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Can the 49ers Keep the Heat on A-Rod and the Packers Sunday?

The numbers the last time around were staggering, almost historical if you go deep inside just how dominant the 49ers pass rush was against the Green Bay Packers.

The prime time showdown didn’t live up to the hype, as it was all Niners, as they made sure to leave an impact on Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay offense.

Consider that Rodgers had just a 1.7 net yards per dropback during the 49ers huge NBC Sunday night win.

Rodgers was only able to average, and yes this is for real, -0.7 completed air yards per attempt. He was terrible, but you also have to give credit to the Niners pass rush for all they were able to accomplish on that night, one they hope to duplicate Sunday in the NFC Title Game.

So what advantages do the Niners have in this contest? They have quite a few when you look at the way that things are lined up for the home team.

If you’re convinced that the Niners are going to break through with a win, read more on on how the odds for this contest break down.

One player who should be able to have his way with the Packers is edge rusher, Dee Ford, as he will be back on the field after missing the first meeting.

Ford seems to just add another dimension to the 49ers pass rush, and you can bet that against the Packers, he’s going to be pumped up to come in and make a couple of plays.

Another player who should be ready go is linebacker Kwon Alexander, another pass rusher that will force Rodgers to have to step up in the pocket.

You could sense Saturday against the Minnesota Vikings just how good this pass rush can be when it is at or even close to 100 percent.

With Ford on the outside, it should also help out Nick Bosa, a player who thrives on emotion as one saw when he got the win knocked out of himself, only to return and pump the crowd as he left the field under his own power a few minutes later.

The rankings this past weekend don’t lie. PFF had Bosa wrapping up the game with an elite grade of 91.6 and a pass-rush grade of 98.7.

He was able to get two sacks and four QB rushes, welcomed numbers against Rodgers who may find it tough to get the ball downfield if that Niners pass rush can get to the future Hall of Fame quarterback.

Keeping the Packers receivers at bay will be a key element for this NFC Title game, and if they can continue to put the heat on Rodgers, it should be a great chance for the 49ers to get the job done at home and advance to the Super Bowl.

Bringing the heat will be a key, and if Ford, Alexander and Bosa can do that, it will give the Niners all the more chance to get the victory.

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