The San Francisco 49ers know the challenge that lies ahead.
The Green Bay Packers have won 19 of their last 20 games at famous Lambeau Field. The 49ers hope to end the streak this Sunday when the team’s meet at 1:25 p.m. PT.
“My favorite thing is to watch our guys compete on Sundays,” said coach Jim Harbaugh on Friday following his team’s final day of preparations in the Bay Area.
Harbaugh was pleased with the week of practice from his 49ers players and coaches.
“We’re ready to go,” Harbaugh added. “Guys have worked their tails off.”
The playing status of two veteran players, running back Brandon Jacobs and return specialist/wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr., have been officially listed as questionable.
Both players will make the trip, according to Harbaugh, along with all of the team’s practice squad members. Harbaugh had his eight-man practice squad travel last season and wanted to continue it in 2012.
“We treat guys like future starters on future championship teams,” Harbaugh explained.
Jacobs and Ginn’s presence will be welcomed by the 49ers, but if they’re unable to go, San Francisco remains confident in the depth at running back, wide receiver and in the return game.
Third-year wide receiver Kyle Williams is likely to fill in if Ginn’s unable to play.
Offensively, Harbaugh wants to see ball control be emphasized much like it was a season ago.
In the mind of the 49ers head coach, keeping the football is the only way to beat a talented Packers team coming off a 15-1 regular season.
“We can’t turn the ball over – we can’t make mental mistakes,” Harbaugh said. “It’s going to take a high level of execution to move the ball against this defense.”
Harbaugh also spotlighted former Packers cornerback, turned Packers safety, Charles Woodson. Harbaugh was a special teams assistant with the Oakland Raiders when Woodson was with the club, too.
Harbaugh noted that Woodson’s able to cover tight ends, running backs and receivers. Furthermore, he’s most dangerous when he’s able to force takeaways. Woodson can pick off passes and strip the ball away from unsuspecting ball carriers.
Harbaugh has great respect for the Packers defense top to bottom.
“There’s a lot in their package,” Harbaugh said.
Still, even with so much prep-work going into this week’s NFC showdown in Green Bay, Harbaugh knows it’s time to play the game.
“There’s not much more to dissect, it’s time to compete, compete, compete… I feel our squad is really to do that.”
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