Pat’s Update: Do not go troll Field Gulls. You are warned.
The San Francisco 49ers will be welcoming an old foe for the right to play in the Super Bowl, just not one in the division. The Green Bay Packers have defeated the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC divisional and will now come to Levi’s Stadium to face the 49ers.
The last time these two teams met, it was not pretty. The Packers were embarrassed, losing to the 49ers 37-8. You can see updates from that game here. TL;DR: Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was wearing a 49ers defensive lineman all night getting sacked five times. The postgame showed a team that had no answers for a 49ers offense that ran circles around their defense and a defense that made Rodgers’ life a living hell.
That was the regular season and in November. We’re now in January. This game is no gimmie, so don’t get cocky. The Packers remembered they lost that game in humiliating fashion and will be looking to give the 49ers their absolute best shot. The difference is in the 49ers’ favor. The Packers lost offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga during the game, but the 49ers were doing this without Joe Staley and Dee Ford. They got five sacks without Ford and were struggling as time went on. The flipside is the 49ers had Weston Richburg at center to help their run game. Ben Garland has filled in well for Richburg, so that shouldn’t be too much of a concern.
A lot will be looking to the regular season contest and point that this is a bad matchup, but I point to the fact it’s the NFC Championship and stranger things have happened. Plus, it’s the Packers. No 49ers fan from the 90s wants to lose to the Packers. Trust me. Here’s a good post describing the rivalry.
This is the team it seems like everyone wanted. Let’s hope it’s the right one.
Where: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA
When: January 19, 2020 | 3:30 p.m. PST
Announcers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman