How do the Packers stack up at each position against the 49ers?
Packers Secondary: Jaire Alexander, Rasul Douglas, Eric Stokes, Adrian Amos, Darnell Savage
The Packers’ secondary is full of young stars blossoming into their full potential. Jaire Alexander is probably a top-two cornerback in all of football. The 2020 All-Pro corner has been sidelined since he was injured during a Week 4 bout with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but he’ll likely return for the divisional matchup with the Niners.
Rasul Douglas has been one of the best stories in football. The Packers picked him up from the Arizona Cardinals practice squad in-season, and he’s excelled in Green Bay, earning the honor to be a Pro Bowl alternate, and picking off five passes. Eric Stokes has been very good as a rookie, and will likely earn consideration for an All-Rookie team.
Safety Adrian Amos is as consistent as they get. He’s amassed 93 tackles and two interceptions on the year. Young safety Darnell Savage has had an up-and-down year, sometimes struggling in coverage. However, the former first-round pick has shown the potential to be a star in this league. The Packers are hoping that he’ll turn it on in the playoffs.
49ers Secondary: Emmanuel Moseley, Ambry Thomas, K’Waun Williams, Jimmie Ward, Jaquiski Tartt
The Niners’ secondary is the weakness of their defense. According to Team Rankings, the Niners have allowed the 11th-worst passer rating in the NFL this season (95.1). Free safety Jimmie Ward leads the team with just two interceptions. Emmanuel Moseley has had a solid year for the Niners, breaking up 11 passes.
Past him, however, the Niners have lacked playmakers in the secondary, and have needed their talented pass rush to reach the quarterback quickly. For the most part, it’s worked. But will the risky strategy still be effective against future Hall-of-Famer Aaron Rodgers?
Edge: Green Bay
All things considered, this should be a very closely contested game. I have the Packers winning the positional matchups narrowly, with a final score of 4-3. I believe that that those advantages at individual positions will translate to the final scoreboard, as the Packers win a tight one in the divisional round.
My prediction: Green Bay 31, San Francisco 28