Aaron Rodgers: We have to beat 49ers on road at some point

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The top two teams in the NFC will be facing off on Sunday night and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers would be happy with making sure that it is his team’s only visit to Santa Clara this season.

Rodgers took a look at the standings and sees that the Packers are a game behind the 49ers. A win would give them the tiebreaker edge with five weeks left in the regular season, which doesn’t guarantee anything in a conference with five teams that have at least eight wins.

A win would do a lot to improve the odds that a second matchup with the 49ers in the postseason would take place at Lambeau Field, however.

“We’re all aware of where we’re at in the seeding going into Week 12 and what’s in front of us and the opportunities,” Rodgers said, via ESPN.com. “There’s still a lot of football to be played and a lot can happen. I think you’re just in denial if you don’t think about the implications with a ‘Dub’ or an ‘L’ this week and how that affects stuff down the line. That’s why I said, the way we look at it, we’re going to have to win there one time the rest of the year. It would be nice to get it done this week.”

One way or another, the top of the NFC playoff picture is going to look different by the time Sunday night’s game comes to an end.

32 responses to “Aaron Rodgers: We have to beat 49ers on road at some point

  1. I feel good about this one. Packers are at full strength, and the entire process since the start of the season has been two steps forward, one step back. They get just a little bit better each week.

  2. As Aaron implies, if the Packers and Niners meet in the playoffs, this game will determine where that game is played. Obviously Aaron and everyone else in Packer Nation wants every playoff game to be at Lambeau. A win Sunday night would go a long way in making sure that happens.

    One game at a time is the focus. The Packers will not be thinking about playoff seeding until week 17 @ Detroit. Hopefully by then we are talking about the Packers resting players or not for that game.

    With 3 teams in the NFC at 8-2 and the Niners at 9-1, there is a lot to be sorted out between those 4 teams in the next 6 games.

    Sunday will start the sorting process.

    #GoPackGo!🏈

  3. As a Packer fan, this season has completely exceeded all of my humble expectations.
    I was seriously just looking forward to this team showing some positive trends.

    What Matt LaFleur has accomplished by taking a stagnant 6-9-1 team and propelling them to an 8-2 record through 10 games, and in the conversation for one of the NFC’s top seeds, is truly remarkable.
    As far as I’m concerned, everything else is just frosting on the cake.

    Coach LaFleur has been great at handling this young team, especially with the influx of free agent talent, and making them a cohesive group.
    There have definitely been a few bumps in the road for this first time Head Coach, and I would expect a few more as we head toward the final stretch of this 2019 journey, but so far, there’s no denying that he’s done a Hell of a job.

    The Niners are a very tough opponent, disciplined, with an extremely stout defense.
    A very difficult team to beat and a tough task ahead.
    Obviously, a win against the Niners would be an important coup for the Packers, but no mid-November game is going to make or break either team.
    However Sunday night’s game plays out, you can count on one thing, the histrionics from the trolls will be on full display come Overreaction Monday.
    Buckle up, going to be fun.

  4. Good luck Erin…..another Bosa will be breathing down your neck all day…..and we all delighted in the last time that happened. Also, you won’t have your home ref advantage in SF. Go Niners!

  5. “The Packers will not be thinking about playoff seeding until week 17 @ Detroit.”

    Really?

    Packer fans have been talking about tiebreakers before all the games have been played. Obviously they are already assuming victories in games before week 17 in Detroit.

    Some have been proclaiming the Packers have a two game (1.5 game – whatever) lead in the NFC North.

    Sensible football fans have been trying to explain that tiebreakers aren’t used until all games are played.

    But the rhetoric from the fans of the green and yellow persists.

  6. Packer chances will be good Erin as long as you have Jerome Boger and his crew on the field with you, that’s all you need.

  7. I’m more inclined to believe the Saints will have home field advantage. Niners should fade with a couple losses. Packers should lose two more as well, with very tough games on the road to end the season. I could be wrong, of course. Honestly, the Packers could win or lose just about every game left on their schedule. This week is a big statement on where this team actually is. It should be a close game, if the Packers aren’t “tired”.

  8. Wafflestomp says:
    November 21, 2019 at 8:26 am
    As a Packer fan, this season has completely exceeded all of my humble expectations.
    I was seriously just looking forward to this team showing some positive trends.
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    Not a bad post, but a bit premature. Your team has done very well thus far, but also started with a nice home schedule. If you lose 4 of last 6, will you still be pleased at 10-6? That road game at Chargers has to be in the back of all Packer fans mind, especially since you still have 4 road games to go. With that said, I think if the Packers beat the 49ers, they win the division. It will be a huge boost of confidence, and they’d have to fold in the last 5 to lose the division.

  9. I’m more inclined to believe the Saints will have home field advantage. Niners should fade with a couple losses. Packers should lose two more as well, with very tough games on the road to end the season. I could be wrong, of course. Honestly, the Packers could win or lose just about every game left on their schedule. This week is a big statement on where this team actually is. It should be a close game, if the Packers aren’t “tired”.
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    Giants, Redskins, Bears, and the Lions without Stafford? Please. The Niners and the Vikes are really the only teams where a loss is likely.

  10. Not convinced about Pack after that loss at a naff Chargers, and loss at home to a mediocre Eagles. Pack’s D are weak (ranked 28th) regardless what Aaron thinks, but he’ll see a proper D in Clara. If it was in Lambeau it’d be close-ish, but in Clara prob more like 31-16 to 49ers.

  11. conormacleod says:
    November 21, 2019 at 9:07 am
    Wafflestomp says:
    November 21, 2019 at 8:26 am
    As a Packer fan, this season has completely exceeded all of my humble expectations.
    I was seriously just looking forward to this team showing some positive trends.
    //////////
    Not a bad post, but a bit premature. Your team has done very well thus far, but also started with a nice home schedule. If you lose 4 of last 6, will you still be pleased at 10-6? That road game at Chargers has to be in the back of all Packer fans mind, especially since you still have 4 road games to go. With that said, I think if the Packers beat the 49ers, they win the division. It will be a huge boost of confidence, and they’d have to fold in the last 5 to lose the division.
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    In answer to your first question, yes, if the Packers finished 10-6, I would still be pleased.
    When comparing that to the last two seasons and with the knowledge that Matt LaFleur has such a firm base to build off of, the future looks very bright.

    The loss against the Chargers was a disappointment, but I do believe lessons were learned that weekend. (We’ll soon see.)
    At this point in the season almost every team has losses they regret, much like a Brees led Saints team losing to the Falcons, or the Vikings getting trucked over by a very bad Bears team.
    Good teams just move on.

    As far as having an inordinate amount of road games to finish the season, it is what it is.
    So far GB is 3-1 on the road, hopefully if they continue that trend they’ll have a more home friendly schedule come January.

  12. Thank you Captain Obvious, yes, the Packers will fare better playing at home in January. But nothing is guaranteed when it comes time for the playoffs with the exception that the Vikings will lose (if they should make it) There is 58 years of history on that.

  13. I feel pretty good about this game for Americas team. Pack will go up by 2 scores early and keep the lead at that margin for the duration. Go Pack Go!

  14. As a 49er fan I’m worried. The team is really banged up and you eventually good players take over and I think that’s what could happen if Sanders and Kittle don’t play.

  15. I think the first team to 12 wins in the NFC is going to get the #1 seed. Probably two teams get there but not more.

    Looking at the remaining schedules the Packers and Saints probably have the easiest road. But any of of at least 5 teams can do it. And in the NFC if you don’t get double digit wins you aren’t going to be in the playoffs.

  16. streetyson says:
    November 21, 2019 at 9:26 am
    Not convinced about Pack after that loss at a naff Chargers, and loss at home to a mediocre Eagles. Pack’s D are weak (ranked 28th) regardless what Aaron thinks, but he’ll see a proper D in Clara. If it was in Lambeau it’d be close-ish, but in Clara prob more like 31-16 to 49ers.
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    No way it’s a blow out like that, as much as I would love to see that. If that starts to shape up that way the refs will do what they can to give the pack as many chances as they need as referenced by the Detroit and Carolina games.

  17. lonniewarwick says:
    November 21, 2019 at 8:39 am
    Good luck Erin…..another Bosa will be breathing down your neck all day…..and we all delighted in the last time that happened. Also, you won’t have your home ref advantage in SF. Go Niners!

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    Erin Henderson, LB, Minnesota Vikings, retired a few years back I believe.

  18. San Diego smoked Rodgers with pass rush. Niners have twice the D line that the bolts have. Rodgers is going to be really good friends with the turf in Santa Clara.

  19. November 21, 2019 at 12:48 pm
    So Rodgers now thinks he is kreskin? Maybe he should focus on this week instead of looking ahead and mind just his own team’s business
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Take your own advice.

  20. “A win would give them the tiebreaker edge with five weeks left in the regular season”

    +++++

    All season a certain fanbase has frantically pretended tiebreak data doesn’t matter. And it’s not just because their team is behind in the current data.

    Oh wait. It is exactly because of that. Well at least they are using their time wisely producing all those Kirk Cousins MVP posters.

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