The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Green Bay Packers 37-20 in last season’s NFC Championship Game on Jan. 19 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
On Thursday night, the Packers returned for a rematch, but it was a vastly different San Francisco team that Green Bay swamped 34-17 than the one that went to Super Bowl LIV in February.
San Francisco put two offensive starters on reserve/injured and three more on reserve/COVID-19 on Thursday. The 49ers already had two wide receivers, two running backs and their center on reserve/injured and another wide receiver on reserve/COVID-19.
Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed 25-of-31 passes for 305 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions before leaving the game in the fourth quarter as the Packers built a 34-3 lead.
Six players from Alabama high schools and colleges were at the Green Bay-San Francisco game:
· Packers defensive lineman Montravius Adams (Auburn) made two tackles, including one behind the line of scrimmage.
· Nick Mullens (Spain Park) started at quarterback for the 49ers. Mullens completed 22-of-35 passes for 291 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Mullens made his third start of the season in place of Jimmy Garoppolo, who is out with an ankle injury. Mullens threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Richie James with five minutes left in the game.
· Packers punter JK Scott (Alabama) averaged 51.3 yards on three punts. Scott had a 53-yard punt for a touchback, a 44-yarder that resulted in a fair catch at the San Francisco 25-yard line and a 57-yarder that was returned 13 yards to the San Francisco 25.
· Za’Darius Smith (Greenville) started at outside linebacker for the Packers. Smith made two tackles, recorded a sack and registered two quarterback hits. On Smith’s sack, he caused a fumble and recovered the loose football at the San Francisco 47-yard line to set up a third-quarter field goal.
· Jaquiski Tartt (Davidson, Samford) started at strong safety for the 49ers. Tartt made seven tackles and broke up a pass, even though a foot injury caused him to leave the game in the first half. Tartt played for the first time since Oct. 18. He missed the previous two games because of a groin injury.
· Jimmie Ward (Davidson) started at free safety for the 49ers. Ward made four tackles.
With a 6-2 record, Green Bay leads the NFC North. The Packers host the Jacksonville Jaguars on Nov. 15 in their next game.
At 4-5, San Francisco is the only team in the NFC West without a winning record. The 49ers visit the New Orleans Saints on Nov. 15 in their next game.
Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at?@AMarkG1.