Packers: Three 49ers players they need to stop to win NFC Championship
2. George Kittle
George Kittle gives nightmares to every defensive coordinator in the league. He’s a dominant receiver and a mismatch for just about any defense. The Packers found out the hard way in Week 12. Mike Pettine’s defense had no answer for the talented tight end, who made six catches for 129 yards and a touchdown. He averaged 21.5 yards per catch and had a 61-yard touchdown.
It’s going to be interesting to see how the Packers plan to cover him this time. Safety Ibraheim Campbell might have that task, as could cornerback Chandon Sullivan. If he returns from injury, safety Raven Greene could play an important role in covering Kittle.
He’s going to make catches, move the chains and could even make a big play or two. The Packers need to limit him in some way. If Kittle has a good game, the Packers will still have every chance to win. If he has a great game, the 49ers offense can get rolling and could be too hard to stop.
Outside of Deebo Samuel, the 49ers’ receiving corps shouldn’t give the Packers too many concerns. They have a strong secondary and should be able to win matchups. San Francisco’s difference maker is Kittle. He dominated in Week 12 and the Packers can’t let that happen again.