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Lowell Cohn: 49ers can beat Packers any place, anytime

  • Tramon Williams grabs Anquan Boldin by the face mask at the end of a 43-yard reception during a game earlier this season. (JOHN BURGESS / The Press Democrat)

The 49ers will murder the Packers on Sunday. I’m using “murder” in the metaphorical sense.

The 49ers own the Packers — also in a metaphorical sense.

The 49ers have defeated the Packers three times in a row.

In those three games, the 49ers have defeated the Packers in Green Bay and in San Francisco.

The 49ers could defeat the Packers on a neutral site. The 49ers could defeat the Packers on the moon.

I could go all Dr. Seuss on you. The 49ers could beat the Packers at home or in a dome. The 49ers could beat the Packers in bed or on a sled or in a shed, etc.

Do the Packers stand a chance?

Well, yeah sure. Every team stands a chance. A football has funny bounces in it.

What are the Packers’ chances based on?

Very little.

Could you, at least, make a case for them, smart guy?

OK, the Packers’ case:

It is very cold in Green Bay and the 49ers are a warm-weather team and, by the time kickoff rolls around, Vernon Davis and Justin Smith will be crying from the mere thought of frostbite and Colin Kaepernick will refuse to leave the locker room.

Unlikely.

Weather is a bad argument. Face it. When Packers’ supporters reach to the weather as their first line of defense, they no longer are talking football — because they can’t talk football with a straight face.

During a football game, players on the field do not feel the cold — although they do feel it on the sideline. Even though the 49ers are a California team, they are made for cold weather. They are a run-first team. The weather — cold and wind — affects running much less than passing. The Packers, by contrast, are a passing team. The weather could affect them more.

Are there any other factors which could help the Packers, and please try to be open-minded?

Aaron Rodgers. He’s a factor. He missed games this season and now he’s back and he’s a great quarterback. Never underestimate a great quarterback.

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