Seattle Seahawks

Marshawn Lynch, Aaron Rodgers share funny moment after NFC playoff game

Marshawn Lynch, Aaron Rodgers share funny moment after NFC playoff game

Together, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers were part of one of the best Cal football teams in school history. The Golden Bears won 10 games and famously were snubbed by the Rose Bowl, with the University of Texas getting the nod instead.

Sunday, they were on opposite sides of the field as Lynch and the Seahawks fell short in their quest to upset Rodgers’ Packers at Lambeau Field and earn a chance to face the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game.

Following the game, the former college teammates swapped jerseys and exchanged lighthearted banter in Green Bay’s locker room.

"Gimme your f---in' jersey!" Lynch yelled, laughing, per NFL Media’s Mike Silver.

"Hey," Rodgers said back, "gimme your f---in' jersey!"

Rodgers will be returning to the Bay Area to take on the team which infamously passed on him with the No. 1 pick in the 2005 draft. The quarterback, like many fans growing up in Northern California, idolized Joe Montana and the 49ers throughout his youth.

Lynch, whom Seattle brought out of retirement in Week 17 after a litany of injuries at the running back position, continues to be amazed by Rodgers’ greatness at his age.

"Man, I look old," Lynch said. Then, turning to Rodgers, Lynch exclaimed, "Dude, how you still do this? How you still? You've been cheating, man."

[RELATED: Rodgers' message to Jimmy G comes true in title-game spot]

Defensive coordinator Robert Saleh will have his hands full stopping the “bad man” that Rodgers is at his peak come Sunday, although the experts seem to think the 49ers won’t have much of a problem.

Related Content from TMZ Sports

Myles Garrett sits courtside with LeBron's buddies at Lakers game
Chris Johnson trolls Tom Brady after Titans beat Patriots
Eli Manning's former teammate disputes "Beer Guy" story
LaMelo Ball donating one month salary to help Australia wildfire victims

NFL playoff schedule: 49ers to host Packers in NFC Championship Game

NFL playoff schedule: 49ers to host Packers in NFC Championship Game

Nearly two months ago, the 49ers demolished the Green Bay Packers at Levi's Stadium.

If they can do it again next Sunday, they will travel to Miami for Super Bowl LIV.

The NFC Championship Game matchup was set Sunday when the Packers held off the Seattle Seahawks 28-23 in a thrilling NFC divisional-round playoff game.

Now the Packers will come to Santa Clara with revenge on their minds. On Nov. 24, Jimmy Garoppolo and George Kittle torched the Packers 37-8 at Levi’s.

The rematch next Sunday likely won't be as one-sided. Aaron Rodgers is battle-tested, and the Packers come into the matchup having won six consecutive games dating to the regular season.

The 49ers and Packers will kick off at 3:40 p.m. PT next Sunday. By that point, they will know which AFC team will be awaiting them in the Super Bowl, as the Tennessee Titans and Kansas City Chiefs play in the AFC Championship at 12:05 p.m. PT.

[RELATED: Super Bowl is 49ers' to lose with Lamar, Ravens out of way]

After the 49ers beat the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Divisional Playoff Game on Saturday, safety Jimmie Ward had a simple message for San Francisco's next opponent.

"Good luck coming into Levi's and trying to get a win," Ward said.

The Packers certainly might need all the luck they can get.

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

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.

Richard Sherman as dominant as ever with 49ers, as many numbers prove

Richard Sherman as dominant as ever with 49ers, as many numbers prove

SANTA CLARA -- Richard Sherman stood at the podium after another performance for the ages, demanding your respect.

One thing, Richard. You’ve always had it.

Fire-take artists get paid to be both loud and inflammatory, but they don’t represent the strong and silent majority. Deep down, Sherman has to realize that’s the class that really matters.

Those folks know the 49ers cornerback is amazing and always has been.

Sherman certainly was during Saturday’s 27-10 victory over the Minnesota Vikings at Levi’s Stadium. His third-quarter interception was the pivot point that advanced the 49ers to the NFC Championship Game.

“I knew what the route was. I beat him to the spot,” Sherman said. “Kirk [Cousins] threw a very catchable ball and I appreciate it. I was able to make the play.”

That gave the 49ers strength to break backs on an eight-play, eight-run drive that ended the resistance.

It also was a reminder why no one throws at a 31-year-old two-plus years removed from an Achilles’ tendon tear. Bad things happen.

“Since I got in the league, in every category that matters to a corner, I'm No. 1 in completion percentages, interceptions, touchdowns against, yards, completion percentage, passer rating,” Sherman said. “If that was any other corner, it wouldn't even be a conversation. But I just get tired of it. In the playoffs, I played in 13 games now, zero touchdowns given up, three interceptions.

"Like, show me somebody else doing it like that. Then I'll enjoy the argument. But there isn't one.”

It’s clear Sherman has done his homework. The Stanford product is correct on all counts. He leads the league in every category he mentioned in his epic postgame diatribe extolling his own virtues.

Sherman spent considerable time reminding people of his awesomeness after Saturday’s win. He doesn’t need to. The numbers do that for him.

Let’s ignore, for a second, his place in history. Let’s focus on performance at his advanced age.

Sherman has been targeted 34 times in his last 13 games. According to analytics site Pro Football Focus, he has allowed 17 receptions for 130 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions. Sherman’s allowing 10 receiving yards per game. Again, for those in the back: 10 receiving yards per game.

Even the folks on “First Take” have to say "Wow."

Let’s not use the excuse of teams preferring to target other 49ers cornerbacks. Going at Sherman has proven as fruitless as ever.

He has allowed 27 receptions for 227 yards (all season!) on 51 targets, with one touchdown. Receivers average 8.4 yards per catch. Quarterbacks have a 46.8 passer rating against him.

“That’s ‘Sherm’ for you,” fellow cornerback Emmanuel Moseley said. “That’s just what he does.”

[RELATED: Sherman aces toughest test vs. haters in 49ers' playoff win]

Sherman wants you to know just how good he is, and there’s reason to crow. He has three picks and 11 passes defensed in 13 postseason games, most of them spent with the Seahawks. Many thought he was washed up after signing with the 49ers, but the second-team All-Pro keeps doing impactful things.

“Sherm’s still one of the greatest,” linebacker Dre Greenlaw said. “… It’s all a credit to a guy who has been in this game a long time and works incredibly hard and is still making plays like he did as a younger man.”