The 65th matchup between the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers has the two teams facing off in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs. Both teams are coming off of huge season finale wins and they will look to carry that momentum into the post-season.
For the 49ers, despite having a 17-0 lead over the Arizona Cardinals in the first quarter it still took a late field by Phil Dawson to win the game. With Dawson’s 40-yard game-winning field goal, San Francisco won for the sixth consecutive time to end the season.
Green Bay’s season finale saw Aaron Rodgers return after a seven-game absence because of a broken collarbone against the Chicago Bears. Thanks to terrible play by the Bears and Detroit Lions down the stretch, the Packers still had a chance to win the NFC North in Week 17 – even though they had only two wins and a tie while Rodgers was out. With 38 seconds left in the game, on fourth-and-8 and the season on the line, Rodgers found wideout Randall Cobb for a game-winning 48-yard touchdown pass. The game-winning play was made possible because Rodgers escaped the Bears’ seven-man pass rush to find Cobb wide open at the 10-yard line.
On the 49ers’ status injury report, cornerbacks Carlos Rogers and Eric Wright are listed as questionable with hamstring injuries. Linebacker Dan Skuta is also questionable, but with a foot injury.
One the biggest concerns on the injury report is Rogers. The cornerback has not practiced all week and he will likely be a game-time decision. The chances of Rogers playing are not good, especially because he has a hamstring injury and the 49ers will be playing in some really cold weather on Sunday. An injured hamstring and near zero temperatures are not a good mix for Rogers. The weather expected at Lambeau Field during the game will show you why the stadium is nicknamed The Frozen Tundra.
The Wild Card Round matchup will be the seventh playoff game between the 49ers and Packers. The Packers lead the playoff series with a 4-2 record.
Sunday will mark the third time San Francisco and Green Bay have played against one another in the Wild Card Round.
All-time at Lambeau Field the 49ers have four wins and 14 losses. The 49ers have lost both playoff games played in Green Bay (1997 Divisional Round, 2002 Wild Card Round).
In the last seven playoff games at Lambeau Field the Packers are 3-4.
Game Day Information
NFC Wild Card Round
San Francisco 49ers (No. 5 seed, 12-4) at Green Bay Packers (No. 4 seed, 8-7-1)
Where: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin
Kickoff: Sunday, January 5, 1:40 PM (PT)
Weather: Air temperature is expected to be near zero with wind chills in the minus-teens.
Play-By-Play: Joe Buck
Color Analyst: Troy Aikman
Sideline Reporters: Pam Oliver & Erin Andrews
Online: Fox Sports.com will be streaming the game live, but it will only be free for customers of its Internet provider partners, like Comcast, Cablevision, and AT&T.
49ERS RADIO NETWORK
KGO 680 AM & The Bone 107.7 FM
Play-By-Play: Ted Robinson
Color Analyst: Eric Davis
Play-By-Play: Erwin Higueros
Color Analyst: Jesus Zarate
WESTWOOD ONE (National)
Play-By-Play: Tom McCarthy
Color Analyst: Rod Woodson
Sideline Reporter: Mark Malone
49ERS (rank) PACKERS (rank)
12-4 (2nd NFCW) Record 8-7-1 (1st NFCN)
25.4 (11th) Points Per Game 26.1 (t-8th)
323.8 (24th) Total Offense 400.3 (3rd)
137.6 (3rd) Rushing Offense 133.5 (7th)
186.2 (30th) Passing Offense 266.8 (6th)
30:35 (11th) Possession Average 30:24 (13th)
17.0 (3rd) Points Allowed Per Game 26.8 (t-24th)
316.9 (5th) Total Defense 372.3 (25th)
95.9 (4th) Rushing Defense 125.0 (25th)
221.0 (7th) Passing Defense 247.3 (24th)
38 (t-18th) Sacks 44 (t-8th)
18 (t-10th) Interceptions 11 (t-26th)
48.2 (2nd) Punting Avg. (Gross) 44.6 (19th)
+12 (t-4th) Turnover Differential -3 (19th)
49ers’ Practice and Status Injury Reports: