49ers run all over Green Bay; will face Chiefs

by Gary Shelton on January 20, 2020

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Monday, 4 a.m.

It is a franchise built on quarterbacks, a talented, clutch bunch if ever there were any.

Joe Montana? Some will still tell you he's in the running for the best ever to play the position.

Steve Young? He's in the Hall of Fame, too.

John Brodie played here. Y.A. Tittle. Jim Plunkett spent a couple of seasons here. Frankie Albert was good. There was Colin Kaepernick, whatever you think of him. Jeff Garcia was a playoff quarterback here.

Odds are, none of them had the kind of night that Jimmy Garoppolo had on Sunday night.

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Garoppolo spent most of his Sunday night handing the ball off, but he did it well enough so the San Francisco 49ers rolled over Green Bay, 37-20, to advance to their seventh Super Bowl.

Garoppolo threw only eight passes the entire game for only 77 yards. It didn't matter, however, as the 49ers ran for 285 yards against the outmanned Packers.

They will play the Kansas City Chiefs, who came from behind (again) to beat Tennessee, 35-24. It will be the Chiefs first Super Bowl in 50 years.

Patrick Mahomes, unlike Garoppolo, played the sort of the game that playoff quarterbacks are supposed to play. He threw for 294 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another in the victory.

In his third season, Mahomes has already proven to be one of the finest players in Chiefs' history. Think of that. The Chiefs have had great players, Len Dawson and Curley Culp and Bobby Bell, Jan Stenerud and Willie Lanier and Buck Buchanon, Emmett Thomas and Derrick Thomas and Tony Gonzales. Johnny Robinson and Ed Podolak and Christian Okay.

Were any of them the force that Mahomes has become?

In his last two games, Mahomes has led his team from 24 points behind and from 10.

The Super Bowl will played a week from Sunday in Miami.

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