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PFF stats show how dominant Nick Bosa was in 49ers' win vs. Vikings

PFF stats show how dominant Nick Bosa was in 49ers' win vs. Vikings

SANTA CLARA -- Defensive coordinator Robert Saleh always stresses the importance of the 49ers stopping the run on the early downs, then getting after the quarterback on third downs.

That’s exactly what the 49ers did on Saturday.

And nobody did that better than rookie defensive end Nick Bosa.

Bosa, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, had an all-around dominant day in the 49ers’ 27-10 victory over the Minnesota Vikings in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs on Saturday at Levi’s Stadium.

Bosa had three run stops on just seven snaps against the run, according to Pro Football Focus. As a pass-rusher, he had two sacks, one quarterback hit and four hurries. He even broke up a pass when he dropped into coverage.

Afterward, Bosa gave credit to the entire defense, which benefited from the returns of edge rusher Dee Ford, linebacker Kwon Alexander and strong safety Jaquiski Tartt.

“I knew getting Dee back and getting Kwon, Tartt, just having them on the field, it's a completely different energy,” Bosa said. “It's the energy we had early in the year. It's really fun playing on a really good team, just knowing that every person around you is going to do their job really well. Makes it a lot easier for me.”

Ford returned to action after seeing just four snaps of action in the final six weeks of the regular season. Ford had three total pressures -- one sack, one hit, one hurry -- in 17 pass-rush snaps, according to PFF.

The 49ers applied pressure to Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins on 17 of his 35 dropbacks (48.6 percent), according to PFF.

Alexander’s return gave the 49ers more of an intangible lift than anything. Rookie Dre Greenlaw maintained his starting role and played well. Greenlaw forced a fumble and allowed just 26 receiving yards in coverage on his six targets, according to PFF.

Meanwhile, Alexander had one assisted tackle but missed two tackles.

Middle linebacker Fred Warner was targeted in pass coverage three times and allowed just 7 receiving yards.

Here are some other highlights from PFF’s evaluation of the game:

--Nickelback K'Waun Williams allowed one catch on two targets for 7 yards while covering the slot receiver.

--Cornerback Richard Sherman allowed just one catch on three targets for 9 yards with an interception.

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--Wide receiver Kendrick Bourne graded out as the 49ers’ top offensive player. He had three catches for 40 yards and a touchdown. Each of his three receptions went for a first down or TD.

--Center Ben Garland allowed no quarterback pressures and graded out well in the run game.

--Right tackle Mike McGlinchey posted the best run-blocking grade of his career.

--Left tackle Joe Staley did not allow a quarterback pressure on any of his 21 pass-blocking snaps.

--Running back Tevin Coleman had 22 rushing attempts for 105 yards and two touchdowns. He had a season-best 61 yards after contact. He tied a season-best with four forced missed tackles. Eight of his 22 carries resulted in a first down or TD.

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.