The San Francisco 49ers were dominant in the NFC Championship win over Green Bay and Raheem Mostert leads the way for the Niners’ five standouts.
Even if you believed that the San Francisco 49ers were going to beat the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game, chances are you didn’t think that they would be as dominant as they were in the regular season when the Niners trounced the Pack, 37-8. But while the final score may not have been as much of a blowout on Sunday, San Fran punched their ticket to Super Bowl LIV in emphatic fashion.
Scoring on five-straight drives and led by a virtuoso performance from running back Raheem Mostert and two forced turnovers, the 49ers jumped out to a 27-0 lead going into halftime. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers tried their best to mount a comeback but the deficit was too great, especially since the defense still had no answer for San Francisco’s rushing attack.
Now the 49ers are heading to Miami as they will face off with the Kansas City Chiefs for the Lombardi Trophy. But before we get into the two weeks of buildup for the Big Game, let’s quickly look back and appreciate the Niners’ biggest stars from their NFC Championship victory.
5. Kyle Shanahan
Head coach Kyle Shanahan might not be a player but he deserves his credit as a star performer from the NFC Championship Game. With questions swirling all week leading up to this game about if the 49ers were going to be able to dominate the Packers as they did in the regular season, Shanahan played his game and kept Green Bay reeling from the jump.
Despite losing Tevin Coleman to injury early in the game, Shanahan continued to give the Packers different looks and just kept running the ball down their throats. He identified the biggest weakness of the Green Bay defense and, though he relentlessly attacked it, it never looked the same when he went to exploit it.
The big question for Shanahan now becomes how he does in his second trip to the Super Bowl as he was the Falcons offensive coordinator in the infamous 28-3 game. But for now, the head coach deserves immense credit for how he’s designed this offense in a truly unique manner compared to much of the rest of the NFL.