Packers-49ers Saturday Night Playoff Playset

GREEN BAY, Wisconsin – The Green Bay Packers will host the San Francisco 49ers in an NFC division playoff game at 7:15 p.m. Saturday, the NFL announced Sunday night.

As No. 1 in the NFC playoffs, the Packers earned the first-round bye and the right to host the lowest remaining seed of the wildcard weekend. That’s sixth-ranked San Francisco, who upset Mike McCarthy’s third-ranked Dallas Cowboys by 11:17 on Sunday.

The Packers opened as 4-point favorites at SI Sportsbook, 4 1/2 points at BetOnline and FanDuel, and 5 1/2 points at BetMGM.

San Francisco has won eight of its last 10 overall and is 7-3 on the road.

This time last week the forecast for the coming weekend was for cold weather. But that was moderated. WBAY in Green Bay is forecasting a high of 21 and a low of 2 for Saturday. So expect an onset temp somewhere around 10 and wind chill around 0.

Green Bay won 30-28 in Week 3 in San Francisco. The teams have obviously changed since then. The Packers didn’t have five-time all-pro left tackle David Bakhtiari for that game, while the 49ers didn’t have standout running back Elijah Mitchell. The Packers’ offensive line is being tested by a 49ers defensive front, which has five sacks and 14 quarterback hits against the Cowboys while limiting running backs to a meager 2.8 yards per carry.

The Packers and 49ers shared four playoff games. Aaron Rodgers is 0-3 in the playoff games against the 49ers: 45-31 at San Francisco 2012, 23-20 at Lambeau Field in 2013, and 37-20 at San Francisco in the 2019 NFC title game.

For what it’s worth — and it’s worth nothing, of course — Rodgers has won his last four Saturday games. That year, the Packers beat the Browns 24-22 at Christmas. Last year they beat the Panthers 24-16 in the regular season and the Rams 32-18 in the divisional playoffs. They also beat the Vikings 38-25 in 2016. All four of those games took place at Lambeau Field.

Green Bay is 10-3 in Saturday’s playoff games. Last year’s win over the Rams broke a two-game losing streak. The Packers lost the 2015 playoffs in Arizona by 26-20 in overtime and the 2012 playoffs in San Francisco by 45-31.

The Packers had 13 straight seasons, a first in NFL history. It won in 2019 (28-23 against Seattle) and 2020 (against the Rams) after the playoff bye. The home team is 14-2 in the divisional round for the last four years.

NFL Divisional Playoff Schedule

Saturday

Cincinnati Bengals at Tennessee Titans, 3:30 p.m. (CBS)

San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers, 7:15 p.m. (Fox)

Sunday

Arizona Cardinals/Los Angeles Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2 p.m. (NBC)

Buffalo Bills vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 5:30 p.m. (CBS)

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