The premiere NFC game of the week takes place in Green Bay, where Alex Smith and the Niners take on the Packers and last seasons MVP – Aaron Rodgers.
Green Bay entered last season’s playoffs as the favorite to win the Super Bowl after going an NFL-best 15-1. With Rodgers directing the offense, the Packers, winners of 13 straight regular-season games at Lambeau Field, led the league in scoring with an average of 35.0 points – fifth-best in NFL history.
Green Bay hosted the New York Giants in a divisional playoff game, but the offense wasn’t sharp and the defense – a weakness all season – struggled mightily in a 37-20 loss to the eventual Super Bowl champs.
“That’s a very important game and you want to play your best in the most important games, and we did not accomplish that,” coach Mike McCarthy said.
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