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Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Will 49ers’ continue to blitz Rodgers?

By Bill Williamson

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The San Francisco 49ers don't often blitz. In fact, since the start of last season, they have the lowest blitz rate of any team in the NFL.

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However, when it comes to Aaron Rodgers, the 49ers are aggressive on the blitz, which means they rush five or more defenders. It will be interesting to see if the 49ers continue to put pressure on Rodgers on Sunday when the two teams meet in a wild-card game at Green Bay.

Rodgers usually fares well against the blitz but not against the 49ers. Since Jim Harbaugh took over the 49ers in 2011, they are 3-0 against the Packers.

According to ESPN Stats & Information, Rodgers' Total QBR against the 49ers when blitzed in the past three meetings is 8.0. In Week 1 this season, Rodgers was 1-for-6 with an interception when blitzed by Vic Fangio's defense.

Typically, Fangio doesn't like to blitz. His team has blitzed 17.9 percent of the time since the start of last season. It's something about that Fangio blitz that gets to Rodgers. Since the start of last season, he has completed 59.5 percent of his passes and averaged 8.1 yards per attempt against every other blitz. Those numbers fall to 52.8 percent and 4.4 yards against the 49ers.

I would think, based on past success, the 49ers will test Rodgers early with some blitzes to see if the history repeats itself.