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Start 'Em Up: Keys to 49ers and Packers

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The 49ers kick off their defense of the NFC Championship Sunday with a tough test against the explosive Green Bay Packers. Inside we break down key matchups to watch aside from Colin Kaepernick and the read-option against Green Bay's defense.

2012 Ranks San Francisco 49ers Offense: Overall (11), Rush (4), Pass (23) Defense: Overall (3), Rush (4), Pass (4) Green Bay Packers Offense: Overall (13), Rush (20), Pass (9) Defense: Overall (11), Rush (17), Pass (23) 49ers Defensive Ends vs. Packers Tackles The most effective way to stop an explosive quarterback like Aaron Rodgers is pressuring him up front. With left tackle Bryan Bulaga...

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