49ers await another Packers team in NFC title match


When Aaron Rodgers welcomed Jimmy Garoppolo after the least productive begin to his profession, he had a easy message for the San Francisco 49ers quarterback: "We'll see you later."

Less than two months after this lopsided loss, the quarterback of the Green Bay Packers proved to be prophetic. For the eighth time in the previous 25 seasons, Green Bay and San Francisco have confronted off in the playoffs, this time with a spot in the Super Bowl on the road.

"We know it will be different," mentioned 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan. "This game got away from them early. It’s definitely not the team we’ll be seeing this week. Everyone knows how good Green Bay is, how good their coaching staff is well, how good their players are, how good their quarterback is … This match is really irrelevant to what is going to happen this Sunday. "

The Packers (14-3) have been nothing like a Super Bowl contender on November 24 after they have been utterly overtaken by the 49ers (14-3) from the beginning. Rodgers was sacked by Fred Warner on the primary try to Nick Bosa introduced the fumble all the way down to 2, getting ready for Tevin Coleman's TD race.

The Niners added a number of subject objectives and had a fourth save towards Aaron Jones earlier than breaking the open recreation on the finish of the primary half with a 42-yard TD go from Garoppolo to Deebo Samuel and a 3rd basket by Chase McLaughlin. in the final 65 seconds of half time to make 23-0.

Rodgers threw a TD go in the third quarter to Davante Adams for the Niners to reply two video games afterward a 61-yard go to George Kittle, and the rout was underway. The 37-Eight last was the second most unbalanced loss in Rodgers' profession in an injury-free recreation.

"I think there is a lot to learn," mentioned coach Matt LaFleur. "First of all, I mean, it's a very good football team. We know we're going to have to be at our best to be able to compete with them and you know, I think unfortunately last time for whatever reason, we weren't. "

Rodgers completed recreation 20 for 33 for 104 yards and had a profession low with solely 3.15 yards per try. He was additionally sacked 5 instances for 38 yards, with proper deal with Bryan Bulaga leaving early in the primary quarter with a knee damage. The web play of 1.9 yards per go was the bottom for the Packers since 1991, the 12 months earlier than Brett Favre's arrival.

"We obviously have to play a lot better," mentioned Rodgers. "They're a great football team, have a great front, obviously after the ferryman and don't need to rush a lot of guys to do it. (They have a) great pass rush, really good at back, smart. "

The Packers haven’t misplaced since, successful the final 5 video games of the common season after which the opening playoff recreation towards Seattle 28-23 on Sunday to arrange the rematch. San Francisco beat Minnesota 27-10 on Saturday.

Green Bay ought to have Bulaga again even when he missed Sunday's recreation with an sickness. The Niners are additionally in higher well being with defender Dee Ford, left deal with Joe Staley, linebacker Kwon Alexander and ball provider Matt Brieda all again after lacking this recreation.

But common season flares don't at all times repeat themselves when groups meet once more in the playoffs. There have been 23 instances in the Super Bowl period, excluding a alternative recreation in 1987, {that a} team misplaced a daily season recreation to the minus 28 factors towards a team they encountered once more in the playoffs.

In 9 of those circumstances, the team that was eradicated earlier in the season returned to win the playoffs, and in six different video games, the team misplaced by a landing or much less.

Shanahan mentioned he didn't consider his gamers could be complacent due to the lopsided victory two months in the past, however had a message to allow them to know in the event that they did.

"Don't be so stupid because it's not real," he mentioned. "This is Sunday's game. I can give a thousand stories of things like that, playing games from my story of which I was a part."

No match has been held as often in the previous quarter century, with this week's eighth assembly placing Green Bay-San Francisco three video games forward of every other rivalry. In truth, the one groups to have performed greater than eight instances in the playoffs throughout the Super Bowl period are the Rams and the Cowboys, who met for the ninth time final January.

The Packers have received 4 of their earlier seven video games, going 4-1 with Favre as quarterback and dropping twice with Rodgers as a starter in the 2012-13 seasons when he was outdone by Colin Kaepernick.


Sports author AP Keith Jenkins contributed to this text


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