For the second time this season, it was a magical comeback for Rodgers and company. This time it came down to the leg of Mason Crosby as time expired, and he did not miss. The 49ers were on the verge of winning the game and sending Packers nation home unhappy but Kevin King came up with a game changing interception at the Packers 10 yard line with 1:07 left to play. Rodgers took over from there and lead the comeback. It certainly was not a pretty game from the start. Green Bay took an early 17-7 lead but their defense kept giving up the big play and keeping the 49ers in the game, while the offense stumbled before rallying late. It was a sloppy game on both sides of the football. The players have provide the coaches with even more film on what they need to get cleaned up during their self scout before the players leave town for their bye week. At the end of the day the record books will say that the Packers are 3-2-1 and have the same record as the Vikings and the same wins and losses as the Bears, and are right back in this thing going into their bye week and a brutal stretch of games.
Here’s the full recap:
Continuing with the theme of the season of the team starting of slowly. The 49ers took the opening drive and marched down the field with ease. It only took them 7 plays and 4 minutes to go 75 yards and take a 7-0 lead. Rodgers answered with his own quick drive. Going 77 yards in 1:42 and 4 plays to tie the game. During the drive Rodgers found Valdes-Scantling for a 60 yard play on the left side. On the very next play, Aaron Jones ran for 17 yards and a touchdown but instant replay should he was down a yard short. Two plays later, Ty Montgomery scores the Touchdown. On the kick off, the 49ers fumbled with the Packers recovering. As soon as you felt that this was the Packers night, reality set in. Hoping the Packers would go up by a touchdown and start to put some distance between and the 49ers, the drive didn’t go anywhere and had to settle for a field goal. In Crosby’s first attempt since his miserable performance last week in Detroit, he bounced back by making the first attempt. The defense then forced the 49ers to punt on their possession. Rodgers then capitalized by leading a 5 play, 79 yard touchdown drive that featured a 54 yard catch and run by tight end Jimmy Graham. The 49ers capitalized on blown coverage by the Packers secondary to score on deep 67 yard pass play. Packers 17 – 49ers 14
Aaron Jones continues to look like he should be the featured back. The defense can be good as long as they keep coming up with turnovers and they had 3 of them tonight. Mason Crosby connected on his second field goal attempt of the night, but that was the only scoring for the Packers this quarter. On the defensive side of the football, that was another story this quarter. After forcing a fumble, the 49ers offense then scored on the next two possessions. Rodgers and company just couldn’t move the football this quarter. McCarthy went away from the run and Aaron Jones in the later half of the quarter. They only moved the football 59 yards and had the football for 8:40, which was nearly half the quarter. It was a dismissal performance across the board that lead the 49ers to taking the lead going into halftime. Packers 20 – 49ers 24
One thing has been certain this season, that is this team has been a second half team. The coaching staff seems to make the appropriate adjustments to keep the window of opportunity within reach. The Packers offense got the ball first and drove down the field for field goal. But their next offensive possession did not go anywhere as it ended in a punt. While the 49ers were able to convert with field goals on both of their drives. The defense was on the field for over 9 minutes. Aaron Jones was finally getting more carries than the other backs. He lead all backs with 8 carries and 41 yards, so hopefully that is a sign of things to come. Plus, rookie wide receiver Valdes-Scantling continues to impress as he and Rodgers connected on a 30 yard pass play on the Packers opening drive of the quarter. When Cobb and Allison get healthy and return, hopefully we will see what this offense is capable off and will then run like a well oiled machine. Valdes-Scantling finished the game with 3 catches for 103 yards. While Jimmy Graham finally had a breakout game for the Packers, hauling in 5 catches for 104 yards. The third quarter was nothing to write home about for the Packers on both offense and defense. They held the 49ers to field goals in a bend do not break drives. On offense they were able to put together drives but could not sustain them to convert to points. Packers 23 – 49ers 30
Here we go. Down 7 with 15 minutes to play. Rodgers and the Packers have a flair for the dramatics. The offense did not look very inspiring on their first two drives of the quarter. The first on resulted in a turnover on downs when the offense could not convert 4th and 3. Inside of handing the ball off to Jones, Rodgers dropped back and tried to hit Valdes-Scantling on short pass on the left hand side. The defense kept fighting to keep the offense in the ball game. They forced the 49ers to punt on their first two possessions of the 4th quarter. Then things got exciting. It only took 4 plays for Rodgers to tie the game. He started the drive off with a 38 yard pass play to Davante Adams and finished it with a 16 yard touchdown pass to Adams. With the 49ers looking to drive and win the game, the defense got pressure on the quarterback, who throw a deep pass over the middle that was picked off by Kevin King at the Green Bay 10 yard line. With 1:07 remaining in the ball game and no timeouts, it was not up to Rodgers to get into field goal range for the win. The drive started with a 14 yard run by Montgomery, and featured a 21 yard scramble by Rodgers, a 19 yard pass play to St. Brown, and a 19 yard pass play to Adams to get the ball to the 49ers 9 yard line. With no time remaining on the clock, Crosby redeems himself by hitting the game winning field goal. Packers 33 – 49ers 30
Up Next: Green Bay has a bye next week. They return on Sunday, 10/28 when they visit the undefeated LA Rams.
Anthony Haag is a writer for PackersTalk.com. He has been a Packers fan since the day he was born and truly bleeds green and gold. He makes annual visits to Lambeau Field and has attended his fair share of games. You can follow Anthony on Twitter at @anthony_haag