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The San Francisco 49ers are going to the Super Bowl. I repeat, the San Francisco 49ers are going to the Super Bowl. After absolutely boat racing the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game, the 49ers will be up against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV. How does everyone’s stock look going into the most important game of the season?
Stock Up: Raheem Mostert, Snatcher of Souls
Let’s run through the list of accomplishments from running back Raheem Mostert’s NFC Championship Game: a franchise-record 220 yards, and NFCCG-record four touchdowns, nine first downs and a pair of catches for six yards. By the end of the game, it appeared as if Green Bay defenders did not want any part of trying to tackle Mostert. He has quickly become this year’s Cinderella story with his underdog background and stellar play. With Tevin Coleman questionable to play in Miami, head coach Kyle Shanahan could scheme up a heavy dose of Mostert for the Chiefs’ defense.
Stock Up: Bosa Somehow Better in the Playoffs
Defensive end Nick Bosa put together exactly the type of regular season the 49ers were hoping from the second-overall pick. Following the bye week during the Wild Card round, Bosa has stepped up his game with the fresh legs, accumulating a sack in each of the two playoff games. The return of fellow DE Dee Ford has rejuvenated the pass rush across the board but Bosa in particular is benefitting from seeing fewer double teams and chip blocks. He is making the most of this by continuing his reign of terror over opposing quarterbacks.
Stock Down: Jimmy G’s Passing Numbers
I’m not sure if you have heard about this, but QB Jimmy Garoppolo only attempted eight passes on Sunday night. And believe it or not, at one point he hadn’t attempted a pass for over an hour and a half of real time. Raheem Mostert and the running game were so effective that Garoppolo wasn’t even asked to be a game manager. However, when he did throw, he was incredibly efficient, finishing 6-for-8 for 77 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions. While Garoppolo’s numbers may be down, it allowed for the 49ers to rack up two playoff victories without tipping off much of Shanahan’s playbook.
Stock Up: Richard Sherman Gets Another NFCCG Moment
Not to drag up bad memories, but cornerback Richard Sherman had a moment in a previous NFCCG that 49ers Faithful would much rather forget. In a complete turnaround, Uncle Sherm had another reaction with the cameras locked onto him following his game-sealing interception. He fell to his knees and covered his face with a hat while overcome with emotion. Sherman joined the 49ers after the Seattle Seahawks cut him and a third Super Bowl appearance for the surefire Hall-of-Famer makes that decision absolutely worth it.
Stock Down: Mainstream Media’s Excuses
If I wanted to go and pull receipts on all of the media members that picked against the 49ers for absurd reasons, this article would easily cross 15,000 words. I don’t have the time for that and while some of you may have the patience, let’s choose to move forward. All that matters is that Kyle Shanahan and Co. have consistently outplayed expectations, defied odds and are steamrolling to the franchise’s seventh Super Bowl shindig. The media should be running out of excuses but be prepared to brace yourselves for takes even hotter than last week’s.
Stock Up: Deebo Does Everything
A year ago, Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch had all of their focus on the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. Shanahan was coaching one of the teams and became enamored with a certain wide receiver from the University of South Carolina. The 49ers would go on to select Deebo Samuel in the second round and have watched him flourish throughout the season. He is proving to be exactly the type of do-it-all receiver who thrives in Shanahan’s system. Against the Packers, he caught a pair of passes for 46 yards and took two end-around carries for another 43. However, his biggest impact came downfield, with two blocks that directly sprung Mostert for touchdowns. Deebo will need a big game against the Chiefs if the 49ers want to hoist the Lombardi Trophy in two weeks.
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