Temperatures are expected to hover below freezing on Saturday night when the San Francisco 49ers (10-7, 6-3 away) take on the NFC’s top-seed Green Bay Packers (13-4, 8-0 home).
While the Packers enjoyed a week off, San Francisco sent the Dallas Cowboys to another early playoff exit last week with a 23-17 victory. The Packers downed the Niners in Week 3 of the regular season, 30-28.
Saturday’s kickoff is at 8:15 p.m. EST at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI. The Packers are a 5.5-point favorite, and the over-under total is at 47.0 points.
What to Know – San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco held on to the Wild Card victory last week and moved onto the Divisional Round for the second time since 2019. The 49ers closed out the regular season, winning four of their previous five games.
Throughout the regular season, San Francisco’s offense averaged 25.1 points and 388.4 yards of total offense per game. The 49ers’ defense held opponents to 21.5 points and 331.4 yards of offense.
Elijah Mitchell carried the ball 27 times for 96 yards and a touchdown, and Deebo Samuel added ten attempts for 72 yards and a score as San Francisco rushed for 169 yards in the playoff win over Dallas. Bradon Aiyuk led the 49ers in receiving with five catches for 66 yards. San Francisco’s defense held the Cowboys’ offense to 307 total yards and only 77 on the ground.
San Francisco is 10-8 against the spread and 6-4 ATS on the road. The 49ers are 5-1 ATS over their last six games.
What to Know – Green Bay Packers
Green Bay is back in the postseason for the third time in a row, aiming to bring a Super Bowl back to the city for the fourth time in franchise history as quarterback Aaron Rodgers plays out his possible final season in Green Bay. The Packers earned the top seed with seven-game and five-game winning streaks throughout the season.
The Packers’ offense scores 26.5 points per game while averaging 378.0 yards of offense. Green Bay’s defense faced numerous vital injuries throughout the season but still held teams to 21.8 points and 345.6 yards of offense.
Rodgers and many of the Packers’ starters played just one half in the regular-season finale loss to the Detroit Lions. Rodgers tossed a pair of touchdown passes, both to Allen Lazard, in the first two quarters of play. AJ Dillion got the start in the backfield, carrying the ball 14 times for 63 yards with starter Aaron Jones sitting out.
Green Bay went 12-5 ATS and 7-1 ATS at Lambeau. The Packers have a perfect 6-0 record ATS over their previous six contests against opponents from the NFC West.
The Pick is In
Saturday’s contest marks the fifth time these two franchises will be playing over the last three seasons. All four have come to San Francisco, so it’ll be the first time they met with the temperatures expected to sub-freezing.
San Francisco is coming off a thrilling victory last week that saw a few star players injured during the contest. The extra week of prep will pay off dividends for the Packers as they get out to an early lead and put the banged-up San Francisco squad away.
Betting Pick: Green Bay Packers -5.5