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Kyle Shanahan knows 49ers' Week 12 blowout of Packers doesn't matter

Kyle Shanahan knows 49ers' Week 12 blowout of Packers doesn't matter

It all started just one minute, 58 seconds into the game.

Fred Warner came on a blitz and stripped Aaron Rodgers of the ball a split-second before the QB's knee was down. The ball rolled free. Nick Bosa picked it up and was tackled.

On the next play, Tevin Coleman scored on a 2-yard run.

And the rout was on.

The 49ers thrashed the Green Bay Packers, 37-8, on Nov. 24 at Levi’s Stadium. It was a complete and thorough display of domination that included historically low production from Rodgers and the Packers’ passing game.

The teams meet again Sunday in the NFC Championship Game, and 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan has a message to his team to ward off the thought it is going to be as easy this time around.

“Don’t be that stupid,” Shanahan said on Monday.

The 49ers led 7-0 after running just one offensive play. They took a 10-0 after cashing in on a second chance when a third-down sack of Jimmy Garoppolo was wiped out by an illegal-hands penalty.

The 49ers’ defensive line feasted on fill-in right tackle Alex Light, who entered the game when starter Bryan Bulaga left after nine snaps due to a knee injury.

Rodgers completed 20 of 33 passes for just 104 yards -- setting a record for fewest passing yards by a quarterback with at least 20 completions. His 3.15 yards per attempt is the lowest of his career.

Green Bay has won six consecutive games since that night, including a 28-23 victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs.

“We know it’ll be different,” Shanahan said. “That game got away from them early, and that’s definitely not the team we’re going to see this week. Everyone knows how good Green Bay is, how good their coaching staff is, how good their players are, how good their quarterback is.

“I think that game really holds zero relevance to what’s going to happen this Sunday.”

Shanahan said there are plenty of examples throughout the NFL of how a team that gets blown out can rebound with a victory over the same opponent in the same season.

In 2015, the Carolina Panthers were undefeated. They beat the Atlanta Falcons, 38-0, on Dec. 13. Shanahan was the Falcons’ offensive coordinator that season. When the teams met against just two weeks later, the Falcons pulled off a 20-13 upset victory.

Shanahan said he is not concerned about his team entering Sunday’s game taking the Packers lightly. After all, the stakes are the same for both teams: A trip to Super Bowl 54 in Miami is on the line.

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“The game before never matters like that,” Shanahan said. “There are four teams left and it’s four very, very good teams. It’s going to be a hard game for all of us.

“Also, our players, the type of guys they are, the way 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’ll be a worry for our players, which means it won’t be for me.”

Programming note: NBC Sports Bay Area feeds your hunger for 49ers playoff coverage with special editions of “49ers Central” all week (6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 8 p.m. Wednesday and 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 5:30 p.m.

Ex-49ers first-round pick Joshua Garnett cut by Lions after six months

Ex-49ers first-round pick Joshua Garnett cut by Lions after six months

Josh Garnett's NFL career has hit another snag.

The former 49ers first-round pick was cut by the Detroit Lions over the weekend as the team reduces the roster to 80 players. Garnett signed with Detroit in February after spending the 2019 season out of the NFL.

San Francisco traded up to select Garnett at No. 28 overall in the 2016 NFL Draft, as the Stanford product was one of the nation's top offensive lineman. Garnett won the Outland Trophy in his senior season with the Cardinal, given annually to the NCAA's best interior lineman.

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Garnett started 11 games as a rookie with the 49ers, but was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury just prior to the start of the 2017 season. Garnett was unable to secure a starting spot in 2018 and played just seven games.

After denying his fifth-year option, the 49ers made Garnett one of the organization's final cuts before the 2019 campaign.

Just 26 years old, it remains to be seen where Garnett might find his next home in the NFL.

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49ers' Mike McGlinchey hopes NFL players hold themselves accountable

49ers' Mike McGlinchey hopes NFL players hold themselves accountable

The 49ers are scheduled to open the 2020 NFL season on Sept. 13 against the Arizona Cardinals.

They will compete head-to-head against the teams on their 16-game regular-season schedule, but 49ers right tackle Mike McGlinchey also is mindful that all players – even those on different teams – are on the same side in trying to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

Typically, almost anything goes in the midst of a pileup at the line of scrimmage, where the same defensive linemen and offensive linemen might be waging one-on-one battles in close quarters for more than 60 snaps a game.

This season, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, more might be at stake on game days than just the outcome of a football game.

“You really hope guys are really pros about everything that’s going on this season because it’s not just your teammates and your teammates’ families,” McGlinchey said Monday in a video call with Bay Area reporters. “Once you start playing games, you’re affecting the entire league at that point.

“Hopefully, everybody can have the discipline and control and the accountability to one another that we can make this thing move as smoothly as possible, especially in the trenches when we are up close and personal.”

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The hopes of the NFL being able to carry out an entire season will be contingent on teams reducing the spread of the virus. Oakley has developed a clear plastic face shield designed to block the direct path of droplets while allowing for airflow and soundwaves for communication.

McGlinchey said he will try it out at some point in training camp once helmets are allowed during practices, but he will not switch to the new protective device if he believes it hinders his ability to breathe.

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