The forecast for Saturday’s NFC Divisional Round playoff game in Green Bay is slated to be zero degrees at kickoff. The inclement weather is likely to take the “air out of the ball,” thus making the game a battle of winning at the line of scrimmage. This type of game is one that the 49ers welcome because they have been dominant on both the defensive and offensive lines. The unsung hero of the 49ers’ offensive line and powerful run game is tackle Tom Compton. His emergence has coincided with the 49ers re-establishing their offensive identity.

The 49ers’ decision to keep him on the final 53-man roster coming out of training camp has paid off. In Week 9, starting right tackle Mike McGlinchey’s season ended due to a torn quadricep, and Compton finished the game. The 49ers gave the start to Jaylon Moore the following week before Compton took hold of the position in Week 12 versus the Minnesota Vikings.

In Compton’s Week 12 start, the 49ers rushed for 208 yards en route to three rushing scores. Since Compton has been inserted as a starter, San Francisco has racked up 1,103 total rushing yards for an average of 137.9 rushing yards per game during this span. Compton’s play has caught the attention of Pro Football Focus. His consistent play has earned him high marks from the analytics site’s grading metrics, particularly in the run game.

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