From No. 2 decide within the draft to one of many final two groups standing.
It has been a exceptional turnaround for the Tremendous Bowl-bound San Francisco 49ers.
Raheem Mostert rushed for 220 yards and 4 touchdowns to make quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo largely a spectator, Nick Bosa harassed Aaron Rodgers from the beginning and the 49ers beat the Inexperienced Bay Packers 37-20 for the NFC championship on Sunday.
The Niners received simply 10 video games within the first two seasons below coach Kyle Shanahan and common supervisor John Lynch, going 4-12 final season after Garoppolo went down with a season-ending knee damage in Week 3.
Now, San Francisco is considered one of two groups remaining after delivering a second thorough beating of the season to Rodgers and the Packers (14-4). The 49ers are the third staff to make it to the Tremendous Bowl a 12 months after successful 4 or fewer video games, becoming a member of Cincinnati (1988) and the Rams (1999).
Bosa, the prize for final 12 months’s tough season because the No. 2 total decide, helped set the tone when he ended Inexperienced Bay’s second drive of the sport with a 13-yard sack of Rodgers.
Mostert, a former particular groups standout, did a lot of the remaining in a exceptional redemption story for a former surfer who was lower seven occasions and carried the ball solely eight occasions in his first three seasons within the NFL.
However he has develop into a key a part of the NFC’s high staff this 12 months, main the Niners with 772 yards speeding within the common season and delivering a efficiency for the ages within the NFC title recreation.
He had the second-most yards speeding in a playoff recreation to Eric Dickerson’s 248 for the Rams on Jan. 4, 1986, and was the primary participant to hurry for a minimum of 4 TDs and 200 yards in a playoff recreation.
He acquired began when he burst 36 yards on a third-and-Eight lure play to open the scoring on San Francisco’s second drive and stored ripping off lengthy runs behind spectacular blocking.
He added TD runs of 9 and 18 yards within the second quarter and had 160 yards speeding on the half, changing into the one participant in NFL historical past to hurry for a minimum of 150 yards and three TDs within the first half of a playoff recreation.
Mostert added a 22-yard TD run within the third quarter.
Rodgers and the Packers had been unable to match that efficiency as they acquired overwhelmed by San Francisco’s dominant entrance for a second time this season.
Rodgers had a career-low 3.15 yards per try in a 37-Eight loss right here again in November and wasn’t significantly better within the first half of the rematch.
He misplaced a snap from centre to finish Inexperienced Bay’s solely promising drive of the half, threw an interception to Emmanuel Moseley late within the half and did not convert his first third down of the season towards the Niners till connecting on a 6-yard cross to Aaron Jones on the opening drive of the second quarter for his first third-down conversion in 18 makes an attempt this season towards the Niners.
Rodgers capped that drive with a 9-yard TD cross to Jones, however the recreation was too far out of hand by that time.
He led Inexperienced Bay to 2 extra TDs and completed with 326 yards passing, nevertheless it wasn’t almost sufficient because the Packers misplaced the NFC title recreation for the third time since their final Tremendous Bowl journey following the 2010 season.