SANTA CLARA — Free safety Eric Reid is looking forward to making his playoff debut Sunday when the 49ers visit Lambeau Field, where his former high school teammate Eddie Lacy will be doing the same for the Packers.
"It's not weird," Reid said of opposing Lacy, which he did often in college when they were at LSU and Alabama, respectively. "If anything, it's cool. We had conversations in high school about going to the NFL. It's been our dream. It's awesome."
The Duchtown High (Geismar, La.) products began their NFL careers together, first at the draft in New York City and then in the Sept. 8 season opener.
Both rookies have had exceptional rookie seasons. Reid, the 18th overall draft pick, has started every game for a defense that ranks fifth in yards allowed per game. Lacy has rushed for 1,178 yards and 11 touchdowns, the first of which pulled Green Bay within 28-24 of their eventual 34-28 loss to the 49ers in Week 1.
Whereas Lacy has balanced out the Packers' pass-oriented offense, Reid has stepped in remarkably well in place of former Pro Bowl safety Dashon Goldson.