The Packers and 49ers rank among the league's top five teams in turnover ratio. The Packers are a plus-13 with a league-leading 38 takeaways, one behind Tampa Bay. The 49ers, meanwhile, are plus-11 with 12 giveaways. Can the ball-hawking Packers' pass defense pick off the short, precision passes of 49ers quarterback Jeff Garcia? Can the veteran Garrison Hearst hold on to the ball against Green Bay's aggressive defense? The answer to those questions may determine the winner.
Green is gold
During the Packers' recent two-game losing streak, Ahman Green was hit too often in the backfield. When Green Bay returned to its winning ways against Chicago, Green was having a huge day before injuring his knee. Few players are a better barometer of their team's fortunes than Green. He'll be back on Sunday from a knee injury and facing the league's 12th-ranked run defense, which is anchored by DTs Bryant Young and Dana Stubblefield.