The San Francisco 49ers will be well rested for when they host the Green Bay Packers, Saturday Jan 12, in a NFC Divisional matchup. The Niners opened their season with a 30-22, road win, against the Packers, who’ll be looking for revenge. Can the Niners pull off another victory against the Pack? Here are the Green Bay Packers vs San Francisco 49ers 2013 NFL Divisional Playoff Odds. NFL oddsmakers have listed the Niners as -3 point home favorites over the Packers with the over/under set at 45 points. Get the current 2013 Super Bowl Betting Lines now.
The Packers (12-5, 4-4 V) pounded the Minnesota Vikings 24-10, at home, in the NFC Wild Card game. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers showed how dangerous they can be when they’re at full strength. FB John Kuhn scored two touchdowns, RB DuJuan Harris added another and Rodgers connected with an NFL playoff-record 10 receivers as he threw for 274 yards. Defensively, the Packers finally managed to contain Adrian Peterson and were all over Vikings backup QB Joe Webb, who was pressed into service because of starter Christian Ponder’s elbow injury.
Green Bay’s defensive preparation the first time around with the 49ers was focused on quarterback Alex Smith. Preparing for Smith included seeing very few deep pass plays, and instead expecting a calculated game-management type of quarterback. But Smith has been out as San Francisco’s starter since Week 8 when an injury brought in second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Like Smith, Kaepernick does not throw many interceptions or take a lot of risks in the passing game. That’s about where the comparisons end. Kaepernick has more rushing yards in seven starts this season than Smith had in his past five years combined.
“You have to be ready for all the quarterback reads, the quarterback keeps,” Capers said of preparing for Kaepernick. “This guy we’re getting ready to play, you’ve seen him keep the ball and go 80 yards, so he has those kind of capabilities.”
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The Niners (11-4, 6-1 H) are winners of three of five and have won three straight on home soil. In Week 1 when the Niners won 30-22, Alex Smith threw for 211 yards with touchdown passes to WR Randy Moss and TE Vernon Davis. RB Frank Gore managed a whopping 112 yards rushing with a touchdown.
Rodgers and his Packers offer a daunting challenge for the 49ers to make their case. “Great defenses win this time of year,” safety Donte Whitner said Monday. “This is the time when you show you are a great defense and you can carry your team to a championship. Defenses truly become great only if they prosper in the postseason. The 49ers allowed the second-fewest points in the league this season and third-fewest total yards, but those numbers mean little.
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Recent Trends to Consider:
Over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
Packers are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings in San Francisco.
Packers are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 meetings.
49ers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games.
49ers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
Packers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 playoff games.
Packers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games in January.
Packers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
Packers are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games after allowing more than 150 yards rushing in their previous game.
Packers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 playoff road games.
Packers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NFC.
Green Bay Packers vs San Francisco 49ers
When: Saturday, Jan 12, 2012@8:00 PM ET
Pick: Packers +3
The Bottom Line: I like the Packers, they aren’t the same Packers squad we saw in Week 1. We recommend you check out the latest NFL Point Spreads heading into the NFC Divisional Round.