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NFC Championship Game news and notes from the Packers and 49ers

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It is time for the NFC Championship Game.

Let’s get a look at what is going on with the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers from our friends at Acme Packing Company and Niners Nation.

Acme Packing Company

Packers advance to NFC Championship with 28-23 win over Seahawks - Acme Packing Company
"Win ugly" has been the Packers’ theme all year, and they did it again, holding on for dear life against Seattle.

Packers start hot on frozen night, hold off Russell Wilson’s late charge to win 28-23 - Acme Packing Company
This was no ugly win. The stars stepped up to punch the Packers ticket to the NFC Championship Game, with Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams leading the way.

Brian Gutekunst’s in-season additions prove vital in Packers’ Divisional Playoff victory - Acme Packing Company
Three post-Draft or in-season acquisitions should have Gutekunst in the running for top executive in the NFL this year.

Packers Divisional Playoff Snap Counts: Success came out of tight end-heavy sets - Acme Packing Company
The LaFleur offense rolled four tight ends all game long, but still freed up the team’s top receiver for a huge performance.

Packers pass rush caught fire at right time and must affect game against 49ers - Acme Packing Company
Green Bay’s ferocious front got after Russell Wilson and the Seahawks, requiring some heroics from Wilson to make plays. If the Packers can pressure Jimmy Garoppolo the same way, it could swing the game.

Packers kept third downs manageable to drive offense’s success against Seahawks - Acme Packing Company
The Packers largely avoided getting into third-and-10+ on Sunday, keeping distances manageable and helping to drive a season-best performance on the money down.

Wednesday Walkthroughs: What must the Packers do to beat the 49ers? - Acme Packing Company
Green Bay got crushed in the teams’ regular season meeting this year. APC still sees ways that they can win on Sunday, however.

Packers-49ers Q&A: What has changed in San Francisco since Week 12? - Acme Packing Company
Kyle Posey of SB Nation’s San Francisco 49ers blog Niners Nation answers our questions about the team.

Despite lopsided score in Week 12, Packers boast talent to match 49ers - Acme Packing Company
Once again, the Packers are chasing the 49ers for conference supremacy. While Brian Gutekunst’s tweaks buoyed the talent level overall, they’re still behind San Francisco on balance. That said, Green Bay has the talent where it matters most.

Packers-49ers Q&A: Why didn’t Robert Saleh land a head-coaching job? - Acme Packing Company
Kyle Posey of SB Nation’s San Francisco 49ers blog Niners Nation answers our questions about the team.

49ers’ losses reveal ways Aaron Rodgers can attack while avoiding Richard Sherman - Acme Packing Company
Opposing offenses have found success targeting the left side of the field specifically and staying away from Sherman’s island.

Did Kyle Shanahan take the ball out Jimmy Garoppolo’s hands last week? - Acme Packing Company
Kyle Posey of SB Nation’s San Francisco 49ers blog Niners Nation answers our questions about the team.

Packers-49ers Q&A: Evaluating San Francisco’s greatest strengths and weaknesses - Acme Packing Company
Kyle Posey of SB Nation’s San Francisco 49ers blog Niners Nation answers our questions about the team.

5 keys to beating the 49ers in the NFC Championship - Acme Packing Company
If the Packers follow this blueprint, they should have a great shot at advancing to the Super Bowl.

Packers-49ers NFCCG Injury Report: Danny Vitale is the only name on either team’s report - Acme Packing Company
The only player listed on either injury report is Danny Vitale, who is questionable for Sunday.

Niners Nation

49ers-Vikings recap: No surprises — San Francisco dominates the Vikings, as expected - Niners Nation
For once this year, a game went according to plan

49ers news: Richard Sherman feels like he’s not getting enough credit after his latest interception - Niners Nation
The 49ers cornerback made a statement at the podium

Shanahan pumped that the Browns didn’t hire Saleh - Niners Nation
"Every year we keep him, we’ll be very fortunate"

49ers news: Shanahan’s become the second father-son duo to win in playoffs as a coach - Niners Nation
Kittle, Sherman listed on PFWA’s all-NFL/NFC team

49ers vs. Packers: What storyline are you already sick of leading up to the NFC Championship? - Niners Nation
"The 49ers passed on Aaron Rodgers" is already exhausting

First look: Two key additions that make this Packers/49ers matchup different - Niners Nation
After blowing out the Packers 37-8 in November, the Niners are set for a rematch to take the NFC crown, this time with a fully loaded pass-rush & better protection for Jimmy G.

NFL Playoffs: Takeaways from the 49ers’ win over Vikings, divisional playoffs - Niners Nation
What we learned from San Francisco’s playoff win over Minnesota and the rest of divisional weekend.

49ers news: Why the NFC Championship will be more competitive than Week 12 - Niners Nation
Shanahan is doing everything to keep his players focused. Green Bay made a ton of mistakes...

49ers news: DB coach Joe Woods is a finalist to become the Browns DC - Niners Nation
This is bad

49ers news: “This team has so many elements of an ‘85 Bears look. They just knock you out. You are humiliated” - Niners Nation
Where’s the lie?

Four takeaways from the Packers/Seahawks: 49ers need to be ready for playoff Rodgers - Niners Nation
Green Bay made the plays they needed to, but a lot of that was due to their opponent

Shanahan on Rodgers: There’s probably not anyone on the planet that throws better than him - Niners Nation
The 49ers head coach spoke to the media on Wednesday

49ers vs. Packers and Shanahan vs. Pettine: When Kyle knows your weakness, you’re in trouble - Niners Nation
Previewing where the 49ers can take advantage of the Packers defense, and why history once again favors San Francisco

Where has Green Bay improved the most since Week 12? - Niners Nation
Jason from Acme Packing joins me to discuss some of the Packers strengths

49ers news: Emmanuel Sanders explains why Jimmy Garoppolo doesn’t get the credit he deserves - Niners Nation
Sanders spoke to the media at length and provided some great answers.

49ers vs. Packers: San Francisco’s defense will exploit Green Bay’s offensive line and limit Aaron Rodgers - Niners Nation
Previewing what we can expect to see from the 49ers defense against Aaron Rodgers

49ers-Packers won’t be determined by the skill players — it will be won in the trenches - Niners Nation
Aaron Rodgers. Jimmy Garoppolo. George Kittle. Davante Adams. While those are the big names, the NFC Championship will be decided in the trenches.