How the 49ers got to the NFC Championship Game: Key draft picks, wins, 2022 NFL playoff results and more

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The San Francisco 49ers provided one of the biggest upsets of an incredible Divisional weekend with a 13-10 win over the No. 1 seed Green Bay Packers at Lambeau. It was the second upset of their postseason run after defeating the Dallas Cowboys in Super Wild Card Weekend. Now, despite not scoring a touchdown on offense in their win over Green Bay, Jimmy Garoppolo and the 49ers are headed back to the NFC Conference Championship for the second time in the last three seasons, where they’ll take on the Los Angeles Rams. In the win over Green Bay, kicker Robbie Gould made a strong case for himself as one of the best kickers in postseason history, staying perfect and improving to 20/20 on field goals in the playoffs with a 45-yard game-winner in a low-scoring and frosty affair in Green Bay.

Garoppolo went just 11/19 for 131 yards, zero touchdowns and an interception, but it proved to be enough for the win. Meanwhile Aaron Rodgersin what could have been the final game of his career as a Packer, went 20/29 for 225 yards and zero TD. The 49ers defense sacked Rodgers five times, including two each for Arik Armstead and Nick Bosa.

Since losing their top ball carrier in Raheem Mostert in Week 1, the 49ers have managed to establish one of the strongest run games in the NFL. The unit closed out the regular season with the seventh-best rushing offense in the league with 127.4 yards per game. Since their Week 3 matchup against the Packers, the 49ers have rushed for less than 100 yards in just three of 14 contests. Elijah Mitchell led the run game for the 49ers, tallying 963 yards in the regular season, the second-most rushing yards by a rookie running back this season. In Los Angeles, however, they’ll face a stout run defense who finished the regular season allowing just 103.2 rush yards per game, sixth-best in the NFL.

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Wild Card round results

  • Defeated the No. 3 Dallas Cowboys, 23-17

Divisional round results

  • Defeated the No. 1 Green Bay Packers, 13-10

2021 NFL Draft picks

  • Round 1: No. 3 – Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State
  • Round 2, No. 48 – Aaron Banks, OG, Notre Dame
  • Round 3, No. 88 – Trey Sermon, RB, Ohio State
  • Round 3, No. 102 – Ambry Thomas, CB, Michigan
  • Round 5, No. 155 – Jaylon Moore, OT, Western Michigan
  • Round 5, No. 172 – Deommodore Lenoir, CB, Oregon
  • Round 5, No. 180 – Talanoa Hufanga, S, USC
  • Round 6, No. 194 – Elijah Mitchell, RB, Louisiana

49ers key personnel: Coaches and players

  • Head coach: Kyle Shanahan
  • Quarterback: Jimmy Garoppolo
  • Wide receiver: Deebo Samuel
  • Tight end: George Kittle
  • Running back: Elijah Mitchell
  • Defensive end: Nick Bosa
  • Linebacker: Fred Warner

49ers regular season results

  • Overall record: 10-7
  • Key wins/biggest win of the season: 27-24 OT victory against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 18

49ers recent playoff history

  • In the 49ers’ last postseason appearance in 2019, they advanced all the way to the Super Bowl, but fell short to the Kansas City Chiefs. Prior to their Super Bowl run, the 49ers had not advanced to the playoffs since they made three straight postseason appearances from 2011-2013.

Looking ahead to 49ers vs. Rams in the NFC Championship Game

The 49ers will now head to SoFi Stadium, site of Super Bowl LVI, to take on the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship game. The 49ers have recent history of success against their fellow Californians, having swept the Rams in each of the last three seasons, including 2021. But Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford showed he’s capable of coming through in the clutch in the win over the Buccaneers, throwing for 366 yards and 2 touchdowns and driving down the field in the final minute of regulation to put Matt Gay in position for the 30-yard game-winning field goal.

These two teams last met in the regular season finale, when San Francisco emerged victorious with a 27-24 win in overtime. That win came despite a messy performance from Garoppolo, who went 23/32 for 316 yards, 1 touchdown and two interceptions. Garoppolo has faced his fair share of criticism this season, but his team is one win away from their second Super Bowl appearance in the last three seasons (Kyle Shanahan’s squad lost to the Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV in the 2019 season).

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49ers Record vs. playoff teams in the regular season: 4-4


  • 17-11 vs. Philadelphia Eagles in Week 2
  • 31-10 vs. Los Angeles Rams in Week 10
  • 26-23 (OT) vs. Cincinnati Bengals in Week 14
  • 27-24 (OT) vs. Los Angeles Rams in Week 18


  • 30-28 vs. Green Bay Packers in Week 3
  • 17-10 vs. Arizona Cardinals in Week 5
  • 31-17 vs. Arizona Cardinals in Week 9
  • 20-17 vs. Tennessee Titans in Week 16

How can I watch and live stream Super Bowl 2022?

  • When: Sunday, February 13, 2022
  • Where: SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, California
  • TV Channel: NBC
  • Live streamPeacock, NBC Sports app,
  • Follow along with ProFootballTalk and NBC Sports for NFL news, updates, scores, injuries and more

Be sure to check back after each game for final scores and follow ProFootballTalk for more on the 2022 NFL Playoffs as well as game previews, recaps, news, rumors, and more

NFL quarterback rankings 2023: Chris Simms’ top 40 QB countdown ahead of upcoming NFL season


While the NFL is a league that is ever-changing, some things are set to stay the same in 2023 — like the revealing of Chris Simms’ top 40 QB countdown.

Last year’s list saw Josh Allen take his place atop the quarterback throne, with Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes and Los Angeles’ Justin Herbert not far behind at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. It was, however, Mahomes who would ultimately reign over all NFL quarterbacks at the end of the season, as the 27-year-old collected both the NFL MVP honors and his second Lombardi Trophy.

This NFL offseason, however, has brought some intriguing adjustments that are likely to shake up Simms’ rankings.

While some signal-callers such as Jalen Hurts and Lamar Jackson found their prolonged home with massive contract signings, others will be venturing to a new franchise in search of a fresh start. Aaron Rodgers‘ trade to the New York Jets is unquestionably the most staggering shift, but other quarterbacks on the move such as Derek Carr and Jimmy Garoppolo cannot be forgotten.

RELATED: Mike Florio gives an inside look into the Lamar Jackson deal

And with three of the first four picks in the 2023 NFL Draft being spent on a quarterback, emerging talent will likely turn the tides for some franchises this upcoming season.

See below for Chris Simms’ top 40 QB countdown ahead of the upcoming season. Be sure to subscribe to Chris Simms Unbuttoned for more on the 2023 NFL season as well as an unfiltered look at the NFL featuring player access, unabashed opinion, X&O film breakdown and stories from a life in and around football.

RELATED: Peter King’s latest offseason NFL power rankings

Chris Simms’ 2023 Top 40 QB Countdown:

40. Desmond Ridder (ATL)

39. Sam Howell (WAS)

38. Bryce Young (CAR)

37. CJ Stroud (HOU)

36. Anthony Richardson (IND)

35. Mike White (MIA)

34. Gardner Minshew (IND)

33. Taylor Heinicke (ATL)

32. Jarrett Stidham (DEN)

31. Jordan Love (GB)

30. Davis Mills (HOU)

29. Tyler Huntley (BAL)

28. Andy Dalton (CAR)

27. Sam Darnold (SF)

26. Brock Purdy (SF)

25. Kenny Pickett (PIT)

24. Baker Mayfield (TB)

23. Justin Fields (CHI)

22. Jimmy Garoppolo (LV)

21. Tua Tagovailoa (MIA)

20. Mac Jones (NE)

19. Kyler Murray (AZ)

18. Derek Carr (NO)

17. Jared Goff (DET)

16. Ryan Tannehill (TEN)

15. Geno Smith (SEA)

14. Russell Wilson (DEN)

13. Dak Prescott (DAL)

12. Kirk Cousins (MIN)

11. Daniel Jones (NYG)

10. Matthew Stafford (LAR)

9. Deshaun Watson (CLE)

8. Aaron Rodgers (NYJ)

7. Jalen Hurts (PHI)

6. Trevor Lawrence (JAX)

5. Lamar Jackson (BAL)

2023 NFL Schedule Release: Start time, how to watch, live stream, channel


With another exciting NFL Draft in the books, teams can now turn their gaze toward the road to Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas. The path to Super Bowl glory, however, is about to become abundantly more clear with the 2023 NFL season schedule release.

This year’s NFL season schedule release is nearly here, with the entirety of the 2023 NFL schedule being unveiled on Thursday, May 11 at 8 p.m. ET on both Peacock and NFL Network. See below for everything you need to know for one of the offseason’s most anticipated events.

RELATED: Click here for full analysis on Rounds 1-7 of the 2023 NFL Draft

When will the 2023 NFL season schedule be released?

While all 272 matchups have been known since the conclusion of the 2022 regular season, the order and dates for these games have remained a mystery. The secret is nearly out, however, with every NFL game on the brink of revelation.

The full 2023 NFL schedule will be released on Thursday, May 11 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

How can I watch the 2023 NFL season schedule release?

The 2023 NFL season schedule release will take place Thursday, May 11 on Peacock, NFL Network, and the NFL app at 8 p.m. ET.

While the entirety of the schedule will be unveiled at that time, select games have already been and will continue to be released prior to the official event. Ahead of the 2023 NFL season schedule release, the following games will be announced:

Who will play in the 2023 NFL Kickoff game?

The first game of the 2023-24 NFL season will see the reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs take the field in Arrowhead Stadium.

The opponent that will meet Patrick Mahomes and company in Kansas City, however, remains to be revealed.

Which NFL teams have international games in 2023?

While the majority of the matchups set to take place next season have yet to be announced, the league has already revealed which teams will head overseas for international showdowns.

Below is the full list of international NFL games for the 2023-24 season, with three in London, U.K., and two in Frankfurt, Germany.

Falcons vs. Jaguars: Week 4, Oct. 1 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Wembley Stadium in London, U.K.

Jaguars vs. Bills: Week 5, Oct. 8 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, U.K.

Ravens vs. Titans: Week 6, Oct. 15 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, U.K.

Dolphins vs. Chiefs: Week 9, Nov. 5 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Frankfurt Stadium in Frankfurt, Germany

Colts vs. Patriots: Week 10, Nov. 12 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Frankfurt Stadium in Frankfurt, Germany

RELATED: NFL’s 2023 international games full of “star power”

When is the Super Bowl and where will it be taking place?

Stars will be shining bright in Las Vegas, Nevada, for Super Bowl LVIII, set to take place on Feb. 11, 2024, at the home of the Raiders in Allegiant Stadium.

This will be the first Super Bowl to ever take place in Las Vegas, which hosted the 2023 Pro Bowl and 2022 NFL Draft.

Be sure to follow ProFootballTalk for the latest news, updates, and storylines about the upcoming NFL season!