No. 2: Richard Sherman
It makes one pause when you consider that cornerback Richard Sherman was once, arguably, the most hated player in the National Football League to San Francisco 49ers fans worldwide.
Nowadays, he’s one of the most beloved personalities on the roster. His brash manner, once arrogant to San Francisco, is now endearing.
The fact that Sherman is still locking down receivers on a weekly basis doesn’t hurt either.
The Packers rely a lot on receiver Davante Adams when passing the ball. Adams was unstoppable against the Seattle Seahawks in the playoffs, with eight catches for 160 yards and two touchdowns.
He had less of an impact against San Francisco in the regular season, having to settle for routes underneath and not being able to break open. He had seven catches for 43 yards and a touchdown that was a tap pass, and thus more a run than him actually getting open against the San Francisco secondary.
The 49ers don’t match corners on receivers, so Sherman won’t be solely responsible for Adams. But it’s his job to take away the favorite weapon of quarterback Aaron Rodgers when he’s matched up against him.
Doing so would take away a significant part of the Packers’ passing offense.