Saturday’s NFC Divisional Round game between the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers is far from the week 1 match up that saw the 49ers win 30-22 on the road. Not only will there be a change in venue, there is the substantial change with the 49ers offense. Colin Kaepernick has become the new starter, but will look to repeat the week 1 success of then-starter Alex Smith. While this is an enormous difference from that game, it is one of a few different things to watch for.
1. Randall Cobb vs. Carlos Rogers/Chris Culliver/Special Teams unit
Cobb does it all. He catches, runs, returns punts, returns kicks, and is a playmaker. Cobb burned the 49ers in week 1 with 9 catches for 77 yards, 150 total return yards, and a return touchdown. This guy is hands down a major threat when the ball is in his hand. The 49ers had success containing Wes Welker of the Patriots in week 16, so there is hope that they found a successful formula for handling these slot receivers that seem to cause them so much trouble. Cobb has become one of Aaron Rodgers’ favorite targets, so limiting him will be of the utmost importance for the 49ers defense.