Back on November 24th in San Francisco the 49ers laid out the Green Bay Packers, the team they will face on Sunday in the NFC Championship Game with the right to go to the Super Bowl.
The prime time game never lived up to the hype, as the Niners beat up the Pack 37-8 and making it a miserable night for Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
That night they sacked Rodgers five times and held him to 1.7 net yards per pass play on 33 attempts. It was a blowout on all levels.
While it might be a little early to check out baseball-betting-pro, you can see the odds for the Niners and Packers, and see that the Niners are a full touchdown favorite to get the win and move on.
But, with six days before the Niners can make it back to the big dance and the Super Bowl, Niners coach Kyle Shanahan is sending a simple message to anyone that will listen.
That the 29-point win in late November over the Packers means nothing. Not one thing.
“Don’t be that stupid,” Shanahan said on Monday.
“That’s not real. This is about Sunday’s game … There’s so many stories like that. And this is the NFL, so no team, the game before never matters like that. There are four teams left and that’s four very, very good teams and it’s going to be a hard game for all of us.
“Also, our players — the type of guys they’ve been all year — I’m not concerned about that. They’ll have to answer that question, I’m sure, a lot. But I don’t think that will be a worry for our players, which means it won’t be for me.”
There are some good reasons for Shanahan to want to make sure to keep him team in check. The numbers simply don’t lie.
Sunday’s battle between the Pack and Niners will be the 37th time in the Super Bowl era that teams will meet in the playoffs after one team beat the other by at least 25 points during the regular season.
The team that won the first meeting is 22-14 in the ensuing matchup, including 7-2 in conference title games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Good numbers, but not a slam dunk for sure that the Niners are simply going to dismantle the Packers and Rodgers in the rematch.
The Packers did a great job on Sunday in building a big lead against the 49ers biggest rival, the Seahawks, and they were able to do enough to hold on to a 28-23 win to move on to the title game.
We will see if all mouths are kept in check in San Fran, but so far it’s a good sign that their head coach is taking the lead in letting all parties know – you can’t live off the last affair.
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