49ers make Packers pay for special teams meltdown, bounce Green Bay from playoffs in stunner

Written by on January 23, 2022

GREEN BAY, Wis. – For 3-plus quarters, the San Francisco 49ers discovered it just about unattainable to maneuver the ball towards the protection of the Inexperienced Bay Packers in Saturday night time’s divisional playoff showdown at Lambeau Subject. 

However a sturdy defensive exhibiting, and game-changing performs from their particular groups items led to a late-game momentum shift and paved the way in which for a shocking 13-10 victory. 

The 49ers will transfer on to play of their second NFC championship recreation in three seasons, and Aaron Rodgers as soon as once more fails to actual vengeance on the crew that opted towards drafting the Bay Space native with the primary total decide of the 2005 NFL draft.

On the time of that San Francisco number of Alex Smith, and a 23-pick wait earlier than the Packers took him 24th, Rodgers vowed to make the 49ers remorse their determination. Nonetheless, 17 years later, Rodgers has didn’t beat San Francisco in 4 postseason conferences. 

Now, the quarterback and favourite to repeat as NFL MVP enters an offseason that might be stuffed with questions.

“I don’t assume it’s truthful to anyone or myself to essentially go down these paths at this level,” Rodgers stated Saturday when requested about his future. “It’s disappointing, unhappy and contemporary. I’ll have conversations within the subsequent week or so and begin to ponder after that.”

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A powerful game-opening drive, which noticed the Packers go 69 yards on 10 performs and rating on a six-yard AJ Dillon run, wound up standing as Inexperienced Bay’s most spectacular offensive sequence.

From there, San Francisco defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryan and his prices succeeded in throwing Rodgers off his recreation. The 49ers sacked Rodgers 5 instances and denied Inexperienced Bay on seven of 12 third downs.

In the meantime, San Francisco particular groups coordinator Richard Hightower’s unit delivered two game-changing performs — a Jimmie Ward blocked area purpose try to finish the second quarter and a Jordan Willis blocked punt, recovered and returned 6 yards by Talanoa Hufanga for a landing to tie the sport at 10-10 with 4:41 left to play.

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Yet one more defensive stand by the 49ers prompted a punt, and the 49ers grinded and pounded their manner downfield and into area purpose vary the place Robbie Gould nailed a 45-yarder with time expiring to carry the 49ers.

The 49ers rushed the sphere and a few gamers made snow angels whereas a surprised Packers squad slowly exchanged pleasantries and trudged off the sphere in defeat.

“It took all the things,” 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo stated. “We knew it was going to. I imply, it was simply offense, protection, particular groups – all people stepping up and doing their half. Wouldn’t have it some other manner.”

San Francisco will face the winner of Sunday’s recreation between the Los Angeles Rams and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Observe USA TODAY Sports activities’ Mike Jones on Twitter @ByMikeJones.

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