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The 2013 NFL playoffs schedule is back, and here at Cappers Info, we’ll be looking at some of the best games on the docket each and every week, as we try to make the most money possible off of the Divisional Round odds for the NFL. Join us on Saturday, as we make our Green Bay Packers @ San Francisco 49ers free picks and predictions for what should be a great clash on the gridiron.
Divisional NFL Picks: Green Bay Packers @ San Francisco 49ers
Date: Saturday, January 12th, 8:00 ET
Location: Candlestick Park, San Francisco, CA
Packers @ 49ers Odds: San Francisco -3
Packers @ 49ers On TV: FOX
The Packers and the 49ers fought it out already once this year, but that was way back in Week 1. The Niners won that game 30-22, and they were definitively the better of these two teams. But has that truly stayed the case? We have a huge question about that when push comes to shove, especially knowing that we have a veteran quarterback that has a number of playoff games going against a de facto rookie in QB Colin Kaepernick, who has played just a handful of games in his career as a starter that has had to go wire to wire.
The Packers really weren’t challenged in their first playoff game this year against the Minnesota Vikings, especially knowing that QB Christian Ponder sat it out, leaving QB Joe Webb to try his best to compete. They didn’t get a great contribution from their running game, and they really need to get things going on the ground to try to keep LB Aldon Smith off of QB Aaron Rodgers’ backside. Rodgers has now thrown for over 4,500 yards in 17 games including the playoffs, and he has himself a heck of a set of receivers. Another week of practice might make the team’s leading receiver, WR Randall Cobb healthier, and if he can get back to 100%, that would make this unit a heck of a lot more dangerous. Defensively, we know that LB Clay Matthews is ready to make a huge impact. He started his season with 2.5 sacks in this game against San Fran, and he had two more sacks on Saturday night against the Vikes.
We’re just really not all that optimistic about the chances for the 49ers in this one. The team has been outscored by a margin of 36 points over the course of its last two and a half games. As it is, the Packers are playing great ball. They’re scoring points at will, and this is starting to really feel like it is setting up well for them. Green Bay already got to face Webb, and now comes Kaepernick, and then if this one is won, beyond that will be either a second home game in the NFC Championship Game or a trip to the Georgia Dome to face the Atlanta Falcons, who still at this point, have never won a playoff game under the direction of QB Matt Ryan and Head Coach Mike Smith. It’s time for some payback for the Pack, and they’ll get the job done with an upset on the road in what might be the de facto NFC Championship Game when push comes to shove.
Green Bay at San Francisco Pick: Green Bay Packers +3
Packers @ 49ers Score Prediction: Green Bay 34 – San Francisco 21