The last time a quarterback won an NFL playoff game with fewer than 10 pass attempts, a legendary QB was on the losing end. History repeated itself Sunday in the NFC Championship Game at Levi's Stadium.
Jimmy Garoppolo finished the 49ers' 37-20 win over the Green Bay Packers with only eight pass attempts. He completed six of those for 77 yards, with no touchdowns and no interceptions.
The win was the first time a QB led a team to a playoff victory with fewer than 10 passes since Jan. 15, 2000, when the Jacksonville Jaguars destroyed the Miami Dolphins 62-7 in the AFC divisional round.
Jaguars starting quarterback Mark Brunell went 5-for-9 for 105 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions before being taken out while Jacksonville led Miami, 38-0, in the second quarter.
So, who was on the losing end of that game? Hall of Fame QB Dan Marino, who threw for just 95 yards and was intercepted twice. He never played in the NFL again.
Garoppolo and the 49ers took down future Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers on Sunday. Rodgers was picked off twice, but didn't exactly pull a Marino. The Northern California native finished with 326 yards and two touchdowns.
There was no need for Garoppolo to air it out as running back Raheem Mostert stole the show.
Mostert set a new 49ers postseason record with 220 yards rushing on 29 carries. He also scored four touchdowns and averaged 7.6 yards per carry.
With the 49ers facing Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs' high-octane offense, Garoppolo likely will have to be leaned on much more in Miami. But on Sunday in Santa Clara, he did all coach Kyle Shanahan asked and helped the 49ers punch their ticket to Super Bowl LIV.