The San Francisco 49ers host the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football in Week 12, and Niner Noise’s preview stresses why quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo must be a positive X-factor.
The lesson? Don’t give Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson extra chances.
But after turning the ball over three times, which culminated in 21 Seattle points, Garoppolo now needs to understand the same course of action against another quarterbacking great, the Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers, will likely result in the same outcome.
The 49ers host Rodgers and the Packers this Sunday in Week 12, a game which was flexed to prime time on Sunday Night Football.
And why wouldn’t it be? After all, the Niners own the best record in the NFC, while the Packers are the No. 2 seed in the current playoff picture with an 8-2 record. Like Wilson, Rodgers is more than capable than leading a fourth-quarter comeback. It seems every year San Francisco has to put up with either Wilson or Rodgers engineering some late-game heroics in a 49ers loss.
Garoppolo, head coach Kyle Shanahan and the rest of the squad will look to avoid the same kind of pitfalls they met when facing Wilson, this time hoping the Niners’ own offense stays on the field to keep Rodgers off of it.
This means Garoppolo will have to be at his best, while San Francisco’s defense will need to perform just as well against an eventual Hall of Fame signal-caller.
Niner Noise takes a deep look at this Week 12 bout, breaking down the numbers, quarterback comparisons, injuries, X-factors and much more.