Well, it’s finally here. The playoffs. It’s where every NFL team aims to be every season. The players put in the effort all offseason, through organized team activities, through training camp, through the preseason and through the grind of the 16-game regular season. But unfortunately, only 12 teams every year have the opportunity to still play football in January. Only 12 teams have the opportunity to compete for the greatest prize of all — the Lombardi Trophy.
The San Francisco 49ers’ road to the Super Bowl will be no easy task. This season, unlike the last two, they will have to play in the Wild Card Round, as they failed to capture the NFC West division crown. Their opponent, the Green Bay Packers, must not be taken lightly. While they own a less-than-impressive 8-7-1 record, it must be noted that they did not have their superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers for a good portion of their season. Without Rodgers, the Packers scored an average of 21.7 points per game, with a 2-4-1 record. With Rodgers, the Packer offense put together 30.2 points per game, with a 6-3 record. The 49er defense will be tested against a healthy Rodgers and a very explosive offense on Sunday.
As you curl up on your couch Sunday afternoon to watch the game, here are three things to watch for that could very well determine the outcome of the matchup.