No team since 1988 has returned to their conference championship in consecutive years with a different starting quarterback. History is against the 49ers in a lot of aspects. Rather it’s a second- year quarterback making his 8th start ever in the NFL or the opponent, the Packers, have dominated the overall playoff history against the 49ers. However, the Packers come into this game at a major statistical disadvantage. The Packers do not do anything better than the 49ers. They average 253.1 passing yards per game, the 49ers surrender 200.2 passing yards per game. The Packers rush for an average of 106.4 yards per game, the 49ers surrender 94.2. The 49ers average 206.1 passing yards per game, the Packers allow 218.3 passing yards per game. Interestingly enough The 49ers rush for an average of 155.7, the Packers give up 118.5 (their only statistical overlap, at which they are still 17th overall in the NFL).
The math says, the Packers will turn the ball over more and will not be able to move the ball against the 49ers. It says the 49ers won’t allow enough points to be defeated, and the Niner offense will be effective through the air. Math, unfortunately, doesn’t always win out, neither does history. So on this Friday before game day I wonder, what wins out? History or Math.
I’m routing for Algebra….
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By: Anthony Ladd