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,
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Super Bowl food 2023: Appetizer, entrée, and dessert ideas for Super Bowl LVII inspired by the Eagles and Chiefs


As the countdown continues toward Super Bowl LVII, the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs are getting their game plans set. But while they go over their plays, the rest of America goes over their menus in preparation for the big day. When it comes to the Super Bowl, everything is always the best — the best teams, the best performers and, of course, the best food.

But how can you impress your party in the kitchen while showing support for your favorite team? Let’s take a look at some iconic food from each of the Super Bowl team cities to prepare for Super Bowl LVII.

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Philadelphia Super Bowl food


Why have plain old fries when you could have crabfries? That’s exactly what Pete Ciarrocchi, the CEO of the legendary Philadelphia restaurant Chickie and Pete’s, said one day when creating this intriguing concoction.

While the name may be misleading, crabfries do not contain any actual crab, but rather a blend of spices and Old Bay seasoning that allow the dish to take on a subtle seafood flavor. Topped with a creamy, cheesy dipping sauce, the crinkle-cut fries are sure to take your taste buds to the next level.

Cheesesteak sloppy joes

It simply isn’t Philly without a cheesesteak. Keep it casual in your kitchen on Super Bowl Sunday with Katie Lee Biegel’s Philly Cheesesteak sloppy joes, an easy way to rep the Birds.

Can’t get enough of the cheesesteak? Bring some more Philly specials to the table with this cheesesteak dip, the perfect way to amp up your appetizer game and leave party guests feeling like they just took a trip to the City of Brotherly Love.

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Water ice

Is the action of the game heating up? Cool down with a classic Philly treat, water ice. First originating in Bensalem, Pennsylvania in 1984, the icy dessert is now sold in over 600 stores nationwide. The original Rita’s Water Ice shop, however, still remains open for business.

You can even show a little extra passion for the Birds by whipping up this green apple variation, sure to leave you refreshed and ready for the Lombardi.

Kansas City Super Bowl food

Cheese slippers

If you’re looking for a classy, yet authentic appetizer to bring to the table, there’s no better fit than the cheese slipper. This ciabatta loaf baked with melty cheeses and topped with seasonal vegetables and herbs has Kansas City natives hooked.

While the bread is typically baked to perfection by local shops, test your own skill level with this gourmet slipper bread recipe that you can complete with the mouth-watering toppings of your choice.

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BBQ burnt ends

It’s rare to hear the words Kansas City without barbeque following short after. If you’re looking to impress your guests with your Super Bowl food spread, get out to the grill and start showing off.

While many cities in America know how to cook up some excellent BBQ, the combination of the sweet flavors and mouth-watering sauce has made Kansas City a hub for barbeque lovers for decades.

BBQ burnt ends, while a bit time-consuming, are  well worth a little elbow grease. The dish is also one of the few in Kansas City with a distinct origin story. The meal first found its creation at Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque, a legendary African American restaurant in KC. Bryant originally made the burnt ends from the trimmings of pork belly, but since then, BBQ lovers have made incredible bites out of many styles of meat.

And if you’re feeling extra ambitious, try fixing up some classic Kansas City sides to pair with your entrée to perfection.

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Chiefs chocolate chip cookies

While there is no specific dessert that defines the Heart of America, you can still show your Kansas City pride with these ever-colorful Chiefs chocolate chip cookies.

Make sure to have your food dye handy, because the red and yellow hue of these cookies are sure to show everyone whose side you are on.

Or, if you’re feeling artistic, design an eye-catching Chiefs jersey out of the fan-favorite rice krispie treats. Whether you make Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce or Chris Jones, you’ll have the tastiest Super Bowl jerseys around.

How to watch the Super Bowl 2023 – Philadelphia Eagles vs Kansas City Chiefs:

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How to watch Super Bowl 2023: TV channel, live stream info, start time, halftime show, and more


Super Bowl 2023 takes place on Sunday, February 12 at 6:30 PM ET at State Farm Stadium–home of the Arizona Cardinals–in Glendale, Arizona as Jalen Hurts and the Philadelphia Eagles will look to win their second Lombardi Trophy in franchise history and Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs make their third Super Bowl appearance in the last four seasons.

Not only will the match up feature two top seeds for the first time since 2017, but Super Bowl 2023 will be especially monumental because this is the first time that two Black quarterbacks will face each other in the league’s biggest game of the year.

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Super Bowl 2023 will be nothing short of exciting, see below for additional information on how to watch/live stream the game as well as answers to all your frequently asked questions.

How to Watch Super Bowl 2023 – Philadelphia Eagles vs Kansas City Chiefs

  • Date: Sunday, February 12
  • Where: State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona
  • Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
  • TV Network: Fox

Who is playing in Super Bowl 2023?

The Philadelphia Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Who is the home team in Super Bowl 2023 and how is it determined?

The Philadelphia Eagles are the home team in Super Bowl 2023. The designated home team alternates each year between the NFC and AFC champions. If it is as odd-numbered Super Bowl, the NFC team is the designated home team. If it as even-numbered Super Bowl, the AFC team is the designated home team.

Which teams have been eliminated from the 2023 NFL Playoffs?

The Seattle Seahawks, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, Los Angeles Chargers, Baltimore Ravens, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Giants, Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers and Cincinnati Bengals have all been eliminated from the 2023 NFL playoffs.

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Who is performing the halftime show at Super Bowl 2023?

It was announced in September, that international popstar, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Rihanna will headline the halftime show at Super Bowl 2023.

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Why does the NFL use Roman numerals?

AFL and Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt proposed using Roman numerals for each Super Bowl to add pomp and gravitas to the game. Roman numerals were, unsurprisingly, used in ancient Rome as a number system. I stands for 1, V for 5, X for 10, L for 50 and C for 100. That’s right: In 2066, get ready for Super Bowl C.

Super Bowl V was the first to use Roman numerals. They were retroactively added to the Super Bowl II to IV logos and have been used each year since⁠ until 2016. For Super Bowl L, or 50, the NFL tried out 73 different logos before breaking down and using a plain old “50.”

The Roman numerals for this year’s big game, Super Bowl 57, are LVII.

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How many Super Bowls have the Eagles won in franchise history?

The Eagles have won just one Super Bowl title in franchise history, however, Super Bowl LVII will be their fourth Super Bowl appearance in franchise history.

RELATED: Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl History

How many Super Bowls have the Chiefs won in franchise history?

The Chiefs have won two Super Bowls in franchise history (1969 and 2019). Super Bowl LVII will be the franchise’s fifth Super Bowl appearance.

RELATED: Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl History

Who was the first Black quarterback to play in a Super Bowl?

Doug Williams was the first Black quarterback to start and win a Super Bowl. Williams, a product of Grambling State–a historically Black university–achieved the milestone on January 31, 1988 in Super Bowl XXII as the QB for Washington.

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