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Green Bay Packers vs San Francisco 49ers takes place in the NFL playoffs on Saturday night. This will be a huge test for Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers, but having home advantage could prove vital in what is sure to be a tightly fought affair. The game is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream (details below).
The Packers' slow start to the season is long-forgotten and they stormed back in the regular season to win the NFC North divisional title and finish with a record of 11-5. They managed to reverse a final day loss to the Minnesota Vikings last week, defeating them 24-10, which should give them renewed confidence coming into this match up.
In that contest last week the Packers successfully eliminated the threat of Adrian Peterson - something they were unable to do the week before when they succumbed to him and the Vikings on the last day of the regular season.
Their increased efficiency in both offense and defense will have given them a big lift coming into this game. Aaron Rodgers was one of the main reasons they managed to dispatch of the Vikings' threat so efficiently, and if he can put in another top performance tonight then the 49ers could find themselves on the back foot.
Rodgers has gone 371 from 552 for 4,295 yards and 39 touchdowns this season so far. The 49ers will have to nullify his threat if they are to take this one.
Meanwhile the 49ers finished the season 11-4-1, and claimed a first round playoff bye. So they had last week off as the Packers took on the Vikings. They should be refreshed and rested, ready to take on the Packers, and will also have home advantage on their side tonight.
The 49ers closed out the regular season with three wins from their final four games. Memories of a stand out win against the New England Patriots by 41-34 were quickly erased the following week by being dismantled by the Seattle Seahawks 13-42. Which 49ers team will turn up tonight? That could be decisive in which way this game goes.
The Packers against the 49ers will start at 8 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream by clicking here.