3. Dee Ford
Dee Ford didn’t play in the first game against the Packers. He returned for last week’s victory over the Minnesota Vikings in the divisional round, making a sack in a strong performance by the home team. Ford is an excellent pass rusher and gives the Packers offensive line something else to be worried about.
Ford played 11 games in the regular season, finishing with 6.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. He made 13 sacks with the Kansas City Chiefs last year.
Ford knows what it’s like to play in this round of the playoffs. He did so just a year ago for the Chiefs. You might remember that he was stood offside on what would’ve been a game-winning interception for the Chiefs against the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game. The Patriots went onto win the game.
San Francisco’s defense was dominant enough before Ford returned. Now it’s even stronger.
The Packers have enough talent on the offensive line to give Rodgers some time, but the two-time MVP can’t hold onto the football too long waiting for a big play to open up. The Packers need to be smart on offense and get the ball out quickly.
Stopping both Ford and Bosa will be key to getting the victory at Levi’s Stadium.