Harbaugh on facing Packers: 'This is only for the tough'
GLENDALE, Ariz. – The 49ers will open the playoffs against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers for the second year in a row.
This time, it’s going to be at Lambeau Field. The 49ers will open the playoffs Sunday at 1:40 p.m. (PT).
“We know where we’re headed,” 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said after his team’s 23-20 victory over the Arizona Cardinals in the regular-season finale.
“This is only for the tough. We’ve known that for a while now. Guys have been through some tough ballgames, and it’ll be more of the same coming.”
The 49ers opened the season four months ago with a 34-28 victory over the Packers at Candlestick Park. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick threw for a career-high 412 yards and three touchdowns.
Last year in the playoffs, Kaepernick rushed for 181 yards – the most for a quarterback in NFL history – in a 45-31 win over the Packers.
“We have to win,” Kaepernick said. “That’s the biggest thing. We have to go to their place this time. And need to get this win.”
In Week 1, 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin torched the Packers with 13 receptions for 208 yards receiving.
“At this point, you don’t care who you play,” Boldin said. “You’re happy to be in the playoffs. You look forward to whoever you have to play. At this point, all teams are good. If not, they wouldn’t be in the playoffs.”
The 49ers enter the playoffs with a six-game winning streak, during which Kaepernick threw 10 touchdowns passes and just one interception.
Yet, there are definitely things for the 49ers to clean up on both sides of the ball. After jumping to a 17-0 lead against the Cardinals, the 49ers did not score again until after Arizona tied the game late in the fourth quarter.
“We didn’t execute the way we wanted to after that,” Boldin said “We hit a lull for three quarters. That’s something we have to correct, something we can’t allow to happen.”