Packers’ season ends with NFC Championship Game loss to 49ers

SANTA CLARA, Cal. — Give the Packers credit: They made a 27-0 halftime deficit into a game.

But it wasn’t enough to avoid their second defeat at the hand of the 49ers at Levi’s Stadium this season.

After a 29-point loss to San Francisco back in late November, Green Bay (14-4) laid another egg in the first half in the Bay Area in a 37-20 loss in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday night. The Packers scored 20 points in the second half, but Matt LaFleur’s first season ends with a 14-4 overall record and a NFC North title, but a ninth consecutive season without a Super Appearance.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers had a solid day overall, completing 31 of 39 passes for 326 yards and throwing for two scores and two picks, but a costly interception, sack and botched snap all ended first-half possessions leading to the ginormous lead for San Francisco going into the locker rooms.

And made for the second time this season the Green and Gold couldn’t get on the board in the first half in Santa Clara.

Green Bay’s biggest offensive play came in the fourth quarter with the Packers trailing 34-13 and 1-for-6 on third down on the day — and facing a 3rd-and-5. Rodgers threw it up to Davante Adams, who caught a season-long 65-yard pass, setting up Rodgers’ second passing touchdown. Adams finished with another playoff game of more than 100 receiving yards.

Running back Aaron Jones caught and ran for touchdowns in the second half, bringing his season total to 23.

But Jones was outdone all day by 49ers tailback Raheem Mostert, who shredded Green Bay’s defense. The 27-year-old ran for a 49ers record 220 yards on 29 carries and and a NFC Championship Game-record four touchdowns, including three in the first half.

Kicker Robbie Gould added three field goals for the 49ers.

San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo didn’t even have to do much with his arm, and he didn’t find his favorite target — tight end George Kittle – until the fourth quarter.

San Francisco (15-3) will meet the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV on Feb. 2 in Miami.