Here are some news and notes surrounding the San Francisco 49ers heading into the NFC Championship … [+] Game against the Packers. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
By virtue of the Green Bay Packers’ narrow win over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday evening, the NFC Championship Game is set.
It will pit Green Bay against the No. 1-seeded San Francisco 49ers at Levis Stadium this coming Sunday afternoon. It’s a rematch of San Francisco’s 37-8 blowout win over Aaron Rodgers and Co. from back in late November.
In looking ahead to this game and back to the 49ers’ blowout win over Minnesota in the NFC Divisional Playoffs Saturday afternoon, we check in on some notes heading into championship week.
49ers Historical Defensive Dominance
Nick Bosa and the San Francisco 49ers defense has been dominating. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
It’s worth repeating that Robert Saleh’s defense completely shut down a potent Vikings offensive attack this past weekend. Minnesota put up seven first downs, the third-fewest total in NFL Playoff history. Outside of the 41-yard touchdown strike from Kirk Cousins to Stefon Diggs in the first quarter, the Vikes racked up 106 total yards on 45 plays. That’s an average of 2.4 yards per play.
This is not much different than what we saw from Green Bay during the 49ers’ above-mentioned 29-point win over the Pack back in Week 12. Rodgers tallied 66 net passing yards on 33 attempts. Overall, Matt LaFleur’s offense averaged 2.8 yards per play in that “Sunday Night Football” game.
It’s been a continuing theme