Have no fear 49ers Faithful, it’s almost here. Yes, playoff football is right around the corner. But before the Green Bay Packers come into town for a Saturday night Divisional Playoff clash, there’s still plenty of telling statistics to comb over prior to kick-off.
Good thing Evan Silva of Rotoworld.com uncovers those interesting details as well as anyone around. In his recent matchup column, Silva shared plenty of valuable notes on the 49ers opening playoff matchup.
Here are just a few of the many interesting items from Silva’s writeup:
-Aaron Rodgers has completed 102 of his last 149 passes (68.5 percent) for 1,310 yards (8.79 yards per attempt), with 11 touchdown passes and no interceptions.
-Rodgers hasn’t been intercepted in 177 throws.
-When the teams met in Week 1, Rodgers completed all nine of his passes targeted to Randall Cobb for 77 yards.
-Greg Jennings, not Cobb, has been Green Bay’s most productive receiver as of late. Jennings led the Packers in receptions (19), receiving yards (226), and touchdowns (3), over the past three weeks.
-Colin Kaepernick had possibly his best start in San Francisco’s Week 17 win over Arizona. Kaepernick completed a career-high 276 yards on 28 attempts against Arizona’s top-five pass defense. Kaepernick averaged 9.9 yards per attempt without a turnover.
-Most importantly of all, Silva predicted a 34-30 victory for the 49ers.
ESPN.com’s Elizabeth Merrill profiled 49ers sack-leader Aldon Smith and his impressive 2012 season.
Jerry McDonald of the Bay Area News Group caught up with Justin Smith’s father for this must-read piece on San Francisco’s Pro Bowl defensive tackle.
Jeff Faraudo of the San Jose Mercury News profiled Pro Bowl free safety Dashon Goldson, who is much more than a physical force on the field.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com continues his key matchup series with a look at Joe Staley’s task of blocking Clay Matthews in a battle of Pro Bowl performers.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee checked in with Billy Cundiff, who is hopeful about making his Candlestick debut.
Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle examined Green Bay’s rejuvenated running game led by DuJuan Harris.
CSN Bay Area’s Mindi Bach recently visited Kaepernick’s hometown of Turlock, Calif.
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