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49ers make a statement in Green Bay

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith passes against the Green Bay Packers in the first half during their NFL football game in Green Bay, Wisconsin Reuters

The Green Bay Packers already have as many losses this season as they had all of last season. And the San Francisco 49ers have made a very big statement that they’re the team to beat in the NFC.

San Francisco jumped out to an early lead at Lambeau Field and never trailed on Sunday, playing tough and physical defense combined with effective and mistake-free offense and beating the Packers 30-22. Green Bay, which went 15-1 in 2011, is now 0-1 in 2012.

Alex Smith, the quarterback the 49ers selected first overall in the 2005 NFL draft, has heard many times that he’s not as good a player as Aaron Rodgers, the quarterback the Packers selected with the 24th pick that year. But on this day, Smith couldn’t have been much better. He completed 20 of 26 passes for 211 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions, and he was in complete control of the offense all day long. This is the quarterback the 49ers need Smith to be.

Rodgers was fine, completing 30 of 44 passes for 303 yards with two touchdowns, but he had a bad interception and he wasn’t quite the superhuman quarterback he was last season. With the ball and an eight-point deficit late in the game, Rodgers fell short as he attempted to engineer a comeback.

It’s easy to overreact to Week One games and forget that there’s still a long season ahead, but this game looked like it told us a lot about this 49ers team. If nothing else, there’s no doubt the 49ers were the better team today at Lambeau Field.

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  1. discosucs2005 says: Sep 9, 2012 7:57 PM

    Fluke.

  2. contra74 says: Sep 9, 2012 7:57 PM

    Terrible performance from the Packers. I actually fell asleep during the entire second half!

    Where are those that blew the horn for “Ced Ben”?

    What excuses do you all have now!? I want to hear them!

    Great job by the 9ers, they again exposed those awful team!

    The NFC North was set to sweep today’s games until the Packers played!

    Well I guess you can always blame the replacement refs if you want to drive the bandwagon down that road!

  3. claymath52 says: Sep 9, 2012 7:59 PM

    One of the best defenses versus one of the worst. Not suprised by the outcome.

  4. spellingcops says: Sep 9, 2012 7:59 PM

    Who would’ve thought after week 1 that the Packers would be all alone at the bottom of the division? Great power rankings pft

  5. norcalmafia says: Sep 9, 2012 8:00 PM

    They were just lucky last year.lol..better recognize the Niners are for real.

  6. apooster says: Sep 9, 2012 8:00 PM

    0-1 LOL

  7. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 9, 2012 8:00 PM

    I felt like I was watching a replay of the DAL/NYG game, just switching the jerseys of DAL to SF and NYG to GB.

  8. cali49er707 says: Sep 9, 2012 8:00 PM

    Just another LUCK-FLUKE win!!

    I must say though……. this looks like one of the BEST 6 & 10 teams that I have seen in awhile!!!

    LOL @ the HATERS!!!!

  9. muathjam21 says: Sep 9, 2012 8:01 PM

    Guess the 49ers weren’t a one year wonder, eh?

    Great game. I’m sure both teams will be in the playoffs when it’s all said and done regardless.

  10. bluebongzilla says: Sep 9, 2012 8:01 PM

    Excuse me, but the Cowboys just beat the champs in their house a lot more convincingly than the 49ers beat the also-rans, so seems to me the Cowboys are the team to beat in the NFC.

  11. bucrightoff says: Sep 9, 2012 8:02 PM

    49ers looked pretty damn good. The refs were a complete debacle.

  12. deelron says: Sep 9, 2012 8:02 PM

    Great, great game.

    Btw, any owners who think that the officials are the same as the always are, go ahead and watch this game on NFL replay (or the timeout debacle in Arizona) and come back and lie to our faces again.

  13. norcalmafia says: Sep 9, 2012 8:02 PM

    Meanwhile the Seattle and their pre season SB team lost to the Cards…..losers..told you they are the over hyped team if the year!

  14. peytonsneck18 says: Sep 9, 2012 8:03 PM

    It’s easy to overreact to Week One games and forget that there’s still a long season ahead

    tell that to redskins fans, who think they won the championship after week 1

  15. bigbluefan1 says: Sep 9, 2012 8:03 PM

    Clay Mathews says the 9ers did not beat the packer the packer beat the packers

    NFL MVP are you kidding me

  16. taintedsaints2009 says: Sep 9, 2012 8:04 PM

    I am still counting how many blocks in the back ther were on the punt return.

    One of the worst calls ever. And of course, it’s the packers who benefit. Same as the call early in the game when Rodgers was sacked for a huge loss, kicks the helmet out of place on the lineman, lineman takes off helmet to adjust it, and he gets the 15. Yard penalty. Unreal.

  17. bluebongzilla says: Sep 9, 2012 8:05 PM

    “Who would’ve thought after week 1 that the Packers would be all alone at the bottom of the division?”

    Probably same people who thought the Giants would be all alone at the bottom of their division.

  18. goldrush36 says: Sep 9, 2012 8:06 PM

    Meanwhile Braylon Stonehenge Edwards strikes again sending Seattle to 0-1 even with the help from the refs giving them an extra time out. Oh yeah BTW where’s that dude that said 42-7 Green Bay?

  19. andrewproughcfe says: Sep 9, 2012 8:06 PM

    Good thing this game didn’t go to overtime – Rodgers and Matthews would have been late for makeup for their next commercials.

  20. voiceofreasonsays says: Sep 9, 2012 8:06 PM

    Who cares? RGIII is the top story of the day.

  21. mikeyhigs says: Sep 9, 2012 8:06 PM

    The Packers are 0-2 in their last 2 games at Lambeau

  22. sweetzinger says: Sep 9, 2012 8:07 PM

    Still, Frisco made it a lot harder than it had to be.

    Prevent defense: prevents you from winning, and it was tense there for a bit.

    And then they bottle up the offense. If possible, I’m creating a new term: prevent offense. Keep trying to eat the clock and it’ll get you sooner or later.

    But I’m happy they won. A statement game. Wasn’t an absolute necessity, but still says a lot.

  23. phloorioisanarcissist says: Sep 9, 2012 8:08 PM

    So many people wrote this team off. Kudos to them all over. Despite being hosed by bogus penalties (or lack there of) all game they still win rather easily against a team most predict to be the Superbowl champs of 2012 (not with that defense). 49ers lack nothing. Great defense, offense, and special teams.

  24. superseahawk says: Sep 9, 2012 8:10 PM

    People who trashed Alex Smith are eating their words. He’s a smart football player with a great team around, the Niners are no fluke.

  25. thraiderskin says: Sep 9, 2012 8:10 PM

    Well played by the 9ers… My opinion is changing about Alex Smith. I will say that the refs were more than awful in that game, the worst job i’ve ever seen.

  26. edenprairieballer says: Sep 9, 2012 8:10 PM

    The Packers have MAJOR flaws on defense. SF proved that they are the team to beat in the NFC. No question.

  27. cosanostra71 says: Sep 9, 2012 8:10 PM

    woo go Niners!

  28. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 9, 2012 8:11 PM

    bluebongzilla says: Sep 9, 2012 8:01 PM

    Excuse me, but the Cowboys just beat the champs in their house a lot more convincingly than the 49ers beat the also-rans, so seems to me the Cowboys are the team to beat in the NFC.
    ————–

    The Giants were as stagnant as could be on both sides of the ball, Dallas played about as good as they can, and STILL barely won. How do you figure anything was “convincing” about that game ha?

  29. 1phd says: Sep 9, 2012 8:12 PM

    Another horrible job by the scab officials and the Niners won anyway, because they were that much better today.

  30. opinevain says: Sep 9, 2012 8:13 PM

    I think Moss could’ve been used more, which would’ve opened the Niners offense up more than they know.

  31. joetoronto says: Sep 9, 2012 8:14 PM

    The Packers aren’t going anywhere with that defense.

  32. packhawk04 says: Sep 9, 2012 8:15 PM

    Everyone knew the niners wanted to chew clock and shorten the game. Why the pack came out and played ten yards off the receivers is beyond me. The entire first half the pack let the niners do what they were trying to do. I just dont get it.

  33. goldenperspective says: Sep 9, 2012 8:17 PM

    Niners will be extremely tough to beat.

  34. pudgalvin says: Sep 9, 2012 8:17 PM

    One game does not a season make, but if I’m the Packers, I’m greatly concerned that the defense made Alex Smith look like Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers is still the best running back on the team. That’s a recipe once again to be great in the regular season and make an early exit in the playoffs.

  35. snccoach says: Sep 9, 2012 8:17 PM

    Niners looked good, but someone needs to reel Harbaugh in. He looks like a total spaz with his immature outbursts.

  36. The Prophet says: Sep 9, 2012 8:19 PM

    In recent history these heavyweight fights in Week 1 have been indicators. Last year the Packers looked sharp over the Saints and went 15-1. The year before the Saints struggled to beat the Vikings who also didn’t look right. Vikings went 6-10 and Saints got beat by a 7-9 team in the playoffs and were hardly dominant on the way.

  37. trefkennedy says: Sep 9, 2012 8:19 PM

    The NFC is looking great idk where TeamCowboys will end up at but I think we can go to war against San Fran

  38. zonedogz says: Sep 9, 2012 8:20 PM

    Impressive win. Niners are no fluke and will be a force to be reconned with in the NFC.

  39. eleventy4 says: Sep 9, 2012 8:20 PM

    Sorry Clay, any team could say that. And when they do, unless there are multiple turnovers, it’s the sign of a sore loser, not someone who sees things clearly. Who’s got it better than us!?

  40. The Prophet says: Sep 9, 2012 8:20 PM

    The Packers are 2-3 since KC last season and haven’t looked right since and today showed they’ve corrected and changed nothing. I’m not saying the Packers go 4-12, but they are clearly not the same dominant team they once were despite 95% of all sports reporters who picked them to win the SB this year.

  41. 91devinhester23 says: Sep 9, 2012 8:21 PM

    better watch out cheeseheads bears have an elite offense too now except it comes with a running game and a real d

    packers 0-2 on thursday

  42. fsf7 says: Sep 9, 2012 8:21 PM

    discosucs2005 says: Sep 9, 2012 7:57 PM

    Fluke.
    —————————————–

    The Packers are an extremely good team, however:

    They are one-dimensional on offense, relying 100% on Aaron Rogers ability to pass. They cannot run the ball and their defense is not playing the same level as they did in 2010.

    While the Packers are superior at QB and WR, the 49ers have utilized their higher draft selections over the last several years to build a roster that is better at RB, OL, DL, LB, and DB.

  43. ninerfan94954 says: Sep 9, 2012 8:21 PM

    I am glad that the 49ers won but the officiating of this game, missed calls against both teams, late flags against both teams…awful. A billion dollar industry with million dollar athletes and 39 cent officiating. Let the game be decided by the teams, not someone who is doing the best they can, but are clearly in over their heads. Negotiate! this week.

  44. The Prophet says: Sep 9, 2012 8:22 PM

    The only thing consistent from the regular refs to the replacement refs is unabashed love for the Green Bay Packers.

  45. bigboi30 says: Sep 9, 2012 8:27 PM

    I know it won’t stay this way but look who is the bottom of the barrel in the nfc north.

    And to the comedian that said the cowboys are the team to beat in the nfc, thank you, i have never laughed so hard in my life. It was a great joke.

    This is week one, and yes some statements have been made, but nothing is concrete and set in stone until we have played a few more weeks and backed up those statements.

    The game i want is next week between the Lions and the 49ers. And not because of the coach slap fight. I want to see it cause it was a hell of a game last year that came down to a 4th and goal by the 49ers that was still a questionable td today. It should be a great hard nosed battle between two great teams that hate to loose.
    I an a lifelong Detroit fan and have been looking forward to this rematch between warriors and not the guys on the sidelines.
    I just hope the media makes it more about the rivalry on the field then off it.

  46. whoanellie1971 says: Sep 9, 2012 8:27 PM

    The game would’ve been a blowout if the refs didn’t screw up the block in the back call on Cobb’s punt return!

  47. packerbacker12 says: Sep 9, 2012 8:27 PM

    “One of the worst calls ever. And of course, it’s the packers who benefit. Same as the call early in the game when Rodgers was sacked for a huge loss, kicks the helmet out of place on the lineman, lineman takes off helmet to adjust it, and he gets the 15. Yard penalty. Unreal.”

    Even if that was the case, he still should know that taking off your helmet during the play results in a penalty. If anything, he should of just let his helmet fall off instead of taking it off on his own.

    And the Packers did not benefit from anything. Yes they did get away with a few calls but so did the 49ers. Both teams got away with a good amount of calls that should been flagged.

  48. geniusfan says: Sep 9, 2012 8:29 PM

    Little known fact: Aaron Rodgers is now 3-19 in 4th quarter comeback opportunities. He’s talented for sure but he’s a front runner as of now.

    The 49ers have been for real. They were one of the two or three best teams in the NFL last year. They are better than Green Bay, i’m not surprised they won this game handily.

    The media was slow to catch onto the 49ers because they don’t have an “elite” quarterback (whatever that means) but they have an elite defense and a good to very good offense. This is no coming out party it’s the continuation of what the 49ers did last year when they were a few fumbled punt returns from the Super Bowl.

  49. jikkle49 says: Sep 9, 2012 8:29 PM

    Officiating was terrible for both sides to that element was a bit of a wash.

    Really the 9ers took a page from the Chiefs playbook when they beat GB last season.

    -Get pressure on Rodgers with 4 guys drop rest into coverage
    -Take away his first read
    -Jump for joy when they waste a down trying to run the ball
    -Clock control and long drives on offense to eat the clock

  50. castleofcheese says: Sep 9, 2012 8:30 PM

    Good game. 9ers earned it. See you in the playoffs.

  51. fsf7 says: Sep 9, 2012 8:31 PM

    spellingcops says: Sep 9, 2012 7:59 PM

    Who would’ve thought after week 1 that the Packers would be all alone at the bottom of the division? Great power rankings pft

    —————————————————–

    9- That’s the total number of wins the Rams, Jaguars and Colts had combined in 2011 and the teams that the Lions, Vikings and Bears drew in week 1.

    The Packers had to play a 13 win team from 2011 and one of the most talented teams in the league.

    Nothing like over-reacting to one game.

  52. discosucs2005 says: Sep 9, 2012 8:31 PM

    Seriously guys, I’m a sarcastic 49ers fan.

  53. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 9, 2012 8:32 PM

    ninerfan94954 says: Sep 9, 2012 8:21 PM

    I am glad that the 49ers won but the officiating of this game, missed calls against both teams, late flags against both teams…awful. A billion dollar industry with million dollar athletes and 39 cent officiating. Let the game be decided by the teams, not someone who is doing the best they can, but are clearly in over their heads. Negotiate! this week.
    ———-

    SF got away with so much offensive line holding, pass interference and illegal contact/defensive holding that I stopped counting.

    No dog in this race, my guys beat both teams on the way to XLVI. I am about as objective as they come when discussing that game.

  54. WestCoastVet says: Sep 9, 2012 8:33 PM

    Smith is getting better but he still has no pocket presence. He literally walked into tacklers 2-3 times.

  55. goldrush36 says: Sep 9, 2012 8:33 PM

    snccoach says: Sep 9, 2012 8:17 PM

    Niners looked good, but someone needs to reel Harbaugh in. He looks like a total spaz with his immature outbursts.

    _______________________________________

    Umm did you see how many bogus calls there were. I will just trim it down to the two biggest. Rodgers getting sacked and kicking Smith’s helmet half way off… Aldon gets flagged for taking it off to fix it. # blocks in the back on the momentum changing punt return and the flags were down until they seen GB scored. Then conveniently there was no longer a foul on the play…. not to mention several little calls with basically only a false start not getting called goin the niners way

  56. redandgoldhitman52 says: Sep 9, 2012 8:33 PM

    aaron rodgers looked shellshocked. 49er defense was too much for him.

  57. thepvyharvin says: Sep 9, 2012 8:35 PM

    Packers were terrible. Simply put

  58. The Prophet says: Sep 9, 2012 8:35 PM

    discosucs2005 says: Sep 9, 2012 7:57 PM

    Fluke.
    —————————————–

    The Packers are an extremely good team, however:

    They are one-dimensional on offense, relying 100% on Aaron Rogers ability to pass. They cannot run the ball and their defense is not playing the same level as they did in 2010.

    ———-

    let’s look at an even deeper layer. They are one-dimensional in that they rely on their loaded group of receivers to separate and gain YAC which is why Rodgers or Flynn look so good. Rodgers hits guys who are wide open, and if you can be generally in the way like the Chiefs, Giants, and now Niners do, Rodgers either throws it elsewhere or out of reach of both guys. He is not a risky passer.

  59. trapshoot says: Sep 9, 2012 8:37 PM

    Niners looked very good and very consistent. Packers defense was consistently lousy. No way are they gonna win many games with that kinda D.

    The Refs were terrible. Botched calls for both side. Watched several other games and the refs did an OK job. This crew was quite inept.

  60. 22much4ken says: Sep 9, 2012 8:39 PM

    Someone must have read it to the packers that they were predicted to win the division and the playoffs and the superbowl – once again they were outcoached, they sure seem to enjoy losing at home since losing in the playoffs last year – Dom capers needs to go!!!!

  61. sixjak says: Sep 9, 2012 8:42 PM

    packhawk04 says:
    Sep 9, 2012 8:15 PM
    Everyone knew the niners wanted to chew clock and shorten the game. Why the pack came out and played ten yards off the receivers is beyond me. The entire first half the pack let the niners do what they were trying to do. I just dont get it.

     __________

    It’s quite apparent by your comments that you don’t get it. GB COULDN’T do what they wanted to do because the 9ers dictated the play on both sides of the ball. In other words, the 9ers beat the Packers in their own house. This despite horrible calls on both teams. We can all agree that the punt return was an unearned 7 points for GB that totally breathed new life into GB.

    The 9ers are good. And Harbaugh doesn’t give a rip about what you football peasants think about his sideline behavior. If your coach is too stupid to challenge the refs and keep them on their toes then I guess you can ramp up for the excitement of having the 1st pick of the draft next spring.

  62. trefkennedy says: Sep 9, 2012 8:42 PM

    @Mr.Wright212 you do realize mid way through the 4th quarter TeamCowboys had a 24-10

  63. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Sep 9, 2012 8:44 PM

    Refs were ATROCIOUS in this game – laughably bad. Niners are a really tough out. Now they know they can win any game they play on any turf. Punking the Pack and beating the stripes on the same day at Lambeau is a giant statement.

    How’s this for scary. The Niners have the most draft picks of any team next spring. I see the Niner coaching staff getting picked clean this offseason.

    Pack was outplayed and outcoached

  64. rajbais says: Sep 9, 2012 8:44 PM

    Even though Aaron Rodgers is on my fantasy football team, I was not surprised by the San Francisco 49ers’ victory today. They are my NFC pick for the Super Bowl.

    I personally feel that they will play the Houston Texans in this year’s big game!!

  65. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 9, 2012 8:47 PM

    trefkennedy says: Sep 9, 2012 8:42 PM

    @Mr.Wright212 you do realize mid way through the 4th quarter TeamCowboys had a 24-10
    ———

    Just stop it. The Cowboys played the best game they have played against the Giants in almost 7 years. The Giants were as sloppy as can be. I don’t care about 24-10. Just like all the the other games today, teams trailed by 2-3 TD. It’s Week 1. Dallas won’t be there in the end. PERIOD.

  66. contra74 says: Sep 9, 2012 8:47 PM

    castleofcheese says:Sep 9, 2012 8:30 PM

    Good game. 9ers earned it. See you in the playoffs.
    —–
    What playoffs!?!?!? You serious right now? You think the Packers will even smell a wild card with that D and offensive line?

  67. nflfollower says: Sep 9, 2012 8:53 PM

    Niners looked good, a really solid win for them. The Packers had supposedly upgraded their pass rush, which in turn was supposed to help their porous secondary—–couldn’t see any difference from last year.

    My Lions will have to play a lot better than they did today next week if the want to have a shot to win at the Stick. But I’m pretty sure Stafford will rebound, hopefully we get some players back in the secondary and give San Fran all they can handle. Handshake 2.0 baby!

  68. bluebongzilla says: Sep 9, 2012 8:57 PM

    “Just stop it. The Cowboys played the best game they have played against the Giants in almost 7 years.”

    Not really. They only had 5 penalties when they beat the Giants in NJ 33-20 in 2010. With Kitna.

  69. jkaflagg says: Sep 9, 2012 8:57 PM

    Looks like the 49ers were fortunate that Peyton Manning wasn’t interested in joining them, as Smith continues to improve and seems to be a better fit for the total team concept…..

    Of course, Harbaugh insists they weren’t really interested in Manning…..guess they just worked him out for the exercise……

    Sometimes the best moves are the ones you don’t make…..

  70. rg3savedc says: Sep 9, 2012 8:57 PM

    Yeah a superbowl contender barely beat another superbowl contender. Real statement game…

    On the other hand, you make no mention of Robert Griffin III and the Redskins beating the Saints in their house. That is a real statement game, guy.

  71. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 9, 2012 8:57 PM

    The refs made the right call. STOP WHINING about block in the back. Cobb was already past the block.

  72. keepthisrealbro says: Sep 9, 2012 9:05 PM

    Crow, it’s what most of PFT is eating for dinner tonight. NINER EMPIRE!!!!!!

  73. cliffordc05 says: Sep 9, 2012 9:09 PM

    The 49ers looked better than I expected and I expected them to be very good. Smith has a firm grasp of the offense and his receivers are improved over last year’s group. The are possibly the most balanced team on offense and defense in the league.

  74. baymac408 says: Sep 9, 2012 9:15 PM

    A lot of doubters before this game… Thank you!! We played strong in a lot of aspects.. Still got a long season to go, but straight this is setting the tone for this year!!! Smash Smash Smash put whatever you got in your hand and Toast to the NINERS!!! Let’s get it in NINERS!!!

  75. jerlee7 says: Sep 9, 2012 9:19 PM

    packers, unprepared, just like against the Giants. apparently Michelle thinks his team is good enough to just show up and win. worked last year. worst coach to ever win a superbowl.

  76. tdrundmc says: Sep 9, 2012 9:25 PM

    superseahawk says:
    Sep 9, 2012 8:10 PM
    People who trashed Alex Smith are eating their words. He’s a smart football player with a great team around, the Niners are no fluke.

    No one is eating their words. The guy was a #1 pick in the NFL draft and he’s Trent Dilfer 2.0

  77. theaxmancometh says: Sep 9, 2012 9:28 PM

    The Packers are in the NFC North cellar. A little news flash people: the Packers played the best D in the league, a fellow SB contender. The Bears beat a rookie QB & the worst team last yr, the Lions needed til 10 seconds left to beat the awful Rams, and the Vikings needed OT to beat the awful Jags. We’ll see the real story real soon, Thursday night at Lambeau.

  78. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Sep 9, 2012 9:28 PM

    Seems like A-Rodg has lost that air of invincibility, doesn’t it? Combine that with a historically bad defense and I don’t think it’s a recipe for success.

  79. eldritchblast says: Sep 9, 2012 9:35 PM

    Nope, Green Bay was 15-2 last year.

  80. thetokyosandblaster says: Sep 9, 2012 9:37 PM

    Hey thank heaven. Tim Tebow beat you. Worry about that.

  81. imaginesuperbowlwin says: Sep 9, 2012 9:40 PM

    And please keep the excuses coming, it’s great entertainment!

  82. mjkelly77 says: Sep 9, 2012 9:42 PM

    On a couple of plays I thoght Hairbough’s head was going to explode. He definitely throws as many temper tantrums as any four other coaches combined.

  83. snoilog says: Sep 9, 2012 9:46 PM

    theaxmancometh says:
    Sep 9, 2012 9:28 PM
    The Packers are in the NFC North cellar. A little news flash people: the Packers played the best D in the league, a fellow SB contender. The Bears beat a rookie QB & the worst team last yr, the Lions needed til 10 seconds left to beat the awful Rams, and the Vikings needed OT to beat the awful Jags. We’ll see the real story real soon, Thursday night at Lambeau.
    ———————————–
    Dude, the packers aren’t very good

  84. briank1ne says: Sep 9, 2012 9:47 PM

    There were some falsie starts not called on the niners but clearly..very clearly. The packers got the block in the back and the pass interference in the endzone calls. Both leaded to almost immediate tds. The niners were clearly the better team.

  85. thetokyosandblaster says: Sep 9, 2012 9:51 PM

    So if the packers aren’t very good, and they only lost by one score to the niners, what does that make the niners?

  86. judsonjr says: Sep 9, 2012 10:02 PM

    I’ll say the refs were bad, as bad as I’ve seen in a long time. However, a lot of the bad calls didn’t make any difference in the drives.

    For example, the Packers didn’t get a PI call on a long pass to James Jones…but they scored a TD on the drive anyway. The refs missed 3 false starts on a drive, maybe that gives the Niners a tougher FG on their drive…but given that Akers made one from 60+…hard to say that matters.

    Then you have a bad roughing call on Matthews, but really there was a missed PI on the play, so it’s a wash.

  87. pariseinminnesotabichez says: Sep 9, 2012 10:10 PM

    Vikings 1-0, Packers 0-1, Rogers 1 INT, Ponder 0 INTs

  88. shaggytoodle says: Sep 9, 2012 10:15 PM

    spellingcops says:Sep 9, 2012 7:59 PM

    Who would’ve thought after week 1 that the Packers would be all alone at the bottom of the division? Great power rankings pft
    ______________________

    Its not all that crazy, you figure the Packers play a team that was a game away from the Superbowl.

    While the rest of the division, played the 5 worst teams from last year, two of them struggled big time and needed overtime.

    Crazy game, it sure was interesting, the refs made it really frustrating to watch they were all over the place on this game, because two great teams could have had a classic game.

    Its still only one game.

  89. packerhater says: Sep 9, 2012 10:15 PM

    The Packers and their fans are the king of excuses. Arron (the king of 5-10 yard passes) finds its a lot harder when you play good teams unlike last year when they had such a cake schedule , now they have been exposed as the over hyped and overrated team that they have always been.

  90. derekczajkowski says: Sep 9, 2012 10:18 PM

    packers are still good but their reign of terror is coming to an end your defense is putrid and defenses have figured out how to slow your offense down

  91. jhein23 says: Sep 9, 2012 10:38 PM

    Boy do people overreact to a week 1 game. The 49ers looked outstanding, especially their defense, Alex Smith and Frank Gore. As of Sept. 9, 2012 they are definitely super bowl favorites for the nfc in my opinion. But a lot can change in 4 months believe that. And you don’t think their defense came out fresher and more inspired than they will at any point in the season?

    The Packers defense looked poor, very poor. But also remember several rookies on that d playing in their 1st game ever they are bound to get better.

    Most ridiculous the comments about defenses having the Packers all figured out now. Yeah it took this long – the defense the 49ers ran very similar to what the Bears have been running for years against Rodgers and his receivers, nothing new just better personnel. Really some Packer haters loving tonight – eat it up and enjoy usually doesn’t last long savor it.

  92. chi01town says: Sep 9, 2012 10:38 PM

    The packers cant run the ball at all an worse they cant stop the run. Chicago is going to beat Greenbay this week because they will run the ball an rest the defense.34/20 Chicago

  93. jhein23 says: Sep 9, 2012 10:44 PM

    What is Cutler’s record against Rodgers? Oh thats right 1-6

  94. goldrush36 says: Sep 9, 2012 10:48 PM

    mjkelly77 says: Sep 9, 2012 9:42 PM

    On a couple of plays I thoght Hairbough’s head was going to explode. He definitely throws as many temper tantrums as any four other coaches combined.
    ________________________________________

    Aww don’t worry your hero Schwartzy will have plenty to cry about come Sunday and Harbaugh will be all smiles for you. This isn’t the Rams and a last second TD on your own turf… Hmm me thinks you will be nowhere to be found

  95. contra74 says: Sep 9, 2012 10:54 PM

    thetokyosandblaster says:
    Sep 9, 2012 9:51 PM
    So if the packers aren’t very good, and they only lost by one score to the niners, what does that make the niners?
    —-
    It makes them 1-0 instead of 0-1

  96. WestCoastVet says: Sep 9, 2012 10:56 PM

    Let’s be honest, the TV might say the final score was 30-22, but in reality it was 30-14 since the punt-return-for-a-touchdown was only able to occur because two instances of blocks in back weren’t penalized, and without which there would have been no touchdown.

    Then you go into the wrong-call on PI, the absurd unsportsmanlike penalty on Aldon Smith after the sack, and overall bad officiating. This game could’ve easily been 37-29(21) if the right penalties were called.

    Beyond the officials being bad/over their heads I think they’re so insecure about it because of the outcry from fans and the media that they try to spot things that aren’t there. They’re too trigger-happy, when it come down to it. They need to realize that sometimes the right call is no call and to let the players on the field dictate the game and not the guys in stripes.

  97. goldrush36 says: Sep 9, 2012 10:59 PM

    thetokyosandblaster says: Sep 9, 2012 9:51 PM

    So if the packers aren’t very good, and they only lost by one score to the niners, what does that make the niners?

    ___________________________________________ Let’s be real here. The scoreboard doesn’t reflect it because they were GIFTED 6 points and a goal line spot on terrible calls but the 49ers dominated the pack in every way. Eat that crow tokyo

  98. purpleguy says: Sep 9, 2012 11:03 PM

    I don’t think I’d ship off the Lombardi to the Bay Area or start the fire McCarthy chants quite yet — it’s just the first week folks. I suspect these teams will meet again in January.

  99. sonickdeathmonkey79 says: Sep 9, 2012 11:05 PM

    Even if that was the case, he still should know that taking off your helmet during the play results in a penalty. If anything, he should of just let his helmet fall off instead of taking it off on his own.

    And the Packers did not benefit from anything. Yes they did get away with a few calls but so did the 49ers. Both teams got away with a good amount of calls that should been flagged.

    1) his helmet got kicked loose, was falling off before he put his hands up towards it. It the fell off while his hands were near it. Clearly he didn’t take it off.

    2) pass interference call that was bs put the ball on the one inch line leading to a td, and a blatant block in the back on Anthony Dixon directly in front of a scab zebra allowed corn Cobb to score another td.

    That’s 15 points off of ridiculous calls. You must be a Queen Bay fan or are just oblivious to reality. Either way, San Francisco showed that bad calls by replacement officials will not stop them. Neither will “the best team in the nfl” as some might say.

    Niners are for real. Get used to it.

  100. dyna5ty says: Sep 9, 2012 11:08 PM

    To all those people who said last season was a fluke for the 9ers and we’d go 6-10, 7-9 or 8-8. Today didn’t look like a fluke. Our offense moved the ball very well and very efficiently. Our defense is just as good as last year. Rodgers had to result to quick throws because of the pressure. I’m not saying we will go 13-3 again but we will go 11-5. Just keep hating.

  101. WestCoastVet says: Sep 9, 2012 11:09 PM

    Aaron, if you ever want to move to a team that actually has a defense let us know.

    Signed,
    49er Nation

  102. smcgaels1997 says: Sep 9, 2012 11:12 PM

    Yeah a superbowl contender barely beat another superbowl contender. Real statement game…

    On the other hand, you make no mention of Robert Griffin III and the Redskins beating the Saints in their house. That is a real statement game, guy.

    Seriously? Talk to us when the Redskins are relevant for more than 1 game…and well see how your savior RG III does against good defensive teams

  103. packerbacker12 says: Sep 9, 2012 11:22 PM

    “The Packers and their fans are the king of excuses. Arron (the king of 5-10 yard passes)”

    If I’m not mistaken, Rodgers lead the NFL with passes that spanned 20 yards or more last season.

  104. jhein23 says: Sep 9, 2012 11:33 PM

    Yes Aaron Rodgers led the NFL in yards per completion last season by a pretty wide margin too. So many unintelligent people on this site. I’ll trust the people who play in the NFL, coach in the NFL and scout the NFL who say Aaron Rodgers is pretty good. Ran into a great team today with an excellent gameplan. We lost.

  105. briank1ne says: Sep 9, 2012 11:35 PM

    To all those who laughed at me last week when I told them Alex smith would have a better qbr than rodgers… Alexander the great. 126.sumptin rodgers 93.sumptin else. Eat it.

  106. shaggytoodle says: Sep 9, 2012 11:36 PM

    WestCoastVet says:Sep 9, 2012 11:09 PM

    Aaron, if you ever want to move to a team that actually has a defense let us know.

    Signed,
    49er Nation
    ________________

    Why would he go there, they didn’t even want him when they had the first pick overall.

    Besides he all ready know whats its like to play with a defense that can help win a Superbowl.

  107. goldrush4949 says: Sep 9, 2012 11:39 PM

    Wow, I didn’t know teams led by game managers can go into Lambeau and slap around a 15-1 team.

  108. asublimeday says: Sep 9, 2012 11:44 PM

    Packers fans feel a bit less grabby tonight. Still grabby, but a bit less so.

  109. jhein23 says: Sep 9, 2012 11:58 PM

    Alex Smith I’m sorry but I’d love to see him with no running game at all go against the SF defense, we’ll give him all the Packers receivers and still lets see how he does. I gotta feeling it would be a big donut on the scoreboard and a qb rating below 50.

  110. sisqsage says: Sep 10, 2012 12:00 AM

    We all know the Pack only earned 15 points. That reverse of a call on an obvious illegal block on that kick return for a TD was a joke.

    This was a blueprint of the Giants’ win last year at Lambeau. Which means the Pack had better figure out how to run the ball. Quick.

  111. frozentundrathunder says: Sep 10, 2012 12:07 AM

    The only score that counts:

    Packers 13
    49ers 5

    Enjoy your win (Back on the bandwagon) Niner fans. You were not missed.

  112. Canned Heat says: Sep 10, 2012 12:14 AM

    sonickdeathmonkey79 says:Sep 9, 2012 11:05 PM

    Even if that was the case, he still should know that taking off your helmet during the play results in a penalty. If anything, he should of just let his helmet fall off instead of taking it off on his own.

    1) his helmet got kicked loose, was falling off before he put his hands up towards it. It the fell off while his hands were near it. Clearly he didn’t take it off.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I know you guys are a little silly out West, but go look at the replay. He grabbed the helmet with both hands and flipped it off of his head. I knew you weren’t bright, but figured you could at least see.
    __________________________________

    WestCoastVet says:Sep 9, 2012 10:56 PM

    Let’s be honest, the TV might say the final score was 30-22, but in reality it was 30-14 since the punt-return-for-a-touchdown was only able to occur because two instances of blocks in back weren’t penalized, and without which there would have been no touchdown.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Once again, get the meat banana out of your mouth and watch a replay. There was ONE blatant block in the back….not two, not three. Even idiot Aikman and Periera agreed. Let me guess….not only can you guys not see….you can’t hear either?

    Congrats on a killer win, that is a awesome looking team. I wouldn’t crack the champagne yet, your team, and everyone else’s, is always one blow to the knee away from mediocrity. For the record, alot of you Niners fans sound like last years Lions fans talking big in week one and ran for cover when reality set in. Enjoy it while you got it.

  113. bangithard says: Sep 10, 2012 12:20 AM

    Packer offense has lost the FOCUS and has no rhythym.

    THERE is no gameplan.

    case in point: using COBB as your big weapon? (what happened to your HOF player-in-waiting FINLEY?)

    The Defense has NO SWAGGER, Claymaker and Woodson are the only playmakers – HAWK is waste and the other LB’s did not show up. Very little in gameplan here – players are not put in position to succeed

    Special Teams: other than the 75 Yd. punt return (with a block in the back) no coaching – Finley should have been placed under the Goal Posts to knock down that kick – classic example of where the right player would have made the play.

    This team is not hungry, the coaches are FAT or ASLEEP (MR CAPERS are you there?) and if 0-2 comes up after Thursday – let the whispers begin!!

  114. lightofkolob says: Sep 10, 2012 12:31 AM

    9ers are a better TEAM. The Packers aren’t going to win another championship because they are too one dimensional. I think the league has caught up to them…..
    3 straight losses now

  115. bcfalcon says: Sep 10, 2012 12:33 AM

    That 49ers run defense is one of the best i have seen in awhile!

  116. alphabeta49er says: Sep 10, 2012 12:44 AM

    A well managed game.

  117. sonickdeathmonkey79 says: Sep 10, 2012 12:51 AM

    “Alex Smith I’m sorry but I’d love to see him with no running game at all go against the SF defense, we’ll give him all the Packers receivers and still lets see how he does. I gotta feeling it would be a big donut on the scoreboard and a qb rating below 50.”

    Just irrelevant. Unlike in Queen Bay, one player does not define the Niners. It’s a complete team that slapped around a punchless defense. Anybody who argues A smith is superior to A-rod should be deported to a country where footballs are round.

    Alex P Keaton Smith is more than a game mngr, but he won’t be confused for Joe Montana. However, you wanna play the what if biz: sit Alex behind favre and load him up with consistency at the offensive scheme, give him wide receivers that are worth a crap and an o-line stronger than airport toilet paper from day one, and I’m sure he’d be a smidge better at this point in his career.

    But we can’t do that, and furthermore, who gives a turd. He hasCoach Comeback. He has an o coordinator (not named jimmy raye) for the second year in a row for the first time in his career. He has receivers. He has a good line.

    Now let’s see what he can do. So far, he is showing that when he’s not the center ring of a bumbling brothers circus (thank you Jed York) he can do some things.

    Green Bay is really, really good. San Fran is just better.

  118. jhtobias says: Sep 10, 2012 12:52 AM

    Niner are a better team.

    Here is the difference between lion fan viking fan and packer fan.. Eventhough the officiationg was horrid, packers won’t complain that that is why they lostlike lion and viking fan do..

    Niners have a better team than the packers with or without crappy officiating..

  119. sonickdeathmonkey79 says: Sep 10, 2012 12:54 AM

    WestCoastVet says:Sep 9, 2012 11:09 PM

    Aaron, if you ever want to move to a team that actually has a defense let us know.

    Signed,
    49er Nation
    ________________

    Why would he go there, they didn’t even want him when they had the first pick overall.

    Besides he all ready know whats its like to play with a defense that can help win a Superbowl.

     –

    I’d say his memory of having a good d is exactly the reason he’d want to play for the niners

  120. baymac408 says: Sep 10, 2012 1:12 AM

    Jhein your comments were respectable till that one!!! We picked Alex not Aaron for a reason.. His potential was an is greater then Aaron.. Aaron is the best right now.. Hands down. But he also sat and has had great coaching.. We just got that last year and look how much Alex has excelled!! He is only getting better and tho Aaron got a little less the 100 more yards today Alex completion rating was BETTER!! 20 for 26 2 tds no pics.. So keep it up and Aaron doesn’t have our defense or recievers so your right your screwed bruh it’s our time!! Yours was 2 years ago playa

  121. supermariojosh says: Sep 10, 2012 1:29 AM

    9er’s are the better team right now, no question. They certainly deserved to win. A lot of REALLY dumb people here drawing final conclusions based on week one though. One year ago the Giants were battling for a playoff spot the final week of the year. Two years ago the Packers started 3-3 and lost to the Donovan McNabb led Redskins. It’s only week one. The 9er’s are better right now.

    The officiating was terrible ON BOTH SIDES. Quit dwelling on the punt return, there were a million false starts and pass interference calls NOT called on the 9er’s to make up for it. The bogus unsportsmanlike penalty on the first drive did not affect the game as the Packers didn’t score on that drive. It evens out, just like it always does. Packers didn’t need a defense or run game last year to go 15-1, and they’ll certainly make the playoffs this year as well. Looking forward to a rematch (probably in San Fran). Should be a great game.

  122. sreske93 says: Sep 10, 2012 1:30 AM

    I still don’t know why Ted Thompson let’s Capers and McCarthy call plays, both are terrible at it.

    The Packers almost never get calls their way so it’s nice to finally get 1. For those that think otherwise, you need to lay off the ESPN kool-aid

  123. smcgaels1997 says: Sep 10, 2012 1:30 AM

    On a couple of plays I thoght Hairbough’s head was going to explode. He definitely throws as many temper tantrums as any four other coaches combined.

    It’s called passion not a temper tantrum….and those ‘tantrums’ were warranted with the rediculous refereeing going on

  124. mikelitoris1 says: Sep 10, 2012 1:49 AM

    “Who should my new favorite team be… Saints? Nah they lost too. How bout the SB CHAMPS? Damn they lost too. How about Tebow? They don’t play until week 3.”

    - Packers bandwagon fans

  125. discosucs2005 says: Sep 10, 2012 2:08 AM

    jhein23 says:
    Sep 9, 2012 11:58 PM
    Alex Smith I’m sorry but I’d love to see him with no running game at all go against the SF defense, we’ll give him all the Packers receivers and still lets see how he does. I gotta feeling it would be a big donut on the scoreboard and a qb rating below 50.

    ________________________________________

    Are you kidding me? Do you know how ridiculous that argument is? I feel like if Alex Smith won the Super Bowl people would be all “whatever, the defense won it. He just managed them to the Super Bowl.”

    Here is the thing no one seems to understand, 49er fans are going around calling him Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers (and if they are they’re wrong). All we’re saying is that he isn’t complete garbage and the ridiculous “who is going to get them the ball” and “just a game manager stuff” cliches are outdated and don’t reflect his last season, his playoff performance, or the last game he played.

  126. Grinds My Gear says: Sep 10, 2012 2:13 AM

    Last year’s offensive teams that didn’t improve their defense are the fluke teams to be honest, and that’s no disrespect to Rodgers and the Packers, I’m a Cal guy so I’m definitely a fan of Rodgers. But thanks to the lock out last year the offensive side of the ball definitely had the upper hand against the defensive side. Look how much has changed after 1 off season? Remember week 1, Matt Moore and Brady threw roughly 800 yards in a game, a rookie Cam Newton came in with 400+. 3 QBs surpassed 5k yards, 5 if Eli threw for a few more and if Rodgers had played. Last year’s defensive performance was anemic across the board. So if your defense was bad last year, and it didn’t improve, then it’s far worst this year.

  127. n8fite says: Sep 10, 2012 2:18 AM

    after this win the 49ers look like very legit contenders for the superbowl.i know its just week one but hey if they can play this good all season why shouldnt they have a shot to do what they did last year and that’s win the nfc title game and go to the Superbowl. alex smith looks better and they have added moss and manningham they still have a very good defense and probably one of the best coaches in the nfl. should be very exciting in sanfran this year

  128. 808ninerfan says: Sep 10, 2012 2:23 AM

    This was just a game between two good teams it’s to early to celebrate the win 49ers have a tough schedule and the packers have a so called easy schedule so there’s a good chance we will meet again in the playoffs. I love my niners and am happy to win this 1 but 1-0 don’t mean jack lots of mistakes and missed opportunities to correct keep on trucking and get work done 9ernation.

  129. dunage415 says: Sep 10, 2012 2:58 AM

    guarantee niners make playoffs

  130. goldrush36 says: Sep 10, 2012 3:02 AM

    Packers had one the best secondary and led the league in picks last year and only gave up garbage yards according to fans 2 days ago. My how the story changes when Alex Smith effectively beats them and outproduces Rodgers in every category aside from yards

  131. pop562 says: Sep 10, 2012 3:45 AM

    I read everyone’s comment and it was very interesting and entertaining. I agree, officiating was bad on both sides but the niners had became the complete team from west coast passing, smash mouth run game, solid special team and stout defense. As a niners fan this is the greatest win because it’s against our rivals the packers who had beaten the niners 9 games straight…so winning at lambeau is a great feeling for the players, franchise and the faithfuls..,I’m not going to gloat about this win because come playoff time, I think the packs will be more prepared. Oh in addition, Rodgers made a bet with a member of boys 2 men that he loses to the niners, he will have to wear an Alex smith jersey for a week…someone’s needs to take a picture of that. Rodgers is one of my favorite QB, he’s very competitive and he gets along with everyone. Anyways, one game at a time and by the way the lions played with their thin secondary, I think the niners chances are high at winning that game.

  132. warcover says: Sep 10, 2012 3:47 AM

    Rodgers mentioned post-game about seeing the ’9ers again. Granted it’s only one game against an excellent team but if the Pack doesn’t get both their offensive line and defensive issues together in a hurry they won’t have to worry about seeing San Fran again.

  133. sh4doww4lker says: Sep 10, 2012 6:32 AM

    Back in the day, it used to be said the clothes make the man…….. if that’s still true today, then it should be obvious, replacement officials don’t belong in the NFL. Their faded non-fitting uniforms look like they were purchased from a local thrift shop.

    Overall officiating is a debacle, to detect in several cases delayed penalties with senses other than vision provides nothing more than additional
    pee breaks……..

    Goodell if you can’t get it done bring in a mediator….

  134. iluvbears says: Sep 10, 2012 7:00 AM

    Finally we have refs that aren’t afraid to call pass interference on the GB d-backs. For years, the Packers have gotten more leeway from the regular refs on clutching, holding, grabbing & hitting receivers before the ball got there. Apparently, the replacement refs don’t have any special allegiances because they actually called them on it. Bravo!

  135. handipacked says: Sep 10, 2012 7:23 AM

    The Packers were exposed last year by the Giants, and the 9′ers continued the trend. R.I.P. to the paper champions.

  136. 1historian says: Sep 10, 2012 7:35 AM

    Niners look like a darn good team and Harbaugh is a darn good coach but he is also a jerk and the team does not have the class that the niners used to have back in the old days.

    one game down, nineteen to go

  137. briman141 says: Sep 10, 2012 7:43 AM

    Not seeing much in the way of the lop-sided officiating. That was one of the worst called games I’ve ever seen in all my 40+ years of watching Packer ball. Horrendous.

  138. dcviking says: Sep 10, 2012 8:33 AM

    The biggest problem with the Packers losing this game is that they have a short week to get ready for a division rival — lose that and they are 0-2 about 1 week into the season.

    The Niners are a very good team, no doubt. But as much as I depise them, the Packers aren’t going away quite that easy.

    Lots of time left.

  139. gpack22 says: Sep 10, 2012 9:31 AM

    Starting to think that Dom Caper’s seat should start getting warmer. His track record is to inherit a bad defense and propel them toward the top in the first 2 yrs and then steadily drop toward the bottom of the league. Same is holding true in GB.

    Niners wr’s and offense are rarely going to beat you deep yet his CB’s don’t jam at the line of scrimmage and worse yet play 10 yds off.

  140. shibbyleigh says: Sep 10, 2012 9:51 AM

    Packers defense is TERRIBLE. I should specifically say, their secondary is terrible. How is Jarrett Bush in a uniform much less starting? He literally gave them 90% of their passing yards over the span of the game. After every catch, you see #24 trotting ten yards behind after his man was finally tackled.

    The refs were terrible on both sides; YES that was a block in the back on the Cobb return, but the refs missed about 5 or 6 offsides/false start penalties prior to that play that ended some Packer drives and extended some 9er drives, so I think that’s a wash.

    That said – wow- 9ers defense is solid.

  141. muskyhunter2542 says: Sep 10, 2012 10:12 AM

    The Prophet says:
    Sep 9, 2012 8:22 PM
    The only thing consistent from the regular refs to the replacement refs is unabashed love for the Green Bay Packers.

    _____________________________________

    Ummm, how about all the missed Holding penalities at least 4. The long gainer on the second drive of the game for the 9ers on 3rd down never should have happen because Matthews was so badly held.
    How about the missed false start when the tackle had a 2 step head start. Also, a badly missed facemask at the end of the game on Rodgers 2nd to last play.

    People come to see football… Not officials!!!

  142. muskyhunter2542 says: Sep 10, 2012 10:15 AM

    you can go 4-0 or 0-4 in september… As long as your 1-0 in February

    That goes for any team.

  143. 49erstim says: Sep 10, 2012 11:05 AM

    The second coming of the Red n Gold Dynasty started yesterday. Get used to it.

  144. stellarperformance says: Sep 10, 2012 11:25 AM

    There are no excuses becasuse of the officiating. The Packers played flat on D, just like last year. They drew one of the toughest teams in the NFC for the first game. Too bad they didn;t have a patsy like the other division memebrs did. The offense will be fine. Everbody knows how to play them now, so there are not expectations of 15-1 again. 11-5 is pretty good and better than most teams. I would be OK with that. The D will get better, and they’ll still beat Minnesota twice. All is good. Have faith.

  145. bougin89 says: Sep 10, 2012 11:54 AM

    For everyone complaining about the officiating being so one sided…just stop. The officiating was horrendous but you can make arguments for both sides.

    Also, lets stop overreacting after week 1. These are two of the top teams in the NFC, it’s not like the Packers lost to the Colts, the 49ers are a legitimate contender.

    We(the packers) obviously have a lot to work on but I’m not going to give up on the season because we lost to arguably the best team in the NFC.

  146. aces79 says: Sep 10, 2012 12:04 PM

    The 49ers Defense got a lil sloopy near the end of the game when Green Bay scored that last T.D refs killed most of the game anyways good game.

  147. ronin36 says: Sep 10, 2012 12:07 PM

    A few points I’ll agree with.

    1. The block in the back call/non-call/missed-call. Seriously screwed up.

    2. Mathews and Rodgers making commercials.. Agreed, they might want to dial that back.

    3. San Fran is a good team. no doubt.

    A few points I disagree with…

    1. Taking off the helmet.. If he had taken it off, adjusted the strap and put it back on, there probably wouldn’t have been a call.. instead he took it off and threw it. Not good. (He could have thought the play was still active and was clearing his helmet to continue pursuit.. so I’ll give him the benefit)

    2. “It’s just one game” doesn’t wash. This has been a systemic problem all last year (defense) and further (lack of running game). At some point MM is going to have to rethink his philosophy. “Run enough to keep the defense honest” isn’t running enough.

  148. briank1ne says: Sep 10, 2012 12:59 PM

    funny how everyone was saying that the niners are a one dimensional team with only a great defense. Listen here haters… the only one dimensional team that played in this game was the packers who rely on one player to get the job done and with a horrible defense and 0 running game. Niners beat them in all 3 phases of the game. offense defense and ST.
    as ice cube would say: “today was a good day”

  149. Nevis says: Sep 10, 2012 3:10 PM

    No one wants to play the 49ers right now. They are just no fun — even if you beat them, it’s going to be brutal.

  150. shaggytoodle says: Sep 10, 2012 3:42 PM

    WestCoastVet says:Sep 9, 2012 11:09 PM

    Why would he go there, they didn’t even want him when they had the first pick overall.

    Besides he all ready know whats its like to play with a defense that can help win a Superbowl.

    I’d say his memory of having a good d is exactly the reason he’d want to play for the niners
    ________________________

    I would say its 9ers fans and thier memories and having a QB that was cabable to lead a team in the Superbowl is what you guys are dreaming of.

    The 9ers could have easily have who is argued to be the best in the game now, all they had to do is right it on a card.

    Its still one game, if the Packers are still “in the basement” going into thier bye week. then I will admit I was wrong.

    There is still tons of football left.

  151. briank1ne says: Sep 10, 2012 4:08 PM

    jhein23 says: Sep 9, 2012 11:58 PM

    Alex Smith I’m sorry but I’d love to see him with no running game at all go against the SF defense, we’ll give him all the Packers receivers and still lets see how he does. I gotta feeling it would be a big donut on the scoreboard and a qb rating below 50.

    ————————————————————–
    hey buddy. from the looks of it… the niners had the better receivers yesterday. so no alex will not take your receivers. oh… and he does play against the san fran defense everyday at practice. thats why he torched the weak greenbay defense and is so good. nice try though buddy.

  152. chi01town says: Sep 10, 2012 9:12 PM

    Lets see… Offensive coordinator is gone.. Worse defense in the NFL last season an looks even worse this season.. NO running game at all .. Benson had 8 yards. The Packers are WEAK.. By the way Jennings has a bad groin. Chicago will send them to 0/2

  153. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Sep 11, 2012 8:22 AM

    You can’t deny that the Packers haven’t won anything since Joe Philbin left.

  154. realdealsteel says: Sep 12, 2012 9:22 PM

    Only statement was made is that the Packers couldn’t stop the run against the Niners, like they couldn’t stop the run against the Giants in the playoffs last year. When the Lions take away Frank Gore, and everyone knows Smith has to pass, he will look like the same garbage QB he usually looks like.

    Smith is a fraud. And the 49ers won’t win any championship with him as their QB. Right it down!

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