The Green Bay Packers want to try and stop San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick this Sunday in their Wild-card playoff game at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Kaepernick has tore the Packers apart in the last two games he’s played against them, and they don’t want that to happen this time. Last year in the playoffs, Kaepernick set a rushing record for quarterbacks in running for 181 yards and throwing for 263 yards against the Packers.
In their game earlier this season, the Packers were determined that Kaepernick wouldn’t be able to run against them, so they sealed off the corners to give him few running lanes. However, that didn’t stop Kaepernick from scorching them through the air in completing 27 of 39 passes for 412 yards with 3 touchdowns in what turned out to be the best game of the season for Kaepernick.
“We just gave him a lot of time,” Packers cornerback Tramone Williams said to USA Today. “We tried to make him throw out of the pocket and have guys surrounding him but not really rushing him at that point, and you give a quarterback time – no mater if they’re a really good thrower, a bad thrower – they’ll find somebody open.”
Someone needs to tell Williams that this is the NFL, and even the backup quarterbacks are good throwers. There isn’t a bad passer in the league. These guys were all stars in college, even the backups. The difference at the pro level is that some QBs aren’t very good at playing while being pressured, and that’s why they end up failing to succeed at this level, because the NFL defensive players put a great deal of pressure on quarterbacks due to their speed and athleticism.
The Packers are going to need to put a lot of pressure on Kaepernick on Sunday, because just corralling him won’t work in slowing him down. They need to go after him, hit him and try and sack him as much as possible in order to unnerve him. Of course, this could backfire like it did last year in the playoffs where the Packers put a lot of pressure on Kaepernick and he responded by taking off and running the ball over and over again.
It’s going to be cold in Green Bay, and that might be enough to cause Kaepernick, a warm weather quarterback, problems in throwing the football. He’s not used to playing in the cold like Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, so it’s possible that the weather may get to Kaepernick long before the Packers defenders do.