Packers-49ers regular-season game was much closer than the score suggested

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After the 49ers beat the Vikings on Saturday, conventional wisdom suggested that San Francisco preferred a rematch with the Packers to a rubber match with the Seahawks. But there’s no guarantee that Packers-49ers II will also end in a first-half TKO.

The 49ers won the Week 12 Sunday night game easily, by the score of 37-8. By intermission, the home team led 23-0. Obviously, however, things could be very different when the score resets to 0-0 on Sunday.

Check out the first game, the condensed version of which can be seen through the NFL’s Game Pass feature. Several key moments and decisions helped fuel the lead that started at 7-0, moved to 10-0, then to 13-0, next to 20-0, and finally to 23-0 within the first 30 minutes of action.

The Packers had the ball first. Just as they began to get things rolling, however, an unsportsmanlike conduct foul against receiver Davante Adams at the end of the play that had given Green Bay a first down on their own 40 pushed the ball back to the 25. Three plays later, the 49ers defensive front devoured quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the ball came out, the 49ers recovered at the five, and one play later a Tevin Coleman touchdown (plus extra point) made it 7-0.

A field-position battle ensued, with the teams trading three punts. On San Francisco’s second possession after the touchdown, Green Bay safety Adrian Amos sacked 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo on third and five. The 49ers would have punted from their own 46 but for a foul against Packers cornerback Kevin King that gave the home team a fresh set of downs. On the very next play, running back Jeff Wilson popped through the line for a 25-yard gain that resulted in a field goal. 10-0.

The next Packers drive was derailed by an illegal block in the back from receiver Geronimo Allison. Punt. Then, the 49ers punted. The Packers, with a drive that started at 14:53 of the second quarter, drove the ball from their own 20 to the San Francisco 28. On fourth and one, coach Matt LaFleur opted not to try a 45-yard field goal. But the strategy on fourth and one consisted of a running play from shotgun formation. It went nowhere, as it often does on a short-yardage play when the running back is flat footed when he gets the ball. So instead of 10-7 or 10-3, the score remained 10-0.

Punts were traded, and then the 49ers unleashed tight end George Kittle, gaining 40 yards of field position in only two plays. That put the 49ers in field-goal range, the Packers stiffened on first and goal at their 17, keeping the 49ers from converting on third and two. 13-0.

Next drive. Second and six. 2:11 until halftime. Receiver Davante Adams got behind cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon on the left sideline. Rodgers barely overthrew Adams.

Two plays later, another punt. The 49ers started the drive at their own 39. Three plays later, Garoppolo found receiver Deebo Samuel on a short pass across the middle that became a 42-yard touchdown. 20-0.

That would have been bad enough at intermission. The Packers made it worse. Getting the ball back with 58 seconds left in the second quarter from their own 26 and with one timeout, a short pass to running back Jamal Williams ended with Williams running out of bounds and stopping the clock. 51 seconds left. On second down, Rodgers couldn’t connect with Adams. 43 seconds left. On third down, another sack. 40 seconds. The 49ers called their final timeout of the half seven seconds later.

After the punt, which went only 33 yards, the 49ers had the ball at their own 48 with 24 seconds. Enter Kittle for 22 yard. A few plays later, it was 23-0 at the break.

That wasn’t the end of it. The Packers held the 49ers to start the second quarter and then drove 65 yards in 13 plays for a touchdown. The two-point conversion made it 23-8.

Enter Kittle, again. With a play that screams out film study and/or halftime adjustments, a fake handoff to the right with a mini-bootleg to the left followed by Kittle breaking off a pass route to the inside and taking it deep from the left to the right popped wide open for a 61-yard touchdown. 30-8. Game over.

The 49ers may indeed be good enough to force similar breaks in their favor for the rematch. But if the Packers can weather the early storm and keep it close into the second half, the game will have a much different vibe.

And if it comes down to Aaron Rodgers or Jimmy Garoppolo making a big play in a big spot, does anyone truly believe the 49ers have the edge?

106 responses to “Packers-49ers regular-season game was much closer than the score suggested

  1. The Packers will play hard, no matter what. They’ve never been rewarded annually at draft time by being a repeat loser, so we’ll see how it goes.

  2. I read this entire recap of the game, and yeah, it sounds like the 49rs dominated the Packers. Green Bay getting called for penalties doesn’t make it seem closer than it was.

    The fact is Green Bay is a run first team and not as dynamic as 13-3 teams usually are. They have no receiving threat outside of Adams and the 49rs D is way too fast to overcome that. We just saw them shut down the Vikings offense.

    If Green Bay falls behind early, it’s over. Lafleur is too stubborn to abandon the run from what I’ve seen this year.

  3. If Green Bay falls behind early, it’s over. Lafleur is too stubborn to abandon the run from what I’ve seen this year.
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    That’s kind of the point of the entire article – the Packers fell behind early on some self-inflicted wounds that were easily preventable. Obviously it could be a repeat performance on Sunday, but the Packers defense has played significantly better since that 49ers game, and Rodgers looked sharper than he has all year against Seattle.

    Nobody’s saying the Packers are or should be favored to win, just that Sunday’s game will likely be a lot closer and more competitive if the Packers play as well as they did vs. Seattle last week.

  4. Packers fans here, and no, it wasn’t close, specifically because of the horrible miscues they made all game, just as you described. No matter how well you play, turnovers and penalties matter. Hopefully the Packers can be more disciplined this time around, in which case it ought to be a fun and close game, with the 49ers still keeping an edge due to that dominant defensive front.

  5. @chickensalad43 LaFleur has abandoned the run a few different times (Chargers, Eagles, next to last drive against Seattle). And Green Bay was #18 in run to pass ration running the ball 41% of the time (411 rush/573 pass) while San Francisco was #2 at 51% of their plays being run (498/478). Only the Ravens ran the ball at a higher percentage.

  6. In November the TO differential was only +1 49ers. SF had more penalties/yards and 10 minutes less in TOP and won by 29.

    Yes it should be a lot closer Sunday, but it has the potential to get away again. GB’s defense played a lot of high stress snaps in the 2nd half vs Seattle last Sunday while SF’s offense cruised the day before. Most of the 49ers D played less than 30 snaps. If the 49ers can get up early it’ll get ugly.

  7. Yeah, well if memory serves correct, last week’s the Vikes/49ers game was 14-10 at halftime, and we all saw how that turned out – dangit.

  8. A loss is a loss.
    Doesn’t matter if it’s by one or a hundred.

    +++++++++++++

    Just like a win is a win. But somehow the word “fraudulent” has been thrown around all year in regards to the Packers.

    No doubt the 49ers are a great team. But both the Packers AND the 49ers have the same EXACT record so far, 13-3 and a playoff win.

    Maybe the Pack wins, maybe they lose. It won’t upset too many Packers fans either way, they’re playing with house money right now and weren’t expected to be in this position.

    But if they get momentum early, there is going to be a lot of broken hearts in San Fran….err Santa Clara Sunday night.

  9. chickensalad43 says:
    January 17, 2020 at 11:21 am
    I read this entire recap of the game, and yeah, it sounds like the 49rs dominated the Packers. Green Bay getting called for penalties doesn’t make it seem closer than it was.
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    Obviously a lot you did not watch the game. The Adams personal foul was for a ridiculous slight chest bump into the defender. Go seek it out. Yes thing snowballed downhill from there. Things this week will be way closer

  10. The 2020 version of Rodgers, the ghost of Jimmy Graham and 1 solid WR will be woefully insufficient on Sunday. It was a good year but how on earth did GB end up with a bye?

    Oh, thats right, they played a 3rd place Schedule AND the NFC East this year. That explains it all

  11. jimair1 says:

    January 17, 2020 at 11:59 am

    chickensalad43 says:
    January 17, 2020 at 11:21 am
    I read this entire recap of the game, and yeah, it sounds like the 49rs dominated the Packers. Green Bay getting called for penalties doesn’t make it seem closer than it was.
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    Obviously a lot you did not watch the game. The Adams personal foul was for a ridiculous slight chest bump into the defender. Go seek it out. Yes thing snowballed downhill from there. Things this week will be way closer
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    What Adams got called for and whether it should have been a penalty or not makes no difference in the conversation. As chickensalad said nothing in this recap supports the title the game was much closer than the final score suggests. It actually supports facts for the opposite since after going up by 23 to 0 san fran led the rotw by at least 2 tds and a 2 pt conversion.

  12. Very interesting writeup. It shows how small the margins can be – how only a few small pivots can lead to a 20-point margin. And how resilient the Packers were overall, especially on defense.

    I’ll be really surprised if this game isn’t much closer. The Packers weren’t perfect against the Seahawks, but they were focused, dialed-in, and didn’t panic. I get the feeling both teams are ready.

  13. I was there for that game, and I can tell you there was never a time where any of us were remotely concerned about losing this game. This was one big 60 minute party!!

    The Packers scored 8 points in the game, and they really shouldn’t have even had that! If you want to talk ridiculous personal fouls penalties, how about the one Rodgers got when going out of bounds on their TD drive? He was clearly still in bounds when he was hit, and you take away that personal foul, GB never scores.

    I have said all week this game will be closer. I expect GB to be more disciplined, but at the end of the day, the 49ers have the advantage at every position on the field except maybe QB (and some might debate that with me).

    49ers 28 Packers 13

    GO NINERS!!

  14. Green Bay is a good team, but they are not even close to Frisco. Of the remaining teams in the playoffs, only Kansas City has any chance of beating the 49ers.

  15. This recap of the game is accurate. The outcome of it was what it is. It was typical NFL football. Will my Niners win again, very probably. Why? Because even more things than before are stacked in their favor: Shanahan can and does, consistently, scheme and score against any team and cannot be predicted no matter how many times you face the 49ers; really key players on D available THIS time around that were unavailable before (and the Pack is coming in with the same players as before); home field; A. Rogers West Coast/Playoff history; and the cruncher – a defense that, currently, can defeat any team they face no matter where they face them.

  16. Packers win win Sunday. Let me explain why. Rodgers is infinitely more experienced than Garoppolo in the Playoffs. Additionally, Davante Adams can’t be covered. Got a great CB on him? Neat. He’ll need help, and that help also isn’t enough. And C, this ain’t Mike Sherman or McCarthy out there coaching them. This team has a lot of fight, poise and grit. Packers 24, 49ers 21. On to the Super Bowl…

  17. Well, typically the need to commit penalties ARE a sign of being dominated. But admittedly those penalties by GB were the bonehead/fluke type that can be avoided. And SF actually had more penalties anyway, so that observation (that those type penalties could be avoided) so the game, with a different start, could have been much tighter.
    However the matter-of-fact “mention” of Kittle “getting loose” is deceptive. That was NOT a fluke, & IS a way the SF offense can really hurt GB.

    So realistically IF the Pack can play VERY disciplined AND the GB defense can come up with a great scheme to TRY limit Little then yes this match could be much closer. Rodgers clearly has the ability to institute a Bradyesc offensive scheme (ie MANY short quick passes, allot to BOTH RB’s, who are better threats the all bit one tight end) and if Graham can have his best game, then yes – with a close game, Rodgers could certainly make the upset possible.

    All that said, unless GB can truly play their best game of the year, in ALL facets, SF is still the favorite here.

  18. infectorman says:
    January 17, 2020 at 12:09 pm
    It was a good year but how on earth did GB end up with a bye?

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    Because of the MNF game against the Lions and the phantom face mask penalties.

  19. Texans beat the Chiefs in their game this year too. Doesn’t matter. The margin of difference between wins and losses is often not that great in the NFL. Any two good teams can play and have a close game or a blowout, based on a few factors like turnovers, special teams, or penalties.

  20. The Packers laid one heck of an egg against the Niners in the regular season matchup. I don’t think the Pack should be favored, but if they don’t fall to pieces in the rematch it might actually be a game.

    – Packers fan

  21. Respectfully, what is described in this article is pretty much how 80% of the NFL games played every week go. A few key plays are what turn most games in one direction or the other, including last week’s game between the Seahawks and Packers.

    No one is saying that the Packers don’t have a chance on Sunday. Most people believe that the 49er defense will be the best unit on the field, and that the Packers are not as good on the road as they are at home.

  22. Seattle and SF played two games dead even, and does anyone doubt that if SEA had gotten a stop on either of those third-down plays on the final drive last week, Wilson would have taken them down the field for a final-seconds win-or-lose red-zone finale?

    Wins aren’t transitive, but still, there’s evidence to suggest SF and GB are relatively even. No question SF _looks_ better, but the actual results aren’t based on how a team looks but how they play when the money is on the line.

  23. infectorman says:
    January 17, 2020 at 12:09 pm
    The 2020 version of Rodgers, the ghost of Jimmy Graham and 1 solid WR will be woefully insufficient on Sunday. It was a good year but how on earth did GB end up with a bye?

    Oh, thats right, they played a 3rd place Schedule AND the NFC East this year. That explains it all

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    You may not want to bring up schedule difficulty as a SF fan.

  24. Lot of empty seats the last couple of years,now all of the sudden the so-called 49er “faithful” is back?

  25. The game wasn’t that close. Disciplined teams rarely turn the ball over or make boneheaded penalties; they also more often win games with fewer instances of either. Packers were from from disciplined in the first match-up and, justifiably, lost.

    However, they have been better as of late on both fronts and should make for a much closer game. The 49ers are the better all around team, but not unbeatable. The Seahawks nearly beat them twice. And Packers handily beat the Seahawks, which, in my book, means they can feasibly beat the 49ers. I wouldn’t bet on it, but it’s not as clear-cut as some make it seem.

  26. People act like Jimmy isn’t clutch. They obviously haven’t watched all the 49ers games. The Packers crumbled and got annihilated that game. No ifs ands or buts about it. Yes, we all know that has nothing to do with the game coming up, but I would be surprised if the outcome was much different.

  27. Ya, that is what the #1 defense (NE) and the #1 offense (Baltimore) in the NFL this season thought when they were scheduled to play the Titans in the playoffs. We’ve all seen how that turned out. The Titans got hot down the stretch as Henry heated up with Tannehill under center instead of Mariota. The play-action game, along with the most accurate and efficient QB in the NFL this season, has made the difference in Henry being simply an average RB early in the season, to being a Beast over the second half and into the playoffs. There are no “easy” games left for any of the 4 teams. I would take Henry over any of the 3 running backs San Fran employs in their RB by committee or hot hand approach. Aaron Jones is no slouch from Green Bay, nor is his back up, Jamaal Williams. And I will take an aging Aaron Rodgers over Jimmy Garappolo. Garappolo turned the ball over 24 times v Rodgers 8 times while scoring at almost the same pace. That’s with Garappolo’s wealth of receivers, when Rodgers only has Davante Adams and RBs coming out of the backfield. And yes, Pat Mahomes has the ability to shred San Frans defense, no question. KC’s defense has also improved over the course of the season as well. The great folks of San Fran might want to hold off booking their flights to Miami in February until they have actually won the NFC championship. I don’t have a horse in this race, but the games should be fun to watch this weekend. May the best teams win!

  28. The Packers offensive game will come down to the performance of Graham, Kumerow and Alien Lizard. If these guys can make some catches and force coverage away from Adams, they will be able to move the ball. Then it comes down to whether Pettine goes into soft D in the 4th quarter.

  29. jjfootball says:
    January 17, 2020 at 1:25 pm
    Lot of empty seats the last couple of years,now all of the sudden the so-called 49er “faithful” is back?

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    As is always the case with any team. But I sure have seen a lot of new SF hats and t-shirts over the last couple months.

  30. The 49ers are trying to win their 6th championship in since 1985.
    The Packers are trying to win their 3rd championship since 1967.
    That should tell you everything you need to know.

  31. h0metownzero says:
    January 17, 2020 at 11:49 am

    The Niners are trying to win their 6th championship.

    The Packers won their 6th championship in 1944.

    That should tell you everything you need to know.

    ÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷

    Yes, it does. It tells me Packer fans only live in the past and achieved most of their championships when there weren’t many teams in the league.

  32. Packers would have won that game if not for the 49’ers.

    Fact is 9’ers played like the the team they are and the Pack never got off the plane.

    Pack got what they had coming and I’m not taking a thing away from the 9’ers performance. It’s called respecting the game.

    The other fact is that game 1 and game 2 aren’t related. If the Pack play as they did week 12, it’ll happen again.

    I’ll say the 9’ers have more talent but let’s see how that translates this time around. Go Pack.

  33. Well, I can’t tell you how big it is to have Bulaga for this game. LaFleur has admitted he had to totally scale the offense back after Bulaga went out on the first series against the Niners in November. Alex Light didn’t belong on the field at that time and this was a big reason Gute went out and got Jared Veldheer 3 days later. I realize some may think the 49ers D is the greatest defense to ever play the game, but no one in Green Bay is scared. David Bakhtiari: “I’m pumped, I’m pumped to face the 49ers again”

    The defense also has fixed the communication issue that was there in November and if anyone thinks the Packers D is totally outclassed by the Niners offense then you have no clue.

    This is going to be war on Sunday and we will see who comes out on top.

    I lean towards my boys in Green and Gold.☝👏

    #GoPackGo!🏈

  34. “No one is afraid of Erin Rodgers anymore. I like the 49ers in a blowout win.” Good, don’t be afraid.

    The Seahawks were 1 yard away from beating the Niners twice this season and they never led against GB. They were not much of a threat and Wilson is twice the QB Garoppolo is. The relative season QB ratings show the Rodgers is a much better QB than Garoppolo. Doesn’t indicate who will win; the Niners have more talent overall. But anyone can pull off a win in a one game format.

  35. Any given Sunday . The pressure is on the 49 ers because they are the favorite. Packers have nothing to lose , nobody expected a 1 st year new coach to make it this far, but next year with another receiver and inside linebacker then yes.

  36. And when they fell behind by 30 they used no kind of hurry up offense, just ran their boring offense even running the play clock down to zero on most plays. It was ridiculous. We have seen what happens when the Packers go to California. Niners win easy

  37. 38-9 was not due to the refs! They got their butts kicked, plain and simple! We know you picked GB, Mike! You don’t need to justify your pick with this post!

  38. stellarperformance says:
    January 17, 2020 at 11:18 am
    The Packers will play hard, no matter what. They’ve never been rewarded annually at draft time by being a repeat loser, so we’ll see how it goes.
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    Let’s just hope Jerome Boger’s not the ref. They seem to get the upper hand with him and not by themselves.

  39. The Chiefs – Texans game on Sunday was much closer than the score suggests too by this logic. 4th down blunders, 4th down conversion failures late.

    Both the Packers in SF and the Texans in KC during the playoffs were completely destroyed.

  40. That game was like the Pack running into a meat grinder. Sorry to say, I was convinced the 49ers were the best team in Football at that time. That being said, it is a new season and there are changes with personnel that will make for a much more competitive game. Yes, the Packers do have a team good enough to beat the 49ers.

  41. Could not agree more. The hands-to-the-face on King was a joke, the block in the back on Allison was not a block in the back. The unnecessary roughness on Adams, that stuff happens on every play. The Packers were able to move the ball, and their defense sacked Jimmy G at least three times in the first half.

  42. The Packers are playing way better now than they were last time these teams met. If anything, San Francisco has not been playing as well as they were the last time these teams met. Packers will score an upset victory this weekend. 27 – 21 Packers.

  43. Enough with blaming the refs for the week 12 loss to the Niners. The Refs called the penalties because, and I know this is considered to be blasphemy, the Packers committed the penalties. They committed the penalties because they couldn’t stop the Niners defense or offence.

    Stop blaming the refs. If you really think that the refs have it in for your team, stop watching.

    The fact of the matter is that many fans can’t accept that their team lost. It must be the refs, right? Be adult about it and accept that your team lost.

  44. shlort says:
    January 17, 2020 at 4:46 pm
    The Packers are playing way better now than they were last time these teams met. If anything, San Francisco has not been playing as well as they were the last time these teams met. Packers will score an upset victory this weekend. 27 – 21 Packers.

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    Compare who they were playing the last 4 weeks of the season and you’ll see why. We played the Ravens, Saints, Rams and Seahawks and took 3 out of 4. Compare that to the Redskins, Bears, Vikings and Lions. Notice anything different about these teams? Rodgers averaged a 56% completion rate in those 4 games. Yeah really blowing the doors down!

  45. This article sounded exactly like what many Packer fans say in their comments when the Packers lose. They bend over backwards to make it seem like they’re better than they really are.

  46. Like I said in an earlier post, it was a debacle . Untimely penalties, blown coverages, drops, clock management, etc. , you name it. From 7-9 to the NFC championship in one year is incredible. Same can be said for the Niners. If you would have best these two would be in the nfc tittle game in August you would have an awful nice hunk of cash in your pocket.

    I don’t know that the Pack can win. But if Rodgers gets hot, and that’s not a reach, they’re gonna be tough to beat

  47. h0metownzero says:
    January 17, 2020 at 11:49 am
    The Niners are trying to win their 6th championship.

    The Packers won their 6th championship in 1944.

    That should tell you everything you need to know.

    What was there 5 teams in the league back then, you packer fans always talk about the past, I think everyone wants to see you back in the 70’s & 80’s in the cellar. So sick of hearing you arrogant Packers fans, the worst fans in the league. The Trophy is named after you so you feel entitled. NO PACK NO!!!!

  48. Just my theory about Rodgers – if he makes a mistake early or they’re down a lot, it’s hard for him to pull it through and be clutch like a Brady or Wilson. The mentality is different.

  49. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    January 17, 2020 at 5:03 pm
    This article sounded exactly like what many Packer fans say in their comments when the Packers lose. They bend over backwards to make it seem like they’re better than they really are.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    ……..but they’re only better than the Vikings.

  50. Viking fans think the blowout loss to the Packers, at home, and after giving them three mid-field turnovers on a silver platter, and after playing a nearly identical home-and-away schedule, was an anomaly. That’s why they’re here giving their two-cents worth.

  51. The Packers could certainly win this weekend, but this article is appalling. If that game was closer than the score appears than so is literally every other game played this year. one team made mistake after mistake and hardly moved the ball. the other did whatever they wanted and had a sack party all night. hard to be anymore dominant in a pro football game.

    Get a grip, Florio.

  52. Hahahahaha. Nice try, I watched the game. It wasn’t close. Not saying the rematch won’t be, who knows maybe the packers even win, but that first game? Not close, not closer than the score suggested, etc etc

  53. Of course the Packers let up at halftime, very vanilla.

    Rewatched the first 24 minutes of the game, the Packers were the better team. Yes, they were down 10-0, but the TD was a gift on the fumble and they had the 49ers stopped dead on a 3rd down and forever with a sack only to have a phantom hands to face on King give them a 1st down that led to a field goal.

    Packers D was playing great. Granted things got away, and I will give lots of credit to the 49ets and their coaching staff.

    This game will be razor close.

  54. shlort says:
    January 17, 2020 at 4:46 pm
    The Packers are playing way better now than they were last time these teams met. If anything, San Francisco has not been playing as well as they were the last time these teams met.
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    While you’re not wrong, in the last 6 games since the SF-GB game GB played Det, Chi, NY Giants, WA (combined 18-45), Minn and SEA. SF played Balt, NO, LA Rams, SEA, MINN and ATL. So yes, GB did look better and SF didn’t look as sharp as they did early in the season. Sure, SF lost to ATL during the season. GB lost to the LA Chargers.

  55. I imagine Niner fans look at this Packer team the same way they looked at Kirk Gibson hobbling to the plate with 2 out in the bottom of the 9th.

    No chance at all.

  56. I gotta feelin Green Bay goin to the Super Bowl…..It’s not just a feelin but Green Bay goin to the Super Bowl.

    Green Bay Packers 31
    San Francisco 49ers 17

    Green Bay Packers 38
    Tennessee Titans 13

  57. Why are they even discussing a game that took place how many weeks ago? The teams are totally different now. Packers fans comments kinda crack me up, you got your butts whooped the first time. Even when your sqaud loses you still think you win with rationalization. But thats what Packers fan do.

    Now, will this “blow out” happen again Sunday? Kyle Shanahan will be one of the reasons the 9ers will win this game along with the offensive line. When Witherspoon got burned by Diggs, coach Shanahan benched him. Jimmy G throws an INT to Kendricks before the half. Shanahan decides to go ground and pound with 8 straight running plays and the 9ers take a 17-10 lead. Coach Shanahan is not afriad to change things up during the course of a game.

    The Smith duo is nothing but edge rushers, the Packers have had a hard time stopping the run against quality running backs. If the 9ers go into ground and pound mode, that Keeps Rodgers on the bench. Cant score when you don’t have the ball. This will help Jimmy G immensely with only 1 play-off game under his belt.

    Defense 9ers thats a total given even with a 3 point lead that is more than enough for the 9ers to win. 9ers front 4 is the best in the NFC, maybe in the entire league.

  58. NFL is rigged anyway. It’s a bunch of billionaires pulling the strings for our entertainment and their profit. Just as proof watch at this comment not make it to the public board bc it was moderated by a bunch of nfl puppets.

  59. Yeah, I’m a Packers fan and you’re playing a game of “if.” If they’d done this or that or not done this or that. Fact is, they did, got spanked, end of story. Penalties count.

    Sunday’s game will be a whole different, uh, ballgame.

  60. Gloat all you want Niners (and Vikings) faithful. In 1997 the Pack beat Denver 41-6 and then got it handed back to them in the Super Bowl. After many pitiful losing seasons and a great draft day trade with the Bears I’ll admit the 49ers are talented. But GB will come out clicking and for the first time this season will put the naysayers to rest. They will play a clean game and win by 8 and go on to a repeat performance of Super Bowl I against KC, winning their 14th world championship. Wow. Revel in that. And just because they changed the name to Super Bowl” in 1967 doesn’t mean they earned the trophy. History has a way of repeating itself.

    GoFrickinPackGo!!!!!

  61. > Stop blaming the refs. If you really think that the refs have it in for your team, stop watching.

    This was someone making fun of the Vikings fans who are always on Packer threads crying about the refs being against the Vikings. They have nothing better to do now that their team is eliminated. In their mind the Vikings are much better than Green Bay, even though the Packers are still playing, had a better record, and swept the Vikings.

  62. Miner49erscoobiedoo
    2h ago

    The Smith duo is nothing but edge rushers…….
    >>>>>>><<<<<<<
    You are wrong about the Smith duo. Z Smith, especially, stunts to the A gap regularly. By example, in the last regular season Vikings game alone, he punished the Vikings rookie center, Bradbury, repeatedly. If the Packers win, they will need continued solid play by Kenny Clark, their def tackle as well…..not just the Smith brothers. Go Pack!

  63. This is amazing content. If GB never gets stopped on 3rd or 4th down, but SF always gets stopped on 3rd and 4th down GB wIll win. San Francisco is so lucky that other teams chose not to convert on 3rd and 4th downs all season against their defense.

  64. I don’t know why some of these folks are re-watching the last matchup. It has absolutely nothing to do with this one. As we know, any team can win, and many road teams have won already. Football is like stocks: Past performance in not an indication of future results. Just ask the Patriots.

  65. Coming from a Packer fan, SF kicked their butts.

    The only way GB can beat this team is if Rodgers Throws for 300 and 3 TD’s & Jimmy G turns the ball over twice.

  66. Uhh…the game was actually worse than the final score. As will be the case tomorrow.
    Mentioning all the Packers “near misses” , that’s just football.
    49ers completely dominated all aspects of that game.
    .
    Pass rush was fierce and will be even more bolstered tomorrow.
    The “only” way the Niners lose tomorrow..if they beat themselves!!

  67. Anyone that actually watched this game lnow it looked like a 37 -8 game a total beat down. Florio come on bud you can’t hate sherman that much to write something this dumb.

  68. Niners will focus on stopping the run and forcing AR to pass, which plays to the Niners D strength (rushing passer and defending the pass).

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