Green Bay Packers tipped to plan for late Aaron Rodgers heroics vs 49ers

The Green Bay Packers gameplan will factor in Aaron Rodgers' game-winning ability late on against the San Francisco 49ers, according to NFL Hall of Famer Morten Andersen.

The Packers are 7.5 point underdogs as they head to the West Coast to take on the 49ers in the NFC Championship game with a place in the Super Bowl at stake.

Despite being underdogs, Andersen insists the Packers cannot be discounted given Rodgers' experience on the big stage.

And he believes they will devise a game plan aimed to simply "hang around" to give Rodgers a chance to work his magic in the closing stages.

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Andersen, ambassador for betting comparison site , said: "It could be a grind it out game. I think the Packers are going to look to hang around, hang around and they're explosive. They can make plays really fast, if Rodgers has time to throw it.

"In the end, I think the 49ers win because of their defence, Bosa and what they're able to do as far as their pressure on Rodgers is concerned.

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"But you can never discount Rodgers in the fourth quarter if it's close. He's done it many, many times. He's got Davante Adams, who is really an unbelievable player and explosive player in space.

"It should be a really good game. I do see the Niners having the edge. I like Garoppolo, he's managed that offence tremendously. They can pass the ball and run the ball well too, and they're at home, so I think they win the game.

"But I think it's really close and it could go either way, especially if Rodgers is in the game going down to the fourth quarter."

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Andersen drew parallels with his experiences of the 1998 NFC Championship game, when he kicked a game-winning field goal to down 15-1 Minnesota Vikings.

He believes Rodgers and the Packers will be happy to be underdogs, being forced to go on the road despite themselves possessing a 14-3 record.

Andersen added: "I think one of the keys is to try and keep it as regular as you can, make it a regular week.

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"It does help when you've been there before, and Rodgers has been there. I'm sure he'll be talking to the team.

"I remember we were 14-2 and we were underdogs against the Minnesota Vikings, who were 15-1.

"Nobody believed we were going to win that football game, so that kind of neutralised a lot of it. I didn't feel a lot of so-called pressure.

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"I don't particularly like the word, because when your skillset doesn't match the task, that's when you feel pressure. But we didn't feel like that at all, we felt prepared. I felt we had a really good football team.

"I was very calm before the game, and I think a lot of our guys were thinking: 'we just have to hang around', and that's what we did.

"I feel like Green Bay might be saying the same. They've got to play away, they've got to play on the West Coast.

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"There are going to be some distractions, but there are going to be just as many distractions for the 49ers, who are at home.

"Everybody in their fan base is patting them on the back, so I kind of like being an underdog. I would much rather be an underdog in any game than favourites, because it disarms expectations and it kind of neutralises you, it resets your computer a bit.

"You go out and play freely because nobody expects you to do anything anyway. I always liked that."

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