NFL Playoffs: Wild Card Preview, Schedule and Picks

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Jan 12, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) is pursued by Green Bay Packers linebacker Erik Walden (93) on a 56-yard touchdown run in the NFC divisional round playoff game at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

49ers @ Packers

Yes the 49ers beat the Packers in week 1 34-28. Yes, the 49ers have a top 5 defense in almost every category. Yes, the 49ers have a top 5 run offense which should be a positive in the cold. And, yes, Rodgers has only been back 1 week.

However, I am taking the Packers because of the home field advantage. Winning in early September in San Francisco is completely different than trying to win in Green Bay in early January. If this game were in San Fran – or any mild or nice climate for that matter – I would take the 49ers in a heartbeat.

But the game won’t be in good or mild temperatures. This game isn’t going to just be “cold.” The high in Green Bay on Sunday is 3 with a low of -19. This entire game is likely to be played in subzero temperatures. Because of that, I like Rodgers and the Packers.

Prediction: Packers

Why the Packers Will Win: The weather.