Green Bay Packers vs. San Francisco 49ers:
My unfitered game day running blog post of comments, observations and first impressions.
Inactive for Packers today: WR Jarrett Boykin; DE Jerel Worthy, CB Davon House; LB Frank Zombo; DT Jordan Miller; TE DJ Williams, RB Alex Green
Inactive for 49ers today: K Billy Cundiff, RB Jewel Hampton, DT Tony Jerod-Eddie G Joe Looney, S Trenton Robinson, QB Scott Tolzien, DT Ian Williams
Donald Driver active. OBVIOUSLY, the Facebook campaign helped…
Alex Green inactive. With DuJuan Harris showing he can catch also, he gives the Packers everything Alex Green does, so no reason to have both active.
Kuhn is the only current NFL player to score at least one touchdown in each of the last four postseasons (2009-12).
Weather/Field: Great day for football. We have a dry surface, that’s all that matters.
Team improvement: I feel our production as a football team reflects that. Special teams has been the most consistent. Defense, I felt like we’ve gotten stronger. We had to play a lot of young guys early on due to injuries and it’s made us better. Now with Charles and Clay back, I’m pleased with where we are.. Offense, we had to change some things during the season… different from how we started the season.
More of a power team?: We’re definitely more balanced. Started the year more tilted towards the pass.
Vikings game: It seems like a month ago. I felt our defense was outstanding, especially with the challenge of stopping Adrian Peterson. The offense just didn’t finish well in the second half, but otherwise I was pleased.
Kaepernick: Raw physical ability. he can really throw the football on the move is impressive. His ability to run is impressive.
SF offense: Playing the option, any time you’re responsible for a gap, it’s important to play with leverage, not peek in and trust the guy next to you.
Crabtree: Playing excellent. He had some injuries in early years. He’s clearly one of the top guys. Strong hand. Goes up and attacks the football
Adrian Peterson/Frank Gore: Guys that can run it all day long. Frank is an exceptional runner. Best I’ve ever seen at making something out of nothing.
49ers: Very talented and technically sound. They’ve drafted for their scheme for 4-5 years now. Ability to play to down and distance is impressive.
Special teams: Those two dynamic returners, we have to contain them. Mason has been good for a couple of weeks now, we’ll just stick to our plan.
Packers vs. 49ers – First Impressions – First Half:
49ers win the toss and will receive. Just what the Packers wanted…
SAM SHIELDS!!! Well that was good start.
Pickett hurt on the Shields INT. If Pickett doesn’t come back, that’s very good for Frank Gore…
Packers secondary looking good. Contesting every throw.
Kaepernick beats the Packers for a TD the best way he can – with his feet.
Pickett is back. whew…
Walden sucked in again on a QB option, just like against Joe Webb the first time…
Packers had two linebackers spying Kaepernick on that third down play.
Packers obviously feel they can cover the 49ers receivers one-on-one…
Incidental facemask? what? since when?
James Jones jumps too soon, off his hands, gets it back while falling to the ground and holds on. circus catch.
Correct me if I’m getting overzealous, but I haven’t seen a #Packers RB who can move like this in a long time…
End of First Quarter: Packers 14 49ers 7
Packers with a three man rush on first down – and they got pressure… strange.
And I praised MM last week for being smart enough to leave Cobb on punt returns, where experience means so much… ugh Jeremy Ross…
Rodgers did a great job calling the protection on that long interception and Packers picked up the blitz and gave him time. In retrospect, that was a bad thing…
Brad Jones has been doing a nice job in coverage today…
Packers have come really close to getting a couple of unsporstmanlike penalties after the play. Have to be smarter guys.
If you listened closely to MM comments during the week, there were hints of what his plan would be (taking shots downfield rather than ball control drives).
Marshall Newhouse doing a fantastic job on Aldon Smith so far. Bottling him up…
Without Kaepernick’s legs, the Packers defense would be close to dominating the 49ers offense.
98 yards rushing for Kaepernick, #Packers gave the 49ers 7 points, and this is still a tie game…
End of second quarter: 49ers 24 Packers 21
Packers vs. 49ers – First Impressions – Second Half:
Well Dom Capers, let’s see what you got. There’s only one thing stopping the Packers from dominating this game. How you gonna stop it Dom?
I don’t agree with taking Ross off of kickoffs. There, I said it.
Seriously, 49ers don’t scare me at all in the air. Just keep making Kaepernick throw the ball…
Kaepernick TD again. Seriously, after watching that the whole first half, Packers still get sucked in and are surprised? really?
MM showing signs of abandoning the running game. Harris not in once on first drive after Kaepernick TD to put niners ahead.
Tramon the only DB getting powned…
Yes Vernon Davis, we know you can beat AJ Hawk. Question is why are you in that position?
Defense has been on the field all day… This is not surprising at this point. Thanks for those ball control drives MM!
End of third Quarter: 49ers 31 Packers 24
First play of 4th quarter: 2yd TD run by Frank Gore. 39-24.
Kaepernick with over 160 yds rushing a playoff record for a QB.
When they do throw, 49ers continue to target Tramon Williams. Hasn’t made a play all game.
I usually don’t blame Capers much, but when you let one guy beat you like this, there are no excuses. Dom, where were you today.
Kind of too numb to write very much…
The Packers were playing good defense in the first half, just had no plan for Kaepernick. No adjustments at halftime – here’s your result:
Final Score: 49ers 45 Packers 31——————
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.