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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Nick Bosa, Defensive End

The anchor of the 49ers defense should also provide a boost to stymie the Packers. It'll be needed, too, as Green Bay's quarterback threw for 32 touchdowns on the year, which is one more than the Niners' own, Brock Purdy.

Like Fred Warner, defensive end Nick Bosa played in all 17 games as well as he was responsible for 10.5 sacks and 53 total tackles. The former Ohio State Buckeye also forced a pair of fumbles and had a career-high four pass deflections, which matched his career total previously.

San Francisco's defense allowed 3,949 yards passing, which was close to the middle of the NFL. However, the defense allowed only 1,525 yards rushing, which was third-best in the league.

Bosa's presence, speed and physical play can limit the Packers' rushing game while supporting San Francisco's secondary as it looks to take away the big plays downfield from Jordan Love and his receivers.

San Francisco's defense should be able to contain Green Bay and move on to the next round of the playoffs. provided these three make a substantial impact.

The 49ers and Packers kick off the divisional round of the NFL playoffs on Saturday, Jan. 20 at 8:15 p.m. ET.

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