The two foes will meet up for the last game of Wild Card Weekend, in a matchup that will be broadcasted at 4:40 p.m. EST on FOX.
Retribution will be on the mind of the Packers, as it was these same 49ers who knocked them out of the playoffs last season, beating Green Bay 45-31 in the divisional round of the playoffs. San Francisco then went on to beat Atlanta on the road to the Super Bowl, but lost to the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII.
Both teams squeaked into the playoffs this season, with Green Bay’s appearance being rather miraculous considering Aaron Rodgers missed much of the season with a broken collarbone. Rodgers came back just in time for the Packers’ Week 17 clash with the Chicago Bears though, and Green Bay’s 33-28 win propelled it to the NFC North Division crown and the No. 4 seed in the NFC.
The 49ers beat the Arizona Cardinals 23-2o in Week 17 on a last-second field goal to clinch the No. 5 seed. San Francisco is on a six-game winning streak.
According to Bovada.net, the pre-New Year spread in this game is San Francisco -3.
Judging by the 49ers six-game win streak, one would think this would be a safe bet. With that said, the Packers seem rejuvenated with Rodgers back at the helm, and the newly returned Randall Cobb will add a huge spark for their offense.
This game is at Lambeau Field as well, so the Pack will have home field advantage.
The two teams met in Week 1 in San Francisco, with the 49ers coming away with a 34-28 win.
History says the 49ers have an advantage here, but in my opinion, it’s not enough to take the spread; especially with the game being in Green Bay.