Super Bowl LIV/San Francisco 49ers podcast with David Zizmor: How the Chiefs Pat Mahomes stacks up against the 49ers Jimmy Garoppolo in Super Bowl LIV

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On the 49ers podcast with David:

#1 The 49ers absolutely dominated the Green Bay Packers in the first half on Sunday’s NFC Championship game taking a 27-0 at half time was that an indication of things to come

#2 There is so much talk about the Kansas City Chiefs Pat Mahomes and the success he’s had in getting the Chiefs to the Super Bowl how do you see the Chiefs matching up against the 49ers and quarterback Jimmy Garopplo in Miami on Sun Feb 2

David Zizmor does the 49ers podcasts each Tuesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Super Bowl Bound; Niners Win NFC Championship 37-20

photo from msn.com: San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) and San Francisco 49ers media relations director Bob Lange (left) take off down the field at Levis Stadium following the 49ers victory over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday

By Joe Lami

SANTA CLARA–The matchup is set, it will be the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers who will battle it out for the Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl LIV on February 2nd in Miami. The Niners advance to their seventh Super Bowl in franchise history, thanks to a 37-20 drubbing of the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game.

Raheem Mostert gashed the Green Bay Packers in one of the most dominant rushing attacks in NFL postseason history. Finishing with 220 yards on 29 carries and four touchdowns, Mostert became the first player in NFL history to rush for 200+ yards and four scores in a playoff game. He finished with the second-most rushing yards in a playoff game, falling 28 yards shy of Eric Dickerson’s record.

It was San Francisco’s most dominating rushing performance in franchise history. Not only did he surpass Colin Kaepernick’s memorable 181-yard game in Green Bay, but he also set the single-game franchise record, besting Frank Gore’s 212-yard game versus the Seahawks in 2006.

After quickly going three and out to open the game, San Francisco’s offense found it’s footing in the second drive and never looked back. Mostert initiated the scoring on a beautifully dialed up third and eight drawn play from the 36-yard line. Mostert found open space and was off to his first of three first-half touchdowns in the longest rush of his night.

Mostert was explosive no matter which direction he ran. He carried it nine times off the left tackle for 50 yards and two touchdowns, six times through the left-a gap for 42 yards and a score, five times through the right a-gap for 39 yards and a score, and off the right tackle nine times for 89 yards.

“Whether it’s special teams or offense, the way he hits the hole, he gets so vertical and fast. I think guys defense underestimate his speed. You can just see it, he’ll hit a hole and the guy will take what he thinks is a good angle. Next thing you know, he’s by him doesn’t even touch him. His 0 to 60 is literally in two steps and it’s so special with our offense, the way we run outside zone, inside zone, he can make one cut and get vertical. That’s all we need.” Said George Kittle.

The Niners rushing attack was so potent, it made Jimmy Garoppolo’s day incredibly easy. Garoppolo completed six of eight passing attempts for 77 yards, becoming just the fourth quarterback in NFL history to win a conference championship while attempting eight passes or fewer. He targeted Deebo Samuel three times for two completions and 46 yards. Kittle caught his only target for 19 yards.

Sunday’s Championship matchup felt like a replay of San Francisco’s week 12 commanding 37-8 victory. The Niners took control very early, racing out to a 27-0 halftime lead before Aaron Rodgers did his best to battle back in the second half, only to come up short.

Rodgers completed 31 of his 39 passes for 326 yards and two touchdowns, but also threw two interceptions and felt the 49ers’ potent pass rush most of the contest, looking uncomfortable for most of the game. San Francisco forced three turnovers from Rodgers with Richard Sherman and Emmanuel Moseley getting the interceptions, while K’Waun Williams blitzed off the slot for a strip-sack, setting up San Francisco’s second of three field goals.

The Niners now will be competing for their first Super Bowl since 1995, going up against the Chiefs, who will be making their first appearance in 50 years. “It’s amazing. It means a lot to us, especially going through all of the adversity that we went through over the past couple of years. To be going to the Super Bowl and have the chance to be top of the league is amazing,” said Arik Armstead.

Dee Ford is excited to be going up against his former team, “it is going to be a great opportunity, it’s going to be like playing my brothers back to training camp days. It’s going to be fun.”

San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Lami: Packers-49ers talk about Sunday’s game preparation

sfgate.com: San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (85) runs as Minnesota Vikings linebacker Eric Wilson (50) attempts a tackle during the second half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in Santa Clara, Calif. 

#1 Joe the big pay day has arrived the NFC Championship between the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers. How nervous, how prepared and how driven are both teams?

#2 Kyle Shanahan 49ers head coach calls the media scrums during the week a “dog and pony show”

#3 The 49ers have been pouring it on they did so well at one point during the season that it looked like they had a good chance at having a perfect season.

#4 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo felt some pain from his surgically repaired left leg when someone hit into it during practice Tuesday. Garoppolo said he felt better and that the pain went away on Wednesday.

#5 It’s Aaron Rogers quarterback for the Green Bay Packers and how much work will the defense need to prepare for the Rogers?

Catch Joe Lami for the 49ers podcasts each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NFL Playoffs podcast with Joe Hawkes: Chiefs and Mahomes have been doing it all season; Are Packers up or down in meeting with 49ers Sunday?

foxsports.com photo: Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes celebrates as he comes off the field after an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday in Kansas City, Mo.

On the NFL podcast with J Hawkes:

#1 The Kansas City Chiefs have been one of the top notchers and well coached teams in the AFC. Talk about the job that Chiefs head coach Andy Reid has done this season?

#2 Chiefs quarterback Pat Mahomes has guided the Chiefs all season long. How do you see him throwing against the Tennessee defense?

#3 In the NFC the Green Bay Packers swear by quarterback Aaron Rogers but can the Packers and Rogers come up with a game plan to shoot the 49ers down?

#4 49ers tight end George Kittle didn’t practice on Wednesday due to ankle soreness and was bending at the waist during practice. Is Kittle going to be ready for Sunday?

#5 The odds makers have the 49ers picked by 7.5 points can the 49ers win this one? Joe says it’s 49ers 28-21.

Join J Hawkes for the NFL post season podcasts each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Packers and 49ers tangle for NFC title, trip to Super Bowl LIV

ninerswire.com file photo: San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will match up against Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rogers in the NFC Championship at Levis Stadium on Sun Jan 19

By Joe Hawkes
SRS Contributor

SANTA CLARA, Calif — For the second time this season, the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers will meet at Levi’s Stadium for a game. But this time, there’s much more at stake for both teams than just a win in the standings.

To the victor, the NFC Championship and a ticket to Super Bowl LIV in Miami, Florida for a chance to play for the Vince Lombardi trophy against the winner between the Tennessee Titans and Kansas City Chiefs from the AFC will be punched.

First class.

To the loser, the harsh reality that your season is over smacks you in face immediately.

Instead of basking in the glow of winning the NFC Championship, you’ll return to your team’s headquarters to clean out your locker room, hug your teammates (possibly for the last time as teams change rapidly in the NFL each year), and go your separate ways for the offseason.

The end.

In the first matchup back in Week 12, the Packers took a beating at the hands of the 49ers, losing 37-8 at Levi’s Stadium. The Packers weren’t just outplayed by the 49ers, but were embarrassed in front of a nationally televised audience on NBC’s Sunday Night Football.

49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo played almost flawlessly in that game, throwing for 253 yards on 14-of-20 passes and two long touchdown passes (a 42-yard strike to rookie wide receiver Deebo Samuel in the second quarter, and a 61-yard deep ball to tight end George Kittle).

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers had one of his worst showings of his career, finishing with 20-of-33 passes for just 104 yards — setting a record for fewest passing yards by a quarterback with at least 20 completions. His 3.15 yards per attempt is the lowest of his career.

San Francisco sacked Rodgers five times that night. Linebacker Fred Warner was all over the field, registering a team-high 11 tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble against the Packers on the game’s opening moments. Warner’s performance led him to be named NFC Defensive Player of the Week.

Don’t expect a replay of Week 12 in this matchup as both teams are playing a elite levels at the most important time of the year.

Sunday’s NFC Championship Game in the South Bay, which kicks off at 3:40 p.m. PT, will feature two teams that finished 13-3 in the regular season, won the NFC West and North Division titles respectively, and earned first-round byes to open up the playoffs as the top-two seeds.

Last Saturday, top-seeded San Francisco (14-3) opened up the divisional round by dismantling the Minnesota Vikings (11-7), 27-10, in dominating fashion. It was the 49ers’ first playoff win in six years.

The returns of defensive starters, Dee Ford, Kwon Alexander and Jaquiski Tartt, San Francisco’s defense looked re-energized and ready for a big day, made life difficult for Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins, sacking him six times and limiting Minnesota’s offense to 147 yards on the day, the fewest in a playoff game in the Super Bowl era (1967).

“People keep disrespecting us. At the end of the day, all you can do is go out and execute,” said Richard Sherman, who registered his third career interception in the playoffs. “It felt good. That’s what we look like when we’re totally healthy.”

The 49ers stonewalled Dalvin Cook and the Vikings’ rushing attack, holding Minnesota to just 21 yards on 10 carries (9 carries for Cook, 1 carry for Alexander Mattison). Cook finished the game with 18 rushing yards on nine carries.

Offensively, the 49ers leaned on a punishing running game that ran right through Minnesota like Ex-Lax led by running back Tevin Coleman’s 105 rushing yards on 22 carries and two touchdowns. As a team, the 49ers ran 47 running plays and gained 186 yards on the ground.

Garoppolo, who made his first career start in the playoffs, threw a touchdown on the game’s opening drive, and mostly watched his defense wreak havoc on Minnesota for most of the game. He finished 11-of-19 passing for 131 yards.

The second-seeded Packers (14-3) was able to outlast the Seattle Seahawks, 28-23, at Lambeau Field Sunday night that advanced Green Bay to their third NFC Championship Game in six seasons.

In that game, it was a vintage performance by Rodgers with his array of throws and spectacular completions throughout the game. Rodgers and wide receiver Davante were so locked in against the Seahawks, connecting eight times for 160 yards and two touchdowns.

“It’s one of those feelings that starts to creep up in warmups, when you really feel like you’re locked in,” Rodgers said, “and I was glad it translated to the field.”

Rodgers finished 16-of-27 passing for 243 yards in his 17th postseason start, has thrown 38 touchdowns passes in the playoffs. That’s good for fifth all-time per Elias Sports Bureau.

Running back Aaron Jones found the end zone twice, while rushing for 62 yards on 21 carries.

Green Bay’s defense sacked Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson five times on the night, two apiece by linebackers Preston Smith and Za’Darius Smith (no relation).

The 49ers and Packers have met in the playoffs seven times with the Packers holding a 4-3 advantage. The 49ers have won the last two playoff matchups.

 

Headline Sports with Barbara Mason: LSU tops Clemson 42-25 for Championship game; NFL Playoffs previews: plus more

yahoo.com photo: LSU quarterback Joe Burrow (8) had a record night in the NCAA Championship throwing for 463 yards and six touchdowns Monday night against the Clemson Tigers

On Headline Sports with Barbara:

#1 It was the battle of the Tigers and only one Tiger would finish on top. The LSU Tigers got a huge victory over the Clemson Tigers 42-25 in the NCAA Championship behind LSU quarterback Joe Burrow who threw for 463 yards and five touchdowns no wonder LSU won it.

#2 We’ll start with the NFC Championship coming this Sunday. The Green Bay Packers are coming to Santa Clara with quarterback Aaron Rogers. The Packers in a close game against the Seattle Seahawks will face the 49ers. The last time the two teams met were in November and the 49ers won convincingly 37-8.

#3 In the AFC Championship the Kansas City Chiefs made offensive work of the Houston Texans 51-31 on Sunday. The Chiefs will host the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship. The Titans shocked the football world on Saturday with a 28-12 win over the Baltimore Ravens.

#4 The Golden State Warriors continue to slide this time to the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday 122-102. It was the eighth consecutive loss for Golden State.

#5 The San Jose Sharks (21-23-4) fall off the tracks tonight with a 6-3 loss to the Arizona Coyotes (26-18-5) in Glendale. The Coytotes and Sharks were tied in the third period 3-3 but the Arizona went on a three goal rally and that was the difference.

Barbara Mason does the Headline Sports podcasts each Tuesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast: Third person to die this year at Baltimore home game; 49ers the favorites in NFC Championship; plus more

sfgate.com photo: Green Bay quarterback and former Cal Bears quarterback Aaron Rogers (12) will face the San Francisco 49ers this Sun Jan 19th at Levis Stadium for the NFC Championship

On That’s Amaury’s podcast:

#1 A third person died at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium this season and during Saturday’s playoff game between the Tennessee Titans and the Baltimore Ravens a male fan fell while climbing the stairs in the stadium’s upper deck. Medics tried to resuscitate the victim who later passed away.

#2 The Green Bay Packers caught a big break just getting by the Seattle Seahawks to advance to the NFC Championship with a 28-23 win give credit to Packers quarterback Aaron Rogers.

#3 The Packers and San Francisco 49ers match up in the NFC Championship as the 49ers are coming offf a convincing 27-10 win over the Minnesota Vikings

#4 The Texas Rangers signed third baseman Todd Frazier to a one year deal worth $5 million. Frazier hit .251, 21 home runs, 67 RBI in 133 games last season.

#5 Ed Sprauge Sr a former original Oakland Athletic from the 1968 team died at 74 years old. Sprauge pitched in the show for eight years and his son Ed Jr also played part of his 11 years in the majors for the A’s survives his father.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the Spanish radio voice for A’s baseball on KIQI 1010 and does News and Commentary at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Francisco 49ers podcast with David Zizmor: 49ers dominated Packers in their last meeting in November

sfgate.com file photo: San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garropplo (10) hopes that he and the 49ers can be number one after Sunday’s game with the Green Bay Packers at Levis Stadium

On the 49ers podcast with Dave:

#1 The last time the San Francisco 49ers met Green Bay Packers the 49ers won big at Levis Stadium 37-8 back in November. This time can the 49ers dominate the Pack in a game that is one step away from the Super Bowl.

#2 This one’s for all the marbles the 49ers are one win away from the Super Bowl. They have home field advantage and a good game plan against the Packers will get them there.

Join David each Tuesday for the SF 49ers podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headlines Sports podcast with Tony Renteria: Niners favored by a TD; Ravens ten point favorites; plus more

@Ravens photo: Baltimore Ravens host the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Playoffs on Saturday

On Headlines Sports with Tony Renteria:

#1 Will the task be easy for the San Francisco 49ers to get by the Minnesota Vikings Saturday or it’s not as easy as it looks. The 49ers picked by seven. In San Francisco’s last game they just got by the Seattle Seahawks by the slimmest of margins 26-21 and for the Minnesota Vikings they just got by the New Orleans Saints in the Superdome 26-20 on a pass to Kyle Rudolph from quarterback Kirk Cousins for the win.

#2 The Ravens have been a pick as on odds favorites to make the Super Bowl, they’ve had lots of rest since their last game of the regular season on Dec 29th against the Pittsburgh Steelers in a 28-10 win. It was a game where quarterback LaMar Jackson sat out to rest for the playoffs as Jackson and the Raven are favored to beat the Tennessee Titans this Saturday by 10 points.

#3 The Houston Texans are in Kansas City the Chiefs for Saturday’s playoff match the Chiefs are favored by nine in this one. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mohomes in his last game against San Diego went 16-25 for 174 yards, with one touchdown and one interception.

#4 The Seattle Seahawks are in Green Bay, the Packers are favored by four points this one could be even closer than the odds. This game will feature two of the NFC’s best quarterbacks for Seattle Russell Wilson in NFC Wild Card game was 18-30 for 325 yards and for Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rogers on the last day of the season on Dec 29th vs. Detroit went 27-55 for a whopping 323 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

Tony does Headline Sports each week at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports podcast with Barbara Mason: A look at this weekends playoff games; Cal tries to get back in win column host Wazuu this Thursday

sfgate.com file photo: Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) drops back to pass as he throws a pass that was fumbled and recovered by the New Orleans Saints in the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, in New Orleans.

On the Headlines podcast with Barbara

#1 Taking a look at NFC Playoff game for Saturday, the Minnesota Vikings who surprised just about everybody with a huge victory over the New Orleans Saints at the Super Dome come to Levis Stadium on Saturday to face the 49ers. Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins threw a overtime four yard touchdown pass for the victory could the Vikings shock the 49ers too?

#2 The AFC Playoff game for Saturday the Tennessee Titans will face the Baltimore Ravens a team favored to make the Super Bowl the Ravens have been tough all year.

#3 On Sunday in the AFC the Houston Texans are in Kansas City to face the rugged Chiefs. The Chiefs with quarterback Patrick Mahomes have been doing it all season.

#4 Seattle got that big victory in Philadelphia on Sunday now head to Green Bay this should one for the ages as this one will be played on a very tough Lambeau Field

#5 Cal’s Men’s basketball has seen some tough times they took a tough loss to the Stanford Cardinal last Saturday and are hoping to turn things around this Thursday at Haas Pavilion against the visiting Washington State Cougars.

Join Barbara each Tuesday for all the latest in Headline Sports at http://www.sportsradioservice.com