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49ers 34, Packers 28

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49ers 34, Packers 28

CREATED Sep. 8, 2013 - UPDATED: Sep. 8, 2013


8:48 p.m.
Worst news from this game has nothing to do with anything on the field.

A fan died after falling from a pedestrian walkway during the game.

A spokesman said that a group of people saw the fall.  It happened just after kickoff, according to the Associated Press.

8:21 p.m.
It appears the refs made a boo-boo that probably led to 49ers points on the Clay Matthews late hit.

Then again, Clay Matthews admits he made a mistake, too, by commiting the late hit in the first place.

4th Quarter

6:46 p.m.  Packers' 3rd Drive  :26
80 yards to a miracle.  No time outs.  Hall of Fame comeback by Rodgers if this happens.

Rodgers gets Cobb down the sideline...but knocked down in play...tick...tock...tick..tock...41 yards away.

Clocked in Hail Mary territory.  They have a chance.

"Hail Mary, full of grace..."  shovel pass to Kuhn as he's hit.  The prayer was cut off.

6:32 p.m.  49ers' 3rd Drive  5:00
San Francisco 34, Green Bay 28
Dawson 32 yd FG

Big job by the defense now.

For once, the Packers win a battle against Boldin. Shields does a heck of a job to hold him to seven yards on a one-on-one pattern.


Gore SLAMMED by Pickett for nothing, maybe a loss of a yard.  HUGE run stuff.

3rd-5 - Davis wide open.  First down.  Hyde failed on coverage.  The good news...clock stopped.

Gore...four.  Tick...tock...time out.  MUST hold them out of field goal range now.

3rd-5 at GB 39: Handoff to Gore...STUFFED by Matthews.  He rushed upfield & bounced back to stop Gore two yards away.

Wow.  49ers go for it.  Hmmm....if the Niners get it, game over....but they were only trying to draw the Packers offsides.  They failed.

4th-2, take 2: Kaepernick takes forever...finds Boldin.  Who else?

Secondary fail. That's why the Packers are about to lose this game.  412 yards for Kaepernick.

Can they force a field goal and give Rodgers 30 seconds for a miracle?

6:28 p.m.  Packers' 3rd Drive  5:47
At least 66 points will be scored in this game.  Book it.

The Packers have to go 91 yards to make the next seven points their own.

Rodgers escapes a sack twice...gets six yards out of what could have been negative six.

Must make third down.  Easier to convert, though.

Nelson dives on Rodgers' throw....nope.  Beautiful coverage.

6:22 p.m.  49ers' 3rd Drive  8:26
San Francisco 31, Green Bay 28
Gore 1 yd TD run

Kaepernick has no pass rush, but great secondary coverage leads to a five-yard gain.

A lot more from Boldin.  Broken tackle by Shields when he tried to get the interception instead of the stop.

Wayne: "Boldin has been all-universe today."  186 yards.

Hunter slams 22 yards more.  Shootout ensuing.  I like the Packers have the four-point lead instead of a three point.  Just gotta keep touchdowns coming by the Packers to keep the advantage.

2nd-goal at GB 1: Gore...yep...back and forth. 

6:14 p.m.  Packers' 2nd Drive  10:56
Green Bay 24, San Francisco 21
Lacy 2 yd TD run

The game is now in Aaron Rodgers' hands.  Now is when MVP quarterbacks show they are exactly that.

76 yards from the lead, 41 or so from a shot at a tie game...six yards by Lacy.  Finally, a slash up the middle that works.

Lacy again...Edwin Moses move gets him the first down.  That will be a great NFL Films slo-mo shot.

Rodgers.  Finley.  Catch-and-run.  Stealing.

Nelson!  Fantastic diviing catch and he keeps the ball in bounds 37 yards downfield!  Highlight reel.  FABULOUS tippy-toe job.  Ballet-like toes, sell-out will to catch it.

No-huddle time. 

2nd-goal at SF 2: Rodgers...Lacy handoff...enough?  YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

6:05 p.m.  49ers' 2nd Drive  12:59
Double penalty on the 49ers during the punt return, so the Packers' defense may have a reprieve.

Kaepernick had forever.  No pass rush again.  17 yard completion to the fullback...and Jolly's hurt.  The comeback story of the year, derailed for now.

So who photobombed Rodgers?  We have our answer.

Neal forces a great sack by making Kaepernick slide four yards behind the line of scrimmage.  Four by the Packers today.  Mostly coverage sacks.

FANTASTIC tackle by Hawk.  "Great form tackle."  Meanwhile, Boldin gets taken off.  Boldin walks off under his own power.  He got accidentally leg-whipped by his own blocker.

3rd-14 at SF 30: Kaepernick...FANTASTIC breakup by Sam Shields!  He was burned, but the ball was underthrown and Shields caught up to it.

6:01 p.m.  Packers' 1st Drive  14:17
Jim Harbaugh may or may not get fined...but not for anything he said or did that directly affects the game. Here's why:

Packers get the lead for the first time?  

560 combined passing yards.  This is becoming Dickey-Theismann territory.

Not when Aldon Smith beats his guy and sacks Rodgers.  Bakhtiari burned.  Yet we haven't heard his name much.  Not bad

3rd-10 at GB 20: Bowman gets in front of Finley and it's a 3-and-out.  Not a good time.

5:59 p.m.  49ers' 1st Drive  15:00
San Francisco 24, Green Bay 21
Dawson 27 yd FG

Underneath throw to Gore, and the Packers did their job.  No touchdown.  Wide open zone, but they did the job.

3rd Quarter

5:48 p.m.  49ers' 3rd Drive  3:49
Wayne: "We've seen some wide open San Francisco receivers today." Burnett gone.  Hayward gone.  Not such a great scheme, either today.

Kaep...Davis.  They are killing the Packers deep over the middle.  37 yards.  Hyde burned, Jennings late to help.  Wayne's theme continues.

For those who say Packers are getting no pass rush, you're right.  But don't forget - Niners may have best O-line in football.

3rd-9 at GB 25: Kaepernick's legs got that first down.  This time, not read option, but scramblings.  Big time hold by the guy blocking Claymaker, but not called.

1st-goal at GB 10: FINALLY!  Someone stops Boldin.  Great job by Shields to tip what would have been a slant pattern TD.

Kaepernick CLAYMAKERED!   MONSTER sack with some trash talk included, but the refs give him two extra yards he didn't earn.  Wayne: "That's a terrible spot."

3rd-goal at 17 instead of 19...make it 22 instead of 24: 


5:38 p.m.  Packers' 2nd Drive  6:37
Green Bay 21, San Francisco 21
Rodgers-Nelson 8 yd TD pass

Cobb gets them going with an 18-yard punt return.  Got them out of deeeeeeeeeeeeeeep territorial problems.

Lacy STILL not getting anything much in the run game.  Larry: Blockers are "just not giving Lacy clean looks."

THERE's one.  Six yard gain.  Ball possession if they convert.

3rd-1 at GB 40: Keeper by Rodgers...yep.  With plenty to spare.  Larry: "Two can play that game."

Sideline late flag...unsportsmanlike on Bowman after the play was over.  Hmmmm.  Didn't see it with my own eyes.

Ah!  He pushed Jolly.

Cobb SLAMMED by Reid but holds on for 13 yards.  Nice.

Rodgers back shoulders it deep to Finley.  In the 2010 NFL, that's a TD because it's a receiver being pushed out.  Not anymore.

YES!  Cobb again.  Inside the 10.  Rodgers' arm is saving this team.

1st-goal at SF 8: NELSON!  BALL GAME!

5:35 p.m.  49ers' 2nd Drive  7:41
Gore slams for five again.  Wayne makes a great point.  1st half, they slammed runs like that backward.  They didn't here.  They haven't the 2nd half.  Defense wearing down?

Drop by McDonald and the zone defense gave him LOADS of wide open space.

3rd-5 at SF 40: Phew.  Incompletion.  49ers gave the Packers that three-and-out.

5:27 p.m.  Packers' 1st Drive  9:46
Playing from behind all day...not good.

Eddie Lacy is getting no help from the O-line.  No gain.  Larry: "Packers never got a hat on Bowman."

3rd-8 at GB 24: Cobb on a quick pattern, and he had to shake his defender to get the first down.

He didn't.

5:18 p.m.  49ers' 1st Drive  15:00
San Francisco 21, Green Bay 14
Kaepernick-Davis 2 yd TD pass

Jeff Falconio's 1st half thoughts:

So are the Packers taking the wind 2nd half?  That's why the Niners have the ball first?

False startage saves the Packers thanks to Staley, as Matthews was breathing down his neck.

3rd-9 at SF 21: Kaep...bombing...ugh.  Boldin at the 49ers 43...or did he as two Packers sandwiched him?  Replay says yes.

Boldin 104 receiving yards already.  This is not good.

It's wishbone and 2 tight ends...Gore gets the yard he needed on 2nd-1.  All that after Wayne and Larry spouted reminiscence about Starr-to-McGee deep on a bunched in 2nd-short.

Great catch by Boldin.  Diving 30 yards downfield.  Shields got big time burned.

Uh oh.  Broken tackles by Gore for five tough yards.  Four guys needed to get him down.

ANOTHER Boldin catch.  Tipped back to himself.  He is killing this secondary.

1st-goal at GB 2: Kaepernick to Davis.  Easy pickin's.

2nd Quarter

5:01 p.m.  49ers' 5th Drive  :16
Packers defense has saved Green Bay so far.

3 seconds left after a 14 yard catch, and it's a million yards away for Phil Dawson.  Hail Mary time.

Final play...knocked down.  No Franciscan miracle here.

4:51 p.m.  Packers' 4th Drive  1:32
Green Bay 14, San Francisco 14
Rodgers-Finley 12 yd TD pass

Roughing the passer turns 13 yards from Finley into a 28-yard gain.  I'll admit that was a bit of an acting job by ARod.

Sitton's third holding penalty.  Ugh. 

Rodgers on he could have done was to get an incompletion.  Zero pass rush.

PHEW: a pick in the end zone because Rodgers knew he had a free down to bomb one.  I don't know if he should have taken that chance.  Get the more sure first down.

Or was that a James Jones TD?  WOW!

Wayne: "Rock, you're having hot flashes and I'm getting too told for this."

3rd-15 at SF 40: Nelson!  HUGE job to get a first down catch with a fakeout of a defender, a stiff-arm of another and getting out of bounds.

26 yards from paydirt: Nelson.  9 yards, tick...tock....tick....tock....Nelson looks hurt.

Play action...Rodgers had to throw to nobody because his only real option was double-covered.  Incompletion was best he could get.

3rd-1 at SF 11: Kuhn...simple first down.  Tick..tock..tick..tock.  24 seconds...


4:43 p.m.  49ers' 4th Drive  4:28
With a reprieve thanks to booth review, the Packers' run defense stacks up Gore with B.J. Raji giving the Dikembe Mutombo finger.  (G-rated if you're wondering.)

Boldin SUPER wide open.  Williams faked out with the pump fake and it goes to the Packers 34.  Larry: "Tramon Williams gambled and lost."

LEGAL AND BIG HIT BY CLAYMAKER!  Finally.  They needed a big play.

3rd-18 at GB 42: Davis makes it in field goal range, but not first down range.  Hyde/Jennings' tackle saved four points.  Bad coverage lads to three.,,,or maybe not.  Hook shot.

Larry: "Packers have officially dodged a bullet."

4:35 p.m.  Packers' 3rd Drive  6:39
Message sent to Eddie Lacy.

Rodgers.  Nelson.  8 yards.  First down.  Clockwork.

Bakhtiari...good catch of Smith across the line.

HERE WE GO!  Rodgers bought time and found Nelson on a comeback hook pattern, and BIG TIME YAC to make it 22 yards.

Again...Sitton holding.  Getting big time trouble.  1st-20's are not good against this 49ers defense.

UGH.  Juggled ball by Finley.  Larry: "Aw, Jermichael."  Rodgers saves the TD for now.  53 yard return by Reid...nope.  Finley touched him down at the 49ers 44 yard line.  Booth review may have saved them 7 points.

4:29 p.m.  49ers' 3rd Drive  8:01
Clay Matthews benched.  At least for now.

Davis was wide open   Kaepernick just missed him on 1st down.

Kaepernick forced to run and technically sacked!  Was Johnny Jolly closest?  I think he gets the sack.  Ask the official scorer.

3rd-12 at SF 41: Make that erd-17 at SF 36...Kaepernick bombage and he throws it to Sausalito.  Secondary gave him nothing.  Great three-and-out when they needed it.


4:24 p.m.  Packers' 2nd Drive  8:57
A horrible return and horrible blocking on the return.  95 yards from the end zone.

Wayne Larrivee: "At the moment, the Packers are beating themselves."

Starks' 1st time with the ball: 8 yards.  Lacy loses playing time after the fumble.

3rd-2 at GB 14: Nope.  Asomugha.  Face-guarded Jones the whole time, but got his hand up just in time.

4:16 p.m.  49ers' 2nd Drive  11:15
San Francisco 14, Green Bay 7
Kaepernick-Boldin 10 yd TD pass

Packers are paying WAY tough in the red zone against the run.  Gore just one yard.

3rd-1 at GB 5: Gore gets stuffed right at the first down marker...and illegal formation against the 49ers anyway.  So it becomes 3rd-6.  That's bad for Green Bay...could be a four point positive penalty if the Packers fail on this play.

3rd-6 at GB 10: Kaepernick has forever to throw...pushed out of bounds...and hit out of bounds by the Claymaker way late.  

Hockey fight time, and the 49ers' involvement on the play negates Claymaker's boneheadedness.

Take 2: Kaepernick...Boldin...Lacy, Matthews, McMillan for not tackling, you cost the Packers seven points.

4:13 p.m.  Packers' 1st Drive  11:57
The first Lacy solid run today negated because Josh Sitton stuck his hands in Smith's face.  That will turn a 10 yard run into a 10-yard penalty.  Ugh.

Uh oh.  Lacy lost the ball DEEP in Packers territory.  They stripped the ball and Brown grabbed it at the 14 yard line.  Larry: "Man, that ain't good.  The 49ers don't need help."

4:06 p.m.  49ers' 1st Drive  Continued from 1st quarter
Uh oh.  Kaepernick can chuck it.  Don't think he can't.  Boldin for 22 yards.  Hyde burned badly, and a wide open seam in the zone.

Not seeing much C.J. Wilson in this game.

3rd-7 at GB 45: Packers go to dime defense on 3rd-7: THERE we go.  First big time hit on Kaepernick.  Claymaker and Datone Jones, along with Mike Neal.  Datone w/linebacker pursuit speed.

He can be something.


1st Quarter

4:02 p.m.  49ers' 3rd Drive  1:12
Masthay saved a huge return by getting the guy at the 25.  Most kickers won't tackle guys unless it's at the 50 yard line or worse.

3:52 p.m.  Packers' 3rd Drive  2:52
Green Bay 7, San Francisco 7
Rodgers-Cobb 5 yd TD pass

Commenceth the shootout.  Packers must answer.

Five wide formation to start this drive.  Ross makes the first catch in this dramatic catch-up effort.  Just like McCarthy said.  They're committed to scoring points.  Don't worry about committing to how.

Bombage to Nelson!  Fantastic throw.  Better catch.  31 yards down the sideline. 

HERE WE GO!  Lacy in the passing game.  31 yards with a screen pass, breaking a tackle.  If you can't hand it to him for yardage, throw it to him.

5 yards from paydirt - Cobb!  Answer.

3:41 p.m.  49ers' 2nd Drive  9:51
Niners 7, Packers 0
Kaepernick-Davis 21 yd TD pass

CLAYMAKER!  Hunter SLAMMED for a seven yard loss.  Unblocked.  Miller COMPLETELY whiffed.

Kaepernick to Bolden on 3rd-5 negates Matthews' big 1st down play. You can't just win on 1st down. You have to on 3rd down, too.

Uh, Kaepernick can throw.  25 yards to the tight end who simply sat in a wide open spot and let the MIlwaukee kid toss it there.  Simply uncovered.

Miller at fullback brings San Francisco to field goal territory.  McCarthy said in pregame the Niners would throw out of the read option.  They are.3

3rd-1 at GB 35: Gore.  Easy.

3rd-2 at GB 25: The Niners' line are showing why Wayne Larrivee called them the best line in the NFL.

Kaepernick runs, but this time it's to throw....phew.  Boldin was wide open, but he failed to get his tippy-toes in bounds.  Sam Shields was as far away as Oakland on coverage.

3rd-5: Davis.  Easy pitch and catch.  Uh oh.

3:34 p.m.  Packers' 2nd Drive  12:42
Lacy.  Negative 2 per carry.  Ain't gonna cut it.  Dietrich-Smith got OWNED on first down.  Rodgers' running game may become short throws to Finley.

3rd-1 at GB 24: YES!  Cobb's first catch of 2013.  Crossing pattern, and Rodgers had loads of time. The kind of time he'll need today.

Three carries for Lacy.  Minus-1 yards.  Won't get the job done. 

3rd-7 at GB 45: Lacy slips on the Candlestick turf.  The stuff that made Willie Mays slip back in the day does it to Lacy.

3:29 p.m.  49ers' 1st Drive  13:29
Johnny Jolly starts!  Talk about a comeback.

With no Casey Hayward in the lineup, Tramon Williams will have to dominate his matchup and make it a 10-on-10 game.  A good start on 2nd down...

Jones and Neal in for pass rush on 3rd-10.  The Milwaukee native has forever and tries to get the first down with his legs...nope.  Who forced him out?  Tramon!

3:25 p.m.  Packers' 1st Drive  15:00
The guy who muffed those kicks last year in the playoffs, Jeremy Ross, receives the kickoff today...eight yards deep.  Just catch the thing.  No worries.

Now, how will the two bookend blockers for Aaron Rodgers and co., David Bakhtiari and Don Barclay do?

First play of the year: Eddie Lacy slams for one yard.  They'll need about three more yards per carry this year out of him for their offense to reach complete potential.

FUMBLE...phew.  Rodgers got it back in his clutches.  Aldon Smith forced the fumble, and had a free trip to Rodgers after Bakhtiari did what he shouldn't have - cut block him.

Pregame updates

3:22 p.m.
Coin flip time.  Packers have Aaron Rodgers among their captains.  Who photobombed him?

Anyway, B.J. Raji called heads...and it's tails.  49ers defer to the 2nd half, so the Packers will have to receive.

3:11 p.m.
For the Packers to win today, they will probably have to win a shootout.

If Rodgers gets enough time (either by his line, his scheme or his feet), they will.

3:03 p.m.
Arguably the world's most famous Packers fan has chimed in.

2:37 p.m.
McCarthy to Larrivee in exclusive pregame interview:

"I feel good about where we are...our guys are set, down, into our plan.  We're going to stay after it with our plan."

On Burnett sitting out: "We were hopeful he was going to be ready today.  We're not going to push that."

On Hayward's return later this year: "Dr. Pat McKenzie hasn't given a specific timetable."

On youngsters Bakhtiari/Barclay starting at tackle today: "Extremely comfortable with them.  They're all starting today...two outstanding outside linebackers with the San Francisco 49ers.  They've got a big challenge in front of them."

On the 49ers' read-option & Kaepernick: "Read option will be non-issue today...(more) the action passes that will come off of it."

On the Packers' run game: "We're going to score as many points as possible.  Our run game is going to factor into that."

He also said Jeremy Ross will return kickoffs; Ross and Cobb will return punts.

2:30 p.m.
Our Lance Allan gives his prediction for today's Packers-49ers game.  

You might like it.

2:02 p.m.
We already knew Casey Hayward was out for today's game.

The Packers report that Morgan Burnett is also out.  That means Jeron McMillan and M.D. Jennings will start, according to the team.

Also add:
- LB Sam Barrington
- TE Brandon Bostick
- DE Josh Boyd
- LB Nate Palmer
- G Lane Taylor

1:49 p.m.
For those who believe in waxing poetic about road game sites, this is the last time the Packers are scheduled to face the 49ers at Candlestick Park.

Our Wayne Larrivee turns from voice of the Packers to pregame photographer to show the place off.

1:22 p.m.
Our Jeff Falconio gives you three keys for today's game.  One of them involves something big with the number three.  Check them out.

12:28 p.m.
Need some positive thoughts entering today's Packers-49ers showdown?  Here's some from one of our Packers coverage contributors.

12:19 p.m.
The Packers are soon to be on their way to Candlestick Park.

Our Wayne Larrivee is already there.

12:16 p.m.
The Vikings have sent a message, shot out of a purple and white cannon.  Adrian Peterson, 78 yards for a touchdown on their first offensive play.

One play does not make a season.  Do not fret if the Packers fall today and are not in first place.  Their destiny may still be fantastic in February.

11:47 a.m.
Well, we know who will be performing at halftime should the Packers make the Super Bowl:

11:32 a.m.
Some injury updates:

Burnett will reportedly play today, though that is not confirmed.

Something of an ominous word from the Journal Sentinel's Bob McGinn:


11:30 a.m.
A weather update from San Francisco, as given by the Green Bay Press Gazette's Mike Vandermause:

From the voice of the Packers...or at least his thumbs, our own Wayne Larrivee:

Pregame story

It's the grudge match for "revenge" on last year's playoff debacle.

Or at least redemption.

It involves intrigue and intelligence gathering worthy of a Tom Clancy novel.

It's so huge, it feels like a playoff game in September.

It's going to define how far the Packers have come since last year's playoff failure.

It's the biggest game this year?  Not in a long journey toward Super Bowl XLVIII, one the Packers can definitely make.

But to win today, the Packers must stop the guy who was the biggest reason for their failure, Colin Kaepernick.

They'll also need rookies like David Bakhtiari, Micah Hyde, Datone Jones and Eddie Lacy to play major roles.

While you wait for kickoff...have a pizza before the game and plan for a salad tomorrow...

...and a beer.