The NFL’s final four have been set, and the San Francisco 49ers will be hosting the Green Bay Packers in the 2020 NFC Championship game in one week at Levi’s Stadium.
The San Francisco 49ers now know who they will host in the 2020 NFC Championship game, which will kick off at 6:40 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020 at Levi’s Stadium.
The Green Bay Packers defeated the Seattle Seahawks 28-23 in the final game of the divisional-round slate of games on Sunday night, which will set up yet another significant chapter in the Niners’ rivalry with Green Bay.
The Packers held a 21-3 lead at the conclusion of the first half. But as Niners fans know all too well, the Seahawks are more than capable of coming back, which they did by scoring three touchdowns to the Packers’ one during the last two quarters of the game.
In the end, Green Bay held their lead, thanks to some key pickups late by quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Co. to wind out the clock.
San Francisco, meanwhile, handled its own business on Saturday, beating the visiting Minnesota Vikings 27-10 to advance to the conference championship. Head coach Kyle Shanahan reverted back to what made his team so dominant earlier in the regular season: a suffocating defense and a relentless rushing attack. The 49ers managed six sacks against Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins, while holding running back Dalvin Cook to a mere 26 net yards on the ground and through the air.
Meanwhile, Niners running back Tevin Coleman rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns in the game, and his offense managed 4.5 yards per play en route to the victory.
A similar offensive approach could be effective against Green Bay next Sunday, especially if the 49ers jump out to an early lead, which would force the Packers to rely heavily on its passing attack. This would play right into San Francisco’s reinvigorated pass rush, which thrived on Saturday with the return of EDGE Dee Ford, after his elongated absence due to quad and hamstring injuries.
Ford had one of the 49ers’ six sacks on Cousins, while fellow EDGE Nick Bosa recorded two on the day.
Football Outsiders ranked the Packers’ offensive line 10th in pass protection during the 2019 NFL regular season.
Back in Week 12, the Niners rocked the Packers 37-8 on Sunday Night Football, holding Rodgers to just over 100 passing yards. And fans recall the numerous exciting postseason showdowns between these two squads earlier last decade under then-head coach Jim Harbaugh.
The 49ers are currently 3-4 in postseason play against their longtime rivals, dating back to 1996.
A victory on Sunday would even the teams’ playoff records to 4-4, and ensure the San Francisco 49ers a trip to Super Bowl 54.