After some doubt surrounding the game following COVID-19 positive detections on both the Packers and the 49ers, it looks like the game is officially a go. It all started recently when it was announced that RB AJ Dillon tested positive and was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Due to close contact, RB Jamaal Williams and LB Kamal Martin were added to the list the following day. Then the 49ers announced that WR Kendrick Bourne had tested positive and would be added to their own COVID list. Due to close contact, WR Deebo Samuel, WR Brandon Aiyuk, and OT Trent Williams were added to their list as well.
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Much like the Packers, but arguably even more so, the San Francisco 49ers’ 2020 season has been marred by injuries to several of their key players. While it is sort of a rematch of last year’s post-season rematch, the personnel on the field will be a bit different. Even so, it’s still gonna be the same Matt LaFleur vs Kyle Shanahan battle royale it was last season. These two relatively young coaches have a long history together and represent the top of young new coaching talent currently in the National Football League. Both teams are coming off of a loss and are obviously hungry for a win.
Packers RB Aaron Jones is currently a game-time decision, but even if he does play, his capacity is likely to be limited.
A Few Things to Know:
- This will be the fourth game (including playoffs) for Green Bay at Levi’s Stadium (2015, 2019, 2019 NFC Championship).
- Green Bay has an 11-3 mark against San Francisco during the regular season since 1996
- Green Bay has not lost two regular season games in a row under head coach Matt LaFleur
- Shanahan’s father, Mike Shanahan, was the head coach in Washington when LaFleur was the quarterbacks coach
- Packers offensive line coach Adam Stenavich spent two seasons as the 49ers’ assistant offensive line coach
- Packers head coach Matt LaFleur and his brother, 49ers passing game coordinator Mike, worked together in Atlanta for two seasons (2015-16)
- Matt LaFleur worked with 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan in Atlanta (2015-16)
- Matt LaFleur: 18-5-0, .783; (1-1 postseason); 2nd NFL season
- Kyle Shanahan: 27-29, .482 (2-1 postseason); 4th NFL season
Location: Levi’s Stadium – Santa Clara, California
When: Thursday Night Football on Fox — 7:20pm CT
Television: Fox [Play-by-play: Joe Buck, “Analyst”: Troy Aikman(barf), Sideline: Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink
Radio: WTMJ – 620 AM