Here is the opening to my Sunday column about the 49ers-Packers matchup:

The 49ers have been getting some bad news lately.

Justin Smith is playing with one arm and their place-kicker, David Akers, forgot how to kick. Well, Akers is their place-kicker if he survives Jim Harbaugh’s kick-off against Billy Cundiff and manages to keep his job.

But on Saturday night, the Niners got great news. They will play the Green Bay Packers next Saturday at home in their first playoff game. Great news for the Niners.

To read the full column, click here.

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