Previously, I mentioned just how exciting these playoffs have been after an eventful wild card weekend. Well, this trend only continued in a divisional weekend full of surprises.
On Saturday, like I predicted, the San Francisco 49ers defense shut down Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings, only allowing 10 points in a 27-10 domination to reach the NFC championship. In Wisconsin, the Green Bay Packers held it down at Lambeau Field and beat the Seattle Seahawks 28-23 without ever trailing in the game. Star Packers receiver Davante Adams caught eight passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns to carry the Green Bay offense a step closer to the Super Bowl.
Now, in a rematch of week 12 earlier this year, the Packers visit the 49ers for a shot at the Super Bowl. Here’s who I think will be playing for the Lombardi Trophy in two weeks.
This article will be predicting the NFC Championship Game. To see my thoughts and prediction on the AFC Championship Game, click here.
Green Bay Packers @ San Francisco 49ers (-8): Sun, 1/19, 6:40 PM
In Week 12 of this year, the 49ers thrashed the Packers 37-8, only allowing 104 passing yards from star quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The Packers have won six straight games since visiting the 49ers and this time around, Green Bay will be looking for much-needed revenge to reach the Super Bowl again since their successful 2010-2011 season. Although they’re on a hot streak, the 49ers will be their toughest test of the season.
The 49ers defense continues to be the best in the league and the key to the team’s success. All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman has continued to prove his talent and leadership, only allowing Davante Adams to a mere 43 receiving yards with 12 targets last time the Packers and 49ers played. Defensive ends Joey Bosa and DeForest Buckner continue to pressure the backfield week in and week out, letting up only 18 rushing yards to star running back Dalvin Cook last week against the Vikings. On the offensive side, tight end George Kittle is a monster that’ll give opposing defenses all kinds of trouble any week. Along with his efficient blocking, Kittle is quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo’s favorite target, account for 1,053 receiving yards and five touchdowns in 14 regular-season games.
The Packers defense wasn’t too hot in the regular season, ranking 18th in total yards allowed per game. Last week, the Green Bay defense allowed 375 total yards of offense and 23 first downs to a Seattle team that nearly came back and beat them in the final quarter. Green Bay’s defense is their glaring weakness, so Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense have to leave it all on the field and play their hearts out.
Unfortunately for Green Bay fans, I believe the 49ers defense is just too talented to let a team trample over them at home. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Aaron Rodgers throw a rare interception or two, and I totally expect the 49ers the focus on their run game with backs Tevin Coleman, Raheem Mostert, and Matt Breida. However, I do see Garoppolo having a fun day in San Francisco with three touchdowns and at least 300 yards passing to lead the 49ers back to their first Super Bowl since 2012.