It’s the rematch many were hoping for after the week one meeting. The Green Bay Packers get another shot at the San Francisco 49ers this Saturday in the Divisional playoff round. Earlier this week, I talked about the changes between these two teams since that week one game. Now let’s see how some of those changes along with some of the consistencies will factor in the game’s outcome as we discuss this week’s keys to the game.
Rodgers has been discussed at great length this week. Here at allbgp.com, on ESPN, on Twitter, and on every sports radio/talk show imaginable. And all for good reason. Rodgers has a lot of expectations placed on him this week. His performance will single-handedly determine the fate of the 2012 Green Bay Packers.
Green Bay will have their core wide receivers all healthy this week and it’s no secret, they will try to out-man the 49ers secondary and move the chains. If there’s a guy open for a split second, Rodgers will find him. If he is accurate and the receivers don’t come down with a case of the dropsies, this could be the key to the fast start that the Packers absolutely need in this game.
The challenge there is that Rodgers has started off slowly on far too many occasions this season. Besides the week one matchup against the 9ers and the dud at New York in late November, Rodgers was still able to do his part to keep the Packers in every game this season. In both of those losses, the Packers got behind early and never recovered. They can ill-afford the same fate this weekend. Rodgers needs to be in mid-game form from the opening snap and hopefully he brings his deadly accuracy with him.
Rodgers has a high level of confidence in his play and he emulates that on the field. When it appears that there is nothing there at the snap, he keeps his eyes downfield and creates. Even with this superior field vision, Rodgers was picked off in week one by linebacker NaVorro Bowman when he tried to get a ball by Bowman and into traffic. The 9ers have a very active defense and they created 28 turnovers during the regular season. They know how big it would be to get one or two this week and they will be dialed into every move Rodgers makes.