Colin Tries To Kap Off Niners' Regular Season

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Colin Kaepernick aims for his second Super Bowl. Image courtesy of W. Henderson/Getty Images
Colin Kaepernick isn’t unique as a dual-threat quarterback, but no team has had as little success in stopping him as San Francisco’s Wild Card opponent on Monday, the Green Bay Packers . In a divisional playoff clash last season he ran for a quarterback-record 181 yards and two touchdowns as the 49ers advanced with a 45-31 victory, then in Week 1 of the current season, he threw for a career high 412 yards and 3 TDs in leading the Niners to a 34-28 triumph.

Both of those games were played in San Fran, and as much as Kaepernick is a weapon on his day, on the other side of Lambeau Field on Monday will be Aaron Rodgers, 2011 NFL MVP and one of the best QBs of the modern game. After missing seven weeks with a broken collarbone, Rodgers struggled in the first half against Chicago in Week 17, but found his range in the second stanza as the Packers went on to win 33-28 . The victory was the Pack’s third in four starts and helped them to a third straight NFC North title.

Green Bay has suffered a massive blow with pass-rushing linebacker Clay Matthews ruled out after breaking his thumb for a second time this season. It doesn’t help a Packer defence which is already struggling ranking 29th in the NFL for points allowed the last nine weeks (30 per game), 30th for total yards and 31st for rushing yards. That last stat will be music to the ears of Niners back Frank Gore, who had a season low 14 yards on 13 carries last week in the 23-20 victory over Arizona. He has averaged over 90 yards over his past three games against Green Bay and scored in each of those.

Things might not be so easy at the other end for Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy. The rookie is carrying an ankle injury and comes up against the league’s fourth-best run defence. Wide receiver Randall Cobb returned from 10 weeks on the sidelines last week and caught two passes, but both led to scores.

This will be the fourth time the teams have met the last two seasons, and the Niners have won on each occasion, including a 30-22 victory at Lambeau to start their 2012 campaign. San Fran won four more games than Green Bay throughout the regular season, but due to the Pack winning their division title, they host the match. 

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