Detroit Free Press
National Football League
Preview
Green Bay at San Francisco
When: 6:40 PM ET, Sunday, January 19, 2020
Where: Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California

Aaron Rodgers didn't put his best foot forward in his previous encounter against the San Francisco 49ers, and that effort resulted in the last time the Green Bay Packers fell short on the scoreboard. Rodgers and the second-seeded Packers look to avenge a lopsided loss in Week 12 when they visit the top-seeded 49ers in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday.

"They're obviously expected to hold court and win," Rodgers said. "People know and they're talking about how we played the last time so I think if they look at pressure, the pressure is in a certain place and we should be nice and loose." The two-time NFL MVP was far from loose in the previous meeting, as he was sacked five times and limited to just 104 yards despite completing 20 passes in Green Bay's 37-8 setback to San Francisco on Nov. 24. 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan wasn't interested in reliving that contest, telling reporters that the game had gotten away from the Packers and forced them to change their offensive approach. "I don't think they've lost a game since then, so I think that game really holds zero relevance to what's going to happen this Sunday," Shanahan said.

TIME: 6:40 p.m. ET. TV: FOX. LINE: 49ers -7.5. O/U: 46.5

ABOUT THE PACKERS: Although Davante Adams reeled in seven catches -- albeit for just 43 yards -- in the first meeting, the star wideout believes he can have a bigger impact in Sunday's contest. "Obviously if we left the game with eight points and lost by 20s or whatever it was, obviously the plan wasn't good enough," the 27-year-old Adams said. "... (This week's) plan, so far what I've seen, I really like, and I think it's a better way to attack this defense." Adams recorded eight receptions for a franchise-best 160 receiving yards and two touchdowns and Aaron Jones also found the end zone on two occasions in Green Bay's 28-23 victory over Seattle last Sunday in the NFC divisional round. Jones, however, mustered just 38 yards in the first encounter against the 49ers' second-ranked defense.

ABOUT THE 49ERS: While Green Bay relies predominantly on Jones out of the backfield, San Francisco features a three-pronged contingent of Raheem Mostert, Tevin Coleman and Matt Breida to headline its second-ranked rushing game. While Mostert had a 15-yard touchdown run in the first meeting with the Packers, Coleman had a pair of short scoring runs in the 49ers' 27-10 romp over Minnesota last Saturday in the NFC divisional round. Jimmy Garoppolo, who finished with just 131 yards passing, tossed a touchdown on the first drive and an opportunistic defense turned a pair of second-half turnovers into 10 points last week. All-Pro tight end George Kittle, who had a 61-yard touchdown reception in the previous encounter with Green Bay, showed no signs of a sore ankle while being a full participant in Thursday's practice.

EXTRA POINTS

1. One of San Francisco CB Richard Sherman's three interceptions in the playoffs came at the expense of Rodgers in the NFC Championship Game in 2015.

2. Green Bay's Matt LaFleur is attempting to become the sixth man to reach the Super Bowl in his first year as head coach.

3. 49ers rookie WR Deebo Samuel, who had a team high-tying three receptions last week, had a 42-yard touchdown in the first meeting with the Packers.

PREDICTION: Packers 24, 49ers 21
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf OT Div Conf
Green Bay 14-3 W6 23.8 19.8 8-1 6-2 10-3 0-0 - - 11-2
San Francisco 14-3 W3 29.8 18.8 7-2 7-1 11-2 0-0 - - 11-2
Last Meeting
Green Bay San Francisco
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/24/19 GB 8 SF 37 198 117 81 339 112 227
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Green Bay A. Rodgers 60.6 104 1 0
San Francisco J. Garoppolo 70.0 253 2 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Green Bay J. Williams 11 45 4.1 0
San Francisco R. Mostert 6 45 7.5 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Green Bay D. Adams 7 43 6.1 1
San Francisco G. Kittle 6 129 21.5 1
Touchdowns Player TD
Green Bay D. Adams 1
San Francisco T. Coleman 1
Season (Regular Season and Playoffs)
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Green Bay A. Rodgers 61.9 4245 28 4
San Francisco J. Garoppolo 68.7 4109 28 14
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Green Bay A. Jones 257 1146 4.5 18
San Francisco R. Mostert 149 830 5.6 8
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Green Bay D. Adams 91 1157 12.7 7
San Francisco G. Kittle 88 1069 12.1 5
Touchdowns Player TD
Green Bay A. Jones 21
San Francisco R. Mostert 10