NFL PLAYOFF PREVIEW: SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS NFC WEST (12-4) AT GREEN BAY PACKERSÃ¢??NFC NO
December 31, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
TEAMS MEET for 7th time in postseason; GB is 4-2 in previous 6 playoff meetings. SF defeated GB 45-31 in last year’s Divisional. SF won Week 1 meeting 34-28. Teams have met 3 teams since Week 1, 2012 (incl. playoffs) & SF is 3-0. Packers lead all-time series (incl. playoffs) 34-29-1.
49ERS: Are 28-19 (.596) in postseason. Team’s 28 playoff wins are 4th most in NFL history & .596 win pct. is 3rd among teams with 25+ playoff games…JIM HARBAUGH is 1st head coach in franchise history to lead team to playoffs in each of 1st 3 seasons…49ers had 8 players selected to Pro Bowl, tied for most in NFL: LB NA VORRO BOWMAN (2nd), LB AHMAD BROOKS (2nd), TE VERNON DAVIS (2nd), RB FRANK GORE (5th), G MIKE IUPATI (2nd), DT JUSTIN SMITH (5th), T JOE STALEY (3rd) & LB PATRICK WILLIS (7th)…QB COLIN KAEPERNICK (3,197 pass, 524 rush) joined HOFer STEVE YOUNG (1992) as only 49ers QBs with 3,000+ pass & 500+ rush yards in season. Has 100.9 passer rating in postseason career, highest by SF QB with 3+ starts (HOFer JOE MONTANA, 98.2). In last year’s playoffs, had 100.9 rating with 4 pass TDs & rushed for 264 yards with 3 TDs. Only QB in NFL history with 100+ rating & 200+ rush yards in single postseason. Incl. playoffs, when Kaepernick starts & has 100+ rating, 49ers are 13-0. In last year’s Divisional, rushed for 181 yards with 2 TDs & passed for 263 yards with 2 TDs…RB Gore rushed for 1,128 yards, his franchise-record 7th 1,000-yard season. Averages 96.4 rush yards per game in postseason career (482 yards, 5 games)…TE Davis has 100+ rec. yards in 4 of 5 career postseason games. Averages 109.2 yards per playoff game (546 yards, 5 games), 2nd highest in NFL history (min. 5 games). Has 5 career postseason TDs, tied for 4th most by TE. Since 2009 (incl. playoffs), leads NFL TEs with 49 TDs. Has 11 TDs in past 13. WR MICHAEL CRABTREE has 20 catches for 285 yards (95 per game) & 3 TDs in past 3 playoff games. WR ANQUAN BOLDIN had 1,179 yards, his 6th 1,000-yard season. Has 52 catches for 806 yards & 7 TDs in 11 playoff games. His 806 rec. yards are most by active player in 2013 playoffs…LB Bowman led team with 143 tackles. Only player in NFL this season with 100+ tackles (143), 5+ sacks (5), 4+ FFs (4) & INT-TD (1, 89 yards). LB Willis was 2nd on team with 104 tackles, his 6th season with 100+ tackles. Since entering NFL in 2007, is only player with 20+ sacks (20.5), 15+ FF (16) & 7+ INTs (7). Since 2010 (incl. playoffs), DT Smith has 27.5 sacks, 3rd most by NFL DT. Since entering NFL in 2011, LB ALDON SMITH has 44 sacks, 2nd most in NFL (incl. playoffs). LB Brooks had career-high 8.5 sacks & tied for team lead (A. Smith). CB TRAMAINE BROCK led team with 5 INTs & 15 PD, both career highs. Rookie S ERIC REID was only NFC player this season with 4 INTs & 2 FR.
PACKERS: Have won 13 NFL championships, most all-time. Team’s .625 postseason winning pct. (30-18) is best in NFL history (min. 25 games). Club has 30 playoff wins, 3rd most in NFL annals. Team’s 29th playoff appearance, 3rd most in NFL history. Won division for 21st time in team history & 3rd in row…MIKE MC CARTHY has led team to playoffs in 6 of his 8 seasons as head coach…QB AARON RODGERS had 104.9 rating & is 1st QB in NFL history with 5 consecutive seasons with 100+ rating. In career, has 103.6 postseason passer rating, 3rd highest in NFL history. His 1.71 INT pct. (5 INTs, 292 att.) is 3rd lowest in NFL postseason annals. In 44 career starts at home (incl. playoffs) with 10+ att., Rodgers is 35-9 (.795) with 108.6 rating. In 5 starts vs. SF (incl. playoffs), has 12 TDs, 3 INTs & 104.5 rating. …Rookie RB EDDIE LACY was named 1st alternate for Pro Bowl. Set franchise rookie records with 1,178 rush yards & 11 rush TDs. Is 2nd in NFL with 1,127 rush yards since Oct. 1. Has 10 rush TDs in past 11, most in NFL since Week 7. FB JOHN KUHN is 1 of 2 active players with 3+ rush (3) & 3+ rec. (3) TDs in postseason…WR JORDY NELSON had career-high 85 catches & 1,314 yards. Had 10 catches for 161 yards in Week 17, his 5th 100-yard game in 2013. Had 7 catches for 130 yards & TD in Week 1. WR JAMES JONES had career-high 817 rec. yards. In last year’s Divisional, had 4 catches for 87 yards (21.8 avg.) & TD. WR-PR-KR RANDALL COBB & HOFer GALE SAYERS are only 2 in NFL history with 60+ yard run, 60+ yard catch, 100+ yard KR & 80+ yard PR in 1st 3 seasons. Cobb had 2 rec. TDs in Week 17, incl. GW 48-yarder. In 3 games vs. SF (incl. playoffs), has rec. TD & 75-yard PR-TD. WR JARRETT BOYKIN had career-high 49 catches, 681 yards & 3 TDs…LB A.J. HAWK led team with 118 tackles. Had career-high 5 sacks. Since 2010 (incl. playoffs), CB TRAMON WILLIAMS ranks 3rd in NFL with 18 INTs & CB SAM SHIELDS is tied for 4th with 17 INTs. Shields aims for 3rd playoff game in row with INT. In last year’s Divisional, had 52-yard INT-TD. Has 4 INTs in past 5 postseason games. Led team with 17 PD. DT MIKE DANIELS was 2nd on team with career-high 6.5 sacks. LB MIKE NEAL had career-best 5 sacks. LB NICK PERRY set career-high with 4 sacks. S MORGAN BURNETT ranked 2nd on team with 93 tackles…K MASON CROSBY had career-high 33 FGs & 89.2 pct. (33 of 37). Scored 141 points, tied for his most in season (2007).