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Packers end season one game short of Super Bowl

(WAOW) - What started out as a promising view at what could be a different Packers team quickly fell apart as the 49ers dominated the Packers 37-20 to advance to the Super Bowl.

The Packers got two early victories in the game, winning the coin toss and holding San Francisco to a three and out on their opening possession.

After that it went downhill quickly for the Pack.

The 49ers next drive lasted only 3:38 and ended with a 36 yard touchdown scamper by Raheem Mostert to open the scoring.

The Packers would try to answer, but their drive would be cut short after just five plays as Nick Bosa burst through for a sack.

San Francisco would capitalize on a short field with a 54 yard Robbie Gould field goal to make it 10-0.

The next Packers drive would once again end with a sack that gave the Niners fortuitous field position, that would be paid off 6 plays later with Mostert's second trip into the endzone this time from 9 yards out.

The Packers misfortunes were just starting though as Green Bay's next drive ended with a fumble that was recovered by the swarming San Fran defense.

The Packers defense would stand strong and hold the 49ers to another field goal on the ensuing drive making it 20-0.

The Green and Gold got the ball back with a little time to work before the half, but the usually very reliable Aaron Rodgers threw just his fifth interception of the season setting San Francisco up for another late score.

This one again Mostert but this time from 18 yards out as the 49ers took a commanding 27-0 lead into the locker room.

Coming out in the second half the Packers offense looked like they had a shot of adrenaline. They went 75 yards in just over six minutes for their first touchdown of the day, a 9 yard touchdown pass to Aaron Jones.

However, as they have all season the Niners responded. Mostert once again found pay-dirt, this time from 22 yards out to cap off a 7 play 79 yard drive putting San Francisco back up by 27 again.

But the Packers were able to keep hope alive as they found the endzone on their next drive courtesy of a Jones 1 yard plunge. The green and gold would go for two and fail setting the score at 34-13 to start the fourth.

The hope continued to build after the Packers made a defensive stop on the 49ers next drive and proceeded to score in response with a Rodgers to Sternberger 8 yard score to make it 37-20.

However, that's where the momentum ended. The 49ers would add another Gould field goal to give us the final score of 37-20.

Rodgers finished 31-39 with 326yds 2TD and 2 INT a drastic difference from his counterpart Jimmy Garoppolo who only completed 6 of 8 passes for 77 yards.

The star of the game clearly 49ers running back Raheem Mostert, who set a franchise playoff rushing record with 220 yard on 29 carries and 4 touchdowns.

The 49ers will advance to Super Bowl 54 in Miami where they will play the Chiefs, February 2.

Kevin Millard

Kevin Millard-Social Media Digital Content Manager for WXOW.

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