occasions. Rodgers called those “ugly” wins, but appealing or not, the Packers posed 14 wins so far this season.
The Smith duo is leading the defense, and both Preston and Za’Darius are harassing the rivals offenses since the season started, though they really turned up the volume over the last few weeks.
We’ve supplied you with everything you need to know about his contest. Instead of making a prediction, we will give you one other advice – sit back, grab a beer, and enjoy this one.