Brian Baldinger recaps 49ers' win vs. Packers, wild NFL Divisional Round


The 49ers’ dramatic 13-10 win over the Green Bay Packers was just one of four ridiculous football games that took place over the weekend.

The first three games of the NFL’s Divisional Round were decided on field goals as time expired, including Robbie Gould’s 45-yarder at Lambeau. Then came the absolutely bonkers 42-36 win by the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday night, when they overcame a late touchdown by the Buffalo Bills with 13 seconds left to somehow kick a game-tying field goal and win in overtime.

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NFL analyst Brian Baldinger joined 95.7 The Game’s “The Morning Roast” Monday to recap the 49ers win and one of the most memorable weekend’s in football history. You can listen to the full interview above.

“I don’t care if you’re looking at hockey, or the World Series or the NBA championships – I’ve never seen a weekend full of high-level sudden-death sports like that in my lifetime,” Baldinger said. “In any sport, I can’t recall four games literally going down to the wire like that. The final one in overtime, it was the best drama that anybody’s ever watched, especially when it comes to football.”

As Nick Wagoner of ESPN noted, there have only been 10 game-winning field goals in NFL postseason history, and three of them happened this weekend. The Bengals won a 17-14 road stunner over the AFC’s top-seeded Tennessee Titans with a 52-yarder from Evan McPherson. The Los Angeles Rams topped the Tampa Buccaneers as time expired with Matt Gay’s 30-yarder.

Baldinger also voiced his support for Jimmy Garoppolo, who won his second straight road game despite an ugly stat line.

“He’s as tough as they come,” Baldinger said. “He’s their leader. They’re not going to Trey Lance. They’re winning, living and dying with Jimmy G at quarterback. They’ve basically said that all year long and here they are, right on the doorstep of another Super Bowl run. … He’s going to an NFC Championship game and Aaron Rodgers isn’t. You can put all the stats up there you want. He’s going to an NFC Championship game.”

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Looking ahead to Sunday’s NFC title game between the 49ers and Rams (3:40 p.m. PT on FOX), Baldinger thinks it’s a toss-up. The 49ers are currently 3.5-point underdogs but won a Week 18 thriller at SoFi Stadium in overtime.

“I can’t really call it right now,” Baldinger said. “But the 49ers are in this thing. [Linebacker] Fred Warner couldn’t walk at this time last week and he punched a ball out of Marcedes Lewis’ hands on the second drive of the game. I don’t want to hear [offensive tackle] Trent Williams is on crutches, he’s in a boot. OK, fine, let’s just see if he’s at fullback Sunday afternoon.”