San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick celebrates after scoring on a 56-yard touchdown run against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC divisional round playoff game at Candlestick Park. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Packers vs. 49ers: Defensive Preparation For Rematch


Last January the Green Bay Packers experienced an embarrassing loss at San Francisco, yielding 579 yards to their opponent. The number is unwavering in defensive coordinator Dom Capers’ memory.

“Five seventy-nine is a number that’ll stick in our focus. Our defensive staff is going to take a trip to Texas A&M.”

So what can we expect from the Packer’s defense? An autographed football from Johnny Manziel? The Packers look to have gained far more than that during the offseason.

The trip to Texas A&M was meant to teach the Packers how to stop the read-option. The 49ers and Colin Kaepernick excel at running the same offense. Mainly, the focus appears to be filling the gaps with defenders and confusing the offense. If they can do that, it will be difficult for the 49ers to make the correct “reads” in the read-option.

Secondly, the Packers have obtained new additions to bolster their defense. Datone Jones had an impressive camp before he sustained an ankle injury. His combination of strength, size, and speed will help him disrupt the backfield. Micah Hyde also look impressive and could play an extensive role if Casey Hayward is out.

Who knows? The Packers may also have gained some inside information by signing Seneca Wallace, who was released from the 49ers this week.

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