SANTA CLARA, California. – Aaron Rodgers never had a chance.
The 36-year-old star quarterback and the Packers were attacked by a superior 49ers team aged 37 to 20 in Sunday's NFC championship game at Levi's Stadium.
Rodgers' attempt to advance to the second Super Bowl of his career – for the first time since the 2010 season when the Packers defeated the Steelers 31-25 – almost failed when Green Bay were 27-0 behind at half time 49ers fell.
Sunday was Rodger's third appearance in the NFC championship since the Super Bowl win in 2011, and it was his third consecutive loss that contributed to the Seattle and Atlanta losses.
"It's a little rough at the moment," Rodgers said afterwards. "It definitely hurts that I say a little more than at the beginning of your career just because you realize how difficult it is to get to this place. Then you realize:" I have no more years than me behind me. "This is a little more disappointing."
Rodgers looked for a second Super Bowl ring that linked him to Bart Starr and earned him more than Brett Favre in the lore of Green Bay's best quarterbacks.
He also aspired to become one of the six quarterbacks in the elite to win several MVP awards and participate in several Super Bowls. Joe Montana, his childhood idol, Favre, whose success he had in Green Bay, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Kurt Warner are on this celebrated list.
Despite the fact that Rodgers and the Packers lost 37-8 to the 49ers on November 24, there was hope that they could enter Sunday's playoff win last week against Seattle.
But this game was the same as the November 24 meeting. That day, Rodgers, who had thrown 26 TDs on just four INTs this season, was held to only 104 pass yards and a personal low of 3.2 yards per attempt and 2.8 yards per game overall.
Still, the 49ers were expecting the Rodgers, who were great and had most of his career under control when he returned to Levi on Sunday.
"He can throw in any situation [and] He's never out of the game, "49er coach Kyle Shanahan said before the game.
Rodgers, who ended 31 out of 39 for 326 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, collected the Packers from the 27-0 halftime deficit to 34:20, and Aaron Jones (who also scored a goal) remained 8:13 in the lead Jace Sternberger ,
But it would be too late for the Packers star, who is now 4: 6 against his former favorite team, but especially with 0: 3 in the playoffs. Rodgers is now 10-8 in the playoffs and is still in a Super Bowl appearance and a win. The next season he turns 37 and the window closes slowly.
"The window is open," Rodgers insisted, "and I think we'll be on the right side of one of those windows soon."