The veteran leader among the 49ers receiving corps hauled in two passes for 33 yards against the Vikings in the 49ers, 27-10, victory last Saturday. Since joining the 49ers, Sanders has become a steady, reliable target for Garoppolo hauling in 36 passes for 502 yards and 3 touchdowns. Sanders lauded the 49ers for the team chemistry ahead of the NFC Championship game.
“I enjoy being around these guys,” Sanders said. “The speech that Kyle gave was that there’s so much love between this team and how much we care about each other and I looked around, I looked at Deebo (Samuel), I looked at KB (Kendrick Bourne), I looked at the receiver corps. I said, ‘Man, I genuinely do love these guys.’ It’s a great group of guys to go to work with every day; a fun group of guys to go to work with. I feel like when you have that kind of chemistry, and it’s all throughout this team and all throughout this organization, I feel like when you have that, the sky is the limit. We’re not in this position- it’s not a coincidence, you know. We worked our butts off on the field and off the field and I feel like we are deserving of this moment and we got to take advantage of it.”
Matched up against Sanders will be Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander. The second-year cornerback posted nine tackles and a pass defensed in his playoff debut last week. In 2019, Alexander notched 63 tackles, two interceptions, one fumble recovery, one forced fumble and 23 passes defensed.
“We need to continue to play at the level we’ve been playing,” Alexander said of the Packers defense.