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49ers 'pumped about possibilities' after dominating win vs. Packers

49ers 'pumped about possibilities' after dominating win vs. Packers

SANTA CLARA – Everything came together for the 49ers on Sunday night against the Green Bay Packers.

The 49ers rolled to a 37-8 victory over the Packers at Levi’s Stadium with the defense putting on a suffocating performance against Aaron Rodgers and Co., and the offense doing more than its share of the heavy lifting, too.

The 49ers won a total of 10 games in the first two seasons with Kyle Shanahan as head coach. Now, they’ve won 10 of their first 11 games this season. And Shanahan loves how his team got to this point and the mindset of the locker room while times are good.

“You always worry if that’s going to change people, but our guys haven’t changed at all,” Shanahan said. “We’re locked in and more focused. They’re not just pumped about where we’re at, they’re pumped about the possibilities of where we can go.

“That’s what excites them the most, and hopefully we can keep working and make that happen.”

The 49ers had the most-difficult three-game stretch this late in the season for any team in the NFL’s Super Bowl era. The first game of the gauntlet couldn't have been much easier against the Packers, who fall to 8-3. Next up are Baltimore (8-2) and New Orleans (9-2).

Linebacker Fred Warner forced a fumble with a sack of Rodgers and Nick Bosa recovered it at the Green Bay 2-yard line on the fifth play of the game. Tevin Coleman scored on the next play, and the rout was on. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo had one of his best games, as he raised his passer rating for the season to 100.6 with 20 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

“I’ve been very impressed with our guys since we got together in OTAs,” Shanahan said. “We got a really good group of people. We got a smart group. We got guys who love football. Very high character in how much they work and how much they dedicate to football.

“I think that’s what started us out this year, playing so tough, playing so well together.”

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The 49ers maintained their one-game lead in the NFC West over the Seattle Seahawks, as well as for the top spot in the NFC over Seattle and New Orleans.

“We’re very well aware of how tight the race is,” Shanahan said. "But it’s way too early to sit there and focus on it. The way things are, I’m sure it’ll be the last week when it’s worth knowing what’s out there. There is a lot of football to play and a lot of games and a lot of good teams out there.”

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.