By Terrance Turner
The San Francisco 49ers are headed to the Super Bowl after a runaway victory versus the Green Bay Packers. The 37-20 win helped the 49ers earn the NFC Championship. This will be their first Super Bowl since 2013.
It was a blowout from the start. San Francisco running back Rasheem Mostert ran in for a touchdown in the first quarter, and the team extended its lead with a field goal from kicker Robbie Gould. In the second quarter, the 49ers went 37 yards in six plays, powered by Mostert’s 9-yard touchdown run. A promising Packers drive fell apart when quarterback Aaron Rodgers fumbled the ball, which was recovered by San Francisco lineman DeForest Buckner. Gould’s 27-yard field goal gave the 49ers a 20-point lead.
The Packers took over. Rodgers threw an interception that was recovered by 49ers cornerback Emmanuel Moseley. That set up another scoring drive for San Francisco. Mostert ran 18 yards for another touchdown, giving San Francisco a 27-0 lead at halftime.
In the second half, the Packers started to rally with a 75-yard drive. Packers running back Aaron Jones dashed into the end zone for a touchdown. That made the score 27-7, and it remained stable for most of the third quarter. But then Mostert answered with his fourth rushing touchdown. He was the engine of the team’s sensational run game, which propelled the 49ers to a commanding lead.
That was followed by another successful Packers drive. As the fourth quarter began, Rodgers lobbed the ball 42 yards to tight end Jimmy Graham. The pass was initially ruled a touchdown, but overturned on review. On the very next play, though, Jones ran in for his second touchdown of the game. That made the score 34-13. After a 49ers punt, Rodgers threw a 65-yard pass to wide receiver Devante Adams and then launched a touchdown pass to rookie tight end Jace Sternberger.
The Packers had stormed back to cut the 49ers’ lead in half. It was 34-20, with eight minutes left. The score held steady as the clock ticked under four minutes. But the 49ers essentially sealed their win with a 42-yard field goal by Gould. And when Rodgers’ pass was intercepted by 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman with only 1:48 remaining, it was over. The San Francisco 49ers won, 37-20.
The 49ers will take on the Kansas City Chiefs at Super Bowl 54 in Miami on Feb. 2. San Francisco tight end George Kittle will have some special guests. According to ESPN, “In conjunction with financial-services company USAA and the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), Kittle has awarded the surviving family of Martin “Mick” LaMar a trip to Super Bowl LIV in Miami, where the Niners will play the Kansas City Chiefs.” U.S. Army Sergeant Mick LaMar was shot and killed while on his second tour of duty in Iraq on Jan. 15, 2011. The native of Sacramento died on his wedding anniversary and is survived by wife Josephine (Josie) and her five children. His wife Josie and 16-year-old son Nicolas, both big 49ers fans, will be headed to Miami for the Super Bowl,