SANTA CLARA, CA – The end result may differ. But the 49ers, the number 1 NFC playoff, have little chance that it will be as easy as the last time they played against the Packers.
The favored 49ers could beat Packers in Sunday's NFC championship game at Levi Stadium to advance to the Super Bowl. But this time it's different than when San Francisco tore it up here between November 37 and 8.
No 49er player or trainer believes Sunday will be the same as the game.
"We know it will be different," said coach Kyle Shanahan.
"I think both teams have come a long way since then," Packers coach Matt LaFleur told reporters during the week.
"We know the game disappeared from them early on, and that's definitely not the team we're going to see." [Sunday]Shanahan said. “Everyone knows how good Green Bay is, how good their coaching staff is, how good their players are, how good their quarterback is [Aaron Rodgers] is. I don't think they have lost a game since then. I think this game really has no relevance to what will happen this Sunday. "
The Packers (14-3) have won the last six games since this loss, including last week's playoff win against the Seahawks.
The first meeting was a perfect storm for the 14-3 49ers, with Packers receiver Davante Adams calling for unsportsmanlike conduct during the second game of the game, and Rodgers lost fumble on a sack three games later. From then on, the game got out of control and the 49ers led with 23-0 to half.
If the 49ers stay at home and progress, it means a Super Bowl win after a sixth Lombardi trophy that connects them to the Patriots and Steelers for most of the NFL.
This is the eighth playoff meeting between the teams. The 49ers won their last postseason matches in 2012 and 2013.
Shanahan has been preaching to his players all week to distract the pressure of a title game to keep it as much as possible like a regular season game.
"I just think it's real," said Shanahan. "It's a soccer game against a very good team that you have to deal with pretty much every Sunday. You can't catch it – if you sit and watch TV or read your cell phone all week, you may find," Oh my god , this is one of the few games where everyone talks [about it], ’And maybe you’re involved in the wrong things.
“That stuff has nothing to do with soccer. It's everything that happens on the field, whether it's a pre-season game, the first game, or this game. I think that's how our boys attacked all year round. "
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