The 49ers are in Green Bay to take on the Packers and this is my first time in Lambeau Field. My seat in the Press Box is next to our PR intern Ryan who commented, “It’s not as big as it looks on TV.” It’s a classic bowl stadium and definitely a great setting for football.
49ers Inactives: QB Nate Davis (3rd QB), CB Keith Smith, CB Nate Clements, LB Takeo Spikes, C Cody Wallace, T Joe Staley, WR Brandon Jones, DT Ricky Jean Francois
Packers Inactives: WR Biren Ealy, RB Ahman Green, S Matt Giordano, T Breno Giacomini, T/G Allen Barbre, DE Michael Montgomery, LB Jeremy Thompson
*** LB Matt Wilhelm will start in place of Takeo Spikes
Green Bay won the toss and elected to receive first. Jordy Nelson is deep for the Packers and returned the kick out to the 26. 1st and 10, Rodgers hit Driver along the right sideline who made a nice diving grab. 2nd and 7, Grant got the carry and picked up a couple on the left side. 3rd and 3, Rogers was pressured and escaped the pocket and bought some time for Finley to come open for the first down. 1st and 10, Rodgers tossed to Grant who cutback in the middle for a gain of 10. 1st and 10 from the SF 37, Grant had another good run as he got around the corner and down to the SF 11. 1st and 10, Grant took the handoff from the shotgun set for a gain of 3. 2nd and 7, Grant rumbled down to the SF 5 straight up the middle into a pile of 49ers. 3rd and4, Rodgers had all the time in the world and looked for Finley in the end zone. Roman had very tight coverage and was able to knock it down. Mason Crosby gave the Packers a 3-0 lead after a 23-yard field goal.
Packers 3 – 49ers 0
Arnaz Battle fielded the kickoff in the end zone and took a knee for the touchback. 1st and 10 from the 20, Alex smith looked for Frank Gore out of the backfield, but got pressure from the middle and the pass was low. 2nd and 10, from the offset I, Gore hit a nice hole in the middle and got outside and down to the GB 38. On that carry, Gore became the 5th player in franchise history with 5,000 rushing yards. Gore then got the carry on 1st down and was tackled by Aaron Kampman for a gain of 1. 1st and 10, Josh Morgan took the handoff on the end around for a gain of about 9, close to a first down. The spot was short and it will be 3rd and 1. Norris got the carry and the officials will have to measure. It looks about a yard short still. 4th and 1 and the 49ers will send on Nedney to try to hit the 46-yard field goal. The kick is good and the 49ers tie it up.
49ers 3 – Packers 3
Nelson took the kickoff about 2 yards deep in the end zone and returning it out past the 20 before he was met by Delanie Walker who made a nice tackle. 1st and 10 from the 23, Rodgers hit Finley who found a hole in the zone for a gain of 9. 2nd and 1, Willis got good penetration and Haralson stopped Grant for a loss. 3rd and 2, Rodgers connected with Greg Jennings who ran a deep comeback along the right sideline for a gain of 11. 1st and 10, Rodgers found Grant who ran out of the backfield for a gain of 6. 2nd and 4, Lawson nearly got Grant in the backfield, but the back was able to escape and pick up 1. 3rd and 3, Rodgers hit Jenings who was 1-on-1 with Spencer for a 37-yard completion. 1st and 10 from the SF 14, Green Bay was called for a delay of game. 1st and 15, Rodgers tried to set up the screen, but Balmer got good pressure and forced a bad throw. 2nd and 15, Rodgers was able to hit Grant on the screen, this time to the right side for a gain of 10. 3rd and 5, Rodgers looked for Brandon Jackson who was looking the other way and the pass fell incomplete. Crosby came on for the 27-yard field goal and connected.
Packers 6 – 49ers 3
Battle took the kickoff and was met hard at the 16-yard line. 1st and 10, Gore took the handoff up the middle with the Packers stacking the line. gore managed to pick up 3 on the play. Michael Robinson was shaken up on the play and the 49ers training staff came on to look at him. Robinson was able to be helped to his feet and walk off. 2nd and 7, Smith rolled right and threw for Morgan who was out of bounds. 3rd and 7, Smith was brought down by Kampman for the sack. David Baas was injured on the play. Baas was able to walk of the field. Andy Lee came in to punt to Tramon Williams. Williams returned the kick to the GB 37. There was a flag on the play for running into the kicker, but it wouldn’t have been a first down so the 49ers declined it.
*** Michael Robinson has a stinger and his return is questionable.
*** David Baas has an ankle sprain and his return is questionable.
1st and 10, Grant had a good carry up the middle and was tripped up after a gain of 9. 2nd and 1, Grant picked up the first down on a run off right tackle, but was met hard by Michael Lewis. That will bring and end to the first quarter.
Packers ball, 1st and 10 from their own 49-yard line. Grant took the toss inside, but was stopped by Justin Smith for a gain of 1. 2nd and 9, Rodgers hit Finley short right who was pushed out of bounds by Lawson after a gain of 4. 3rd and 5, Rodgers threw too wide for Jennings, but Tarell Brown was called for holding. 1st and 10, Rodgers found James Jones who made a diving grab for a gain of 8 along the left sideline. 2nd and 2, Sopoaga chased Rodgers down and Rodgersjust threw the ball away and he will be flagged for intentional grounding. 3rd and 17 from the GB 48, Harlson made Rogers pay as he stepped up and threw incomplete. The punt by Kapinos sailed into the end zone for the touchback.
49ers ball, 1st and 10 from the 20, Smith couldn’t find an open receiver, tried to run, but was brought down by B.J. Raji. 2nd and 11, Gore hit the hole hard but was stopped by A.J. Hawk after a gain of 4. 3rd and 7, Smith was hit as he threw and the offense will go 3 and out for the second straight drive. Lee’s punt bounced short of Williams and rolled down to the GB 22. It’s a net of 55 yard on the punt.
1st and 10 for Green Bay, Rodgers hit Driver wide right who was wrestled down by Michael lewis after a gain of 5. 2nd and 5, the 49ers brought the blitz so Rodgers hit Finley quickly was was hit hard by Goldson for no gain. 3rd and 5, Rodgers hit Jennings for the first down and the Packers continue to convert effectively on 3rd down. 1st and 10, Rodgers hit Jennings on a deep slant who escaped a tackle for a 64-yard score.
Packers 13 – 49ers 3
Battle took a knee in the end zone for the touchback. 1st and 10 from the 20, Smith was sacked by Jenkins who got in the backfield quickly for a loss of 9. 2nd and 19, Smith tried to hit Crabtree on a quick slant but the ball was knocked away. 3rd and 19, Smith hit Crabtree on a WR screen to the right. Crabtree made some nice moves, but picked up only 6. That’s the third straight 3 and out. Lee had another good punt as it rolled down to the GB 28. The Packers were called for a block in the back on the punt.
1st and 10 from the GB 19, Rodgers faked the handoff and threw for Driver who was matched up with Brown. Brown had good coverage and the pass was behind the receiver. 2nd and 10, Grant fumbled the handoff and fell on it for a loss of 1. Rodgers was credited with the fumble on the play. 3rd and 11, Rodgers hit Jackson on the screen for a 16-yard gain. 1st and 10, Rodgers hit Driver who was wide open on a deep post. 1st and 10 from the GB 49, Rodgers threw quick to Nelson who gained 6 down the right sideline before being pushed out by Brown. 2nd and 4, Rodgers hit Driver who was open with a lead blocker and gained enough for the 1st. Grant got around the right tackle and scampered down the sideline for a gain of 15. 1st and 10 from the SF 18, Rodgers threw for Finley who couldn’t hand onto the pass. 2nd and 10, Rogers escaped the pocket and rand for a gain of 11. 1st and goal from the 7, Rodgers hit Nelson quick right. Nelson was able to avoid the tackle of Brown for the score.
*** Mark Roman has a rib contusion and his return is questionable.
Packers 20 – 49ers 3
Glen Coffee took the kickoff out to the 19. 1st and 10, Smith hit gore who was dragged down immediately by Jenkins for a loss of 5. 2nd and 15, Gore picked up 6 off the draw. The clock will stop with the two-minute warning. 3rd and 9, Smith hit Davis crossing from right to left for a gain of 5, not good enough for the first down. Green Bay called a timeout with 1:53 remaining in the half. This punt will be fielded by Williams who got outside of the 49ers coverage and down to the SF 45.
1st and 10, Rodgers dumped the ball off to Jackson underneath for a gain of 4. Rodgers dumped it off to Jackson again on 2nd down for a gain of 16. 1st and 1o from the 25, Rodgers hit Finley crossing for a gain of 7. 2nd and 3, Rodgers’ passed skipped short of Greg Jennings. 3rd and 3, Rodgers hit Jones on a comeback for a first down as he got out of bounds. 1st and 10 from the 13, Rodgers looked for Jennings in the end zone, but Brown made a nice play to turn and break it up. 2nd and 10, Rodgers scrambled and stepped out of bounds with :01 left in the half. Crosby’s field goal was good.
Packers 23 – 49ers 3
*** Arnaz Battle has a right leg strain and is out.
1st and 10, Smith hit Davis for a gain of 8 over the middle. 2nd and 2, Smith’s pass for Morgan sailed high. 3rd and 2, Smith scramble right and picked up the 1st down on a 2-yard run. 1st and 10 from the 32, Gore was hauled down by Nick Barnett for no gain. 2nd and 10, Smith hit Davis on a seem route down the middle for a gain of 32. 1st and 10 from the GB 36, Smith’s pass for Davis was knocked down. Smith’s pass for Crabtree was knocked down on 2nd down. 3rd and 10, Smith hit Hill for a gain of 8 and the 49ers will go for it on 4th and 2. The 49ers will turn it over after Smith’s pass was incomplete for Gore.
1st and 10, Rodgers’ pass for Lee was incomplete low. 2nd and 10, Green Bay was called for holding. 2nd and 20 from the GB 20, Rodgers hit Nelson for a gain of 8 on the left sideline. 3rd and 12, Rodgers hit Jackson on the slip screen, but will be short of the sticks.
The 49ers will begin their drive from the 32. 1st and 10, Smith’s pass was tipped at the line. 2nd and 10, Smith hit Vernon Davis for an 11-yard gain. 1st and 10, Smith hit Davis on another go route for a gain of 29. 1st and 10 from the GB 28, Smith looked for Davis again down the middle, but the pass was long. 2nd and 10, Smith found Bruce on a short cross, but there was a flag on the play. It will go against Davis for offensive pass interference. 2nd and 20, Smith floated it for Bruce in the end zone, but the pass was incomplete. 3rd and 20 from the 38, Smith hit Crabtree for a 38-yard score. Crabtree made a good leaping grab for his first career touchdown.
Packers 23 – 49ers 10
After the touchback on the kickoff, Green Bay will get the ball at the 20. 1st and 10, Rodgers hit Jennings on a quick slant for a gain of 5. 2nd and 5, Grant got around the right end and was knocked out of bounds by Lewis after getting the 1st down. 1st and 10, Grant againt ggot around the right tackle with good blocking for a 9-yard gain. 2nd and 1, Grant plunged straight ahead to move the sticks. 1st and 10 from the 42, Jackson bounced the ball out left, but was hit by Willis after a gain of 4. 2nd and 6, Rodgers’ pass deep for Driver went of his fingertips, incomplete. 3rd and 6, Rodgers’ pass for Jones looked like it was nearly picked off by Spencer. Reggie Smith didn’t have much room on the punt return and the 49ers will have a long field, starting from their own 17.
1st and 10 from the 17, Smith hit Gore on the slip screen for a gain of 4. 2nd and 6, the 49ers were called for a false start. 2nd and 11, Gore took the handoff on the draw and made a nice move to bounce outside for a gain of 3. 3rd and 8, Smith was nearly sacked, but was able to throw the ball away. A good punt by Lee will bounce and roll out of bounds at the GB 35.
1st and 10, Grant took the toss for a gain of 11. 1st and 10 from the 46, the 49ers strung Grant out wide left and Lewis got the tackle for loss. 2nd and 11, Rodgers hit Jones for a gain of 9. 3rd and 2, Rodgers didn’t like what he saw and called a timeout. 3rd and 2, Rodgers moves the chains, hitting Jackson on a short cross.
Haralson sacked Rodgers for a loss of 12. 2nd and 22, Rodgers’ pass went off the hands of Donald Lee. 3rd and 22 from the SF 49, Rodgers hit Jackson over the middle for a gain of 10. The Packers will bring on the punt team. The punt was downed at the 2.
1st and 10 from the 2, Smith’s pass was high of Davis and picked off by Nick Collins.
1st and 10 for Green Bay from the SF 11, Grant took the handoff up the middle for a gain of 1. 2nd and 9, Rodgers hit Jones wide left as Spencer tackled him for no gain. 3rd and 9, Rodgers hit Finley at the 1. 1st and goal from the 1, Grant plunged ahead for the TD.
Packers 30 – 49ers 10
Josh Morgan sparked the 49ers with a nice kick return and nearly broke it, tripped up at the GB 24. 1st and 10, Smith threw for Gore quick left, but he was hit immediately and couldn’t hang on. 2nd and 10, Smith escaped the pressure and threw the ball away. 3rd and 10, Smith threw a rope to Davis down the middle. A great throw and a great catch give the 49ers the touchdown.
Packers 30 – 49ers 17
Nelson took the kick for Green Bay and returned it to the 23. 1st and 10, Grant carried up the middle and was tackled by Haralson after a gain of 3. 2nd and 7, Rodgers hit Driver for a gain of 5. 3rd and 2, Rodgers was brought down by Lawson and Evans. A much needed 3 and out for the defense. Reggie Smith caught the punt and was tripped up at the 32. A block in the back by the 49ers will back them up 10 yards.
1st and 10 from the SF 17, Smith hit Crabtree on a quick screen. Green Bay was flagged for a face mask penalty. 1st and 10 from the SF 30, Smith stepped up in the pocket and hit Bruce on a deep in around midfield. 1st and 10 from the 50, Smith hit Crabtree who came back for the ball at the 15. Green Bay challenged the call, but to no avail. 1st and 1o from the GB 15, Smith looked for Davis on the qucik screen but it was incomplete. 2nd and 10, Smith hit Morgan on a comeback for a gain of 5. 3rd and 5, Smith’s pass was knocked down at the line and that will bring up a critical 4th down. 4th and 5 from the GB 10, Smith hit gore who was wide open on the right sideline. Gore made the grab and dived in for the score.
Packers 30 – 49ers 24
*** Delanie Walker has a forearm contusion and his return is questionable.
That’s it for me from the press box as I have to run down to the locker room for postgame. Follow the rest of the game on Twitter.
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