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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The Packers have home-field advantage, something that may play an important role for them in this series. In home games that Rodgers has played at least one quarter in, the Packers have won 11 straight.

Green Bay ranks sixth in the NFL in passing yards per game with 266.8, and that's even with Rodgers not playing the full season. Its rushing attack is also dangerous, as it averages 133.5 yards per game on the ground, which ranks seventh in the league.

Even with the Packers' explosive offense, the 49ers should get their fair share of stops, as they rank fourth in the NFL in rush defense (95.9 yards allowed per game) and seventh in pass defense (221 yards allowed per game).

San Francisco is third in the NFL in rushing yards per game, averaging 137.6 a game, but only 29th in passing yards per game, averaging just 186.2. The Niners' offense should be helped by the fact that Packers linebacker Clay Matthews will miss the game with an injury.

In addition to Matthews' injury, the Packers rank 24th in the NFL in both passing yards allowed and rushing yards allowed. The defense is going to have trouble stopping San Francisco the entire game.
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