Packers Have "No Chance" Against 49ers

 

The Packers have no chance of beating the 49ers this weekend.  That's what the masses are saying outside of Green Bay and the Packers fan base, that is.

Outside of the team and their fans, there is not a lot of confidence in Green Bay's chances of pulling the upset at Levi's Stadium on Sunday.  The 49ers are currently 7.5 favorites.

Consider the sources, if you will, but much as been said and written already about how the Packers don't stack up to the level of competition left in the NFL playoffs.  No surprise there, as many on the outside seemingly didn't see them as a legitimate 13-win team. 

The Star Tribune, on Tuesday, posted this piece about Green Bay's odds of winning a Super Bowl, including some sites which have them as the worst bet of the four remaining teams.

Before the Packers stepped on their own field to face the Seattle Seahawks last week, we heard about how the Packers were "fraudulent" and greatly overachieved in head coach Matt LaFleur's rookie season.  Even while the Packers racked up win after win, many were deemed "ugly".  All but an asterisk was placed next to their name this season as stats upon stats were thrown at us to prove it.

The new hot term "analytics people" has taken off.  Those who use numbers and trends to form the majority of their takes and opinions are catching some heat for not accounting for the fact that football games can easily turn away from the trends.  There's a reason the games are played on the field and not inside of some computer algorithm.

Just ask the Packers, who were expected to give the 9ers a good game back in November.  On their first possession, they had just converted a first down when Davante Adams was given an unsportsmanlike-like penalty that pushed the Packers back.  Three plays later, Aaron Rodgers is sacked and fumbles, giving San Francisco the ball inside their own 10-yard line.  The rest is history.

Digging way back in the crates and to a completely different time and place in NFL history, the Packers went to San Francisco in the 1995 divisional playoffs.  Following a fumble returned for a touchdown, the Packers were up 7-0 on the favored 9ers.  That day ended well for the Packers. 

We've seen teams get beat in the regular season, only to come out and take down the same opponent in the playoffs.  We've also seen those playoff games repeat the same result that happened earlier, too.  

How will this Sunday's game play out?  No team that appears in a conference championship game can be taken lightly.  One game to get to a vaunted Super Bowl, every snap is a grind when 106 players and two coaching staffs are pulling out every stop.  

Will the Packers use the doubt as fuel or will we see a repeat of November's meeting between these two teams?  After a lackluster 2016 NFC championship game by the Packers, here's hoping that in yet another chance to reach a Super Bowl, it's at least 60 minutes of competitive football.

 

 

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Jason is a freelance writer on staff since 2012 and also co-hosts Cheesehead TV Live, Pulse of the Pack and Pack A Day podcasts.  You can follow him on Twitter here

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Cubbygold's picture

January 15, 2020 at 01:46 pm

Pretty sure vegas bookies are one of the greatest proponents of sports analytics, and they set the line at Packers -4.5. I get the point you're trying to make, but this is a terrible hot take.

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jannes bjornson's picture

January 15, 2020 at 04:19 pm

They had 49rs giving 7.5 pts. 45 O/U

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Cubbygold's picture

January 15, 2020 at 06:03 pm

Seattle game, not 49ers. Can't say the analytics are unfairly against GB just because they're underdogs when they were just favored by those same people last week.

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jannes bjornson's picture

January 15, 2020 at 06:22 pm

Roger that.

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powell.david1's picture

January 15, 2020 at 04:39 pm

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dark42's picture

January 16, 2020 at 12:22 am

Pretty sure Vegas bookies set the betting odds according to who's betting on whom. Based upon the seasons of both teams and their lone meeting only 7 weeks ago, it's easy to see why most people would bet on the 49ers. But this is why we play the games. I'm cautiously optimistic that Packers can pull off the upset - and I do believe it would be an upset. But stranger things have happened! :)

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HankScorpio's picture

January 16, 2020 at 08:55 am

Didn't they set the Seattle game line at 3.5 and betting moved it to 4.5?

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zoellner25's picture

January 15, 2020 at 01:54 pm

The Star Tribune is turning out to be a sham of a news reporting source, like some others we all know about

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fastmoving's picture

January 16, 2020 at 06:21 am

you mean Fox News right! But as you see there, no fake is dumb enought for some

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mrtundra's picture

January 16, 2020 at 08:24 am

You have to remember, Star Tribuners are vikings fans, until they lose. Then, it's on to the next sport.

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Igotthisround's picture

January 16, 2020 at 10:28 am

Star Tribune is THEE worst news source in the country.

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jh9's picture

January 15, 2020 at 02:12 pm

Last night on the NFL Network's prime time show "Total Access," the commentators and hosts practically laughed at the Packers. I hope the players from both sides are listening. I hope the Packers use this disrespect to fuel them and I hope the 49ers believe the hype and become complacent.

Nothing would be better than to see the Packers come out Sunday and punch the 49ers in the nose and keep on punching until they walk off the field with the win!

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jannes bjornson's picture

January 15, 2020 at 04:21 pm

What if Garoppollo's knee gives way in the 1st quarter and he goes out? There are all kinds of quarterly bets one can make to hedge the overall. A lot of cash going on the Pack to cover.

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Tundraboy's picture

January 17, 2020 at 04:59 pm

Our dream. My dream. Can't wait til Sunday!

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Bearmeat's picture

January 15, 2020 at 02:17 pm

I'd personally give us a 15% chance of winning. We need to either get a turnover in 9ers territory, or get an explosive special teams play. In other words, we need to steal a possession. We also need to pressure Jimmy G, keep the passing explosives to a minumum, and keep them under 150 rushing yards. I have very little faith in our offense to get 20 plus points on their own this game.

Any given Sunday and all that. But I'm not going to say it wouldn't be a big upset if we won.

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Cubbygold's picture

January 15, 2020 at 04:08 pm

I'd put the odds closer to 50% than 15%. Historically the larger you beat an opponent in the regular season, the less likely you are to beat them in the playoffs.

https://www.pro-football-reference.com/blog/index9f5a.html?p=8379

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Swisch's picture

January 15, 2020 at 06:14 pm

I'd say about 33 percent -- one out of three.
But hey, as long as we're out there on the field anyway, might as well get the win.

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Bearmeat's picture

January 15, 2020 at 09:33 pm

I'd buy that and I completely agree. 33% is well within the margin of error.

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mrtundra's picture

January 16, 2020 at 08:28 am

I wouldn't bet against the Packers, if I were you! I love it when everyone says we are not going to beat the 49ers. The team is fired up and so am I.

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Lare's picture

January 15, 2020 at 02:35 pm

I like the fact that most people are discounting the Packers chances of winning against the 49ers. I hope the 49ers players are too, even if it's just in the back of their minds.

David beat Goliath.

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davidhoff@mchsi.com's picture

January 15, 2020 at 04:08 pm

And Goliath is something the 49'ers ain't.

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Str8OuttaLambeau's picture

January 15, 2020 at 02:43 pm

I believe 100% GB can and will win this game! The Packers are totally underestimated and unbelievably disrespected even as they sit as 1 of the last 4 teams standings. It’s unbelievable how ticked off people are that we’re still in it!

The game is 4 days away but my stomach is in knots!

Nobody will be rooting louder than me!

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Cheesey51's picture

January 15, 2020 at 06:31 pm

Carry The G Baby

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TheBigCheeze's picture

January 15, 2020 at 07:15 pm

"It’s unbelievable how ticked off people are that we’re still in it!"-----mostly jealous viking fans.....I'm lovin' it....

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mrtundra's picture

January 16, 2020 at 08:30 am

Let's rub their faces in it!

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Patrick's picture

January 18, 2020 at 09:07 pm

I wish that I was as confident as you are. Given the might of the 9ers defensive line, I have to say we have a10% chance of a victory....But it sure has been a fun season, we swept the whole division!!

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Tarynfor12's picture

January 15, 2020 at 02:49 pm

The Packers have earned the 'Ugly' when talking about their play.

The Packers are being called 'frauds' by many a pundit in the world of the NFL.

If, the latter is truer than the Packers are best damn 'forgers' the NFL has seen in recent times.

There's a difference between 'ugly' and 'fraud' and as much as I have preyed upon the ugliness of the wins, this team is far from fraudulent as to the talent overall when compared to teams of the recent past, less some known and well discussed issues on the offense.

Are the chances better than average for the Packers to win, no. Are the chances better than average that the Packers lose, yes. I would love to watch the Packers win and move on to the SB. At this point, whether a blind optimist or realist, this team has gotten further than any honestly believed they would or could have at seasons start.

Last week most knew it would take some vintage Rodgers to beat Seattle, and we got to see Rodgers be a little vintage. But last weeks vintage won't be nearly enough against SF and everyone knows it. Either SF gift wraps this game by mistakes and sloppy play or Rodgers himself and others rise to a level of play not yet seen so far, the SB will not have the Packers participating in it.

I'm taking the Packers with the points, +7.5, as the outright win for a money line bet just doesn't fit the match up.

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Razer's picture

January 15, 2020 at 03:20 pm

Given that this team "uglied" its way through the season and the beating SF laid on us, we should be a considerable underdog. The disrespect may be our biggest ally going into this game - fueling a fighting attitude.

Lot of things need to line up for us to win but they are all doable and realistic. Our Oline needs to play a solid game, our Dline needs to be stout against the run, someone needs to punch Kittle in the face, yada, yada, yada. We can live with 2 out of 3.

But, two things MUST happen on Sunday. Aaron Rodgers needs to play his best football of the season. From the 1st quarter to the last, Rodgers needs to lead. Second, Matt Lafleur and his staff cannot be outcoached this time around. We can't wait 2 quarters to figure shit out and we can't get shutdown in the second half. It is Double Jeopardy and we are all-in.

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sonomaca's picture

January 15, 2020 at 03:32 pm

I’m a Packer’s fan but, as has been pointed out, Pettine is no match for Shanahan, despite the fact that the Packers have good talent on defense. He’s too predictable, an easy puzzle to solve for sharp minds.

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

January 15, 2020 at 03:42 pm

"Pettine is no match for Shanahan"

Shanahan coached a 4-12 team last season. It's up to the players to play the game.

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Cubbygold's picture

January 15, 2020 at 04:15 pm

Disagree.

The defense played well in the first half of the regular season matchup, while the offense completely sh*t the bed. Green bay is bottom 10 in payroll on defense and hasn't had the benefit (like SF) of accumulating top-10 picks playing on rookie deals. Anyone can make bosa look good. Pettine not only produced a top 10 unit by scoring, but got them playing their best football at the right time.

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Pierre's picture

January 15, 2020 at 04:47 pm

You have a point on Pettine’s unwillingness to change. Where was the “spy” like Savage, that he should have unleashed to stop Wilson’s running. He was the Seahawks only running threat and Pettine never adjusted to get a defender to flat out stop Russel Wilson running for first downs and scoring TDs in their comeback bid.

What was Pettine waiting for? Same old, same old in defensive approach. Who else thought at the end that if Wilson got the ball once more he would have drove the Seahawks for the winning score?

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jannes bjornson's picture

January 15, 2020 at 06:34 pm

Savage played back where he is supposed to play as the FS. He also, smartly, held Amos back for most of the game to prevent the Big Strike. Martinez was the spy and mostly held his corner, especially keeping RW contained for the big sack by P.Smith. Seahags had to earn their points by consuming some clock. When Sullivan took a blast to his ribcage it limted Pettine's moves. Garappollo may not be so lucky this week.

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Bannerdog's picture

January 15, 2020 at 04:02 pm

I'm a life-long Niners' fan.
Anyone saying that the Packers have "no chance" is an idiot.
I think the Niners have a better than 50/50 shot, but the previous game has very little, if any, bearing on this game.
Counting out Aaron Rodgers would be stupid.
Plus, anything can happen. We've already seen that.
And, Garoppolo may "decide" to throw you some picks. He can be very good, but he's no Rodgers, and he throws a lot of turnovers.
I hope the Niners don't subconsciously get over-confident, based on the earlier game.
I don't think they will. The Falcons beat us, and the Packers are a much better team. Niner players know that.

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sonomaca's picture

January 15, 2020 at 10:23 pm

Packers fans here just want to hear happy thoughts.

Fact is, LaFleur has very good idea what’s coming at Pettine. He can tell Pettine how to disguise it, what might work. It’s up to Pettine to adjust, to make some changes, to be creative. If he can’t do it, Pack will lose.

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Bannerdog's picture

January 15, 2020 at 11:54 pm

There's definitely a lot of "cross-coaching" between the two teams. Some who like each other, and some who don't.

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Minniman's picture

January 16, 2020 at 01:26 am

I think that there is a good argument that the Packers offensive side of the ball will be the biggest determinant.

No bones about it - Rodgers got terrorized last outing and it was MLF that didn’t have the answer to the 49ers defense.

Linsley also got worked over on some of the bigger plays too - the interior oline will need to play their best game this season.

Sleeper alert - the ‘other’ Jimmy g to play his best game as a packer.... everyone thinks that he’s trash and will disrespect him, he’s due a good game.

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January 18, 2020 at 01:35 am

Him or geronimo.

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

January 15, 2020 at 03:41 pm

"analytics people"

Analytics are fine but in the NFL the sample size is too small for them to have the weight they hold in the MLB.

We'll see Sunday Evening what happens and everything else until then is just talk, that's the beauty of football.

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flackcatcher's picture

January 16, 2020 at 07:43 am

Analytics and power point should die already....

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Sol's picture

January 15, 2020 at 07:10 pm

I see a team that cares about each other And is progressively getting better Almost every week. Sure we’ve been winning games ugly this year but in almost every game we were the ones driving the car and if you want to win a Super Bowl you better be driving the car. I sure hope our new sheriff and his deputy Aaron Rodgers and come up with a few tricks this weekend and our Improved-defense can put a few speed bumps in the road for the 49’s.

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wimiller's picture

January 15, 2020 at 04:32 pm

we have had trouble defending moderate to good tight ends. Kittle did not even play the time they trounced us two months ago and he is world class and from madison wis atoo. how may i ask do we cover kittle let alone sanders and the quite amazing deebo? and then still stop their run? we have to play an absolutely perfect game to stand a chance and figure out how to cover a tight end in 4 more days.

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jannes bjornson's picture

January 15, 2020 at 06:40 pm

What planet were you on when he bagged almost 130 yards contre the Pack in Novenmber? He was born in Madtown but raised in Iowa and Oklahoma where his dad coached.

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Bear's picture

January 15, 2020 at 07:17 pm

Kittle had 6 catches for 129 yards and a touchdown the last time they played. Sorry you have bad information.

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CAG123's picture

January 15, 2020 at 11:18 pm

Jaire is 2-0 against Sanders he locked him up in Denver and held him to one catch for 15 against the 49ers that's the last matchup im worried about in fact none of their WR went off Deebo had the big catch for a TD but that's it.

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packersrule's picture

January 15, 2020 at 04:45 pm

The team that was the better QB always has a chance. GoPackGo.

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Qoojo's picture

January 15, 2020 at 05:07 pm

It all comes down to giving Rodgers enough time to operate the offense, protecting the ball, and run blocking. Chargers and 49ers games were the two games that the opposing DL destroyed the packers' OL.

So if you want to gauge the packers' chance of winning, just watch how much pressure Rodgers is under.

I really do like how underestimated the packers are. It doesn't hurt to have the other team phone it in, and not prepared for a game.

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Thegravedigger's picture

January 15, 2020 at 05:31 pm

We can get to jimmy g. And we have to actually catch the interception he throws our way, cus odds are he will. Quick passes and fake jet sweeps to keep them on there toes. Both of our backs can catch. I hope lafleur has been saving aaron jones as a receiver for this game. Its gonna be hard to pass block if we dont get the run going. But Bulaga is better than Alex light. Alot of the great things about this packer team dont show up in pff. Hopefully there team chemistry and comradery take us to the super bowl. I think thats how u spell comradery.

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Swisch's picture

January 15, 2020 at 06:08 pm

Good stuff, Thegravedigger.
Regardless of how you spell camaraderie, this is a key time for the players and fans to stick together.
Teamwork and solidarity can accomplish great things.
Add prayer, and it will be a good game in any event.

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Leatherhead's picture

January 15, 2020 at 05:58 pm

We weren’t even supposed to be here so as far as I’m concerned, we’re playing with house money.

Titanic was unsinkable. The Jets in Super Bowl III. The Miracle On Ice. Buster Douglas. The 69 Mets.

Championship teams are forged in Championship games.

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CAG123's picture

January 15, 2020 at 11:10 pm

Im not saying it will be a blowout but I can't shake this 2010 Atlanta feeling.

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Tundraboy's picture

January 17, 2020 at 05:09 pm

I saw all but the Titanic, so you never ever know! Go Pack Go

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Swisch's picture

January 15, 2020 at 06:47 pm

My main concern is that the 49ers may have the most physically dominating defense in the NFL, and a couple of months ago they really gave the Packers a smackdown that was humbling to the verge of humiliating.
Yet I think the Packers can win Sunday.
While our guys have to play tougher football this time -- I think the key is not in trying to outmuscle the 49ers, but in outsmarting them.
* Vary the formations, the motions, the parts of the field, and the players getting the ball.
* Design plays for Aaron Rodgers to get the ball out quick; yet also take a couple or more deep shots to Lazard with his height; MVS with his speed; and Davante with his all-around greatness.
* Weather the early storm of noise and enthusiasm with no turnovers and solid play on special teams.
* If there is a third-and-long in the first quarter, roll out Rodgers and throw one of those aforementioned deep balls. Send two guys deep and target the one in single coverage. Have MVS running a deep inward slant from the other side of the field.
An interception is similar to a punt, especially if we trail a couple of other receivers to be ready to make a tackle. By rolling out, it's easier to throw the ball away in trouble.
* Try a trick play or two, which at least keeps the defenders honest.
* Don't get too high or low, and play it through to the very end.
* Enjoy the moment, soak in the surroundings, take a deep breath, and play in such a way as to have no regrets.
Some of these things are obvious; but much of life is reminding ourselves of the basics when we're ready to panic.
Finally, football is a funny game as far as the unexpected. The opportunities flutter through the air and bounce on the ground in mysterious ways.
Pounce on the opportunities into the last second, and unto the Super Bowl.

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Cubbygold's picture

January 16, 2020 at 05:58 am

All we hear about is how well GB can pass block. Great tackles, Jones/Williams, Lewis/Lazard/Sternberger. You would think this group could be one of the best at offsetting that front 7 of the 49ers

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January 17, 2020 at 05:07 pm

Go Pack Go.

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January 15, 2020 at 06:11 pm

Rodgers said on draft day that the 49 ers will be sorry they didn’t draft him, well Aaron remind them Sunday please.

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CAG123's picture

January 15, 2020 at 06:43 pm

I don't think some of you remember the game as well as I do I keep hearing talks about the def when it was the off that didn't show up the 49ers didn't score a TD until 1 minute left in the first half the first TD was totally on the offense from that fumble it was the same thing against the Chargers the def kept holding them to FGs until the dam finally broke,

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January 15, 2020 at 07:12 pm

That is how I remember it, too, and I just rewatched the game last night.

I think SF will not get 30, and I think GB gets at least 20. I expect this game to be in doubt until the last possession.

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CAG123's picture

January 15, 2020 at 11:08 pm

Whats scary though is this video that pretty much showed the tried and true tendencies of Pettine's def I mean Shannahan and Rivers knew exactly what coverage the Packers were in during these situations not to mention that Shannahan worked with Pettine and tutored MLF. People thought we needed to be creative last week when in fact that applies this week both Pettine and MLF need to show a few new wrinkles.

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January 16, 2020 at 05:12 pm

You don't show your hand early in the season. Pettine is using Fackerell and Gary more now on the base to /Pressure packages.

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January 16, 2020 at 10:16 am

Comes down to the last possession? Yep, sounds like a Packers game, the team that loves to torture its fan base. Go Pack Go!

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Thegravedigger's picture

January 15, 2020 at 10:03 pm

Z smith had a good first half he was all up in the backfield that game. And there first field goal was because of a ticky tack penalty on king. It is up to the offense this game. Its up to a rodg and the role players on offense to win this one. The d just has to be themselves. The offense has to do what they did last week, maybe even more.

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January 15, 2020 at 07:31 pm

The same alleged pundits who are giving the Packers no chance are the same pundits who up until last weekend were giving the Ravens are 44% chance to win the SB. Where are they now???

If any team has no chance why do they play the games? The Packers were 13-3 during the regular season, they earned the #2 seed and were a terrible non-PI call from the #1 seed. Then they defended their home turf in the divisional round against Seattle and here they are as deserving as any other team in the league and with as good a chance as any team remaining despite what the media/clickbait airheads are writing or saying.

Look at it this way, what does the NFL care about the most? Revenues from TV ratings. What are the 2 weeks between this Sunday's games and the SB all about? Ratings for all the "pundit" shows and getting fans hyped for the game so the maximum number of TVs are viewing the Super Bowl. That scenario requires compelling story lines.

Look at the Titans, besides Derrick Henry and a little bit about Tannerhill what story lines do they bring to the SB? Plus they are the smallest fan base team remaining in the playoffs.

Now look at the Chiefs, Andy Reid with a chance to win his first SB after all these years, Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, all kinds of weapons, the Chiefs first SB appearance in 50 years etc. Plus a larger fan base than the Titans, although still a relatively small fan base.

NFC, look at the 49ers. Garopolo, Kittles, Deebo Samuels, Bosa, Dee Ford, good defense, great job by GM John Lynch and a large West Coast fan base.

Finally the Packers, 1st year HC reaching the SB, Aaron Rodgers with a chance to win another SB, Aaron Jones, Z. Smith snubbed, Preston Smith, and a national fan base. The only team remaining in the playoffs with a national TV audience.

So what is the best scenario for the NFL's biggest show of the season? Which matchup provides the best storylines and probably the highest TV ratings for the next 2 weeks? Chiefs versus Packers!!! Think about it, the NFL has been leveraging their 100 year anniversary all season. A rematch of Super Bowl 1 ties it all together. Add in a first year HC versus the most experienced HC left in the playoffs, plus Aaron Rodgers trying to win his second SB, plus the Chiefs offense against the Smiths and the Packers defense. Plus going back to the roots of the first SB and talking about Lombardi and Lamar Hunt and on and on it goes.

Beyond that Chiefs/Niners, OK but the big storyline there is does Andy Reid finally win an SB? After that it's just about the matchups. Titans/Niners? Storyline is the Titans as a cinderella team and can the 49ers stop Derrick Henry? But who is listening or is watching besides the 4 or 5 Titans fans? Packers/Titans storyline, first year HC and Rodgers trying for his 2nd SB versus can the Packers stop Derrick Henry?
With a national fan base the Packers with Rodgers will deliver solid ratings but no matchup will deliver the same storylines or the same level of ratings as Packers/ Chiefs. It's just not there.

If you don't think this matters to the league officials in NY just think about last season's championship weekend. First the Chiefs beat themselves with a stupid offsides penalty and then the non-PI call in the Rams/Saints game. What does the NFL get, Pats/Rams Super Bowl, two large fan bases, East coast versus West Coast, Belichick and Brady again, etc... Rather than NO versus KC, two regional fan base teams from the middle of the country.

Then there is the Vegas side of thing and which two teams will deliver the most action on the Super Bowl, but that's for another post. Go Pack Go! Thanks, Since '61

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Bannerdog's picture

January 17, 2020 at 05:38 am

I could find only one poll about that:

https://thefanrichmond.radio.com/blogs/wes-mcelroy/poll-whats-the-super-...

49% Chiefs vs 49ers

36% Chiefs vs Packers

9% Titans vs 49ers

6% Titans vs Packers

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Lphill's picture

January 15, 2020 at 08:18 pm

Kittle won’t be a problem to cover if Jimmy G doesn’t have time to throw to him, Z Smith from the middle with Gary rushing in too might be the plan.

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jannes bjornson's picture

January 16, 2020 at 12:22 pm

Gary has to see more reps. Use him to his strength. The DT rotation has to do it's job. Montravious has to perform.

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January 15, 2020 at 09:32 pm

This game reminds me of the 1996 playoff game against SF. The Packers under Mike Holmgren was to face the highly rated SF 49ers. The Pack was given “little” chance to even make it a game. But no football pundits had a clue of the genius defensive CO Fritz Shurmur game plan that was to unfold. The 49ers QBd by Steve Young, was in the midst of perfecting the West Coast offense. Precise short routes, mixed with a sound running game was superior for the times.

I remember how pessimistic everyone was about the inevitable outcome of the game ..the Packers were going to be trounced.

Shurmur put together a game plan that was AMAZING. He knew that if he let Young read his defense ... the Packers would be annihilated. So he devise a game plan that would literally change defenses on every play. Sometimes he’d employ a 3-3-5, then a 4-2-5, them maybe a 3-2-6.... it was poetry to watch...the Pack pulled off an Amazing upset. The 49ers were so stunned after the game the offensive SF team asked what KIND OF DEFENSE did the Packers use!

So have faith..other innovations have occurred with teams to defeat formidable odds.

One more example... the Vikings were odds on favorites to beat The Dolphins in Super Bowl VIll. Even though Miami was repeating in Super Bowl appearance.... the Vikings “Purple People Eaters” lead by a super defensive lineman -Alan Page, Page was considered to be UNSTOPPABLE (sound like Nick Bosa?) !!!

The Dolphins' game plan on offense was to use misdirection, negative-influence traps, and cross-blocking to exploit the Minnesota defense's excellent pursuit. Page was hit from all angles. Miami’s linemen would let Page think that he was blowing by his counterpart..lol just to be nailed by a cross blocking pulling lineman...the plan was executed with perfection. Miami went on to win 24-7.

So have faith, sit back..and watch the Pack make an upset for this decade, GO PACK!

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HankScorpio's picture

January 16, 2020 at 09:05 am

I've been thinking about that game too. Very similar in pre-game lead up. What I remember from that game was the Packers set a very physical tone on defense early. Wayne Simmons (RIP) was a monster. Craig Newsome scored off a early turnover to give the Packers the lead and they never looked back.

With all the hype about how the Packers having no chance and a SB appearance as the carrot, I expect the Smiths will be well motivated. If they can translate that to pressure on Grappalo, good things can happen. This Sunday would be an awfully nice time to get the Packers first defensive TD of the year.

Having said all that, I agree much will be decided before the kick. The gameplan and prep work needs to be spot on this week. Neither were very good in week 12.

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Swisch's picture

January 16, 2020 at 09:56 am

Thanks, WinUSA, for the uniquely insightful perspective.
I remember watching that game, but largely forgot about the pregame prognostication; I didn't even know about the amazing defensive schemes.
Let's hope Packers coaches are aware of this history and working in the same spirit of innovation.
Let's hope the players come out physically and mentally prepared.
This might be a good game film for the Packers to watch the night before the game; they can party after the Super Bowl.

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Thegravedigger's picture

January 18, 2020 at 01:43 am

I was 8 years old at my aunts house and i remember like it was yesterday desmond howard running thru the mud.

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Johnblood27's picture

January 15, 2020 at 11:17 pm

I will predict a "Philly Special" for Aaron Rodgers at some point in this game.

Out a little further on the limb, I say it will be in the second quarter.

Book it.

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Cjames's picture

January 16, 2020 at 12:56 am

Greetings Packers fans. First time poster to the site. I live in Marin County, CA just a few miles north of San Francisco, and it’s been amusing to hear all of the sports talk radio hosts and callers-in talking about how well the 49ers will match up against the Chiefs in the Super Bowl. As if Green Bay is a mere annoyance to be dispensed with en route to the inevitable. Shanahan is saying all the right things about focus and going “1-0” but let’s hope the players have the same mindset at does the chattering class!

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4zone's picture

January 16, 2020 at 04:40 am

It's why you play the game. Anything can happen. Pressure effects different people different ways. Who knows who will be in 'the zone' on an any given Sunday.

Sure, the NFL wants Niners vs Chiefs, its the hot matchup. But watch out for the rules committee if it turns out to be Titans vs Packers.

Come Monday morning it will be down to two. Why not the Packers?

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croatpackfan's picture

January 16, 2020 at 08:49 am

Read post from Since61

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4zone's picture

January 16, 2020 at 08:21 am

Poll Question: Is this Sunday's game going to end up the latest of a long string of 'almost, but self imploded' NFC Championship losses, or a statement win to kick off a new Packer's era of dominance?

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croatpackfan's picture

January 16, 2020 at 08:49 am

Neither one...

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TXCHEESE's picture

January 16, 2020 at 09:00 am

The Packers just need to keep this thing close till the 4th quarter. All the pressure is on SF, and if it's close then, that lump in their throat will begin to grow. All you can ask of the Pack is to play soundly, and protect the ball. If they get beat because SF is the better team on Sunday, that is a result I think most of us can accept.

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Booner's picture

January 16, 2020 at 10:45 am

Time to quit talking and unleash the hounds on these west coast punks!

Go Pack!

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Patrick's picture

January 18, 2020 at 09:19 pm

I would feel better about the game if more of our receivers would step up!! We have Adams, and??? That's the big thing here, where has Geronimo Alison been the whole season?? Don't get me wrong, it's been a great season for the Pack, we swept the whole division! But they will put R. Sherman on Adams and then what?? Valdes Scandling also? A.R is not going to have time looking for some of our unheard from receivers to get open. I just hope that Rogers can walk out of the game, and not get carried out!

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