"I think I threw more (than eight passes in warmups)," Garoppolo joked as the Niners hoisted the George Halas Trophy.
Garoppolo went 24 minutes of game action between passes, not attempting a throw the entire third quarter. He completed a toss at the 2:10 mark of the second quarter. His next attempt didn't come until there was 8:10 left in the fourth. He completed his only two attempts of the second half.
"'Cause it was working," Shanahan said of calling run play after run play. "If it's working you stay with it. Our guys were running so hard. Our line coming out the ball, our backs. All eleven of our guys how they've been all year. The guys fought hard as heck. We're going to put it all in their hands."
Shanahan put it in the hands of Mostert time and time again. The RB galloped 29 times for 220 yards and four TDs, averaging 7.6 yards per tote. It marked the second-most rushing yards all-time in a playoff game. Mostert became just the third player in NFL history with four or more rushing TDs in a postseason bout.
"Oh yeah, they definitely created holes, especially (tight end) George (Kittle)," Mostert said. "Even the receivers and 'Juice' (fullback Kyle Juszczyk), man, they all did a great job blocking for me, and I couldn't be more proud of them. They did a great job."
Shanahan has used two playoff games to unleash his unstoppable rushing attack in two lopsided wins. Garoppolo has thrown just 14 passes in his last six playoff quarters.
Jimmy G cares not that he'll ride the run game all the way to Miami.
"Our team is just incredible to be a part of," Garoppolo said. "We can win in so many different ways. Raheem, those guys up front, the tight ends, obviously, were just dominating tonight. It was fun."