Green Bay, Wisconsin-
The Bay area celebrates for a second week in a row as the San Francisco 49ers beat the higher seeded and #1 seed Green Bay Packers with seconds left as Robbie Gould kicked a field goal to secure the win 13-10, claiming a huge upset victory on a very cold Lambeau Field.
The San Francisco 49ers defense stepped it up in this game as QB Jimmy Garoppolo had a mediocre outing completing only 11/19 for 131 yard with no touchdowns and 1 interception. Rushing and Receiving was not much better as the leading rusher for the 49ers was Eli Mitchell with 53 total yards and leading receiver George Kittle with 63 receiving yards.
The defense really stepped up for the 49ers as star Nick Bosa had two sacks as well as Arik Armstead. Samson Ebukam added one sack to the previously mentioned. The 49ers were down 10-3 in the 4th when with 4:41 left in the game, Jordan Willis blocked a punt which was scooped up by #29 Talanoa Hufanga at the 6-yard line and rushed in for a defensive score, resulting in a touchdown. Gould added on the extra point to tie the game.
With no time-outs left, the Packers had one last chance but unfortunately were left with little control in what resumed. 49ers retained the ball with just over a minute left and worked their way down to field goal range where Gould added 3 of his 7 points as time ran out to push the 49ers into the NFC Championship.
The players of the games were no doubt Willis for the blocked punt and Hufanga for the defensive touchdown. The rookie from USC and former PAC-12 Defensive Player of the Game had the play of the day while Robbie Gould led all scorers for the 49ers.
Even though the 49ers move on to the Championship where they face the winner of Sunday’s matchup of Los Angeles Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, they still need to get offense going as they have not had any rusher or receiver with over 100 yards in both playoff games. No doubt they will be relying on their strong defense to lead the way again for a victory.
As for the heavily favored Packers, they also did not perform well on offense even though Aaron Rodgers had a good night with 225 yards passing off a 20/29 rate. However, even with the good passing showing, their still was no passing touchdown. The only touchdown was off a run from AJ Dillon. Overall, both teams were pretty evenly matched offensively, but defensively it was the 49ers who showed “who really came to play.”
No as the season ends for Rodgers, there is no foresight into if the pristine quarterback will return for another season or if he will hang up the jersey and retire. Only time will tell.
Earlier today the Cincinnati Bengals behind Joe Burrow sneaked past the Tennessee Titans 19-16 to secure a spot in the AFC Championship. They will face the winner of the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills game tomorrow at 3:30 pm on CBS. The Rams and Buccaneers play at 12:00 pm on NBC.
The 49ers will play next week Sunday, January 30th at 3:30 pm. Location still to be determined.