If I didn’t know any better, I’d say the Packers were a team with a first-year coach because that’s how they played in San Francisco last night. Among the cheers from 49ers fans throughout the game you could hear the hopes and dreams of a Super Bowl LIV visit for the Packers go up in smoke. Playing a (surprisingly) top-tier team like San Francisco coming off a bye week and almost a fully healthy roster is about as fair as a match as Green Bay could ask for being a road game. It was an ugly game in Santa Clara, California and the Packers have very few excuses to be able to use to explain it.
Even going into this game, it would be difficult for one to argue that the 49ers are not a good team. The problem is that the Packers made them look like a GOAT team for the history books. While I am confident of the 49ers’ abilities, I still know they are not as talented as the Packers helped make them look on Sunday night.
Offensively for San Francisco, it was TE George Kittle that was the star of the night with 129-yards receiving and a touchdown despite having an ankle injury. He served as a strong contrast to our own TE Jimmy Graham — who could have magic bionic ankles and still not put up those kind of numbers, it seems. The 49ers were up 23 points before Green Bay even managed to score at all.
With 104 yards, Aaron Rodgers had the worst game of his career with at least 30 passing attempts.
On a positive note, The Smiths did claim more sacks yesterday — 1.5 for Za’Darius Smith and 0.5 for Preston Smith. Defensively, it was still a massive disappointment as the Packers gave up 339 total yards and claimed no interceptions.
Not going to call for anyone’s job but one thing is certain: the Packers will not go far in the playoffs playing how they did last night. At this point, their primary focus should be on the Monday Night Football game against the Minnesota Vikings in week 16 and at least take the division.
The most frustrating part about last night is that their worst game of the season, even coming off a bye, just happened to be — arguably — the most important one.
I need a drink.
The Packers — 0-for-13 on third downs so far tonight — haven't had an 0-for game on third downs since 1999, according to ESPN Stats & Information. They went 0-for-8 on third downs in a 31-10 loss at the Broncos on Oct. 17, 1999. https://t.co/jcXBDdM4GF