San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick led his team to a 34-28 win over the Packers back in September. The Packers will have to contain Kaepernick and the Niners defense once again this weekend. Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Green Bay Packers defense: Can they finally stop Kaepernick and co.?

Nov 24, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk (50) during the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field. The Vikings and Packers tied 26-26. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports


Here we are again Green Bay Packers fans and haters. Preparing for the playoffs for the fifth time in a row and the second year in a row against the San Francisco 49ers.


The 49ers again?

A team who has beat us three consecutive times? It is what it is and it’s time to prepare for a battle. In their matchup in the playoffs last season, the 49ers ran the Packers out of the building. I will not go into specifics but it was bad and I’m sure everyone remembers it.

The reason it was bad was because Dom Capers, along with the Packers’ defense, was completely fooled by the read-option run by Colin Kaepernick and the rest of the 49ers offense. The linebackers totally bit on the run, allowing Kaepernick to glide freely for huge gains and a rushing record. In the 34-28 loss to the 49ers in the season opener earlier this season, the Packers corrected this for the most part but lost in the exact opposite way. The problem then shifted to defending the passes to Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis who tore the secondary apart.

The problem I see with this weekend is the absence of Clay Matthews. Without him, the linebacking is a huge question mark. Numerous times against the Chicago Bears this past

Jamari Lattimore and the Green Bay Packers linebackers had a tough time stopping Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte last week and will have their hands full again this weekend against the 49ers. Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports photograph

weekend Jamari Lattimore, along with others vacated their gaps, which led to huge gains from Matt Forte and company. The linebackers will need to stay disciplined in order to prevent the read-option blowing through Lambeau Field. They do this, and they give the rest of the defense a chance to stick to their assigned jobs.

Now that we have Aaron Rodgers and Randall Cobb back I do see the Packers having success on offense.  Defense is the only thing that remains a question. I really, and I mean REALLY do not want to lose the 49ers again.

Hopefully the fourth time is a charm.

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