Colin Kaepernick ran himself into the NFL record book Saturday and along the way he carried the 49ers to their second straight NFC Championship Game appearance.
In his first postseason start, Kaepernick set a league record for most rushing yards by a quarterback in a playoff game, propelling the 49ers to a 45-31 shredding of the Green Bay Packers at Candlestick Park. The 49ers will meet the winner of today’s game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Atlanta Falcons next Sunday. Read More
Did the 49ers catch a break by drawing the 2010 Super Bowl champions for next week’s NFC divisional-round playoff game at Candlestick Park? Read More
The question arose again on an afternoon when the Niners once more had trouble scoring touchdowns and the Raiders simply had trouble playing football: What if San Francisco had selected Aaron Rodgers with the first pick in the 2005 NFL draft? Read More
Bumbling Christina Aguilera forgot the words to the national anthem, the bumbling NFL forgot to make sure all the people who had tickets had seats, and the bumbling Pittsburgh Steelers forgot what to do with the football, which is not turn it over.
Cobble together those errors, and the Green Bay Packers found themselves with an exquisite ending to Super Bowl XLV, a Sunday evening that — even filled with mistakes — couldn’t have been more perfect for the Pack. Read More
Christina Aguilera started the game with an embarrassing mistake, and as it turns out, the pop tart would’ve looked pretty good in a Pittsburgh Steelers jersey.
The Green Bay Packers are the champions of the NFL right now thanks in equal parts to the mastery of Aaron Rodgers in carving up a weak set of Steelers cornerbacks and to a series of Pittbsurgh gaffes not seen in a Super Bowl since Neil O’Donnell helped Larry Brown steal $12.5 million of Al Davis’ money. Read More
Enough already about this Aaron Rodgers-Alex Smith-oh-what-could’ve been debate.
There’s just as good a chance the 49ers would’ve ruined Rodgers just like they’ve damaged Smith. Six years of offensive coordinator musical chairs. The pressure to win games the 49ers had no chance to win.
Who’s to say how it would have unfolded for Rodgers? Read More
As the 2005 draft crept uncomfortably along into hour 2, then hour 3, then hour 4 and beyond, Aaron Rodgers looked at the board, saw the words "Green Bay" up there and knew there was an outside chance his long day would end there.
Then, he heard his name. In a matter of seconds, he went from draft day disappointment to Brett Favre's backup.
A lot of baggage to carry up to the Frozen Tundra. Read More
In the end, sport is about results, not possibilities. Sure, football, the 49ers and the Green Bay Packers would have been different if San Francisco had drafted the man who as a kid always wanted to play in The City — Aaron Rodgers. But they did not, and in retrospect, Rodgers is better off, if indeed the Niners are not. Read More
The Super Bowl’s most compelling storyline is the contrasting worlds of Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger. The squeaky-clean Packers quarterback calls the Bible his favorite book and leads the team in pregame prayers. Roethlisberger was nearly dropped by the Steelers following accusations of sexual assault on a 20-year-old college student at a Georgia nightclub last spring. Read More
When the Green Bay Packers take the field next Sunday for Super Bowl XLV, they will be the 10th different NFC team to play in the last 10 Super Bowls. The 49ers are not on that list.
In fact, for the franchise that owned football’s biggest game for a decade and a half a generation ago, it’s been 16 seasons since the 49ers last played on football’s grandest stage. Read More