Here are three keys for the Green Bay Packers that will help them beat the San Francisco 49ers this Sunday:<p> Slow down the big three<p>

When the Packers faced the Vikings last week, they were concerned with taking away the big play from Minnesota's three star performers. Same goes for this week. Unlike Randy Moss, Michael Bennett and Daunte Culpepper, whose games revolve around the big play, the 49ers' Terrell Owens, Garrison Hearst and Jeff Garcia beat teams with consistent production. While Owens and Hearst are capable of going the distance on any play, that's not their game. Obviously, though, the Packers would prefer to limit Owens' run after catch, stop Hearst before he gets into the secondary and make Garcia dink-and-dunk his way down the field.

Turnover battle

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.

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