The NFC’s top-seeded San Francisco 49ers hosted the second-seeded Green Bay Packers at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday, in a battle royal, winner-takes-all match-up where the winner gets a shot at the Lombardi Trophy on February 2nd in Miami, Florida. With the 49ers coming into the NFC Championship with one of the top defensive lines in the NFL and quite possibly the strongest pass rush in the game, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers were going to have their work cut out for them.
As the game begins with two unsuccessful drives by both teams, the 49ers receive the ball off a GB punt and six plays later are in the Packers endzone celebrating. This would be the beginning of Raheem Mostert’s dominant performance on the night. Now to mention Raheem we should acknowledge that this man had been shuffled between six different NFL teams in his first TWO seasons in the league, which tells us that no one really saw the potential of this young man. But, on Sunday night in the NFC Championship, Mostert made sure that he will NEVER be overlooked again. As Mostert led the charge and ran for 220 yards and four touchdowns as the 49ers rush attack slashed through the Packer D-line to win the NFC Championship 30-27.
The game was looking bleak from the beginning for Rodgers and the Packers. Nothing seemed to be going right for the Offensive line. By the end of the first-half the score was 27-0 for the 49ers.
The second half of the game showed a bit more promise for GB and their fans with two TD’s in the third, but by then it was almost too little too late with the score at the end of the 3rd quarter being 34-13 for the niner’s. One thing we’ve all learned watching Sunday night football is on any given Sunday anything can happen. So with cheese heads on the edge of their seats, biting their nails down to the bone and not blinking so as not to miss a thing they watch intently as the fourth quarter begins. And begin it does with GB answering the call with a TD after an unsuccessful drive by the 49ers making the score now 34-20. Unfortunately for cheese heads around the world that would be it for the Green Bay Packers, with 8 minutes left in the game, Jimmy Garoppolo and his San Francisco 49ers would answer back with another field goal to make it 37-20. On GB’s final drive at the 2 minute mark and at their own 38, Rodgers would throw a bomb intended for Davante Adams, but it was intercepted by 49ers CB Richard Sherman, signaling the end of Green Bay’s playoff run to Super Bowl LIV.
Garoppolo and the 49ers will be squaring off against Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV on Sunday February 2nd at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida.