McDonald: 49ers’ defensive masterpiece may have just ended Rodgers’ run in Green Bay

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Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers was under pressure and struggled against the 49ers after a touchdown on their opening possession.

It was Aaron Rodgers in all his glory, leading the Green Bay Packers on a 10-play, 69-yard drive for a touchdown the first time he touched the ball.

He kept finding Davante Adams for first downs, and when A.J. Dillon barrelled into the end zone on a 6-yard run, the 49ers defense wasn’t even able to get Green Bay to third down.

Middle linebacker Fred Warner was angry. Warner is the 49ers defensive leader and has turned into the kind of spiritual voice that Ronnie Lott used to be when the 49ers were winning Super Bowls under Bill Walsh and George Seifert.

“I’m not going to lie. I was pretty upset,” Warner said after the 49ers beat the Packers 13-10 Saturday night at Lambeau Field to advance to the NFC Championship Game. “Everyone was going around saying, ‘We’re good, we’re good,’ and I had to just try to light a fire under everybody. I had to let them know, they’re not better than us. We need to buckle down and dial in. They are a great offense but I know we’re a great defense too.’ That was unacceptable for sure.’ ”

What followed was a defensive masterpiece that ranks with anything in the history of a storied franchise. Rodgers, a first-team All-Pro and likely…

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