Line Control Key to Packers on Saturday.
After reviewing the Packers opener against the 49'ers, and San Fran's last regular season game, let's put it this way.
When it comes to the Packers making the Super Bowl, Saturday Night's game shapes up as the crucible.
Atlanta in Atlanta, the Packers have the Falcons number and the Falcons know it.
Seattle in Green Bay, bring it on, but Packers-49'ers, it shapes up a tough one, do-able but tough, and it's at their place.
I don't think that's a big deal, but playing better up front, on both sides of the ball, than the Packers played in September, is.
The Niners can and have pounded it on the ground, and the Packer defensive linemen have to hold their ground and not let San Fran's massive offensive lineman get to their linebackers. That would be ugly.
On the flip side of that coin, the Packer O-line has to control the line of scrimmage, and get hats on Patrick Willis and Navarro Bowman, the 49'ers pair of Pro Bowl inside linebackers. If they don't, they'll make the tackle. Just ask Cedric Benson who held to 19 yards in the opener.
Nobody said it would be easy, and that's what playoff football is all about.