By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN
There was a feeling right at the start of the NFC Championship game between the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers. A feeling that the 49ers were completely dialed in. And they were. It was pretty much over right after it got going.
The 49ers scored on their second series of the game, and that was pretty much it, they never looked back. Running back Raheem Mostert was definitely the star of the game. He had over 200 yards rushing and 4 touchdowns, becoming the 1st player to score 4 touchdowns in a conference championship game.
The Green Bay Packers? Well, to put it nicely, they never really got going.
Raheem Mostert is the 1st player with 4 rushing touchdowns in a playoff game since LeGarrette Blount did so for the Patriots in 2013 Divisional Round against the Colts.
Mostert is the 1st player to score 4 rushing TDs in a conference championship game. pic.twitter.com/pQcLq9yoep
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 20, 2020
The San Francisco 49ers offense was all about Mostert. Garoppollo only threw the ball 8 times. 8 times. IN A CHAMPIONSHIP GAME! However, the 49ers game plan was so well executed, they didn’t need him to do a thing. The defense and the running game did all the work.
The 49ers defense was exactly as advertised. They were able to completely stifle the Packers offensively. They held RB Aaron Jones to 56 yards rushing. He was able to break through for a touchdown though, but that was essentially in garbage time.
Wide receiver Davante Adams was held to 138 yards with no touchdowns. The Packers star defensive ends, Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith were rendered completely quiet as they didn’t get after San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppollo at all. Zero. Not once.
Despite the 49ers’ dominance in this game, Packers fans were still hoping that there still could be some magic left in QB Aaron Rodgers because when he’s your QB, you never know what could happen. And you could tell the Packers made some half time changes after being down 27-0.
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) January 20, 2020
For a little bit in the 4th quarter, when the Packers were down 2 scores, you kind of felt that it would start to happen. But…it was not to be the case. Rodgers had a horrible day, despite his 326 yards and 2 touchdowns. He was sacked 3 times, fumbled multiple times, and was intercepted twice.
And who else would come up with one of those interceptions? None other than cornerback Richard Sherman which seal Green Bay’s fate.
Six years ago today, Richard Sherman had the tip against the Niners that sent the Seahawks to the Super Bowl.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 20, 2020
Funny how that works.
This was not Green Bay’s day. They struggled earlier in the season against this same team and just couldn’t find their footing against them on Championship Sunday.
Congrats to the San Fransisco 49ers and their fans for a great season! They were a dominant team all year and were very fun to watch. This team has earned their trip to Miami to play the Kansas City Chiefs, and I gotta say, Super Bowl LIV is going to be a great one! And like Bart Scott said…
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