SAN FRANCISCO -- Good morning on a beautifully sunny day here. I'm rushing to the hotel lobby to meet our frantic NFC West blogger, Mike Sando, and dash over to Candlestick Park. You never know what pregame traffic is going to be like. Only seven hours and 41 minutes to go!
In the brief interim, here is the newest angle I can bring you on the Green Bay Packers' divisional playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers: The Packers are playing the team with the NFL's highest number of All-Pro players.
That's right, the Associated Press placed six 49ers on the first team, which is generally considered the highest of the NFL's postseason team honors. No Packers players were among the five NFC North representatives; quarterback Aaron Rodgers and linebacker Clay Matthews made the second team.
You can follow this link to the full team. Below is our slice of the action:
Comment: One of two unanimous selections.
Comment: Received 49 of a possible 50 votes. Sending out an APB for the 50th.
Comment: A few years ago, who would have thought that the Black and Blue division would have both All-Pro wide receivers?
Player: Bears cornerback Charles Tillman
Comment: Tied an NFL record by forcing 10 fumbles. Enough said.
Player: Place-kicker Blair Walsh
Comment: The only rookie on the first team.
In addition to Rodgers and Matthews, the second team included: Vikings fullback Jerome Felton, Bears defensive end Julius Peppers, Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway, and Bears cornerback Tim Jennings.