Unfiltered game day blog post of comments, observations and first impressions.
This will be the second meeting this season and the fourth in the last 16 months between the clubs. The Packers visited San Francisco in Week 1 this season, a 34-28 win for the 49ers.
Including playoffs, the Packers have won 13 of the last 17 games against the 49ers, but San Francisco has emerged victorious in the last three.
It’s cold at Lambeau Field, with temperatures in the single digits and dropping. It’s possible the temperature will remain at or above zero through most of the game, with the brutal cold arriving later in the evening. Still, wind chills will be in the minus-20 range for most of the game and possibly getting worse.
As per team tradition, the Packers alternated game captains each week during the regular season. The team elects captains for the entire postseason.
Today’s captains for the Packers will be WR Jordy Nelson and QB Aaron Rodgers (offense), S Morgan Burnettand LB A.J. Hawk (defense), and K Mason Crosby and CB Jarrett Bush (special teams).
Inactives for today’s game:
Green Bay Packers
13 WR Chris Harper
16 QB Scott Tolzien
20 CB Jumal Rolle
51 LB Nate Palmer
52 LB Clay Matthews
65 G Lane Taylor
73 C/G JC Tretter
San Francisco 49ers
22 CB Carlos Rogers
46 TE Derek Carrier
54 LB Nick Moody
62 G Ryan Seymour
71 DT Quinton Dial
78 G Joe Looney
84 WR Jon Baldwin
Startling lineup change: 26 CB Trumaine Brock starts for Rogers.
Packers vs. 49ers – First Impressions – First Half:
Hope all the #Packers fans at Lambeau stay warm and BRING THE NOISE!!! #gopackgo
The Eagles’ loss to the Saints last night highlights the problems of poor run defenses. I’m hoping but not confident that the Packers can get back into their earlier season form in that regard.
Three runs to start the game, and a three-and-out. Message sent, but at what cost?
Sam Shields down… Not a good sign for the Packers.
Two fumbles so far, one by each team. Could see more of this with the weather, but who will take advantage of it?
It’s going to be a long day for the secondary, as Crabtree is wide open for the 4th down conversion.
Packers need to keep up this red zone defense. Holding 49ers to a FG is a win for how bad the rest of the drive was, though they got help with the 49ers calling three straight passes.
Two three-and-outs for the Packers offense to start the game. After a long drive by the 49ers, the defense is going to get tired quickly.
49ers dominating first quarter so far, but Packers only down by 6. Plenty of time left in this one.
On third straight three-and-out, the boos come out from the crowd. Let the team hear it!
Score at end of 1st quarter: SF 6 GB 0
Ouch. 2004 was the last time the Packers went without a pass in the 1st quarter.
Hard to put too much blame on the secondary when the pass rush is nonexistent.
Tramon came to play today. Great interception, even better hit on Kaep during the return.
Rejoice! Packers get their first 1st down. Signs of life, and the crowd is back in the game.
Strike to Nelson in the endzone puts the Packers ahead and gives them some momentum. All thanks to the interception by Tramon.
And the tides turn again… 49ers back on top after Kaepernick and Gore find running room.
Important for Packers to get points here, since 49ers get the ball to start second half.
Nice to see Starks getting involved in the passing game.
MM is doing his best Tom Coughlin impersonation in the freezing temperatures.
Lost timeout might have cost Packers there. Settle for a FG attempt, and Crosby nails it.
Score at end of 1st half: SF 13 GB 10
Packers vs. 49ers – First Impressions – Second Half:
Important 3rd down to open the half… and Daniels makes a helluva sack!
Love the shot to Jones, but it was undertrown. Sure both players wish they had done better on that play.
Tramon gets MVP so far. Great contain on the run by Gore.
Mulumba going down with an injury leaves Packers with just one true OLB. Hoping he can get back in. Meanwhile, defense basically goes into 4-3 scheme.
The effect of those two lost timeouts on Harbaugh’s decision/ability to challenge should not be overlooked.
The Packers defense has shown up to play this half. Three straight punts, and the Packers get a break with the touchback.
Eddie Lacy deserves Rookie of the Year.
Third quarter ends without a score for either team, but Packers driving and have found their one-two punch with Lacy and Starks
Score at end of 3rd quarter: SF 13 GB 10
Aaron Rodgers finds some Atlanta magic to get out of trouble and find Cobb for a HUGE fourth down conversion.
Kaepernick using his legs to pick up yard in these crucial fourth quarter moments. Hopefully the defense can buckle down with the Packers now in the lead.
Vernon Davis finally makes his big play, a touchdown against AJ Hawk.
John Kuhn is money on those dump-offs. Makes a big first down.
Handing off to Cobb is questionable with Starks and Lacy on the team.
Five minutes left, 49ers get the ball, game tied… Could be the drive of the game.
Hyde agonizingly close to a game-changing interception… Instead, 49ers convert and the drive continues.
Clock keeps ticking… 3:00 left with San Fran at midfield.
This is completely nerve-wracking.
This game feels like it’s over with that run by Kaepernick for the first down.
And it all comes down to this field goal… At least the Packers weren’t blown out of the water this time around.
Field goal is good, and Packers season is over. Time to wrap up the season and look on to the draft!
Final Score: SF 23 GB 20——————Follow @ChadToporski