Picking the Winner: Packers vs. 49ers

Published: Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3C
Last Modified: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 - 11:14 am

PICKING THE WINNER

The sports staffs of The Bee and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel predict today's winner with comments:

THE SACRAMENTO BEE

• Matthew Barrows: Would you believe David Akers with a 64-yard field goal to win the game? Nah, but the 49ers win a high-scoring squeaker. 49ers, 38-36

• Ailene Voisin: If the 49ers force Aaron Rodgers to hurry his throws, they sneak out of Candlestick Park with a win. If the Packers protect him, great quarterbacks win big games. 49ers, 24-21

• Matt Kawahara: Even a damaged Justin Smith helps the 49ers quell the Packers' ground game and get just enough pressure to disrupt Rodgers. 49ers, 27-24

• Joe Davidson: The Packers allowed 51 sacks in the regular season, second-most in the NFL, so the 49ers will send the house. Justin Smith makes an impact, and Colin Kaepernick runs for a touchdown in his playoff debut. 49ers, 28-27

• Tom Couzens, sports editor: If the game turns into a shootout as some expect, Rodgers' experience could be the difference. Packers, 38-31

• Victor Contreras, deputy sports editor: Kaepernick's first playoff game, Justin Smith's injury, Akers' struggles … odds seem against the 49ers, but it's hard to see the Packers winning. 49ers, 31-28


THE MILWAUKEE JOURNAL-SENTINEL

• Bob McGinn: Mike McCarthy's confidence in his team appears to know no bounds. Now it's time for the Packers to justify it against a veteran foe that is more physical but less explosive. Pick'em

• Tom Silverstein: If Aaron Rodgers plays like he did in the Atlanta playoff game two years ago, the Packers win. If not, they lose. I think the 49ers' defense prevails. 49ers, 28-24

• Tyler Dunne: San Francisco matches up well with Green Bay, but Rodgers will be dialed in. Those 2005 draft memories still fresh, the quarterback wins in his home state. Packers, 28-24

• Gary D'Amato: It's hard to see anything but a fourth-quarter game, perhaps decided by a late turnover. Colin Kaepernick has been very good, but can he avoid the killer mistake? Packers, 27-24

• Lori Nickel: Will Kaepernick stay poised in first his playoff game? Same for Green Bay's rookie defenders. Will Green Bay be able to run? Is injured Justin Smith still a handful? So many great subplots, but I'll take the home team. 49ers, 31-30

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