5 things Packers need to fix to win rematch vs. 49ers in NFC title game

Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers
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What must the Packers do to avoid the same mistakes they made earlier in the season and defeat the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game?

The Green Bay Packers‘ preparations for this week’s NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers will require revisiting November’s meeting with the same team. The 49ers utterly embarrassed the Packers in that game, sending them back to Green Bay after a 37-8 defeat. It placed a spotlight on the gap between the two teams.

Matt LaFleur’s team responded perfectly to this humiliating defeat, winning all six games since, including Sunday’s divisional-round victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Green Bay matched San Francisco’s regular-season record, and had it not been for a stop on the one-yard line in the 49ers’ victory over the Seahawks in Week 17, the top seed would’ve belonged to the Packers.

The Packers’ response to that loss should be applauded, but they must now overcome their biggest challenge of the season with the ultimate prize of a Super Bowl berth on the line.

LaFleur and his team will need to enter Sunday’s rematch at San Francisco with a completely different game plan. They’ll need to be better in every phase of the game to do what only three teams have achieved this season, which is earn a victory against the 49ers.

The Packers can absolutely win this game, but here are five things they’ll need to fix from the 37-8 loss in order to advance to the Super Bowl.