San Francisco 49ers Advance to NFC Championship Game After Dominating Packers
There were doubters that said Colin Kaepernick would struggle in his initial NFL Playoff start. Those skeptics seemed to be vindicated when the second-year quarterback threw an ill-advised interception that was interceptions by Sam Shields in San Francisco's first drive of the game.
What followed was a record-setting performance by Kaepernick as he completely outplayed Aaron Rodgers and dominated the action for the final three-plus quarters.
Overall, Kaepernick set a 49ers' franchise record with 444 total yards. Yes, he now sits above both Joe Montana and Steve Young in terms of single-game playoff performances. Yeah, that happened.
Kaepernick also set a NFL record for most rushing yards by a quarterback in a single game (181).
After fronting Green Bay seven points, the 49ers went on to score 45 of the final 62 points before a garbage-time touchdown from Rodgers to Greg Jennings in the final minute.
It was, for all intents and purpose, a complete domination by the 49ers. They tallied 29 first downs and 579 total yards, both single-game postseason records for the franchise.
In reality this was one of the best performances by any team in the modern history of the NFL Playoffs. If San Francisco keeps this up next week, it will head to its sixth Super Bowl in New Orleans next month.
As it relates to Green Bay, it was a disastrous all-around outing. Its defense couldn't stop anything that San Francisco threw at it. When the 49ers were in an obvious passing situation, Kaepernick picked apart a struggling secondary. When everyone and their mother knew San Francisco was going to run the ball, its offensive line destroyed Green Bay in the trenches.
Not to be outdone by Kaepernick, Michael Crabtree put up 119 yards and two touchdown on nine receptions. Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson combined for just 70 yards on 10 receptions as Justin Smith, despite an injury, made his presence known. While it didn't show up on the stat-line, Smith played one whale of a game.
Tarell Brown came up with a key interception, which led to a San Francisco touchdown just a few plays later. He was the defensive MVP in this one.
Heck, even David Akers made a field goal to end the second half.
San Francisco tallied 265 yards on its final three drives, before taking the "V" formation to end the same.
It will wait to see the result of the Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons game today in order to see where and who it will play next Sunday. If San Francisco plays like this, it really doesn't matter.