It would take a comeback of biblical proportions for the Green Bay Packers to find themselves headed to the Super Bowl. After 30 minutes, the Packers trail the San Francisco 49ers by a score of 27-0 in the NFC Championship Game.
While the regular season game between these teams was already getting out of hand at the half — 23-0 in favor of the 49ers — this game has gotten far more absurd. The 49ers’ offense is running the ball down the throat of the Packers’ defense, with more than 180 yards on the ground including 160 and three touchdowns for Raheem Mostert alone. Jimmy Garoppolo has barely thrown the football all game, going 4-for-6 for 48 yards.
Meanwhile, just about every member of the Packers has made massive mistakes in this game. Matt LaFleur started it off by punting on fourth-and-one from midfield. The offensive line has failed to pick up blitzes, gotten beaten off the line of scrimmage, and fumbled a snap on the Packers’ only real promising drive. Aaron Rodgers threw an abysmal interception late in the half, leading to an extra 49ers touchdown. And again, there’s the defense, which has given up huge lanes in the run game and failed to tackle effectively at all levels.
The Packers have a chance to take back some momentum to start the second half, as they receive the kickoff to begin the third quarter. If you can bear it, join us here for the final 30 minutes of the game.