SANTA CLARA -- Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is looking forward to Saturday's homecoming and seeing a "crew" come down from his Chico, where he grew up a 49ers fan.
"I have a lot of good memories growing up watching Steve Young and Joe Montana on TV and their Super Bowl wins," Rodgers told the Bay Area media in a conference call Tuesday. —... Obviously I'm real happy with the situation I'm in."
Rodgers, a Cal product, will be making his career debut at Candlestick Park when the No. 3-seed Packers visit the No. 2-seed 49ers on Saturday in a divisional playoff game.
Rodgers noted that he has played in the stadium before: in the 2008 exhibition season, when he was 9 of 16 for 58 yards as the Packers moved past the Brett Favre era.
Rodgers was a finalist with Alex Smith as the 49ers debated who to select first overall in the 2005 draft. The 49ers picked Smith, and Rodgers wasn't selected until 24th overall by the Packers.
Rodgers and Smith have become close friends since that 2005 draft process, including golfing together in Lake Tahoe's American Century Championship last July. Less than two months later, Smith won their head-to-head battle in the season opener at Green Bay, 30-22.
"It's been a long time since the (draft's) green room," Rodgers said. "I think he's a very classy guy."
Although Rodgers recently remarked that Smith needs to go to a team that "appreciates" him more than the 49ers, Rodgers wouldn't weigh in Tuesday on the 49ers' midseason promotion of Colin Kaepernick.
"He's a big, strong, athletic, young player with a really bright future," Rodgers said of Kaepernick.
Rodgers spent his first three seasons as Favre's backup. In his second season as a starter, Rodgers led the 2010 Packers to a Super Bowl XLV victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, winning three road playoff games before delivering an MVP-winning effort in that Super Bowl.
Rodgers didn't want to compare this season's playoff run to the Packers' from two seasons ago, but he did recognize a trend that could help the Packers.
"The NFL, the last few years, has shown us the hot teams are going to make the run in the playoffs," Rodgers said. "Road teams have been successful the last few years."