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Rodgers will try to attack advantages with Packers' slot receivers

  • San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis (52) celebrates with safety Donte Whitner after tackling Arizona Cardinals running back William Powell during the third quarter of an NFL football game in San Francisco, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

The 49ers are three-point favorites to beat the Packers tonight. In the NFL, home field advantage is worth three points, so if this game were to be played on a neutral field, odds-makers wouldn't know which team to favor.

A strong case can be made for both teams. The Packers have an outstanding passing attack and the 49ers have a top-flight defense. One former NFL offensive coordinator thinks the Packers must execute efficiently on offense to win, while the 49ers' defense must pummel Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers if they are to win.

If you go by the numbers, Rodgers has a stellar 39-to-8 touchdown-to-interception ratio, and he has an equally impressive 68 percent completion percentage and his passer rating of 108 is best in the NFL.

The former coordinator also cited an intangible.

"I think he, subconsciously, still has that chip on his shoulder after being passed over by so many teams on draft day," the coordinator said.


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