With the Green Bay Packers set to take on the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday night, there is much debate over who will have the best games. Indeed, we have published several articles detailing bold predictions, x-factors, and key matchups. We have also broke down the eight previous playoff matchups between the Packers and 49ers. As we continue our pregame coverage of the Divisional Round matchup at Lambeau Field, we are going to dig into the stats that key Packers’ players have had in their careers against San Francisco.
Aaron Rodgers- Regular Season Numbers vs. Postseason Numbers
When Aaron Rodgers was passed over by the San Francisco 49ers on Draft Day in 2005, he was asked how sorry he was that he would not be playing for his hometown team. His famous response: “Not as sorry as they’re going to be that they didn’t draft me.” In one way, he was right. Aaron Rodgers has won a Super Bowl and the San Francisco 49ers have not since that fateful draft. On the other hand, the 49ers have been to two Super Bowls while Rodgers has been to just the one. There has also been some serious differences in his play against San Francisco in regular season and playoffs.
Aaron Rodgers has faced the San Francisco 49ers nine times in the regular season. In those games, Rodgers has a completion percentage of 66.2%, 20 touchdowns, just two interceptions, and a passer rating of 107.5. More importantly, the Packers are 6-3 in these games.
When factoring in the playoffs, however, the stats tell a different story. In three postseason games against the 49ers, Rodgers has five touchdowns, three interceptions, and has never had a passer rating over 100. His passer rating in the three previous playoff games against San Francisco have been 91.5, 97.8, and 97.2 respectively. Not poor numbers, to be sure, but not on Aaron Rodgers’ level. More importantly, the Packers are 0-3.
Of course, the previous three playoff games have no bearing on this upcoming game. Aaron Rodgers, you can be sure, knows of all the talk surrounding his “failure” to get passed San Francisco in the playoffs. You can also be sure he is out to prove he can lead the team over the hump.
Davante Adams Feasts on the 49ers
Unlike Aaron Rodgers who has documented struggles against the 49ers in the playoffs, Davante Adams has never had an off game against them. In four regular season meetings, Adams has 39 receptions for 480 yards and five touchdowns. Per game, that boils down to just under 10 receptions, 120 yards, and a touchdown per game.
The only time Davante Adams faced the 49ers in the playoffs was in the 2019 NFC Championship Game, which the Packers lost 37-20. Adams himself, though, had another big game. He recorded nine receptions for 138 yards (but did not score a touchdown).
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