49ers Run Over Packers in NFC Championship Game to Advance to Super Bowl 54
NFC Championship Game:
San Francisco 37, Green Bay 20
–49ers running back Raheim Mostert ran all over the Packers and carried San Francisco back to the Super Bowl as they defeated Green Bay in the NFC Championship Game Sunday in California. Mostert ran the ball 29 times for 220 yards and four touchdowns, as the Niners dominated the game from start to finish.
The Packers fell behind 27-0 at halftime, finding the end zone for the first time with 8:44 left in the third quarter on a touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers to Aaron Jones. The 49ers answered right away, and despite the Packers pulling to within 14 points in the fourth quarter, the outcome never seemed in doubt.
Rodgers threw for 326 yards and two touchdowns, but threw two interceptions and lost a fumble – part of three turnovers on the night that hurt Green Bay in the end.
Davante Adams caught nine passes for 138 yards, and was held without a touchdown catch. Rodgers’ touchdown passes went to Aaron Jones and rookie tight end Jace Sternberger, who caught his first career score in the fourth quarter.
The win puts the 49ers in the Super Bowl for the first time since February 2013, and a loss in Super Bowl 47. Green Bay closes the year with an overall record of 14-4 – following a 13-3 regular season and a 1-1 playoff record.
AFC Championship Game:
Kansas City 35, Tennessee 24
–Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw for 294 yards and three touchdowns and ran for a score as Kansas City won over Tennessee to get to the Super Bowl for the first time in 50 years. The Titans held a 17-7 lead in the second quarter, but saw the Chiefs outscore them 28-7 the rest of the way.