By Tim Sloan: The Green Bay Packers are going to need to figure out a way for them to beat the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday without there all-pro outside linebacker Clay Matthews, as he’s not going to be able to play in this game due to a thumb injury. The Packers don’t want to take a chance with him by putting him out there in the cold of Green Bay with the injury for fear that it could prevent him from playing in the other playoff games, if they get that far.
Matthews did a good job of keeping 49ers quarterback in the pocket the last time the Packers and 49ers met up earlier this season in September. The 49ers still won the game, but Matthews appeared to have Kaepernick intimidated and afraid to run the football. During one of the rew occasions in the game where Kaepernick did dare to run, Matthews dove in the air and horse-tackled Kaepernick along the sidelines. While it was a negative for the Packers due to them receiving a penalty on the play, Matthews’s rough tackle seemed to do the trick in keeping Kaepernick from running anymore after that one play.
Other than Matthews, the other Packers players are in pretty good shape as far as injuries go. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was able to get through his first game against the Chicago Bears last Sunday without re-injuring his collarbone, and he played extremely well. Rodgers had missed 7 games due to a broken left collarbone, and there was questions whether he was taking too much of a risk in coming back so soon after an injury of this kid. But the Packers needed Rodgers for that game badly in order to make it to the playoffs. There was no way that Packers backup quarterback Matt Flynn was goig to be able to lead the Packers to a victory i that game, which was play at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois.
The Packers will have rookie running back Eddie Lacy in the game. He’s had problems with an ankle injury, but it’s not expected to keep him out of this important game.