Not much was expected from the Green Bay Packers in their Wild Card matchup with the Dallas Cowboys last week, but it was Jordan Love leading the way in an upset win that not many saw coming (kudos to me).
Even with that win in the books, the Packers find themselves in a familiar situation in the Divisional Round when they head out to San Francisco to take on the 49ers. Green Bay is again the underdog, but expecting this team to roll over and allow the 49ers to advance without any resistance would be incredibly foolish.
It is not just the 28 points per game that this team is averaging over their last nine games, nor is it Jordan Love's 70.7% completion rate, or 269.1 yards per game with 21 touchdowns and one interception dating back to Week 11. These are important aspects as to why they were able to pull off the upset over Dallas.
But it is something specific to the 49ers that could make Saturday night's contest have a familiar feel.
49ers lack of momentum could cost them vs. Packers
San Francisco is the NFC's number one overall seed in the playoffs, and with that comes a first-round bye. On the surface, it does not seem to be much of anything, but upon further inspection, there could be an issue that is being overlooked. Because San Francisco's playoff spot was locked in prior to Week 18, there were plenty of players who were limited in their action in that contest or did not play at all.
With the 49ers' number one seed clinching win coming all the way back on New Year's Eve, more than a handful of players have not seen full in-game action in about three weeks when both teams line up for Saturday's contest.
This could be the exact combination of circumstances that could lead to the Packers coming out with another win that few are expecting. Green Bay already took care of business in Dallas, and there is a chance they could replicate their success from last week in San Francisco.
Anything is possible, including an NFC Championship Game appearance in the first year with Jordan Love at the helm.