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The 49ers did everything in their power to prepare for tonight.
Practices were loose yet focused. Injuries had been quelled to the tune of every player on the 53-man roster practicing this week.
The 49ers were ready to compete for the chance to get to the Super Bowl.
The question became, were they as ready as the Green Bay Packers seemed to be.
Early on in the game, it appeared as if only one team came top play. The Packers mustered 42 total yards of offense through the first quarter, and 116 through the first half. It appeared as if the Packers did not have any answers on offense or defense.
The 49ers opened the game on offense, afterr Green Bay won the opening coin toss and chose to defer to the second half. The 49ers started off slow, going three-and-out on their opening drive. The defense quickly became the star of the show though. The Niners defense stonewalled the Packers and refused to allow them to get anything going. The Packers were stymied by a defense that forced one interception and two fumbles, one of which was lost.
The 49ers offense, on the other hand, came ready with a solid game plan and the drive to execute. The 49ers moved the ball at will, with every score centering around run-in back Raheem Mostert, scoring three touchdowns from 36, 9 and 18 yards out. After extra poiuts and 2 field goals from 54 and 27 yards out by Robbie Gould, the 49ers went into halftime with a 27-0 lead.
As the second half started, the Packers attempted to make a push to tighten the difference in score, but it felt more like the 49ers defense letting off the gas a little bit due to the score. On the Packers opening drive of the second half, Aaron Rodgers orchestrated a drive that ended with a 9-yard touchdown pass to RB Aaron Jones. The 49ers answered right back with a 22-yard run by Mostert. That run made him the third running back in NFL history behind LaGarette Blount and Ricky Watters to score four touchdowns in a single playoff game.
As the third quart waned down, the Packers were able to get down into the red zone following a 42-yard bomb to TE Jimmy Graham, with a 1-yard run by Aaron Jones cutting the score to 13-34. the two-point conversion attempt was unsuccessful, as Rodgers throw to WR Davante Adams was incomplete.
The Packers offense continued to plod along, moving down the field and scoring.a late touchdown to TE Jace Sternberger, cutting the lead the 49ers lead to 14.
After a 10-play, 4:42 drive that ended with a 49-yard yard field goal by Robbie Gould, the 49ers put the game away, beating the Packers 37-20 and cashing their ticket to the Super Bowl.
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