NFL playoffs: Predicting which 49ers defenders make life hell for Packers

49ers X-factors on defense for NFC divisional-round playoff game.

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Fred Warner (54)
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Fred Warner (54) / Michael Zagaris/GettyImages
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Fred Warner, Linebacker

Fred Warner, the 27-year-old phenom, recorded 82 solo tackles and an additional 50 assists while playing in all 17 games this season. Warner also tallied career highs with 11 pass deflections and four interceptions.

San Francisco's defense recorded a league-high 22 interceptions (tied with the Chicago Bears) and a plus-10 in turnover differential. Warner forced four fumbles and had 2.5 sacks during the 2023 campaign, too.

Beyond the stats, Warner is the unquestioned leader of the 49ers defense and it's most vocal player.

The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder has been Mr. Dependable as he has only missed one game in his career. The 49ers will look upon both his consistency and leadership to guide San Francisco back to the NFC Championship and Super Bowl.