Thursday Night Football: Packers throttle short-handed 49ers 34-17

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The Green Bay Packers did exactly what an NFC contender should do when facing a team decimated by injuries and COVID-19 absences.

Aaron Rodgers threw for 305 yards with four touchdowns as the Packers cruised to a 34-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday Night Football.

Davante Adams caught 10 of Rodgers’ passes for 173 yards and a touchdown. Marquez Valdes-Scantling caught two passes, both touchdowns, including a 52-yard bomb from Rodgers.

In addition to the numerous injuries keeping players sidelined, the 49ers had to play without receivers Kendrick Bourne, Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk, and tackle Trent Williams due to Bourne’s positive COVID test on Wednesday. The 49ers had to call up receivers Kevin White and River Cracraft, tight end Daniel Helm and safety Johnathan Cyprien up from the practice squad as replacements to fill out their roster for Thursday night’s game. Samuel was going to miss the game due to injury anyway.

Safety Jaquiski Tartt was then forced from the game due to a foot injury after missing the team’s previous two games due to a groin issue.

A six-play, 75-yard opening drive from the Packers set the tone for the night with Rodgers and Adams connecting on a 36-yard touchdown to take a 7-0 lead.

The 49ers’ only substantial drive of the first half led to a 22-yard Robbie Gould field goal that closed the gap to 7-3. But the dam would then break as the Packers took full control.

Nick Mullens was intercepted by Raven Greene and the Packers immediately responded with 1-yard touchdown pass to Marcedes Lewis extended the lead to 14-3. A quick three-and-out from the 49ers was answered by another touchdown drive for the Packers. Rodgers and Valdes-Scantling notched the first of their two scores with a 52-yard strike to take a 21-3 advantage into halftime.

The duo hooked up again on the opening drive of the third quarter on a 1-yard score as Green Bay took a 28-3 lead. Mason Crosby would add a pair of field goals from 19 and 53 yards out to push the lead to 34-3 before Rodgers handed the reins to Tim Boyle for the rest of the night.

Richie James had the only big night offensively for the 49ers with nine catches for 184 yards. He caught a 41-yard touchdown from Mullens with five minutes left to play.

Jerick McKinnon added a 1-yard touchdown run with four seconds left to cut the final margin to 34-17.

Mullens completed 22 of 35 passes for 291 yards with a touchdown and interception.

The Packers out-gained the 49ers by a 405-337 margin, but 155 yards for the 49ers came on the final two drives of the game in garbage time.

23 responses to “Thursday Night Football: Packers throttle short-handed 49ers 34-17

  1. Don’t let the score fool you, that was garbage time.

    It looked like (and probably treated as) a practice game for Green Bay. I’m sure they savored this one and they earned it. As for the Niners, it’s our epitaph. Obvious at this point the Front Office is shutting things down. So be it, get healthy and ready for a (hopefully) normal season next year.

    GO NINERS

  2. Packers completely quit at the end of this game instead of putting the pedal to the the metal. Until that mentality is changed, they will always be just a contender.

  3. Packers’ offense should be back in full force with Jones back and Lazard hopefully back next week with 10 days between games. They were just too depleted against the Vikings last week.

  4. And the packers took the Vikings lightly. Was nice to actually be able to kick my feet up & go back and forth between the packers & election coverage, knowing my spread bet was never in doubt for once

  5. It was nice to get a win against sf. However if sf wasn’t banged up, the outcome would certainly be different..

  6. mypercyhurts2 says:
    November 5, 2020 at 11:41 pm
    Packers completely quit at the end of this game instead of putting the pedal to the the metal. Until that mentality is changed, they will always be just a contender.

    zzzzzzz

    Truth! I don’t get this. And it’s not a coaching thing. McCarthys teams did the same thing!

  7. Too depleted??? @hobbestiger this is making me laugh.

    Talk to niners fans about depletion when you have your starting QB, starting left tackle, staring center, top three wideouts, all pro TE, starting and backup RB, DROY pass rusher, top CB, LDE. That’s not counting misc other injuries.

    Niners basically fielded practice squad that the pack beat up on. Don’t get me wrong – pack did what they needed to. I wouldn’t pat myself on the back too much.

  8. Packers’ offense should be back in full force with Jones back and Lazard hopefully back next week with 10 days between games. They were just too depleted against the Vikings last week

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    Apparently injuries and absences only count for the Pack versus a Vikings defense that was missing Pierce, Hunter, Barr, Hughes, Hill, Dantzler, etc… and still won.

  9. Last year the Dolphins allowed 63 more points over the first 9 games and they were pathetic. You can play the injury card for so long.

  10. Packers did what needed to be done. If they can get Valdes-Scantling going like that the rest of the season (I know, I know) they’ll really be a tough out.

  11. I’m so glad the games continue during these challenging Covid times. Im sad that many teams are not at full strength due to Covid. We all must try to make the best from the worst.

  12. In the first half it briefly looked like SF might be able to make it a game. They are so decimated by injuries and COVID, the rest of the season is gonna be a long slog for them.

  13. Some 49ers fans were delusional after Arizona loss that Mullens could be better than Jimmy G. No way no how. And Packers are soft in the middle. With a serviceable quarterback 49ers would have had a chance to win that game, their O-line was dominating Green Bay’s D-line.

  14. The problem for GB is the same problem many reg season hero teams have when it comes to real competition and the playoffs; they have so much of their offense hinging on Rodgers and Adams that when they play a real team with balance they will be summarily shut down like the one-dimensional team that they are.

    KC, Seattle, TB, Pittsburgh even Baltimore are far more balanced so no expectations for GB to do much again this year. Maybe 1-1 in the playoffs, 0-1 is far more likely

  15. Sometimes, one of the best things to happen to a good team is a rough season beset by injuries. SF will get high draft picks added to a newly healthy roster next season. They’ll add an impact player or two, and good depth with the others. Watch out…

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