579 is past, 0-0 is Packers' present
John Rehor, Packers contributor
Photo: Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
For the past eight months, this number has been burned in the brains of anyone who watches the NFL.
It is the number of yards the 49ers gained against the Packers in their 45-31 playoff victory this past January.
San Francisco ran around the Packers.
They ran over the Packers.
They ran through the Packers on that January night, completely demoralizing the defense which could not stop Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers offense.
No matter what Dom Capers tried, nothing worked.
Play after play after play, the Packers defense got more and more frustrated because they couldn’t stop them.
At the end of the day, 579 was etched in Packers lore alongside 4th and 26 as painful reminders of playoff losses which brought Packers’ seasons crashing down in dramatic fashion.
As a result of this game, the Packers dedicated a good portion of their off-season program to finding out a way to stop the Pistol (read option) offense going forward.
The defensive coaches went back to school, spending time at Texas A&M studying it, scheming against it, thinking about it.
Time was dedicated during every practice against this offense.
For months they went through scenario after scenario against this offense.
Sunday, in front of a nationally televised audience, the entire NFL community will find out if the Packers have found a way to stop the vaunted read option.
They’ve studied the film.
They have talked about it ad nauseum.
The players are ready.
The coaches are ready.
The fans are ready.
It’s go time.
579 may be in the past, and something no one will ever forget.
But everyone is 0-0 to start the season.