San Francisco 49ers Continue Mastery of Green Bay Packers

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Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick

Let that numb feeling set in. The San Francisco 49ers continued their recent dominance of the Green Bay Packers with a 23-20 wild card win on Sunday.

It’s hard to find a lot of fault with the way the Packers played, though.

Their defense, which is clearly the weak spot of the team, played one of their best games of the season despite losing starters Sam Shields and Mike Neal during the contest.

That defense held Colin Kaepernick, who threw for more than 400 yards against them in week one, to 227 yards passing. They also held Frank Gore to just 66 yards rushing on 20 carries.

On most days, that would be good enough to win a game.

The Packers’ offense, meanwhile, had a game plan for success. Instead of letting Aaron Rodgers sling it around, they let Eddie Lacy smash into the 49ers’ defense repeatedly and used short passes to move the ball. That’s how both Seattle and Indianapolis beat the 49ers during the sea on.

Lacy bulled his way to 81 yards on 21 carries and Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb came up with opportune catches.

Both teams played a hell of a game, but ultimately, the difference was that the 49ers were able to make plays and run out the clock on their final drive, which led to the game-winning field goal.

The main reason for that was Kaepernick.

He ran for 98 yards on seven carries, but no run was bigger than the one he made to pick up a first down on the final drive.

It was a third down play and the Packers blitzed Jarrett Bush off the corner. Kaepernick was able to avoid him after Bush went to the inside Gore and scrambled for what was the biggest pick up of the day.

While the Packers made plays on offense, they left at least a couple on the field. James Jones failed to catch two very catchable balls that may have turned the game — one on a deep ball and one inside the 49ers’ 10.

Obviously, James Jones doesn’t like to play in the cold.

In the end, the more talented team won. That’s how it’s supposed to go.

A valiant effort and a solid game plan aren’t enough when you just can’t match up. That needs to be fixed in the offseason.

And the offseason is now what’s upon us.

About The Author

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

123 Comments on "San Francisco 49ers Continue Mastery of Green Bay Packers"

  1. K.L.

    If only Hyde had come down with that interception… Damn.

    And James Jones. Wow. Just catch the damn ball.

    • Savage57

      It seems as though the cold might have affected the Packers player’s ability to make catches more so than it did the 49ers. See Mssr.’s Jones, Hyde and Lacy.

    • PackAttack

      funny thing is — Mike has been calling plays this bad for a long, long time….since Joe Philbin has left the play calling has been a joke. It gets exposed when Rodgers can’t bail him out.

  2. DD

    Don’t discount the effect Aaron and Kevin’s breakup had on this team. Breakups are hard. Hopefully those two can work it out or it’s going to be a long offseason.

  3. hate faux fans

    In the rezone MM doesn’t have lacy in once ok i can live with, Bush going inside instead of staying outside ok that’s bearable too, capers sitting back on 3rd & 10 and 3 300+ dl rushing w/o a blitz WTF the man isn’t aggressive

  4. Remedy

    The decision to bring Jarrett Bush was fucking terrible

    As were Jones’ drops. Really, really, really bad. The ball hit him in the fucking face

    Losing Shields was the worst, though. Goddamn

  5. Packerguy

    MM can’t manage the clock at all. Left points on the board. Stop playing conservative, play to win the god damn game. Sick of this shit. Hire a god damn game manager, stop making the head coach deal with this shit, its not hard.

    • Savage57

      Have to agree that the clock management on that last series sucked big-time, but I really thought that the Niner’s having to burn up their two second half TO’s early was going to come back to haunt them.

  6. PackAttack

    Mike McCarthy can be single handedly blamed for this game. absolutely brutal play calling.

    But who cares. Another year full of injuries, bad play calling and early round playoff exits — nothing has changed and nothing will change with Ted and Mike…

    Losers lose games — this organization has the best QB in the league and has epically failed to produce in the post-season when it counts.

  7. Richard Crainium

    HORRIBLE HORRIBLE game manager… Fucking worst to put it bluntly! It’s a tough pill to swallow…no excuses we got beat.

  8. vj

    I think the coaches did a masterful job preparing this team and handling adversity when players went out. The outcome confirms the fact that we are getting the most out of the players we have. That’s great coaching. We need a couple, maybe a few more playmakers at each level of the defense going forward. This game was lost by the offense, however. Playing well in spurts but not closing out drives with TDs and settling for FGs really hurts.

    Here’s to the 2014 Draft!.Don’t fuck it up!

  9. TyKo Steamboat

    In the face of defeat, I have never been more proud. I’ve seen the best & the worst. With my friends this season, I’ve actually had the best time of my life. Better than the Superbowl road of ’10. The end sucks. But my heart still pounds so incredibly hard. Wow. Love them!!! Go PACK Go, Baby!!!!!

  10. Richard Crainium

    Why not a TO after the Jones catch to end the first half? Why is Cobb in the backfield (2x) on the last drive inside the 10!?!? McCarthy could fuck up a blow job if you let him.

  11. Richard Crainium

    I do agree however… Great game and great season all things considered. They’re right there. Get healthy!

  12. tedtomato

    Fucking tomato head and his shit undrafted oline had alot to do with this loss!! Fuck you ted!! Draft or sign some real players!! Ive never seen an offensive line so terrible on 3rd down!! That and terrible 3rd down defense..ive said all along..your weaknesses in preaseason usually haunt you in regular season..ours..bad oline..bad dline..shitty..i mean really shitty safeties..bad special teams..bad coaching..and..very bad corner play..especially on 3rd down!! Sums up this shitfest of a season.

  13. Cheese

    Way to give away another game that was so fucking winnable. 0-4 against San Francisco. How fucking embarrassing. I can’t stand Harbaugh and their cocky bandwagon fans. Wait till next year right? Next year when have another bottom feeder Capers defense, just as many injuries cause our medical staff is clueless, some first round pick whose name you’ll never hear again after draft day, more dipshit play calling, and another one and done in the playoffs. CAN’T WAIT!!

  14. Disposable h3ro

    The defensive shit show is over for now. If they don’t fire Capers it will be another year of the same frustration and disappointment. Honestly though that is just step one, we have very little talent on the defensive side of the ball. J. Bush, MD, Jones, Hawk, and Perry are ST players at best. Speaking of the worst ST in the league, fire Slocum too. Get an actual OC and leave the coaching to MM. I am sure TT will sit by and let decent FAs walk and that’s the big difference between he and Wolf. D and D is great in theory but it needs to be accompanied with some veteran FA signings. At the end of the day, no matter what the organization does, I will continue to watch and probably bitch, go pack go.

  15. Packfan

    Please fire Capers now. I am done with our defense. Draft a hitter for safety like Nick Collins and I will be happy. Also a front lineman, BJ your shit, your tackles are shit and your sacks dont exist. Fuck, Fuck,Fuck…Where was the pressure. I officially hate 49ers. The hate is even beyond our division at this point.

    • Phatgzus

      Nick Collins was so much more than a hitter-he was a future first-ballot H.O.F.er if you extrapolate his career (and there’s sufficient sample size to do so). Fuck I miss him in the backfield.

  16. Boloyoung

    I’m here in LA….fuck all these whiner fans that came outta no where. Wearing dodger jackets with whiner caps. WTF??? Go be a fuckin giants fan too….douchebags. LA101…don’t be a SF fan no matter what. If ur a whiner fan, then ur a gayant fan.

  17. BDR

    Why does Seattle play well against kaepernick? It’s b/c their defense is big, strong, and fast. We need to make significant changes to our defense… Safety and inside linebacker being the biggest concern.

  18. RelampagoBlanco

    The Packers started the game with 3 consecutive 3 and outs… If we decided to play offense in the 1st half we win this game. That bothers me the most.

  19. Skinny

    First and goal from the 9 after the Cobb catch and Lacy and Starks don’t even get a shot at it, fucking terrible series of play calls there by McCarthy.

  20. Jeff

    Mastery my fucking ass! They lucked the fuck out! GB put up a fucking dog fight! C U next year Caperdick! If your legs aren’t broken by the time we get to play you!

  21. T-Pack

    This game is on the offense & McCarthy. Just a horrible job all around. Coming off that bears win and we un run run. Embarrassing. All I wanted was for us to come out firing then break them down with lacy. Wtf!
    Sucks.really sucks. Thank god I dudt blow 3k on that piece of shit game….

  22. Shawn Iltarion

    Valiant effin effort by the Packers today. Much like the game in Week 1, the two teams stood toe-to-toe and slugged it out until the end.

    Really, the game was a complete microcosm of the Packers’ season. Injuries, injuries, injuries… Poor red zone offense. Stout defense interspersed with complete breakdowns. TDs on offense followed by TDs giving up on defense. Dropped INTs. Special teams allowing a big return after a TD. Poor clock management before half. And ZERO safety play. Did I mention injuries?

    And YET, in the end, this game and the season did not come down to coaching, did not come down to injuries, did not come down to shit safety play. In the end, it came down to TWO plays- 3rd and goal from the 8 for the Packers and 3rd and 8 for the 49ers on the winning drive. MAKE A PLAY. If someone makes a play, the Packers win this game.

    In a game like this, it comes down to a couple key plays at the end. The Packers didn’t make them, and the 49ers did. Story over.

    I have said myself to give Capers the boot, but he coached for his job today and produced.

    The Packers actually were more physical than the 49ers today. The difference was speed. Same damn thing I said after the playoff game last season, this defense needs more speed. Especially with Matthews out, this defense did not have enough speed to contain Kaepernick. You drafted Datone Jones for his speed and then you don’t play him. Draft a fricking safety. Draft some more speed, and play Jones full time next season.

    Do that, and we can get by the 49ers.

    • PackAttack

      I’ll give you point for a few of those points.

      However. Play calling was atrocious, I’m sorry but you can’t go toe to toe with a SF D like this and win. I understand you have to run but there has to be a much, much better mix of run vs. pass and you’ve got to put the ball in Rodgers hand more! You have to. He’s your franchise QB and your putting the ball on the ground more than in his hands? 177 yards doesn’t cut — it just doesn’t! Play calling was bad and it’s been bad for a long while.

      Defense. SIGNIFICANT CHANGES need to take place. If it’s not Capers then it’s Hawk and Jones. You need to have playmakers on your LB-core — you have to, no excuses. Look at SF, CAR and DEN — look at the players on those LB cores. You can’t have slow fucks who don’t rush the passer in a defense like this.

      Safety is must. It’s beyond a doubt. There needs to be upgrades everywhere. Safety, CB, LB, DE….Offensive line and TE.

      There needs to be something done about injuries. There is something else going on here….there is abnormal amount of injuries going on in this organization —- something is up.

      • Shawn Iltarion

        I think blaming the play-calling is complete BS.

        You need to watch A-Rodge’s press conference. He said it right. He didn’t make excuses, and you shouldn’t for him.

        Throw the ball more? You mean like in the red zone 2nd and 3rd down, chance to go up by 4? We gave the ball to our QB twice, and he couldn’t get us in the endzone. It wasn’t the offensive line, and it wasn’t the play-calling. Rodgers had two shots at it, and didn’t get it done. Good defense on both plays, not good enough offense.

        So some say we should have ran it, then others say we should have thrown it more. Yeah, its all hindsight BULLSHIT. Players need to make plays. Period. It isn’t the fault of the coach on the sideline. Stop grasping at straws cause you don’t like someone’s wasteline.

  23. PackAttack

    Mike McCarthy’s play calling has been HORRIBLE ever since Joe Philbin left. This is not something new. McCarthy’s run/pass ratio is a joke and it’s not so much running the football but WHEN he chooses to run the football. 1st and 10 is an AUTOMATIC run with McCarthy and if you watched that 1st Q SF knew it! They knew Rodgers snap count and they knew the play. McCarthy is a fool — always has been. But when the best QB in the league is running your shitty offense you happen to get away with shit like that

    McCarthy is beyond predictable it’s embarrassing. I’ve said this for 3 years now.

    There are no more 5 WR sets, no more spreading the field like 2010. Look at Rodgers passing # — they’ve decreased every year and GB is becoming more run oriented. Only problem with that is their defense sucks and their O-line sucks. OH and you’ve got the best QB in the world on your team and some pretty good WR’s in Jones, Boykin, Cobb and Nelson — Boykin and Cobb were hardly used tonight — it was RUN, RUN, RUN. and pointless runs.

    You watch and MARKY MY FUCKING WORDS….Mike McCarthy is going to RUIN Eddy Lacy by running him like this. He will fucking end him by 25 yrs old!

    • ay hombre

      Yup. The Niners gave up over 700 yards through the air in the two games prior to this one so what do we do…we run the ball more than throw it…right into the strength of their defense.

      No spreading them out. No throwing on rhythm. All in all one giant clusterfuck on offense. The first series of run-run-run punt set the tone for the entire game and announced that the best player in football, Aaron Rodgers, would not be deciding the outcome of this game. And he didn’t. He never got into rhythm.

      James Jones drops. Micah Hyde’s drop. ARodge’s substandard play. Poor clock management. Shit play-calling down the stretch.

      Like Iltarion said…a microcosm of the season. It hurts even worse because we had a shot to win it. I’m not sure how we had a chance to win it since pretty much no one played great.

      A missed opportunity.

    • TyKo Steamboat

      Sweet overreaction meltdown.

      There are so many better operations out there, right? Which coaches & GM would you rather have?

  24. gort

    This is deja vu all over again, but at least we kept it close this time. You can blame play calling or bad D coaching, but the real problem is the injuries. Need to figure out how to prevent the injuries. Philly ended the season with only 5 guys on IR. Some are simply part of the game, but things like hammies are more likely caused by bad conditioning. Solve that and we won’t have to sign “starters” off the street.

    • PackAttack

      Very true.

      Something is going on with injuries. It’s not just bad luck. This has been going on for awhile now. Year after Year after Year this team is constantly pulling hamstrings, tweaking muscles, etc. I can see the on the field stuff — but when guys like Burnett sit out the first few weeks with hamstring issues — that shit can’t happen.

      Something needs to happen with the medical staff.

      • E. Wolf

        On this one thing, as well as Capers perhaps, I agree with you. I have been calling for a complete audit of the medical and training staff since the preseason. We have “led” the league three out of four years in injuries. *THIS* above all is what could cause us to squander ROdgers’ playing years.

  25. Cheese

    You know what else is embarrassing? The Packers are 3-5 at home in the playoffs since 2001. That’s two to the Giants, two to the 49ers, and one to the Mike Vick led Falcons. Four of them under McCarthy. So much for the mystique of Lambeau.

    • icebowl

      Seemed like cold was certainly affecting Rodgers and Co. more in early parts of first and second half …
      Expected Klapperdick to run more just to stay warm ….
      Embarassing to get beat by that loser over and over again…. Missed containment by Bush was the nail in the coffin…..

      Knocking Bears out of play-offs was good enough to survive the long spring and summer ahead …Fielding a healthy team in 2014 needs to be top team priority ….

  26. Shawn Iltarion

    Yeah, that’s 2 to the Giants, one to the Falcons, one to the Vikings, and one to the 49ers. Let’s keep track now.

    That’s three under McCarthy, and to be honest, McCarthy didn’t get the best out of his QBs during any of those losses.

  27. flyboy7588

    Lombardi is rolling over in his grave. There is NOT excuse for losing a playoff game at Lambeau. NONE!!!!! I don’t care who the Pack is playing, you step it up and do whatever you have to do to WIN!!! Embarrassing. Capers has had a couple of years now to come up with a defensive plan to contain Kapernik. He has failed. Time to let him go. And for God’s sake, get some DLs who can pressure the QB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If you don’t get pressure on a QB, even an average NFL QB, they’ll pick you apart. The problem guys is that Rodgers is not getting any younger.

  28. flyboy7588

    What is up with Baluga? I didn’t realize he was lost for the year. Is he going to turn out to be a bust?

  29. flyboy7588

    I didn’t hear Raji’s name called once during this game. And how the hell does AJ Hawk keep ending up way down field on pass coverage???? Isn’t that what Safeties are for????? I’m not sure Matthews would have made a difference. Last playoff game against the Niners, Clay was manhandled by an OL with one good arm.

  30. E. Wolf

    McCarthy is ahead of all but one of those coaches,as none of those guys have won a super bowl (unless you mean Jim’s brother).
    I defy you to produce GMS who have not had a bust now and then.

  31. E. Wolf

    99percent? So your math sucks too. Whatever, ethug, I am in NY.
    Anyway, that post stands on its own merits. Either produce GMS with far fewer busts, or don’t.
    ALso, I will concede that I am increasingly concerned about whether Perry will pan out–he is a defensive end that they are trying to recast as an OLB which may or may not work, and if it does will take consierable.
    As for Datone Jones, the dude is hurt. Which again goes to training and medical staff. We need a third party investigation and audit.

    • Phatgzus

      I actually have high hopes for Perry (and I disliked his drafting a great deal), when healthy and predominantly rushing the passer/holding the edge he has periods of beastliness-not only does he get sacks, he causes fumbles. The first is a big “if” as of this moment, but to say he’s a bust, even considering gis injury history, is a bit of a stretch IMHO.

      • Ivomitonvikingfans

        IF only he could stay healthy. The only other problem is he seems to be at his best on Clay’s side. It would be nice if they could just draft linebackers to play linebacker.

  32. beavis

    Yeah as long McCarthy keeps this awful staff around we will continue to get violated. Let the shit times begin!

  33. Cheese

    Threatening to kick him off because he called Ted Thompson a turd and posted an article link? What the hell is this site coming to..

  34. Phatgzus

    Maybe I’m crazy, but I think Rodgers, even with his great improv, had a sub par game (by his standards).

    I also think Tramon Williams bought himself another year in GB, please for the love of God, Tramon, play like you did in ’10 and the last half of this season-you’re a top 15 CB when you do.

      • Phatgzus

        Below freezing temps. affects passing ability-look at the pass to JJ he underthrew by 10 yards, Aaron Rodgers doesn’t normally miss that pass. He also missed open receivers on at least 5 different plays, at least 2 of those resulted in sacks even though he had tIme to throw the ball OB.

        We tried to score on the final series via the pass-it didn’t work, must be MM’s fault…

      • Phatgzus

        17-29 for 177 is mediocre, by any NFL QB’s standards; Rodgers did not have a good game, whether you analyze it quantitatively or qualitatively.

  35. CO Bob

    I think they played them pretty well all things considered. We were kinda lucky to even have this opportunity. It was anyone’s game until final 4min or so. Totally agree with the arguments about defensive changes. I don’t think it was scheme…just not enough playmakers. Draft or buy em in the offseason…hopefully. I doubt we would have made it past the next playoff round anyway. See you guys next year. GPG

    Oh yeah. Harbaugh is a douchebag

    • E. Wolf

      Do you really think *ALL* the suspect players suck? Please understand, I submit this question most respectfully. I get we overpaid Morgan Burnett and need another safety. I get that Raji has regressed beyond salvage.
      I think part of it is talent (notably at defensive tackle and safety), part of it is coaching and scheming, and a big part of it is injuries–yes, injuries. Already without Jolly and Matthews (as well as Casey Hayward since the preseason), we lost both Shields and Neal.
      I don’t think it is just one factor, but a combination of these three.

      • Ivomitonvikingfans

        I agree that it is a combination of many factors. Mainly talent, in my opinion. My fear is Ted will try to address these shortcomings with only the 7 or 8 draft picks he has. It’s time to consider an actual free agent or two. They don’t even need to be big time, just competent.

  36. GBslacker

    I’m bummed it’s over.

    But I’m more bummed over how long it will take to fix this team.

    I’ve tried to write a few things — two or three times — but I just don’t have the heart/energy.

    Like me, the team just seems to be fading away…

    • Andy

      everyone seems to be gloom and doom about this team. Losing sucks but taking all the positives we can from this: The season was a total train wreck, but they fought back gave us two incredible victories and got into the playoffs and showed some fight, going toe to toe with one of the better teams in the league and coming up just short. I can take this loss. Especially considering that for the last 2 years we’ve been crushed and dumped out the playoffs like a piece of trash. This year they showed up and fell just short. I think we’re still a couple of pieces away from being in the conversation with seattle/san fran/denver etc. but we’re getting there.

  37. Arcturus

    Seven months and we’ll all get on the train again. Brewers will be almost mathematically eliminated by then, my tomatoes will be ready for picking, kids will be getting ready for school and we’ll start discussing whether they should change from 4 to 2 preseason games. And so it goes…

  38. thatguy188

    I don’t even have time to read all the ignorant comments on here…. WHY is everyone complaining about the Defense? I think they’ve played their best game this year, and held the 49ers to “only” 23 points (20 if you discount the FG with 2 seconds left in game)… Their average this season is 25.

    That’s not bad for a defense that sucked it up all year.

    Our horrible HORRIBLE offensive showing in the 1st quarter was the difference maker. We sucked it up on Offense, not Defense.

    Was still a good game. Intense. Ready for next season. #LetsGo

  39. Abe Frohman

    I was hopeful for a victory but certainly not expecting it. That being said, I felt kicking the last FG with like 5 minutes on the clock was the wrong call. I get we need to at least tie the game to be in it, but I didn’t trust our D to make a stop. I said to my wife at the time that we needed a TD instead.

  40. flyboy7588

    What needs to be done:

    – Acquire some pass rushers on the DL
    – compliment Matthews by acquiring a similar type LB.
    – Time for Dom to go.
    – OL is decent but can be better. Draft with that in mind. Can’t have Rodgers getting bounce around as much as he has been.

  41. THE MONEY MIKE

    I liked this comment from JSOnline, we are a finese team and we dont have the intangibles for that IE: Field, PLayers, Coaching

    “I hope that Packer fans will realize FINALLY that their team is NOT suited for Lambeau Field. The Packers are a FINESSE team. They throw the ball like the Colts, Saints and Chargers. They are not a smash mouth football team like the 49ers, Giants and Seahawks. And there lies the reason why Lambeau Field is NOT an advantage for the Packers. Teams like the Giants, 49ers and Seahawks will continue to come into Lambeau and steal the Packers’ lunch money until they get more physical. Lacy is changing that on offense, but you still have soft-as-a-pillow AJ Hawk as your ILB. Until the defense develops some sort of attitude, expect us to lose to physical teams regardless of whether we are playing in Lambeau or not. I will say that the Packers are ideally suited to beat the Saints, Vikings, and Cowboys, because of the fast surface and ideal conditions of those stadiums.”

    Read more from Journal Sentinel: http://www.jsonline.com/tablet/topstories/frozen-out-colin-kaepernick-orchestrates-another-knockout-blow-to-packers-b99177625z1-238816231.html#ixzz2pdMuzu8t
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  42. Lisa

    The fact that the whiners did not hand our asses to us on a plate makes me so happy. This is the best game we have played against our Achilles heel and we did that despite numerous injuries. I am proud of our team despite the loss. Go Pack Go!!!!

  43. T Pack

    With Shields & Baktieri hurt that defense was even more suspect. I thought they played well considering. Burnett needs to learn how to tackle. And I am still not sure what Hawk does each play. He never is involved in a tackle until the end of the play.
    To me this game was lost by the offense. That first half was terrible. NO creativity. No 5 wide. No mixing it up. Annd the time mgnt seemed off again as well. I put it squarely on Rodgers & MM. Otherwise though a great season to watch. Can’t wait for Sept!

  44. WisconsinIS49ersCountry

    Wow gotta love these comments! Well the reason we own you is because we play physical old school smash mouth football. Now if you get some taller defensive players. As in drafting some big bodies you might actually win more games next year. Anyway don’t hold your heads in shame. Your Packers will be back next year.

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