The San Francisco 49ers made their first playoff appearance since 2013 in Saturday’s Divisional Round bout against the Minnesota Vikings. Not only did the 49ers come away victorious, but they also dominated their opponents in a similar fashion to the way they have all season, pounding the rock and playing dominant defense.
On Sunday, the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks battle until the final minutes, where Aaron Rodgers was finally able to will his team to victory.
When and Where: 49ers vs. Packers
- Location: Levi’s Stadium (Santa Clara, CA)
- Date: Sunday, 1/19
- Time: 6:40 pm
- Coverage: FOX
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San Francisco 49ers Outlook
The San Francisco 49ers absolutely manhandled the Minnesota Vikings in Saturday’s Divisional Round matchup. After being seemingly deligated to backup duties for much of the latter part of the regular season, the 49ers unleashed running back Tevin Coleman to the tune of 105 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
Defensively, San Francisco demonstrated the same superb traits that have them ranked as one of the league’s most lethal units in all of football. Minnesota mustered up a mear seven first-downs against the ‘9ers, the third-fewest first downs in a playoff game in NFL history.
Rookie Nick Bosa recorded two sacks, while Richard Sherman picked off Kirk Cousins, and then let him know about it. Speaking of Cousins, he was held to 172 passing yards. However, the most eye-popping statistic falls on Dalvin Cook and the nearly zero-impact he had on the game. The 49ers stout defense held Cook to an abysmal 18 yards on nine carries.
While the 49ers certainly dominated, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will undoubtedly need to improve his play in the Conference Championship. Jimmy G threw for just 131 passing yards, while registering one touchdown and one interception apiece. Garoppolo did, however, get the playoff monkey off his back, getting his first win in the month of January as a starting quarterback.
Green Bay Packers Outlook
Aaron Rodgers made a clutch throw within the final two minutes of the Divisional Round to help will his Green Bay Packers to victory in a hard-fought game against the Seattle Seahawks. On the opposite end of that pass was Davante Adams, whose 160 receiving yards goes down in history as the most ever by a Packers receiver in a postseason game.
Aaron Jones did much of what he’s done all season, score touchdowns. Jones, who tied Christian McCaffrey for the most total touchdowns in the regular season with 19, found the endzone twice against Seattle.
However, arguably the biggest key to Green Bay’s victory vs. the Seahawks, and what makes them a true threat to knock off San Francisco this coming weekend, is their duo of bookends. Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith recorded two sacks apiece while keeping constant pressure on Wilson throughout the night.
If the Smith brothers can carry over their dominant play vs. the ‘9ers, Jimmy G could be in for a long evening.
Betting Odds & Trends
- SF 49ers (-7) vs. GB (+7)
- Over/Under: 45
*All odds are courtesy of OddsShark
SF 49ers Trends
- 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games.
- 14-3 SU in their last 17 games.
- 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games in the month of January.
GB Packers Trends
- 6-0 SU in their last 6 games.
- 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games played in the month of January.
- The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Green Bay’s last 9 games.