(GREEN BAY, Wis.) — After winning the NFC North on the last day of the season in dramatic fashion, the Packers will host the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday in the NFC Wild Card round.
Temperatures are expected to be below freezing inside Lambeau Field and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said on Wednesday that it’s nice to be able to have the home field advantage.
“It’s definitely going to have an effect on the game,” Rodgers said. “We do practice in it and live in it. It’s about taking care of the football in the playoffs and making some big plays.”
The Packers defense ranked 29th over the last nine weeks of the season and 30th in total yards against.
“It helps, but I think everybody’s going to be cold,” Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk said on Wednesday. “It’s not going to be any different for either team regardless of where they’re coming from.”
The 49ers defeated Green Bay in the season opener 34-28 and have won six straight headed into Sunday.
“Green Bay is a completely different team than the team we saw in Week 1, as we are,” San Francisco wide receiver Anquan Boldin said on Wednesday. “For us, we would like to carry that momentum. We are in a six-game winning streak.”
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