SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP, WBAY) -- SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — From No. 2 pick in the draft to one of the last two teams standing.
It has been a remarkable turnaround for the Super Bowl-bound San Francisco 49ers.
Raheem Mostert rushed for 220 yards and four touchdowns to make quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo mostly a spectator, Nick Bosa harassed Aaron Rodgers from the start and the 49ers beat the Green Bay Packers 37-20 for the NFC championship on Sunday.
The 49ers (15-3) advanced to their first Super Bowl in seven years and will play the Kansas City Chiefs in two weeks in Miami for the championship.
The Niners won just 10 games in the first two seasons under coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch, going 4-12 last season after Garoppolo went down with a season-ending knee injury in Week 3.
Now, San Francisco is one of two teams remaining after delivering a second thorough beating of the season to Rodgers and the Packers (14-4). The 49ers are the third team to make it to the Super Bowl a year after winning four or fewer games, joining Cincinnati (1988) and the Rams (1999).
Bosa, the prize for last year’s rough season as the No. 2 overall pick, helped set the tone when he ended Green Bay’s second drive of the game with a 13-yard sack of Rodgers.
Mostert, a former special teams standout, did much of the rest in a remarkable redemption story for a former surfer who was cut seven times and carried the ball only eight times in his first three seasons in the NFL.
But he has become a key part of the NFC’s top team this year, leading the Niners with 772 yards rushing in the regular season and delivering a performance for the ages in the NFC title game.
He had the second-most yards rushing in a playoff game to Eric Dickerson’s 248 for the Rams on Jan. 4, 1986, and was the first player to rush for at least four TDs and 200 yards in a playoff game.
He got started when he burst 36 yards on a third-and-8 trap play to open the scoring on San Francisco’s second drive and kept ripping off long runs behind impressive blocking.
He added TD runs of 9 and 18 yards in the second quarter and had 160 yards rushing at the half, becoming the only player in NFL history to rush for at least 150 yards and three TDs in the first half of a playoff game.
-- Original Story --
The Green Bay Packers hopes to head to Miami ended with a loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game.
The 49ers rush for more than 250 yards and led 27-0 at halftime a deficit Aaron Rodgers and the Packers couldn't overcome in the 2nd half.
The 49ers will now go on to play the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl.
The Packers win the coin toss and defer. 49ers ready for the first drive. Za'Darius Smith stops Tevin Coleman on 3rd and 1. The Packers defense holds the 49ers to a three-and-out.
The Packers fail to convert on a 3rd and 3 and punt.
The 49ers strike first with a 36-yard Raheem Mostert touchdown on 3rd and 8. 49ers - 7 Packers - 0.
The Packers again find themselves on 3rd down and Aaron Rodgers is sacked by Nick Bosa.
Kyler Fackrell picks up the sack of Jimmy Garoppolo. The quarter ends.
Robbie Gould hits a 54-yard field goal. 49ers - 10 Packers - 0.
The Packers fumble on 3rd down and recover. That sets up 4th down and Packers punt. JK Scott's punt only goes 20 yards.
49ers RB Tevin Coleman has suffered an elbow injury and is carted off the field.
On the next play, the 49ers score a touchdown. 49ers - 17 Packers - 0.
Aaron Rodgers connects with Jake Kumerow for 23 yards.
Rodgers fumbles a snap and turns it over to the 49ers.
Robbie Gould hits a 27-yard field goal. 49ers - 20 Packers - 0.
Aaron Rodgers is intercepted with one minute left. The 49ers take over at the Green Bay 30.
Rasheem Mostert runs it in for another 49ers another touchdown. He has 14 carries for 160 yards in the half. 49ers - 27 Packers - 0.
The Packers start the half with Aaron Rodgers connecting with Davante Adams for two catches.
Packers S Adrian Amos is out of the game with a pectoral injury.
The Packers pick up their first 3rd down conversion of the game ... and first against San Francisco this season.
Aaron Jones gets the Packers on the board. 49ers - 27 Packers - 7.
Packers CB Jaire Alexander is questionable to return with a thumb injury.
Raheem Mostert runs in his 4th touchdown for the 49ers. 49ers-34 Packers - 7.
Aaron Rodgers opens the 4th Quarter with a 43-yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Graham, but it is called back. Aaron Jones runs it in for his 23rd touchdown of the season. The Packers go for two and fail to convert. 49ers - 34 Packers - 1
The Packers try an onside kick. The 49ers recover in Green Bay territory.
The Green Bay defense is finally able to stop the 49ers and force a punt.
On 3rd and 5, Rodgers airs it out for Davante Adams for a 65-yard completion.
Rodgers hits Jace Sternberger for a touchdown. 49ers - 34 Packers - 20 with 8:13 to go.
11 WR Ryan Grant
22 RB Dexter Williams
24 S Raven Greene
29 CB Ka'dar Hollman
45 FB Danny Vitale
70 T/G Alex Light
79 T John Leglue
3 QB C.J. Beathard
30 RB Jeff Wilson Jr.
35 CB Dontae Johnson
43 TE Daniel Helm
51 LB Azeez Al-Shaair
81 WR Jordan Matthews
90 DL Kevin Givens