49ers: 3 players who are X-factors vs. Packers in NFC Championship game

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The Green Bay Packers are the only team that stands between the San Francisco 49ers and a Super Bowl berth. These three X-factors could be the difference between joy and heartbreak.


From a lowly 4-12 season to NFC champions, the San Francisco 49ers have just one team between them and a shock Super Bowl berth in Miami.

The opponent? The Green Bay Packers, whom the 49ers had already crushed 37-8 at Levi’s Stadium this season.

Head coach Kyle Shanahan has a very simple and relevant warning for the 49era: Do not underestimate the Packers, as previous victories mean nothing when it comes to Sunday.

But that being said, the 49ers gave themselves a clear map on how to stop the Packers in their tracks. It would be logical to assume the 49ers will be trying more of the same tactics to frustrate Green Bay.

The 49ers were magnificent in that game, while not being fully healthy. With almost every starter now healthy, and with the bye week as a reward for finishing with the No. 1 seed, they have everything they need to replicate the results as long as they aren’t complacent.

With such a big game ahead, Niner Noise looks at the three X-factors for the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game. It’s hard to limit it to only three, but there are typically a select few that really stand apart from their teammates in these games.

Let’s take a look at the three Niners who might be the difference between a loss and a Super Bowl appearance.

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