The San Francisco 49ers put together arguably the most dominant performance in franchise playoff history, defeating the Green Bay Packers in the divisional round. We take a quick early look at the dominant performance.
So about that chip on Aaron Rodgers' shoulder....Not so much. The San Francisco 49ers put together one of the best offensive performances in franchise history, setting a team record for total yards en route to a 45-31 victory over the Green Bay Packers. I admit that I was a bit concerned heading into this game, but Colin Kaepernick, Michael Crabtree and Frank Gore put together a performance unlike most anything we've seen.
The star of this game was Colin Kaepernick. That's a pretty Captain Obvious statement, but one worth making. Kaepernick set a franchise playoff rushing record, while also setting an NFL record for rushing yards by a quarterback in ANY game. Kaepernick finished with 183 rushing yards and two touchdowns, to go along with 263 yards and a pair of passing touchdowns. There were concerns early after he threw a pick-six two minutes into the game, but the young QB bounced back in a big way. If there were any doubts about Kaepernick before, he answered them on one of the biggest stages against a normally decent defense.
If Kaepernick was the No. 1 star, Michael Crabtree was No. 2. A year after struggling in the playoffs, Crabtree continued what has been a breakout season, catching nine passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns. Crabtree was Kaepernick's go-to guy all game long, connecting in virtually any situation.
Frank Gore deserves credit as well, somewhat quietly putting together a 100-yard performance. I call it quiet because it seemed at times like the 49ers were substituting in LaMichael James a bit more frequently. We'll see what the snap count says tomorrow, but it was a great day for Frank the Tank. He averaged over five yards per carry and was snapping off 10+ yard runs in the fourth quarter as the Packers defense was clearly worn out.
The 49ers now wait for the winner of the Falcons-Seahawks matchup on Sunday. That game kicks off at 10:00 a.m. PT, and naturally we'll have an open thread for it. The 49ers offensive effort was fantastic, but it will be a busy week of preparations for the NFC Championship Game. The 49ers defense picked up late, but there were enough early struggles to work on. Of course, Aaron Rodgers is a pretty good quarterback.
Whatever the case, the 49ers are going to the NFC Championship Game! That sounds pretty damn good!