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-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: San Fran’s Jimmie Ward tackles Green Bay’s Davante Adams. (Image Source: Stan Szeto/USA Today)
Here’s a look at the NFC Championship Game:
Time: 6:40 PM ET; TV: FOX (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews, Chris Myers)
–This is the eighth postseason game between Green Bay and San Francisco with the Packers holding a slight 4-3 edge. The Niners have won the past two meetings, including a 23-20 Wild Card win in the 2013 playoffs.
–San Francisco also won their most-recent matchup earlier this season, 37-8 in Week 12, while Green Bay leads the all-time series, 36-31-1.
–The Packers are playing in their 10th Conference Championship Game, their first since 2016.
–Green Bay’s 28-23 Divisional win over Seattle was their 34th postseason win in franchise history and if they can get their 35th on Sunday, the Packers would tie Dallas for the third most in NFL history.
–Head coach Matt LaFleur is the first coach to advance to a Conference Championship Game in his first season since Jim Harbaugh in 2011.
–In last week’s Divisional win, quarterback Aaron Rodgers (113.7 rating) threw a pair of touchdown passes without a pick, his sixth-straight playoff game with multiple scoring strikes. That’s the fifth-longest such streak. His 38 TD passes in 17 postseason games are the fifth most in NFL history. He’s also one of four players with a passer rating of 100 or better in at least 10 postseason games.
–Wide out Davante Adams is coming off a special performance which saw him go for 160 yards and two touchdowns on eight catches. He has six touchdown grabs in seven career postseason games, including three games with 100-plus receiving yards and a score.
–No one on the Packers is better at finding the end zone than running back Aaron Jones, who had two rushing touchdowns in the Divisional round, adding to his 19 regular-season rushing scores to give him 21 overall, second in franchise history.
–Free agent additions Za’Darius Smith (13.5 sacks) and Preston Smith (12 sacks) continue to pay dividends this season. The edge rushers were the only teammates in 2019 (and the first in Packers history) with 12-plus sacks and they each recorded two sacks against Seattle from their outside linebacker positions.
–Packers Pro Bowl selections: QB Aaron Rodgers and OT David Bakhtiari.
–Even better than the Packers, the 49ers have reached their 16th Conference Championship Game, their first since 2013.
–Headman Kyle Shanahan looks to join Bill Walsh (1981) and George Seifert (1989) as the only head coaches in franchise history to make a Super Bowl run in their first postseason.
–In his first career playoff game, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo led San Fran to a 27-10 Divisional round win. He posted a career-high 102 passer rating this season to join Hall of Famers Joe Montana and Steve Young as the only quarterbacks in franchise history with a 100-plus rating. He set a career high for a single game against the Packers in Week 12, when he threw for 253 yards and two touchdowns for a 145.8 rating.
–Jimmy G doesn’t have a wide out the caliber of Jerry Rice, but tight end George Kittle has emerged as a special weapon in the throw game. His 2,945 receiving yards broke Mike Ditka’s mark for the most yards by a tight end through their first three seasons in the NFL. Included in those yards were his team-high 129 receiving yards (TD) against the Pack earlier this season.
–In their victory over Minnesota, San Francisco dominated the ground game, outrushing the Vikings 186 yards to 21. Running back Tevin Coleman led the way with 105 rushing yards and two touchdowns, his second-straight playoff game with 90-plus yards from scrimmage.
–San Francisco’s six sacks in the Divisional round tied for the second most by a Niners team in a playoff game. Among those six sacks where two by rookie Nick Bosa in his postseason debut. He’s the sixth player selected with the first or second pick to reach the Championship Game as a rookie and the first since Reggie Bush in 2006.
–49ers Pro Bowl selections: FB Kyle Juszczyk, TE George Kittle, DE Nick Bosa, and CB Richard Sherman.
Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards.
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