Green Bay (5-2) at San Francisco (4-4), 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon. They met twice last year, once in the regular season and once in the post-season in the same place. The two teams that fought for the NFC title in 2019 meet again in the same place in 2020 as Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers make their way west to take on the San Francisco 49ers in the week nine opener in Santa Clara. Both teams took losses in last week’s action Sunday.

Green Bay let a 14-14 tie with Minnesota at Lambeau Field get away from them as the Vikings scored 14 third quarter points unchallenged as Minnesota held on to take a 28-22 win in the land of cheese, beer and bratwurst. It would be the Dalvin Cook vs. DeVonta Freeman show as the two men would account for all the scoring for both teams (Cook with three rushing TDs and a TD pass, Freeman with three TD passes) in the contest that was played in somewhat windy conditions (NW 23 mph) with a gametime temperature of 34 with a wind chill of 22. Green Bay would rally to make it a 6-point contest with 2:42 left on Adams’ third TD catch of the afternoon and the two-point conversion. Green Bay would then stop the Vikings from running away with the contest, getting ball back with 47 seconds left after a Minnesota punt. The Packer would get themselves as close as Minnesota’s 41-yard line before Rodgers was sacked by DE D.J. Wonnum with 12 seconds left. Rodgers then fumbled the ball and LB Eric Wilson recoved the fumble. After a review, the call on the field stood and the Vikings got their revenge from their week one loss to the Packers in the Twin Cities.

Minnesota out-rushed Green Bay 173-109 and Cook led all rushers with 160 and the three ground TDs; Rodgers threw for 291 yards and the three TD tosses to Adams, while Kirk Cousins threw for 160 yards and the TD toss to Cook (both men were sacked once and neither threw an interception). Green Bay went 5 of 11 on third down (the Packers were 3 of 5 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 32:12, including the final 48 seconds of the contest; as for the Vikings, they would keep the ball for 27:48, going 4 of 8 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

San Francisco limps back home to Santa Clara after their 37-27 loss to Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks Sunday. The 49ers, who lost the services of Jimmy Garappolo (ankle) and TE George Kittle (broken leg) in the NFC West showdown, trailed 13-7 at the break, then watched Seattle outpace them 24-20 in the last 30 minutes of play at Century Link Field.

Seattle out-rushed San Francisco 101-52 and Garoppolo threw for 84 yards with an interception before being replced by Nick Mullins (238 yards, TD), while Wilson burned the 49ers for 269 yards and four TDs, connecting with WR D.J. Metcalf on two of the tosses (Metcalf led all recievers with 161 yards on 12 catches). The 49ers were 6 of 13 on third down (San Francisco was 2 for 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 29:02, while the Seahawks were rulers of time, holding the pigskin for 30:58, while going 9 of 15 on third down conversions.

Including games played at Keezar Stadium, Milwaukee County Stadium, Candlestick Park and Lambeau Field, the Packers lead the series 32-28-1 and have outscored the 49ers 1,270-1,251. They met twice last year, once in the regular season and once in the post-season and the 49ers took victories in both matchups in Santa Clara (Green Bay’s last win over the 49ers came in 2018 in Lambeau by a final of 33-30.

They met in Santa Clara in week 12 and the 49ers prevailed 38-7 at Levis’ Stadium. San Francisco scored 23 first-half points unchallenged to lead 23-0 at the break. The Packers would score their only points in the contest when Rodgers and DeVante Adams connected on a 2-yard TD pass and a two-point conversion late in the third quarter before San Francisco floored the gas in the half, using a 61-yard TD pass from Garoppolo to TE George Kittle and a 15-yard run by Mostert to seal the win.

While Green Bay out-rushed San Francisco 117-112, Garoppolo threw for 253 yards with a pair of TDs, with Rodgers throwing for 104 yards and a TD (Rodgers was sacked five times, Garoppolo sacked three times, neither threw an interception). Green Bay was a dismal 1 of 15 on third down (they were 1 of 3 on fourth down) and actually ruled the clock, as kept the ball for 35:16, while the 49ers held on to the pigskin for 24:44, going 3 of 9 on third down tries.

San Francsico held Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in check in the first half of their NFC Championship at Levis’ Stadium in Santa Clara, tallying 27 first-half points unchecked and came away with the 37-20 win to claim the George Halas Trophy. The 49ers used three Raheem Mostert rushing TDs in the first half to take the 27-point lead with them to the intermission and never looked back.

Mostert ran roughshod over the Packers, leading all rushers with 220 yards and four TDs as San Francisco out-rushed Green Bay 285-62 and 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo needed to only throw for 77 yards but was not sacked and did not throw an interception, while Rodgers threw for 326 yards, with a pair of TDs (one to Aaron Jones, the other to TE Jace Sternberger) and threw a pair of interceptions with three sacks. San Francisco was 4 of 10 on third down and held on to the ball for 28:47, while the Packers actually ruled the clock, keeping the pigskin for 31:13, while going 3 of 9 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down.

In their week 12 contest in Santa Clara, the 49ers were favored by 3 and they would cover the spread, winning by 29 but both clubs barely missed the 45 over/under by one point. In the NFC championship game, the 49ers were again favored, this time by 7 and covered, winning by 17 and this time, both teams took care of the 45 over/under by tallying 57 points. This time around, the Packers are favored on the road as 3 1/2-point favorites and the over/under’s 51. Could this be a playoff prewiew? Who knows. Packers win this one but expect San Francisco to make things closer than the 3 1/2.

Broadcast Information – 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (field reporter), Kristina Pink (field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ryan Radtke, Rod Woodson; SIRIUS: 81 (Green Bay), 83 (San Francisco); XM: 226 (Green Bay), 225 (San Francisco), 88 (National)

Referee: Bill Vinovich

Injury report

Green Bay
OUT: CB Kevin King (quadricep), S Will Redmond (shoulder), S Vernon Scott (shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: T David Bakhtiari (chest), S Raven Greene (oblique), RB Aaron Jones (calf), T Rick Wagner (knee)

San Francisco
OUT: RB Tevin Coleman (knee), LB Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles (hamstring), QB Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle), TE George Kittle (foot), WR Deebo Samuel (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Richie James (ankle), S Jaquiski Tartt (groin)

Weather: Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers and 54 degrees

Broadcast information, officials and injury report courtesy the National Football League, odds courtesy Don Best, weather information courtesy The Weather Channel