49ers' dominance of Packers has Za'Darius Smith searching for solution

49ers' dominance of Packers has Za'Darius Smith searching for solution

The 49ers dominated the Green Bay Packers during the regular season, and followed that up with arguably an even more impressive performance in the NFC Championship Game. San Francisco led Green Bay 23-0 at halftime in Week 12 on its way to a 37-8 win. The Packers added 12 points to their final total in the NFC Championship Game, but the 49ers put that one away by halftime, too, leading 27-0 after two quarters.

Days after San Francisco clinched its trip to Miami to face the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV, Green Bay coach Matt LaFleur lamented his team's lack of urgency and toughness in the playoff loss at Levi's Stadium. A few days ahead of the big game, Packers Pro-Bowl edge rusher Za'Darius Smith echoed a similar sentiment of regret and didn't deflect the blame.

"We didn’t come ready to play," Smith said during an appearance on PFT Live. "I don’t know if everybody was sleeping, but I can tell you for myself that I wasn’t ready to play either. ... We weren’t ready to play football."

In addition to both matchups with San Francisco, Green Bay made one other trip out to the West Coast this past season, a 26-11 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 9. That means that over the three games the Packers played in the Pacific time zone in 2019, they were outscored 100-39 and outgained by an average of 133 total yards per contest. Sensing a theme, Smith mentioned it might be a good idea for Green Bay to reconsider its travel schedule for games on the West Coast moving forward.

Looking ahead, the Packers will play only one regular-season road game in the Pacific time zone next year.

Guess who the opponent is?

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That's right. The defending NFC -- and potentially Super Bowl LIV -- champions.

Programming note: NBC Sports Bay Area feeds your hunger for 49ers Super Bowl coverage with special editions of “49ers Central” all week (8:30 p.m. Thursday, 9:30 p.m. Friday, and 3 p.m. Saturday).

Also tune in at 1 p.m. on Super Bowl Sunday for a two-hour special of "49ers Pregame Live" with Laura Britt, Donte Whitner, Jeff Garcia, Ian Williams, Kelli Johnson, Greg Papa and Grant Liffmann. That same crew will have all the postgame reaction on "49ers Postgame Live," starting immediately after the game.

49ers' Tevin Coleman had shoulder out of socket for about 25 minutes

49ers' Tevin Coleman had shoulder out of socket for about 25 minutes

SANTA CLARA -- 49ers running back Tevin Coleman was in the most pain of his life on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium.

His right shoulder was dislocated in the 49ers’ victory over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game when he reached out to brace his fall after being tripped up in the second quarter. His upper arm popped out of his shoulder socket and remained out for nearly half an hour, he said.

“They had to do X-rays, just to make sure it wasn’t broken, and that took some time,” Coleman told NBC Sports Bay Area. “Then, that’s when they popped it back in. I wasn’t crying, but it was real painful. I couldn’t even walk. That’s how painful it was.”

Coleman remained on the field at Levi’s Stadium while members of the 49ers’ athletic training and medical staffs attended to him. When he got to his feet, the pain was overwhelming to the point Coleman required the use of a cart to take him back to the locker room.

Coleman said his arm remained out of its socket for approximately 25 minutes before staff members grabbed his shoulder and forced it back in.

Coleman did not practice this week, though he went through walk-through on Friday. The 49ers were required to submit a status report on Friday as if there were a game on Sunday. Coleman is listed as questionable, but he still has more than a week to strengthen his shoulder before Super Bowl LIV against the Kansas City Chiefs in Miami on Sunday, Feb. 2.

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“I feel good,” he said. “Still working, still trying to get my range of motion back. Just listening to the doctors and trying to get back.

“It’s weak. I’m not all the way there.”

When asked if he thought he would be able to play, Coleman was noncommittal. He said he absolutely will play ... if he is physically able.

“I don’t know,” Coleman said. “I’m still working with the doctors and see what they tell me, listening to them and see how I feel next week.

“I’m going to try my best to get out there and play. This is the Super Bowl. I don’t want to sit out for that.”

Coleman said he would prefer not to wear a harness on his shoulder because he does not like to have his movements restricted in any way. He said a decision will be made after the Super Bowl if surgery will be required.

49ers' Emmanuel Sanders was excited to 'manhandle' Packers in run game

49ers' Emmanuel Sanders was excited to 'manhandle' Packers in run game

The 49ers don't simply desire to run the ball down their opponent's throat. They live for it.

San Francisco tight end George Kittle and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders conveyed as much during the 49ers' 37-20 beatdown of the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game at Levi's Stadium. That final score was a bit deceiving, though, as the Niners led 27-0 at halftime. San Francisco scored on its final possession of the first half after cornerback Emmanuel Moseley intercepted Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay territory. As the 49ers' offense came onto the field following the change in possession, Kittle and Sanders were licking their chops.

"We don't even have to catch the ball," Kittle said, as heard on"Inside the NFL." "We just gotta run."

"We ain't gotta do nothing," Sanders added. "I'm about to start manhandling their a-- in this run game right now. I'm about to start having fun with it."

Have fun with it, they did.

It only took three plays for the 49ers to hit pay dirt, all of which were handoffs to running back Raheem Mostert. He practically went untouched into the end zone, as his offensive line and receivers provided tremendous blocking.

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The 49ers averaged the second-most rushing yards per game in the NFL during the regular season, and they've upped their per-game average by another 94.4 rushing yards through two playoff contests. When you're that good at running the ball, clearly it can be a whole lot of fun.

Programming note: NBC Sports Bay Area feeds your hunger for 49ers Super Bowl coverage with special editions of “49ers Central” all week (5:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; 8:00 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 6:00 p.m. Friday).