The 49ers opened the 2012 season with an impressive 30-22 road victory against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. 49ers Public Relations presents the following game notes from the Week 1 matchup.
With the Win…
- Head Coach Jim Harbaugh became just the second coach in franchise history to win opening day games in each of his first two seasons (George Seifert – 1989-90). He joins six other active NFL coaches as the only ones to win their first two season openers.
- Harbaugh became the only current coach in the NFC West to start his career with consecutive opening day victories (Ken Whisenhunt, 1-1, Arz.; Pete Carroll 1-1, NE; Jeff Fisher, 1-1, Hou.).
- Harbaugh improved to 7-2 in his first 9 road games as head coach, second only to George Seifert who won his first 16 road games.
- Harbaugh improved his record to 2-0 vs. the NFC North as a head coach.
- The 49ers have won consecutive season openers for the first time since 2002-03 (2002 – W at NYG; 2003 – W vs. Chi.).
- The 49ers notched their first win at Lambeau Field since 11/4/90.
- The 49ers improved their overall record vs. GB to 27-34-1.
- The 49ers have won 3 consecutive road games.
- The 49ers improved to 8-2 under Harbaugh when scoring first.
- K David Akers tied the NFL record for the longest FG in NFL history with a 63-yd. FG, joining K Tom Dempsey, K Jason Elam and K Sebastian Janikowski. The 63-yd. FG also set the 49ers franchise record for longest FG and it marked Akers’ career long. His previous career long was 57 yds. [vs. NE (9/14/03)].
- Akers has now connected on 8, 50-plus yd. FGs since joining the 49ers in 2011, and trails K Joe Nedney (10) for the most 50-plus yd. FGs in franchise history.
Putting Points on the Board
- The 49ers scored 30-or-more points on opening day in consecutive seasons [33 vs. Sea. (9/11/11)] for the first time since 1988 [34 at NO (9/4/88)] and 1989 [30 at Ind. (9/10/89)].
Taking Care of the Ball
- The 49ers have not turned the ball over in 26 consecutive quarters, extending their franchise record.
On the Mark
- QB Alex Smith completed 20 of 26 attempts for 211 yds., 2 TDs and a QB rating of 125.6. The 49ers have improved to 11-0 when Smith starts and has a QB rating over 100.0.
- Smith has now thrown 185 passes without an interception, passing QB Steve Young (184 atts.) for the most in franchise history.
- Smith’s 76.9 comp. pct. (20 of 26 atts.) was the 2nd highest of his career [78.9 pct. (15 of 19) vs. Oak. (10/8/06)].
- Smith connected on 2 red zone TDs on the day. The first came on a 14-yd. pass to WR Randy Moss in the 2nd qtr. His second TD was a 4-yd. pass to TE Vernon Davis on a third down.
Ground and Pound
- RB Frank Gore rushed for 112 yds. and 1 TD on 16 carries (7.0 avg.), marking his 30th career 100-yd. game. His 30, 100-yd. games are the most in the NFL since 2005. Gore now has 44 career rushing TDs.
- Gore is the first 49er to rush for over 100 yds. on opening day since RB Garrison Hearst rushed for 187 yds. vs. NYJ (9/6/98).
Davis Finds the End Zone
- TE Vernon Davis tallied 3 recepts. for 43 yds. and 1 TD, marking his 36th career TD.
- Davis has now registered a TD in all 4 career games against Green Bay.
Red Zone Randy:
- WR Randy Moss registered 4 recepts. for 47 yds. and 1 TD in his 49ers debut.
- Moss moved into sole possession of 2nd place on the NFLs all-time TD reception list (154), trailing only Hall of Fame WR Jerry Rice (197).
- Moss now has 70 career red zone TDs, which ranks 5th in NFL history.
Shutting Down the Run:
- The 49ers defense limited the Packers to just 45 rushing yds. on the day. The last time the 49ers held their opponent to 50-yds.-or-less on the ground was vs. StL (12/4/11 – 31 yds. rushing).
First for Bo:
- LB NaVorro Bowman registered his 1st career INT, picking off Packers QB Aaron Rodgers in the 4th qtr. On the ensuing play, RB Frank Gore notched a 23-yd. TD run.
- The 49ers notched 3.0 sacks on Packers QB Aaron Rodgers.
- LB Aldon Smith notched his 15th career sack, bringing down Rodgers in the 1st qtr.
- CB Carlos Rogers registered his 1st career sack on a third down play in the 1st qtr.
- LB Ahmad Brooks brought down Rodgers on the Packers final drive of the game, tallying his 21st career sack.
Kap’s Quick Feet:
- QB Colin Kaepernick notched a career-long 17-yd. run just before halftime to set up K David Akers 63-yd. FG.
Making Their Debut
- CB Perrish Cox, G Leonard Davis, WR Mario Manningham, S Darcel McBath, WR Randy Moss and S Trenton Robinson all made their 49ers debut.
- G Alex Boone, CB Chris Culliver and LB Aldon Smith all made their 1st NFL start.
Extending Their Streaks
- TE/LS Brian Jennings has now played in 193 consecutive games.
- DT Justin Smith has now started 172 consecutive games, dating back to his rookie season in 2001. Smith’s consecutive start streak ranks 3rd among defensive players and 5th among all NFL players.
- TE Vernon Davis has now started 76 consecutive games, which ranks 3rd in the NFL among TEs behind Tony Gonzalez (87) and Jason Witten (84).
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