Defensive anchor of the San Francisco 49ers, linebacker Patrick Willis, has weighed in on this weekends’ postseason match up. The 49ers earned a first round bye and will be hosting the Green Bay Packers in the Divisional Round. The 49ers and Packers are familiar foes having squared off in the first week of the season.
Patrick Willis went on 95.7 The Game in San Francisco to talk about the upcoming match up. And he has his eyes set on the Superbowl, and nothing else. He started off reminiscing about last years’ run to the NFC Championship game.
“I was watching playoff games this week and just seeing the enthusiasm and just remember the feeling we felt last year to be playing those games and to realize that we have two games that we have to win to get to the Super Bowl and three to win it, that’s amazing,” Willis said.
Of course those opportunities are rare.
“Those opportunities don’t come around often and to have a bye and be fresh, it’s right here in front of us and we have to take advanatge of the opportunity. That’s all that matters,” Willis said. “I know for me my whole mindset has been, as soon as I woke up this morning, nothing else matters in this whole world but winning this game Saturday and nothing else matters but winning the Super Bowl. These next three or four weeks that is the only thing that matters to me. I know my family and the ones that love me understand if I don’t talk as much or I can’t hang out as much, they understand. For those that don’t then I apologize ahead of time.”
Patrick Willis is certainly dialed into this upcoming game. He even outlines his plan for stopping Aaron Rodgers.
“That’s one of the things we pride ourselves on. We pride ourselves on stopping the run and getting them into third downs in a distance where our guys can get after the quarterback,” Willis said. “I feel like we have the best guys in the game to do that. We have to make sure we stop the run and get them in long third downs and see what happens from there.”
Well it certainly should be a good football game, and a different one as well. Colin Kapernick is at the helm for the 49ers, not Alex Smith, for instance.
“It’s going to be a competitive match and it’s going to be a great football game,” Willis said.