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Perth rookie punter Mitch Wishnowsky and his San Francisco 49ers are heading to the Super Bowl.
The 49ers defeated the Green Bay Packers 37-20 on Sunday to claim the NFC Championship and set up a Super Bowl showdown with the Patrick Mahomes-led Kansas City Chiefs.
The 49ers, backed by a delirious home crowd at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, jumped on the Packers from the opening minutes and took a 27-0 halftime lead.
San Francisco's hero was their journeyman running back Raheem Mostert who destroyed the Packers with 220 rushing yards and four touchdowns.
"The way he was running we just wanted to keep feeding him," 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said.
"I know he was feeling it.
"That wasn't too hard to see."
Wishnowsky had a quiet night thanks to Mostert's domination, with the Australian punting just twice for an average of 38.5 yards.
49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo also took a back seat to Mostert and was called on to throw just eight passes, connecting with six of them for 77 yards.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers connected with 31 of 39 passes for 326 yards.
The 49ers' path to the Super Bowl extends a fairytale journey for Wishnowsky, who dropped out of Perth's Lumen Christi College aged 16 to to take up a glazier apprenticeship.
After attending the Prokick Australia punting academy in Melbourne, he moved to the US in 2014 and punted at Santa Barbara City College before joining the University of Utah and winning the Ray Guy Award for US college's best punter.
The 49ers were so impressed they grabbed Wishnowsky in the fourth round of last year's NFL Draft.
If the 49ers are victorious on February 2, Wishnowsky will become the second Australian to win the NFL's greatest prize.
Queensland defensive tackle Jesse Williams was a member of the Seattle Seahawks' 2014 championship-winning team, although a knee injury kept him out for the entire season.
Former Geelong AFL star Ben Graham was a member of the Arizona Cardinals that lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2009 Super Bowl.
The 49ers are one of the NFL's most successful franchises, with five Super Bowl victories.
A win in Miami will equal the New England Patriots and Steelers, who lead the NFL with six Super Bowls each.
The Chiefs are returning to the Super Bowl for the first time in 50 seasons after defeating the Tennessee Titans 35-24 in the AFC Championship.
Star of the show was quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who passed for 294 yards and three touchdowns, and raced 27 yards to score the game-turning touchdown late in the first half.
"I mean, it's amazing. It really is," Mahomes said.
"To be here, to be a part of Chiefs Kingdom and to be able to do it here at Arrowhead, these people deserve it. And, we're not done yet."
Coach Andy Reid will become the seventh coach to guide two franchises to the Super Bowl, after taking Philadelphia to Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005, where the Eagles lost to the New England Patriots.
The Chiefs last played in the Super Bowl in 1970 when they defeated the Minnesota Vikings.