NFC Divisional Round: Best star player props & wild predictions for Packers-49ers

The Green Bay Packers face a tough test against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL Divisional Round. Can Jordan Love lead the Pack to victory once again?

Green Bay Packers v San Francisco 49ers
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Can the Green Bay Packers pull another huge upset in the 2024 NFL playoffs?  It would be just that if Jordan Love can lead the Pack to a win over the mighty San Francisco 49ers the NFL Divisional Round Saturday night at Levi’s Stadium.

In shocking the Dallas Cowboys with a dominant performance, the Wild Card Round, the Packers did it by forcing Dak Prescott into costly turnovers and leaning on their young quarterback who three 3 touchdowns in his playoff debut.  With that performance, the Packers won’t sneak up on a 49ers team who obviously took notice of the beatdown in Dallas, especially how Love stepped up to the occasion.

"He's come a long way because he's playing at such a high level,” 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said of Love. “To get thrown in there early this year and have to go through some ups and downs... to not win all those games, when you're with a tough record in your first year, the pressure that comes with that, and just to watch him each game, he's been consistent. For him to take care of the ball the way he has done has been unbelievable. The 21 touchdowns and one pick over the last 10 games is unbelievable. He's extremely consistent in what they're asking him to do. (Green Bay Packers head coach) Matt's (LaFleur) very good at coaching the quarterback, and you can see that their quarterback is buying in. He plays very well in their system and makes a lot of plays. He has a big arm and is a big dude too."

Green Bay Packers defensive have a greater challenge against 49ers playmakers

While Love and the Packers offense will have to contain Nick Bosa and the 49ers defense, the Packers’ defense will be the key to an upset in this NFL Divisional Round matchup. Can they rattle Brock Purdy and limit the offensive explosion that is Christian McCaffrey, Deebo Samuel, George Kittle and Brandon Aiyuk? 

These elite playmakers can get it done after the catch, which makes tackling a focal point for Packers defensive coordinator Joe Barry:

"I think our tackling's been at times very inconsistent. Anytime you look at a defense, no matter what time of the year, if a defense goes out on Sunday and plays well, usually they've tackled well. It's vice versa when they don't. It doesn't matter if it is Christian McCaffreyDeebo SamuelGeorge Kittle or Brandon Aiyuk, all these guys are really incredible after the catch, breaking tackles, getting those YAC yards. I think that's a huge part of us playing well this week is that we're going to have to tackle really well and limit the YAC."

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In all it should be a fun atmosphere at Levi’s Stadium Saturday night as two long-time NFL rivals are set to square once again in what could be another classic battle.

Green Bay Packers vs San Francisco 49ers kickoff details: How to watch, betting odds

Date: Saturday, January 20, 2024

Time: 8:15 PM

Location: Santa Clara, California

Venue: Levi’s ® Stadium

TV: FOX

Live Stream: Fubo TV (try for free)

Betting Odds: San Francisco 49ers -9.5 (via DraftKings)

Packers star player props: Bet Aaron Jones OVER 67.5 rushing (-115)

The run game is going to be the key for both teams in this NFC Divisional Round matchup.  The Packers, Aaron Jones is going to have to oppose his will against San Francisco 49ers front that will be out to tee off against Jordan Love.  By, establishing the run early, the Packers should be able to find some offensive steadiness early in the game.

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NFC Wild Card Playoffs - Green Bay Packers v Dallas Cowboys / Perry Knotts/GettyImages

As the game goes one, Jones will put together some explosive runs.  Bet over 67.5 rushing yards for the powerful running back who was a big part of the upset win over the Cowboys.  In that game Jones rushed for 118 yards on 21 carries with 3 touchdowns. 

49ers player props: Bet Christian McCaffrey Under 82.5 rushing yards (-105)

On the flip side, the Green Bay Packers will have some success limiting Christian McCaffrey, but not completely.  The Packers defense will rely on stopping the run and forcing Brock Purdy to prove it with his arm and he will.

With quick outlet passes to McCaffrey, the 49ers’ passing attack will be too much to handle as the dual threat running back will find another way to be a game changer in this one.  Bet under 82.5 rushing yards, but over 32.5 receiving yards for McCaffrey.

GameDay Prediction:  There won’t be an upset in Santa Clara, but the 49ers will get a scare.  Expect both teams to light up the score board in this one.  Jordan Love will back up his playoff debut performance with another eye-opening game making some big plays with his arm while Aaron Jones gets it done on the ground.  On the other side, Brock Purdy will make the Packers pay through the air as he utilizes the skills of his big four playmakers.  In overtime, it will be one of those playmakers who win the game for the 49ers.  Deebo Samuel will break a tackle and take it to the house in a walk off victory for the home team: San Francisco 49ers 41, Green Bay Packers 35.

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