Don't let the records fool you. The Green Bay Packers (8-7-1) will beat the San Francisco 49ers (12-4) by a field goal, 24-21, in the second NFC Wild Card playoff game of the weekend.
From a fantasy football POV (Point of View), the return of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay wide receiver Randall Cobb will create havoc for the 49ers defense. Rodgers led the Pack to a 33-28 playoff-clinching win over the Chicago Bears last week. Cobb scored 18 fantasy football points and caught the game-winning touchdown pass thrown by Rodgers.
While Rodgers was out recovering from a broken collarbone, the Packers benefited from the steady play of running back Eddie Lacy, quarterback Matt Flynn and wide receivers Jordy Nelson and James Jones. All four players averaged over 10 points a game in the last four games of the regular season.
The rookie Lacy is No. 7 among running backs in fantasy football with 215.5 points. San Francisco's leading rusher, Frank Gore, is 10 spots lower at No. 17 with 174 points.
San Francisco's offense relies on the quartet of Gore, quarterback Colin Kaepernick, wide receiver Anquan Boldin and tight end Vernon Davis. Kaepernick is the 49ers leading fantasy football scorer with 295 points, which puts him at No. 12 among quarterbacks.
The 49ers are known for their solid defense, which is tied with Cincinnati's "D" at No. 5 in fantasy football. The Packers defense finished at No. 24.
The freezer-like temperatures and home field advantage favor the Packers in the final Wild Card game of the weekend.