The 2022 NFL Playoffs are nearly complete as eight teams remain in the hunt for the Super Bowl. It'll be a tough journey for the contending teams as they'll need everyone outside of the superstars to step up. For that reason, we take a look at the Green Bay Packers' X-factor for their upcoming game against the San Francisco 49ers.
This should be a stellar matchup. The Packers have one of the best offenses in the league while the 49ers' front seven is elite. This one could come down to the wire, which is why Green Bay needs to have everyone step up their game for Saturday night's matchup.
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The Packers' strengths rely on the passing attack. Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams have a unique connection that is hard to replicate. The 49ers will aim to slow down Adams as much as possible, which could open up opportunities for other receivers. Considering San Francisco has a questionable secondary, the Packers are bound to throw the ball relentlessly.
Here is our Packers X-factor for their playoff matchup against the 49ers.
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Packers X-Factor vs. 49ers in 2022 NFL Playoffs
The Packers' offense runs through Rodgers, Adams, and Aaron Jones. Even so, they'll need help from the supporting cast. Allen Lazard has been a consistent pass option for Green Bay and should make an impact throughout the postseason. He's not the flashiest receiver, but Lazard has the tools necessary to help his team defeat the 49ers.
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Lazard has been a phenomenal deep ball threat over the years. He doesn't seem to get that many targets, but he does well with his limited opportunities. San Francisco's defense thrives within the front seven, so the Packers' offensive line will have their hands full. Regardless, Rodgers is bound to find the open man throughout the game.
The 49ers are likely to lock into slowing down Adams. It's a bold strategy but it's the best option they have. If they're successful in doing so, it's crucial that Lazard steps up. Marquez Valdes-Scantling is bound to be out for this matchup and Randall Cobb is coming back from a serious injury. Lazard's presence is important, as he's likely going to be the most reliable pass option outside of Adams on Saturday.
This has the makings of a back-and-forth battle, although, the Packers might have too much firepower for the 49ers to handle. If the passing game isn't working, Jones and AJ Dillon can set the tone on the ground. Although that's true, the 49ers are elite within the front seven and could cause problems. It's important the passing attack works, as it's the best chance the Packers have at advancing in the 2022 NFL playoffs.
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We'll see how this game plays out. We're bound to see the Packers air it out early and often as they take advantage of the matchup. Don't be shocked if Allen Lazard makes some big plays on Saturday, as he should be one of the top three pass options in the contest. Regardless, this is a game Green Bay can and should win.