Stats That Stood Out: Vikings-49ers

Tanya Simon
January 13, 2020

The Titans pulled a huge upset of the Ravens on Saturday, while the Chiefs mounted a 24-point comeback against the Texans on Sunday. The 49ers' top-ranked passing defense limited Aaron Rodgers to just 81 net passing yards, the fewest of his career, while he took five sacks.

WR Kendrick Bourne topped out at 19.31 on a 16-yard reception, and Emmanuel Sanders was measured at 18.47 miles per hour on a 22-yard catch. Watson made the play of the game in overtime against the Bills after escaping the grasp of two defenders on a would-be sack that allowed him to complete a pass for a big play.

The Packers led the Seahawks 21-3 at halftime and 28-10 in the third quarter before Seattle cut the lead to five points with 9:33 to play. The first down stood, and the Packers kneeled out the victory. Both TD passes - for 20 and 40 yards - went to wide receiver Davante Adams, who caught eight passes for 160 yards. San Francisco's No. 2 ranked defense held Minnesota to just seven first downs and 147 total yards, the fewest allowed in 49ers franchise history. He also led the Seahawks with 64 rushing yards on seven carries.

· Jarran Reed (Alabama) started at defensive tackle for the Seahawks.

Minnesota (10-6) punted on the game's opening drive.

Vikings-San Francisco game balls
Despite a few conversions and a fumble recovery late in the fourth, the Vikings were unable to pull off the win at Levi's Stadium. The Vikings' offense produced just 147 yards with 41 coming off the Cousins-to-Diggs touchdown completion in the first quarter.

Despite missing out on the Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors, Smith has been a major bright spot for the Packers. Former first-round draft picks Nick Bosa (2.0), Arik Armstead, Dee Ford, DeForest Buckner and Solomon Thomas all recorded sacks.

The stakes will of course be much higher Sunday, with a berth in the Super Bowl at stake.

That sets up a rematch between the 49ers and the Packers in the NFC Championship Game next Sunday at Levi's Stadium.

Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group.

Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Za'Darius Smith sacks Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson during an National Football League playoff game on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis.

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