NFL playoff preview: Grind-it-out 49ers headed to Lambeau to face suddenly resurgent Packers

Published: Saturday, Jan. 4 2014 12:30 p.m. MST

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After their loss to the Baltimore Ravens in last year's Super Bowl, the 49ers have had a chip on their shoulder, and redeeming themselves in this year's Super Bowl is their ultimate goal.

All season, the Niners have done what they do best: Run the football and play smash-mouth defense. San Francisco has gained a reputation for its physical play, and rightly so; its physicality normally winds up being the difference-maker in its games.

The 49ers haven't had any head-scratching losses this season, as each loss has come at the hands of a current playoff team. They have been the model of consistency for the entire NFL while performing at an elite level. If San Francisco has one weakness, it is in its passing game. While quarterback Colin Kaepernick is one of the most promising young quarterbacks in the league, he took a ton of criticism this year following a couple of sub-par performances.

The 49ers ended the season on a six-game winning streak with a 12-4 record.
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