An impressive first season for Matt LaFleur officially comes to an end.
If you thought the first game against the San Francisco 49ers was embarrassing, turn on the tape from the first half of the NFC Championship Game.
Everything that could’ve gone wrong, went wrong. Missed tackles. A botched snap. An interception. And a 27-0 deficit that wiped out any hopes of the Green Bay Packers‘ first trip to the Super Bowl in a decade.
The Packers tried to make a game of it in the second half, scoring 20 points, but it was too little, far too late.
A disappointing conclusion to an entertaining season, but not one that should take anything away from what this team has achieved over the past five months. Matt LaFleur led a team that had won 13 games in its past two seasons to a 13-3 record, a first-round bye and a playoff victory.
LaFleur led this team to the doorstep of the Super Bowl. The attention now turns back to general manager Brian Gutekunst, whose task is to retool the roster to help the Packers go one step further in the 2020 season.
The 49ers are an outstanding football team, and it showed once again. They dominated up front on both sides of the ball.
Kyle Shanahan’s offense is tough to stop, led by one of the league’s best ground games. Raheem Mostert made it look all too easy, rushing 29 times for 220 yards and four touchdowns. In total, San Francisco had 285 rushing yards. Jimmy Garoppolo only attempted eight passes for 77 yards.
The offense didn’t help out much, particularly in the first half, but the Packers’ problem on Sunday was that they had absolutely no answer for the 49ers’ rushing attack.
The Super Bowl proved to be one step too far away, but let’s not forget what a fun season this has been, and we can hope this team can reflect, then build on this in 2020.