GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – Robbie Gould lives up to his name.
On a snowy field, Gould hit a 45-yard strike on Saturday night when time ran out and the San Francisco 49ers knocked out the top-seeded Packers 13-10 and could ending Aaron Rodgers’ tenure at Green Bay.
Gould made all 20 playoff goals in his career. His latest game helped the 49ers complete an unlikely comeback by scoring 10 unanswered points in the final five minutes.
“I have always trusted Robbie. He’s as good as gold, man,” said Niners quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. “He’s always been like that.”
The 49ers (12-7) continue their post-season streak against Rodgers and advance to the NFC championship game on January 30 at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (April 14) or the Los Angeles Rams (May 13). Those teams play on Sundays in Tampa.
This marked the 49ers’ 17th convention championship appearance, the most of any team since the convention was founded in 1970. The 49ers were tied to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
San Francisco’s win, along with the Cincinnati Bengals’ 19-16 win over the Tennessee Titans earlier in the day, marked the first time both No. 1 seeds have lost in the group stage in the same season since 2010. Green Bay won at Atlanta and the New York Jets won in New England that season.
“It’s dangerous, man. When a team heats up, it’s very dangerous,” added Garoppolo. “So we just have to keep this going, focus on next week right now and get on with this.”
Rodgers went 20 of 29 of 225 yards and lost 0-4 in a career playoff that started with the 49ers. He’s the first quarterback in NFL history to lose four playoff games to a single opponent.
Now he’s entering an uncertain season. After skipping the Packers’ mandatory minicamp in an impasse with management, Rodgers said he’s not sure if this will be his final year at Green Bay. Rodgers said last month he remained open to all options.
Rodgers did not want to speculate about his future on Saturday night, although he said he did not want to be part of the rebuild if he continued to play.
“I don’t think it’s fair to really go down those paths at this point,” Rodgers said. “It was disappointing, sad and refreshing. I will have conversations over the next week or so and start reflecting after that. “
The Packers (13-5) won the NFC’s top seed for the second straight season and were the only team undefeated at home to the league, but again failed to make it to the big game. They haven’t been in the Super Bowl since the 2010 championship season.
Green Bay’s Aaron Jones, who had nine catches at 129 meters and 12 tackles from 41 metres, said: “I didn’t envision it like this.
San Francisco finished the game with a 4:41 score remaining thanks to a break from Green Bay specials, the Packers’ biggest weakness all season.
Jordan Willis’ outstretched left hand blocks a Corey Bojorquez slit, who kicked from the front end of his area. Talanoa Hufanga received the ball from a distance of 6 meters, raising the score to 10-10.
After the Packers hit three goals, the 49ers regained the ball in 29th position, left it 3:20, and drove into the goal area. Deebo Samuel made a 9-yard run in third and seventh from Green Bay 38, and the 49ers ran down the clock to set up Gould.
AJ Dillon hits the ground for 6 yards limited a 69-yard drive in the game’s opening possession, giving the Packers a 7-0 lead. Green Bay’s offense didn’t do much after that.
Green Bay’s special teams are even worse.
Just before being blocked, San Francisco’s Jimmie Ward blocked a 39-yard effort from Mason Crosby in the final game of the first half, preventing the Packers from extending the lead to 10-0.
The Packers also allowed Samuel to return to the second half with 45 yards, setting up the 49ers’ first goal. Green Bay also had only 10 men on the field when Gould made the decisive kick.
“We think our particular teams have the edge in this game,” said 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan. “We think they have a chance to be able to win for us. And to be able to say that and actually come true… is huge for those people and huge for our team. ”
San Francisco won by getting over a brutal start from its offense. The 49ers had 10 yards negative in their first four series, three of which included the third sack or less. This is the first time the 49ers have opened a game with a four-point treble since a 27-24 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on September 27, 2009.
The 49ers hadn’t had a shot or a first pass until Garoppolo connected with George Kittle by winning 15 yards with less than 6 ½ minutes left in the second half. Garoppolo was only 11th out of 19 for 131 yards with an interception, but the 49ers still managed to win.
“It took everything,” said Garoppolo. “We knew it was going to happen. I mean, it’s just attack, defense, special teams – everyone stands up and does their part. Wouldn’t have it any other way. “
The temperature at the start of the game was 14 degrees with a wind chill of zero, making it the fifth coldest playoff game in Lambeau Field history. The second half was played in the context of snowfall.
The Packers didn’t have OT David Bakhtiari, an All-Pro pick for 2020. Bakhtiari played 27 times in the Packers regular season finals, marking his first game since the tear. left anterior cruciate ligament on December 31, 2020.
49ers rerun Jeff Wilson left with an ankle injury after the opening game. Safe packer Darnell Savage (return) and run back to AJ Dillon (chest) left in the third quarter.
The 49ers will be at the Tampa or Los Angeles Rams for the NFC championship game on January 30.
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