Packers and 49ers agree this time will be different

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The end result might be different. But there’s little chance it’ll be as easy for the 49ers, the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs, as it was the last time they played the Packers.

The favored 49ers might beat the Packers in Sunday’s NFC Championship game at Levi’s Stadium to advance to the Super Bowl. But it figures to be different this time from when San Francisco ripped them, 37-8, here on Nov. 24.

Not one player or coach on the 49ers believes Sunday will unfold the same way that game did.

“We know it will be different,” coach Kyle Shanahan said.

“I think both teams have come a long way since then,” Packers coach Matt LaFleur told reporters during the week.

“We know that game got away from them early, and that’s definitely not the team we’re going to see [Sunday],’’ Shanahan said. “Everyone knows how good Green Bay is, how good their coaching staff is, how good their players are, how good their quarterback [Aaron Rodgers] is. I don’t think they’ve lost a game since then, so I think that game really holds zero relevance to what’s going to happen this Sunday.”

Kyle Shanahan (left) and greets Matt LaFleur after the 49ers' 37-8 win over the Packers in the regular season.
Kyle Shanahan (left) and greets Matt LaFleur after the 49ers’ 37-8 win over the Packers in the regular season.AP

The Packers (14-3) have won their past six games since that loss, including last week’s divisional playoff win over the Seahawks.

That first meeting was a perfect storm for the 14-3 49ers, with Packers receiver Davante Adams called for unsportsmanlike conduct on the second play of the game and Rodgers losing a fumble on a sack three plays later. From there, the game got out of hand, with the 49ers leading 23-0 at the half.

If the 49ers hold serve at home and advance, they’ll be one Super Bowl victory away from a sixth Lombardi Trophy, tying them with the Patriots and Steelers for the most in the NFL.

This is the eighth playoff meeting between the teams. The 49ers won their most recent postseason matchups in 2012 and 2013.

Shanahan, in an effort to deflect the pressure of a title game, has preached to his players all week to keep this as much like a regular-season game as possible.

“Just keeping it real about what this is,’’ Shanahan said. “It’s a football game versus a very good team, which is what you pretty much have to deal with every Sunday. It’s not getting caught up with — if you sit and watch TV all week or you read your phone all week, you might start to realize, ‘Oh my gosh, that’s one of the only games on, everyone’s talking [about it],’ and maybe you get caught up in the wrong stuff.

“That stuff has nothing to do with football. It’s all what happens on the field, and whether it’s a preseason game, the first game or this game. I think that’s how our guys have attacked it all year.”

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