Originally posted by Kauaiguy:
A couple of receivers not named Michael Crabtree. It's pretty evident by now that Crabtree is the go to guy and I'm sure that the Packers are going to cover him like a blanket and Kaepernick will have to beat them some other way.
Unfortunately without an effective Justin Smith, the 49er's will have a tough time with Aaron Rodgers. Jean La Phew (whatever his name is) is not going to be very effective in the playoffs. He needs more time to develop.
The defense as a whole needs to step up.
I think there is a lot of media hype pumping up GB and Aaron Rodgers. IMHO, GB is not a terribly good football team this year, especially away from Lambeau field. They are 4-4 away from Lambeau and 4-5 against winning teams. Their offense collapses when faced with a physical team that can rush the passer like NYG or Seattle.
Aaron Rodgers can pick you apart, but not if he is running for his life the whole game. GB's O-Line is porous and has actually gotten worse since the beginning of the year, lots of discontinuity there. A-Rod is the 2nd most sacked QB in the NFL for a reason, he holds on to the ball too long as he tries to make something happen. He won't throw the ball away when under pressure b/c they have no other way to gain short yardage, their running game is a joke.
Even teams w/o a great pass rush have been able to sack A-Rod b/c most of his sacks do not come from the initial pass rush, they come later in the play when A-Rod is scrambling to buy time. You do not need Justin Smith's double-hold move to get to this guy. All you need are a pair of DEs/OLBs with high motors who will not give up the pursuit. Aldon Smith and Ahmad Brooks should be enough as long as they are relentless.
I don't understand why some people are so worried. A-Rod is only a magician against teams that let him take his sweet time carving up the secondary. This is the best possible scenario for SF, getting a team you match up well with at home after a bye. As long as SF is really physical on both sides of the ball and does not turn the ball over, they should be able to wear GB down and run the ball down their throats in the second half.