Green Bay Packers vs. San Francisco 49ers:
My unfitered game day recap and blog post of comments, observations and first impressions.
Inactive for Packers today:
11 WR Jarrett Boykin
28 S Sean Richardson
31 CB Davon House
39 CB Brandian Ross
44 RB James Starks
57 LB Jamari Lattimore
76 DT Mike Daniels
Ted Ginn is inactive for 49ers today – takes away a big return threat.
Opening day: It’s very special – just to be able to hear the drums outside sitting in your office, looking forward to that lambeau atmosphere. We’re excited to get started
Do you have a special team? Well, you definitely think you do. I go back to an old Ron Wolfism – the bad teams don’t even know they’re bad at the beginning of the year. We have a very difficult matchup, but we’re excited to go for this victory and grow as a team
Successful camp?: Very much so. Look at our roster, our players went through a thorough and rough camp, as far as what we were able to achieve and install. I feel we’re very well prepared.
Unscouted looks: The flow of the game dictates that. I’m not obsessed with the first 15 plays, as has been the case with this offense. – I let the game take me where it takes me.
SF: Very good football team. Playing them the prior 2 years, a team that always has a number iof talented playetrs. It will be interesting to see which way their offense goes with ther new additions, but surely their defense is what they hang their hat on.
Willis & Bowman: It’s a defense with a number of playmakers, a very stout front. It will be a challenge to run the footbnall, but it’s something we will have to do today.
Alex Smith & new targets: I would expect them to be more diverse. Smith has a litle more playmaking ability than peeople realize. Cerebral and a very good athlete.
SF-GB: There are going to be a lot of good football players on that field today. This game has everything you’re looking for
Rodgers making adjustments: It rests on his shoulders. He’s been ready for a few years now. You have great trust in your QB to make those calls. Big part of Aaron’s makeup,
Packers vs. 49ers – First Impressions – First Half:
49ers win the toss and receive. Good – I wanted the Packers to start on defense – let’s see what they have…
Jarrett bush does indeed, start at cornerback.
Claymaker sets the tone I was hoping for with a sack – and there is what having Nick Perry at the other OLB will do. One-on-one for Matthews. No TE or RB help.
No running lanes for Benson so far…
On the sack by Carlos Rogers, Rodgers had both Finley and Jennings in the middle of the field right in front of him, but he seemed to be looking for Nelson wide left for the home run.
Jim Harbaugh foaming at the mouth – literally… very entertaining…
Very underrated part of Jennings’ game: he is not easy to tackle at all – slippery, elusive and does not go down easily…
James Jones was my Packers secret weapon for this game. Almost there for the long TD catch, but great coverage by the DB…
This is going as expected – except for the part about the Packers not scoring yet.
Dom, lining Nick Perry up in the secondary and covering a wide receiver? Really?
Morgan Burnett signalling before the play that someone should have the deep middle behind him. Nobody listened, TD randy Moss – alone alone.
Alex Smith has found the mismatch or the weak spot on almost every play – reason for their success so far.
Gotta say this about the 49ers, they do not allow much YAC. You catch the ball, you’re being tackled right there…
I thought Finley had been watching too many soccer games when he grabbed his leg on the ground, but he actually did get stepped on. Then he catches a TD pass.
Dom – Nick Perry on a wide receiver is NOT going to work. Please stop doing this!
Love those Packers third down defensive penalties to keep drives going. Just love it.
When the Packers have brought the blitz, they’ve gotten nothing out of it…
Mason Crosby would have broken the NFL 63yd field goal record long ago – if he could kick as straight as David Akers…
49ers 16 Packers 7
Packers vs. 49ers – First Impressions – Second Half:
I SOOOOOO Don’t agree with that move from that spot of the field… (going deep on third and one on the first possession). I’m much more in favor of trying for a sustained drive to start the half…
True to form, Charles Woodson going for the strip on his sack – his swipe at the ball just missed.
Oh nick Collins, we miss you so.
Davis rejected on his TD celebration dunk attempt. Seems like the goalpost is offering more resistance to the 49ers than the Packers…
Do you suppose someone’s starting up a FireDomCapers.com web site at this very moment?
It’s uncanny how many times I have said to myself as a play unfolds, “ok, Packers have this play bottled up,” and it goes for a big first down.
Did Fox-TV play Aerosmith’s “Dream On” during that pause to signify the #Packers chances to come back in this game?
4th quarter begins, Packers at their own 47 with the ball, down 23-7
Once again, a Finley drop and a non-called interference results in a Packers Punt.
Packers using the bubble screens in lieu of a running game. Consistent 4-5 yard gains, but it’s not much help at this point in the game…
Today’s Packers’ star of the game: punter Tim Masthay. Masthay has done more to keep down the 49ers offense that the Packers, Defense.
There have been three instances this game where the 49ers got away with a penalty & the Packers were flagged for the same thing soon after. I thought the penalty on Randall Cobb’s punt return was going to be #4.
These refs have been so bad, you really can’t complain about any one call. It’s a collective effort. They’ve tainted this game.
On the third down stop by Shields, he gave a good effort, but I would have liked to have seen Shields get lower & throw a shoulder into Gore instead of going on top of him.
Harbaugh challenges the spot, but ironically, the referees get what might be one of the harder things to gauge absolutely correct…
This just in, Aaron Rodgers is human. Throws a just awful interception which quickly turns into a TD for the 49ers, as the D goes back to their “no resistance” sub package.
James Jones is a #2 receiver on most teams. Which is why he’s not going anywhere…
Packers D finally come up big, Packers get the ball back with over 3 minutes, down by 8.
Rodgers gets lucky. DB drops a sure INT. Rodgers under heavy pressure the first two plays, with no safe options. Why were ALL the Packers receivers running vertical patterns on the first two plays? Anyone?
49ers continue to bring pressure. Rodgers with little time. Desperation 4th and 10 try to nelson broken up
For me, the worst offense is the continued mis-communication in the secondary. My local HS Team looks more organized back there…
49ers 30 Packers 22
Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.