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49ers' Nick Bosa getting advice from brother Joey about facing Packers

49ers' Nick Bosa getting advice from brother Joey about facing Packers

SANTA CLARA -- The top vote-getter in fan balloting for the Pro Bowl among NFL defensive ends was able to learn a few things this week from the guy who is No. 2 on the list.

Rookie defensive end Nick Bosa and the 49ers face the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football at Levi’s Stadium. Bosa leads in the fan voting at his position. His older brother, Joey Bosa, is currently No. 2 in fan voting.

"Joey’s play speaks for itself," Nick Bosa said. "I guess people are starting to like us a little bit."

Nick certainly liked what he saw from Joey in Week 9 against the Packers.  Joey Bosa had 1.5 sacks while working against Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari in the Los Angeles Chargers’ 26-11 upset victory. Another Bosa will have the same matchup under the lights in Week 12.

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The Bosa brothers communicated throughout the week, with Joey offering Nick some suggestions and insights.

“That was really good film Joey put up,” Nick Bosa said. “We always watch the plays where the tackles we play get beat. Obviously, we watch entire games to see. Joey played really, really good, so (I’ll) definitely take some stuff from him.”

Bosa was impressed that his older brother used a variety of different pass-rush moves with success against the Packers' offensive tackles. He said he plans to widen his repertoire of moves in future seasons.

“Right now, (I have) only about three-ish that I’m really, really confident in,” said Nick Bosa, who has seven sacks on the season. “I was watching [Joey's] film. He was using five or six. He was winning with all of them. Definitely, over the next few seasons, I’ll add a couple.”

Nick Bosa is attracting more attention as he’s seeing a wide array of double-team blocks, in some cases coming from backs, tight ends and, even, wide receivers. Last week, Arizona veteran receiver Larry Fitzgerald leveled him with a surprise block.

“He’s always saying something,” Bosa said of Fitzgerald. “It’s not mean or vicious in any way. It’s kind of friendly, but I feel like it’s to get in your head. But, yeah, after that, he ran up to me and said, ‘Sorry, man, I got to slow you down somehow.’ I was like, ‘S--t, you did.’”

Nick Bosa has not gotten a sack in the past three games, but he is still getting pressure on the quarterback. He leads the 49ers with 49 total pressures, according to Pro Football Focus. Bosa said he believes there will be more one-on-one pass-rush opportunities because the Packers like quarterback Aaron Rodgers to have more options in the passing game.

“They like to get more receivers down field,” Bosa said. “Hopefully, at least in the beginning they’re not (double-teaming) until we start doing something good.”

Chiefs vs. Titans live stream: How to watch AFC Championship online, on TV

Chiefs vs. Titans live stream: How to watch AFC Championship online, on TV

It's been a long year for the Kansas City Chiefs and the fans that cheer them on each week.

Last year, the team couldn't make it to the big game, and they're praying history doesn't repeat itself when they take on the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday.

They'll have their work cut out for them having to face Derrick Henry. In the regular season, the running back averaged 102.7 yards per game with 18 total touchdowns. 

The Titans' run game could play a huge role in the possible success of the team.

The Chiefs, however, come into the matchup amidst a seven-game winning streak and are the favorites to advance to the Super Bowl against either the Green Bay Packers or the 49ers.

The Niners host the Packers Sunday for the NFC title game in a matchup that will have Jimmy Garoppolo facing someone he used to root for in college.

An old tweet resurfaced of Jimmy G cheering on Aaron Rodgers years ago in an NFC-division game that added to a warm-fuzzy storyline feeling. And the 49ers will do it with an advantage of no additional injuries heading into the game.

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Two of these four teams will head to Miami for Super Bowl LIV.

Here's how you can watch Sunday's AFC Championship matchup as the Chiefs host the Titans:

Start time: Sunday, Jan. 19, at 12:05 p.m. PT
TV Channel: CBS
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49ers vs. Packers live stream: How to watch NFL playoff game online, on TV

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49ers vs. Packers live stream: How to watch NFL playoff game online, on TV

The 49ers have a golden opportunity to reach the Super Bowl for the first time since 2013.

With a win over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday at Levi's Stadium, the 49ers would head to Miami for Super Bowl LIV to take on the winner of the Tennesee Titans-Kansas City Chiefs AFC Championship Game.

San Francisco opened as seven-point favorites, but that number has risen to -7.5 in recent days.

Injuries hampered the 49ers for most of the season, but they will enter the game against the Packers with a clean bill of health. Similarly, the Packers only have one player listed on their injury report.

Back in Week 12, the 49ers thrashed the Packers, 37-8, in Santa Clara. But no one is expecting San Francisco to cakewalk over Green Bay this time.

In that Nov. 24 matchup, vaunted 49ers defense held Aaron Rodgers and the Packers to 198 yards of total offense. Rodgers completed 20 of 33 passes for just 104 yards. San Francisco will need another performance like that in order to play on Sunday, Feb. 2 in sunny Florida.

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Here's how to watch the 49ers-Packers NFC Championship Game:

When: Sunday, Jan. 19 at 6:40 p.m. ET/3:40 p.m. PT
TV: FOX
Stream: Fox Sports; fuboTV -- Get a free trial

Programming note: NBC Sports Bay Area feeds your hunger for 49ers playoff coverage with special editions of “49ers Central” all week (6 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Friday)

Also tune in at 2:30 p.m. Sunday for “49ers Pregame Live,” with Laura Britt, Jeff Garcia, Donte Whitner, Ian Williams and Grant Liffmann previewing the NFC Championship Game against the Packers. That same crew will have all the postgame reaction on “49ers Postgame Live,” starting at approximately 6:30 p.m.