San Francisco Outlasts Green Bay in Early Playoff Preview

Anquan Boldin dominated the Packers defense, and was a major reason the 49ers were able to gut out a victory.
Anquan Boldin dominated the Packers defense, and was a major reason the 49ers were able to gut out a victory.

The San Francisco 49ers continue to own the Green Bay Packers. Today’s 34-28 victory was a battle of true NFC heavyweights in San Francisco, with the Packers eventually running out of time and falling to 0-1 on the year.

Questions over the 49er passing game in the wake of Michael Crabtree being lost for the season were quickly answered. Colin Kaepernick, who had never exceeded 300 yards passing in a regular season game before, went a step beyond that mark, eclipsing 400 yards to finish with 412 on the day.

Anquan Boldin dominated the Packers secondary throughout the day. A career game for the seasoned veteran who came on strong during Baltimore’s playoff run that eventually saw them defeat the 49ers in the Super Bowl a year ago.

After switching sides, Boldin made his mark immediately. Catching 13 passes and finding ways to get wide open no matter the coverage against him, Boldin racked up a ridiculous 208 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Green Bay’s defense was again outmatched against Kaepernick and company, San Francisco scored with ease throughout the day. This time they were able to stop the read-option that spelled their demise in the playoffs a year ago, however the third year man out of Nevada quickly adjusted and threw all over the Green Bay secondary.

Aaron Rodgers and the Packer offense traded punches with the 49ers all game long, taking the lead in the 4th quarter on a 2 yard run by rookie running back Eddie Lacy, however the defense was unable to keep Frank Gore out of the end zone on the ensuing possession and would never see the lead again.

When a game is as evenly matched as the one we saw today, it is a shame to see the referees have such a large part of the outcome. In the second quarter with the 49ers in the red zone, Kaepernick took off scrambling for the first down. Clay Matthews chased him out of bounds, but made the mistake of tackling the quarterback out of bounds. The penalty was offset by a personal foul against the 49ers. In the case of offsetting personal fouls, NFL rules state they negate each other, and the play stands.

Today, the officials offset the yardage of the penalties, but gave San Francisco an opportunity to replay the third down they had just failed to convert. The result was an Anquan Boldin touchdown.

Next week the 49ers will look to go 2-0, but face a tough test against division rival Seattle. The Seahawks gutted out a 12-7 victory over Carolina in a game that required the difficult cross-country travel.

Green Bay on the other hand is trying to put a notch in the win column when they square off with the RG III and the Washington Redskins. The Pack showed they can stop a mobile quarterback from beating them with his legs, and will certainly need to use those skills to stop RG III from destroying their defense.

Charlie Gille

Senior Sports Editor

The Guardian Express

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