Well, this game is still happening.
Despite the Green Bay Packers’ running back room and the San Francisco 49ers’ wide receiver group being hit hard by coronavirus-related absences, the two teams will play on schedule tonight in a Thursday Night Football matchup. Neither team received any additional positive COVID test results in the past two days, so the NFL has decided that the game will go on.
This game serves as a rematch of last year’s NFC Championship Game in theory, but in practice the 49ers will have virtually none of the players who were key parts of that game, at least on offense. However, only a small part of the reason for that are the 49ers’ players who are on the reserve/COVID-19 list for tonight’s game. Of those three players — wide receivers Kendrick Bourne, Brandon Aiyuk, and Deebo Samuel and left tackle Trent Williams — only Bourne and Samuel were on the team last year, and Samuel was ruled out with an unrelated injury already. Instead, it is conventional injuries hitting this San Francisco team hard, as key players like QB Jimmy Garoppolo, TE George Kittle, RB Raheem Mostert, and others are all out.
The Packers, meanwhile, look poised to have Aaron Jones back after a two-game absence, a welcome sight after the next two running backs on the depth chart, Jamaal Williams and AJ Dillon, both landed on the reserve/COVID-19 list as well. Assuming Jones plays (he was listed as questionable on the final injury report), he will likely carry the bulk of the load in the backfield with Tyler Ervin pitching in and Dexter Williams likely to receive a practice squad elevation for the second time this season.
Tonight’s game will be broadcast on multiple outlets, simulcast on both local and cable TV as well as streamed on Amazon Prime. Check out the primer below and join us here at APC this evening for the game!
Green Bay Packers (5-2) vs. San Francisco 49ers (4-4)
Thursday, November 5, 2020
5:20 PM Pacific Time (8:20 PM Eastern)
Santa Clara, California
FOX & NFL Network
Commentators: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews, Kristina Pink
Point spread: Packers favored by 7.5 points
Over/under total: 48
2019 NFC Championship: @49ers 37, Packers 20
2019 Week 11: @49ers 37-8
All-Time Head-to-Head Record
Regular season: Packers lead 32-28-1
Postseason: Tied 4-4