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Winners and losers from the 49ers NFC Championship victory over the Packers

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The San Francisco 49ers thumped their second opponent in a row after beating the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. Here are the winners and all the losers from the game.


Raheem Mostert

As the president of the Mostert fan club, even I didn’t see this coming. Mostert received the majority of carries once Tevin Coleman went down with a shoulder injury and never looked back. He finished the game with 220 yards on 29 carries. It wasn’t as if Mostert had an 80-yard run. His longest was 36 yards. It seemed like Mostert ran through or past a tackle every time he touched the ball. That will be one of the most memorable performances you see in your life. Four touchdowns and the shortest run came on a nine-yard gain. Unreal game from Mostert.

Deebo Samuel

Deebo Samuel touched the ball four times for 89 yards on Sunday. He was a human tank, and the Packers had zero interest in tackling him. Samuel set the tone early for the 49ers, and the bully ball continued after that. If it felt like Mostert made someone miss each time he touched the ball, Samuel definitely did. Kyle Shanahan found ways to get the rookie involved, and Deebo did not disappoint.

Nick Bosa

Not to be outdone by Deebo, the 49ers first-round pick had quite the game himself. Bosa was everywhere in the first half. On one series, he beat the left tackle and made a stop. Then the next play Bosa hustles for a sack. Bosa’s energy and effort sum up the Niner’s defense. Relentless. One of the questions was how Bosa would do against two top offensive tackles. I’d say he passed that test with flying colors.


The Packers game-plan

What was that? When Green Bay punted the ball on 4th and inches, the game was over. You cannot play to lose against a superior team. That was a flawed train of thought by head coach Matt LaFleur, and it’s no surprise his team went two quarters without scoring after that possession. As for the defensive game-plan, you may want to put another player in the box? Was defensive coordinator Mike Pettine doing his best to let San Francisco score quickly to get the ball back? The Packers were outmatched on the field, but they were out-coached by a bigger margin.

Aaron Rodgers

The box score lies. Rodgers finished 31-39 for 326 yards, and I thought he played awful. Rodgers showed zero effort to fall on a snap that Green Bay desperately needed. Both of his interceptions were his fault. On Emmanuel Moseley’s interception, Rodgers looked to blame teammates. I think his quarterback rating tells the story. Rodgers finished with a 22.3 QBR, while Jimmy Garoppolo finished with 51.6. He was not good on Sunday.


Emmanuel Moseley

Moseley gave up a few garbage time receptions, but he was superb on the day. He played the two vertical routes to perfection on the interception by splitting the difference, reading the quarterback, and finishing the play. Moseley’s run defense may be better than his coverage, which is saying something. Moseley is aggressive and loves to stick his nose in there. He had a tackle for loss and finished with three other solo tackles. Moseley has developed into the cornerback the 49ers need opposite Richard Sherman.

Offensive line

When you throw the ball eight times and score 37 points, your offensive line had a day. The one sack was on the quarterback, which was the lone time Garoppolo was hit. Mostert wasn’t touched on average for 4.9 yards per carry. He made people miss at the second and third level, but what the 49ers offensive line did to the Packers was nothing short of spectacular. So happy for Joe Staley.