A trip to Super Bowl LIV is on the line. Two teams with coaching staffs that know each other well are meeting in this weekend’s NFC Championship Game, each looking to advance to the NFL’s title game for the first time in several years.
The Green Bay Packers, behind first-year head coach Matt LaFleur, come in as the visiting team and as an underdog by more than a touchdown. LaFleur and company hope to reach the Super Bowl nine years after Mike McCarthy led the team to a title in the 2010 postseason. The 49ers and Kyle Shanahan hope to earn that team’s first Super Bowl appearance since the 2012 season, a loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII, and the first NFL title since 1995.
The two coaches have worked together for years, first in Houston then later in Washington and Atlanta, all stops where Shanahan worked as offensive coordinator with LaFleur as a quality control assistant or quarterbacks coach. Furthermore, Shanahan employs LaFleur’s younger brother, Mike, as his offensive pass game coordinator and the elder LaFleur hired former 49ers assistant Adam Stenavich to coach the Packers’ offensive line this season.
The prior meeting between these teams was a blowout win for San Francisco, surely affecting the point spread in this contest. However, the Packers look like a very different team now than the one that struggled to find an identity around midseason. This should be a good one, so tune in on Sunday evening.
Green Bay Packers (14-3, NFC #2) vs. San Francisco 49ers (14-3, NFC #1)
Sunday, January 19th 2019
3:40 PM Pacific Time (6:40 Eastern)
Santa Clara, California
Commentators: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews, Chris Myers
Point spread: 49ers favored by 7.5 points
Over/under total: 45
Postseason: 2013 Wild Card — 49ers 23, @Packers 20
Regular Season: Week 11 2019 — @49ers 37, Packers 8
All-Time Head-to-Head Record
Postseason: Packers lead 4-3
Regular season: Packers lead 32-28-1