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Raheem Mostert off to hot start vs. Packers

Raheem Mostert is off to a strong start in the NFC title game.

San Francisco 49ers running back Raheem Mostert celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers in the first half of the NFC Championship Game at Levi’s Stadium.  Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Final update: Mostert broke Colin Kaepernick’s 49ers postseason rushing record after finishing the contest with 220 yards and four scores on 29 carries. He is the only player in NFL history to rush for more than 200 yards and four touchdowns in a single playoff game.

Third quarter update: Mostert has added 36 more yards and another touchdown in the third quarter. With 4:49 to go in the quarter, he has 196 yards and four touchdowns for the game.

Halftime update: Mostert continued to thrive in the back half of the second quarter and tallied 160 yards on 14 carries by the break. He rushed for his third touchdown of the day as the first half wound down to help his team mount a 27-0 lead.

Raheem Mostert appears to be the San Francisco 49ers’ running back of choice in their NFC title game against the Green Bay Packers. He unexpectedly took a backseat to Tevin Coleman in the Divisional Round, but is back to the regular season form that made him the top option.

The 49ers drew blood first in the first quarter when Mostert rushed for 47 yards and a score on three carries. He scored again in the second quarter by diving over the pylon to help his his team get out to a 17-0 lead. Mostert has tallied 78 yards on seven carries midway through the second quarter. His biggest play of the day came on a 36-yard touchdown run, bringing his rushing touchdown total to nine this year. The former special teams standout is making a difference for San Francisco’s offense as it makes a Super Bowl push.

San Francisco made use of Coleman, but he was carted off the field after suffering a shoulder injury in the second quarter and is questionable to return. Matt Breida hasn’t recorded a carry yet, but could become the main backup if Mostert slows down.