Green Bay Packers Must Execute Three Things to Reach the Super Bowl
The Green Bay Packers can advance to Super Bowl 54 with a win in the NFC title game against the San Francisco 49ers, but they must do three things in order to move on to the next round of the tournament.
Help Aaron Rodgers
The 49ers can attack the opposing quarterback at a high level and the Green Bay o-line isn’t the best of the best.
With Dee Ford and Nick Bosa creating a dynamic duo, San Fran will force the Pack to make plays quickly.
Rodgers needs his backs and receivers to step up and make plays after the catch.
Davante Adams and Jimmy Graham are nice targets, but Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones have to make noise on the ground and in the air.
Don’t be surprised if Marquez Valdes-Scantling or Jake Kumerow become some of the primary targets for Rodgers, especially if cornerback Richard Sherman is defending Adams downfield.
Shut down the run
Tevin Coleman, Matt Breida, Raheem Mostert….these are not great running backs. However, the Niners have found balance with these backs, which has helped their QB Jimmy Garoppolo.
Versus Minnesota in the divisional round, San Fran rushed for 186 yards — with 105 of those yards coming from Coleman (he also posted two TDs.)
If the Pack can slow down or eliminate the Niners’ running game, that will force Jimmy G to be more active through the air, which could allow the Green Bay secondary to make some plays and gather turnovers.
Despite the Niners being able to put points on the board, they haven’t always been wildly impressive and they aren’t as loaded with talent as some fans would expect.
During the regular season, Green Bay was 9th in the NFL against the run.
Don’t let up
In their divisional round victory against Seattle, the Packers were outscored 20-7 in the second half and it looked as though the Seahawks could have pulled off a comeback.
The Packers can’t give the Niners new life during this game. Not only are the San Francisco 49ers ready for a big game but Kyle Shanahan is in the running for the Coach of the Year award. However, it seems like everything is clicking for the Niners this year. The energy that the Niners play with is infectious and the last thing the Pack needs to do is give them extra opportunities to make plays.
Avoiding dropped passes, turnovers and just making smart plays, in general, have to be points of emphasis for Matt LaFleur and Green Bay.
Of course, Aaron Rodgers has to be hitting his marks and making extra plays whether it’s extending drives or possessions or taking shots deep downfield.
In order for Green Bay to win this game, they’ll have to play their best game of the season and what better time to do it then the NFC Championship game versus arguably the best team in football.
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