49ers 34, Packers 28

Whew! The 49ers beat the Packers for the third straight time Sunday, 34-28. It was a seesaw battle between two prolific passing attacks that wasn’t decided until late in the fourth quarter when the Niners scored to take the lead and Aaron Rodgers followed up with a wimpy three and out that ran his fourth quarter comeback failure record to 0-19. The 49ers then ran the last four minutes off the clock and kicked the game icing field goal with a mere 26 seconds left on the clock.

Twenty-two guys were out there playing for us, but it seemed like only four: Colin Kaepernick, Anquan Boldin, Vernon Davis, and rookie FS Eric Reid, who looked simply marvelous in his NFL debut. Boldin caught 13 passes for 208 yards! Davis barely missed a 100 yard game, settling for 6 catches, 98 yards, and two TDs. Kaepernick threw for 412 yards, almost a hundred yards more than Rodgers.

The game should not have been close, but the 49ers kept shooting themselves in the foot every other drive with a various assortment of false starts, illegal formations, game delays, and burned time outs. All in all, eleven penalties totaling 85 negative yards. Not a great portender of success for next week’s game in the thundering noise of Seattle’s Qwest Field.

A lot was made of the referee screw up in the first half that gave the 49ers an extra down, which they used to score a TD. But the real screw up was the striped wonders giving Joe Staley an offsetting unsportsmanlike penalty for getting in Clay Matthews face after his blatant OB hit on Kaepernick. Matthews took a couple of swings at Staley and should have been ejected from the game, giving the Niners a first and goal from inside the five.

The 49er offense looked awesome, but there were only two guys providing the juice — Boldin and VD — playing against two backup safeties. Kyle Williams is a nice kid, but he’s not a number two WR. At best, he’s a number 3 slot receiver. Marlon Moore and Quinton Patton barely got into the game and they should have, especially Patton. Perhaps Jim Harbaugh was saving him to surprise Seattle with in next Sunday’s game.

But the most distressing aspect of the game was the continued poor play by the defense, despite playing against two backup offensive tackles, one of them a rookie. Since the second half of the Patriots game last year, the pass rush has mostly disappeared and the secondary has been burned alive. Granted, they have faced Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco, and Rodgers twice. They face Wilson again next week, followed by Andrew Luck. Still, this unit has got to improve by season’s end or the Super Bowl might be just out of reach once again.

For the nonce, it’s one game and one big ass W. Which is superior to one ugly ass L in every way.

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  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Beating the Packers is fun.
    From 1995 to 2010 the Packers had beaten the Niners 13 out 14 games including playoff games.
    Now that trend has been reversed as we have won 3 in a row and we are in Green Bay’s head making them wonder how can they beat us.
    We have reversed the trend when there was a time the Packers felt they were invincible to the Niners especially at Lambeau.
    Now the shoe is on the other foot and it looks good and feels good.

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Colin Kaepernick has clarified on his fan page that it is Kap, not Kaep.

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Goldson can’t adapt and still leads with his helmet and the cumulative personal fouls will lead to suspension by the NFL. The Jest receiver was taken to the locker room bleeding from his ear.

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Dobbs is eligible to come off his one game suspension today.
    If activated who gets cut?
    It was noted by Barrows that Ray McDonald took 6 snaps off and Justin Smith had 10 snaps both replaced either by Ian Williams or Dorsey.
    Aldon Brooks played 100% of the defensive snaps as did the starting secondary.

  5. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, I saw Jerod-Eddie on the field at least once, too. I don’t *think* it was ST.

  6. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Does anyone else think Tukuafu might be the odd man out?

  7. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Okay I found this from Maiocco:
    Defensive Rotation: The 49ers spent most of the game in their nickel defense, which is why starting nose tackle Ian Williams played only 10 snaps and fourth defensive lineman Glenn Dorsey was on the field for just eight plays. Each of the four members of the 49ers’ starting secondary, as well as Aldon Smith, played all 62 snaps. Here’s the rest of the 49ers defensive snap counts: Ahmad Brooks 59, Asomugha and NaVorro Bowman 57, Ray McDonald 56, Patrick Willis 53, Justin Smith 52, Perrish Cox 13, Michael Wilhoite and Tony Jerod-Eddie three apiece, and C.J. Spillman played one snap.

  8. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    As I expected, our DL rotation is better but still not good enough.

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Fox announcing team tried to stir a conspiracy theory, however
    the NFL has clarified

  10. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, the problem continues to be, no one else is Cowboy. With Justin Smith in the lineup and healthy, no one runs well on us – the minute he comes out, we have a problem stopping the run. It’s difficult to pull a guy like that for any length of time in a close game. Dorsey is nowhere near as good. If Justin gets some time off, it’ll likely be in garbage time against teams that are out of contention by the 4th quarter, not against a major divisional or conference opponent.
    So, IOW, expect Justin to play nearly every snap this coming week, too.

  11. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Grumpy- I agree with your post but if it were me I would still get more rotation whether the drop off or not. The last two years we went into the play-offs with a banged up D-line which affected our pass rush. Pick your poison, do you go all in now or save some for the play-offs?

  12. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    What hasn’t been mentioned is WR James Jones was shut out yesterday for the Pack.
    Last season he caught 14 TDs for the Packers.
    He was a big part of their pass offense.

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Dobbs has been reinstated. The NFL has given the Niners an additional 24 hours to make a roster move so they will announce most likely tomorrow.
    Brandon Jacobs, McGahee and Joe McNight are audtioning to be the Gnats running back.

  14. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Left J Jones on my bench for that very reason.

  15. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    It might be wise for the Niners to think about extending Boldin
    at least for another 2 years as he has plenty left in the tank.
    He has proven to be a valuable asset as a team leader and has solidified the strong dedicated work ethic on the team. In the article the Vikes offered a 7th rd pick for Boldin. Now is the time to lock him up.
    They are not happy in Baltimore after seeing Boldin’s performance yesterday.

  16. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The 49ers still love the Sardine Can Offense(SCO). Just because they are in the shot gun/pistol does it mean they aren’t allowing the other team to load the box. The Diamond formation allows the defense to load the box which makes an SCO formation.

  17. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I hate that diamond formation. They did however slide VD into the slot out of that a few times. And they sent Miller as a wide out from it. GB was certainly gearing to stop the run. Unfortunately for them, they couldn’t stop the pass.

  18. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    The Washington defense is going to be dragging some serious butt by the 4th quarter.

  19. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I thought Iupati had a good game yesterday also.
    He was pulling alot to the right side and having success with Boone and Anthony over there.
    Obviously designed to leave Matthews away from play side.
    My bet is next May Baalke is going shopping for a couple of big boys in a pretty deep DT Draft Class along with a CB or two.

  20. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    The Chargers are actually playing for their new head coach. Looks like a different team. Texans’ offense is boring. I don’t think you can win much running stretch plays every other play.

  21. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger I’m still in search of my Fat Man for the Middle.
    Next May could be the time to pull the trigger?
    Although I do like the addition of Tank this year.

  22. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m more impressed with Ian than I am with Dorsey at this point but, to his defense, Dorsey hasn’t been in the scheme very long.
    He’s good enough to offer a blow for now.

  23. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I think Lemonier and Aldon will have some very nice years together, assuming we extend Aldon of course.

  24. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    We need to get younger at OC soon too.
    Is it Kilgore?
    Not so sure just yet.
    Goodwin is not bad but, he’s limited in terms of his run blocking.
    Experience is the key for him right now.
    He’s just not very athletic at this age.

  25. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    Trent Dilfer is the most annoying announcer in the history of announcing. He makes Chris Collinsworth palpable.

  26. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I find the same to be true for Dan Dierdorf on CBS.
    Can’t stand that idiot.

  27. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Only so much I can take of Chuckie too.

  28. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Hey now . . .

  29. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Very detailed analysis of every running play against the Packers
    from Niners Nation

  30. robNo Gravatar says:

    deirdorf was the worst mnf announcer ever !

  31. robNo Gravatar says:

    nice win for us ! eric reid was a great offseason addition ! he played much better than goldson did at any time in his first 2 or three years in only his first game !
    i think nnamdi a. had some good plays in coverage too !

  32. robNo Gravatar says:

    i thought glenn dorsey did ok on the few plays he was in on !

  33. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I think Dennis Miller was the worst.
    If I want comedy I’ll watch a sitcom. Not into a wiseass cracking jokes when I’m watching a game. Dennis Miller was the joke.

  34. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Will Tukuafu was waived to make room for Dobbs.

  35. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Supposedly this was not just a promotional video but they have made this bet for real.

  36. robNo Gravatar says:

    a 6th rd. pick for boldin what a fleecing !!! i wonder if harbaugh’s mother had anything to do with that deal !!!

  37. robNo Gravatar says:

    i love kap ! i just have to say it… that kid’s awesome !

  38. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Ah. I wasn’t sure, but I had a feeling about Tukuafu. Too many younger D-linemen were passing him for playing time, and McDonald took some pressure off offensively, too.

  39. robNo Gravatar says:

    good call GRUMP
    too bad for tukuafu i liked him a lot ! tank carradine and dobbs might be a little better so he got caught by the numbers i guess !

  40. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The Packers got Johnny Jolly back this year and Pickett is healthy. Add BJ Raji and that is on heck od a run stopping DL. The only guy missing from their Super Bowl year is Cullen Jenkins.

  41. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Rob, Balt was in cap hell, and couldn’t afford to pay Boldin. Not with Flacco’s contract coming up. I think it was Minn that offered a 7th round pick. We offered a 6th rounder.

  42. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Rob – We still have to decide what to do when Carradine and Dial are healthy enough to activate – mid-season or later, I’d guess. Two players will have to go, and at least one will be a D-lineman. None of the backups are safe. Marlon Moore and Baldwin are looking down the barrel when MM and hopefully Crabs come back as well at WR. Injuries might give someone a pass, but the competition at the bottom of our roster is going to be fierce going forward.

  43. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Here is what Brian Billick had to say about the 49ers today when he rated the 49ers as #1 in his power rankings for Fox Sports:
    Kaepernick and the 49ers rushed for 323 yards against the Packers in their last matchup and then threw for 412 on Sunday. Kaepernick is much more than just a read-option quarterback and If I’m starting a team, I’m not sure he isn’t the first person on it

  44. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    After being 115 points down on Thursday night, after the Peyton Manning massacre, Team Spitblood managed the almost unheard of fantasy football tie. But hell, after being 115 points down, kissing your sister never felt so good.

  45. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t think your sister agrees.

  46. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I forgot about Dennis Miller, probably because I rarely watched MNF after that clown got hired.
    Years ago when Cosell was doing the games, I used to mute the TV and listen to the radio call.
    Cosell was nails on chalkboard to me.
    Miller was, and is, a flaming tool.
    And to think Rush Limbaugh was in the mix for that gig.

  47. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s an interesting stat regarding the move with Miller –
    Dennis Miller on Monday Night Football?

    Monday Night Football

    In 2000, Miller beat out Rush Limbaugh and Tony Kornheiser (among others) for a job as color commentator on ABC’s Monday Night Football.[17] His commentary was sprinkled with esoteric references.[18] A common Miller-ism was after a Hail Mary pass fell incomplete, he would say “Hail Mary is denied – separation of church and state.” After two seasons, Miller and former San Diego Chargers’ quarterback Dan Fouts (who worked alongside play-by-play man Al Michaels) were replaced by the veteran football commentator John Madden. In 2010, TV Guide Network listed Miller’s stint at #12 on their list of 25 Biggest TV Blunders.[19]

  48. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    Someone should start a new pro football league. The current NFL owners suck my ass. I could take all the players in the NFL and find 32 different venues for them to play in, and find 32 happy-do-it new owners in one week, and have the TV Networks coordinated in one month. The NFL owners do nothing – except scheme and dream up new ways to drain more revenue out of the NFL.
    Just recently PBS and Frontline did a show on brain damage. ESPN had a relationship with PBS and the owners worked to use their leverage to get ESPN to cut ties with PBS. Talk about a hush campaign.
    I was saying during the negotiations for the new NFL labor deal that the owners brought up an 18 game schedule so they had another chip at the bargaining table. “Okay, you won’t do 18 games, so now you have to take 40%.” The NFL makes 9 billion, with a “B” annually, but the owners couldn’t even give the retired players (who the owners made their money off) one ninth of one year’s revenue in the concussion lawsuit for guys who are now drooling on themselves.
    But in my opinion, the worst crime by the owners isn’t even being talked about. Why have brain injuries increased? It’s because of the steroids: plain and simple.
    The NFL player today is bigger, stronger, faster. One guy with juiced-up veins slams into another guy just right and his bell’s aringin’ for weeks. And to show their lack of regard for their employees, at one time the owners just wanted their own doctors looking the players on the sidelines. Yeah right, that’s objective. They didn’t care. And they don’t care enough now to bring one of the hardest drug use suspension policies to the NFL in the name of player safety. Why? Because owners believe freaks sell. So, instead of a hard line against drug use in the NFL, we get a watered down steroid policy where something like 6 Seattle players are suspended for a drug the NFL won’t identify to the public, and the problem is swept under the rug.
    In the past there have been start- up leagues trying to compete with the NFL. We’ve seen the USFL and that wrestler dude’s version of “another league,” but I’ll tell you something right now – there’s an opportunity for someone to steal the NFL from the greedy owners right now. If a billionaire or group of investors wanted to steal the NFL from the owners, they could do it by setting the foundation of a new league up correctly.
    First off, they’d have to make the new league completely clean. And there’s a market for that kind of league with the players. If the new owners of a new league said “If you’re ever caught taking steroids, you’re banned from our league for life – but there’s always the NFL for you,” college graduates would be faced with a choice – steriod league (NFL) or clean league. In addition, if the clean league said to the players, “You’re going to have the health issues, we’re just facilitators, so we’ll give you 80% of the revenue,” that’s not a tough choice for incoming rookies to make.
    The current salary cap is set at something like $125 million per team. There are 32 teams. That’s 4 billion in revenue paid out to players, with 5 billion per year going to 32 men and their families. Talk about a disproportionate distribution of wealth to guys with no risk. Why? Because they inherited their teams like Jed York?
    Instead of the owners being gracious with their money, they’re greedy, and that greed is creating an opportunity for someone else to start their own league by simply treating the players right.
    Again… First you clean up the steroids. Anyone caught using is banned for life. Then you have total transparency regarding what the player tested positive for. No questions. Mandatory test weekly. No Seattle players claiming it was brain food and Harbaugh claiming, “The NFL doesn’t tell us.” You don’t like the policy, don’t put something in your body that could get you suspended. Eat carrots.
    Secondly, you give the players a much bigger portion of the pie.
    Third you don’t just allow it, but you insist the players have their own doctors on the sidelines who aren’t associated in any way with the new league checking to see if the player is okay to continue playing. The doctor can keep the player out of the game even if the player insists he’s okay to return. RGII.5? The NFL is claiming this is done currently. My reaction? Sure, and pigs fly.
    Fourth, rules in place to protect player safety. This is one area the NFL is getting it right, but it’s not enough. People are fearing and saying that the NFL is doomed. Football is doomed. Dear lord, don’t let it be so. But what’s killing the game is the greedy owners.
    Now you could argue that paying the players 80% would kill the game just as fast as the NFL owners are currently killing it because all that revenue in the hands of players would give new meaning to the term “Nigga rich,” but a ton of money to players who wanted to play the game clean and have lives after the NFL would create a league of men (hopefully), who played the game for the love of a clean and good game. I’d watch that league over the NFL any day.
    Anyone seen pictures of some of these current players when they entered the NFL, then and now? Remember the Barry Bonds before and after pictures? That’s going on right now in the NFL, but for some reason people either turn a blind eye or they just foolishly believing all that new mass is being created in the weight room.
    Here’s to hoping there’s Karma for NFL owners, and there’s at least a not-so-distant attempt at a new pro football league – to help sustain the game. For the love of the game, man.

  49. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- Nice film! Anybody from Reno knew about Kap all along. That is why I was saying right here on this blog last pre-season that Alex had better not get hurt or he will lose his job. Nothing Kap does surprises me.

  50. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Oops! one more try at spelling my email correctly.

  51. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Kassim Osgood re-signed, Nick Moody to IR.

  52. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Von Miller arrested for driving on a suspended license and speeding. Ooops. He wasn’t drunk or stoned, so that’s a plus.

  53. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Frank Gore’s not noted for his wit, but this quote’s pretty good regarding the Seattle game:
    “We’re gonna do our best to keep our quarterback’s eyebrows on.”

  54. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Way to go Frank!

  55. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    He was just being frank!

  56. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    Berger – 7:06 am, trolling lies.

  57. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Not sure if Dennis will survive the weekend. KC is playing Dallas, and KC is favored. If Alex spanks his boy Romo, and he may drink himself into oblivion.
    What was that 3:29 am deal, Spit? Your unabomber manifesto?

  58. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Tony Promo must go down and, he must go down hard.
    Cowpatties get exposed in Arrowhead on Sunday.
    Go Chiefs!

  59. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Watched the NFL Clip link you posted Bullit-
    Glad they included the Mo Lewis hit on Bledsoe.
    I thought the very same thing when Jo Lonn Dunbar forced Alex out.
    Very similar situations indeed.
    Let’s hope Kaep is the next Brady.

  60. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Mo and Jo?
    Could it be our MOJO?

  61. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    For those who are interested some detailed film study and commentary on last Sunday’s Packer game if that’s your thing.

  62. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Also found this funny piece on Clay Matthews from same website

  63. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    It’s not just the NFL, it’s our whole society. Acting like a hysterical bitch is all the rage these days.
    Sad thing is, Clay’s grandfather played for the 49ers in the 1950s. And everyone knows about his dad and uncle in the NFL. I doubt any of them would ever have acted that way in a game. Dude needs to stop and chill and reflect.

  64. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Dashon Goldson signed with a team that is almost as dysfunctional as the Jest.Goldson might have the money he was looking for but it doesn’t look like the playoffs
    are likely unless they end their petty disagreements.
    Just a few years ago Freeman and Bradford were going to be future All Pros and now they’re lower echelon talent.
    The Bucs have so many issues with the QB Freeman feuding with the coach and being stripped of his roles as a team captain and openly antagonizing each other in the press.

  65. robNo Gravatar says:


    not a bad take on the situation here in tampa !
    from what I hear on the local radio , freeman and the HC are not seeing eye to eye ! imho the head coach is the biggest problem ! sound familiar ?

  66. robNo Gravatar says:

    oops I meant to add

    ‘disciplinarian’ head coach !


  67. robNo Gravatar says:

    OMG lol

    clay Mathews



  68. robNo Gravatar says:

    imho the best clay Mathews comment on any blog so far …

    that ” downs syndrome looking bastard ”

    jesus Christ !

  69. robNo Gravatar says:

    but seriously folks …
    the thing I will enjoy most when we face green bay in the playoffs is watching staley take on Mathews one on one !

    and oh as soon as that battle heats up the poor hard pressed o-lineman gets a little extra help in the blocking game by …

  70. robNo Gravatar says:

    oh maybe a poor herd pressed helper named …

  71. robNo Gravatar says:

    Vernon davis !

  72. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    Rob – Congratulations on your ability to marry in Cali.
    The Patriots looked terrible. They don’t have an intimidating defense at all, and their offense stinks. They might win their division but the playoffs will be all Broncos in the AFC. The Bengals might make some noise, but they have the eye of a lamb, not a tiger. The Texans stink. You can’t run a stretch play every other play and expect to compete in big games. So that leaves the Broncos.
    In the NFC, the Giants stink too. Green Bay, Saints, Falcons, 49ers, and Broncos is what this season comes down to. Right now (and things certainly change), but right now it’s a Niners / Broncos Super Bowl, and Peyton better wear two neck braces for that one.

  73. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2021 Schedules
09/12: W 49ers 41, Lions 33
09/19: W 49ers 17, Eagles 11
09/26: L Packers 30, 49ers 28
10/03: L Seahawks 28, 49ers 21
10/10: L Cardinals 17, 49ers 10
10/17 BYE
10/24: L Colts 30, 49ers 18
10/31: W 49ers 33, Bears 22
11/07: L Cardinals 31, 49ers 17
11/15: W 49ers 31, Rams 10L
11/21: W 49ers 30, Jaguars 10
11/28: W 49ers 34, Vikings 26
12/05: L Seahawks 30, 49ers 23 12/12 · 10:00 AMCIN
12/19 · 1:05 PM v ATL
12/23 · 5:20 PM v TEN
01/02 · 1:05 PM v HOU
01/09 · 1:25 PM @ LAR

2021 Draft Class
1. QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
2. OG Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
3. RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State
3. CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan
5. OG/OT Jaylon Moore, Western Michigan
5. CB Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon
5. S Talanoa Hufanga, USC
6. RB Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana
2021 Prognostications
Bullit: 12-5
Grumpy: 13-4
NJ49er: 11-6
Skeebers: 14-3
Winder: 12-5
Rob: 17-0
Spitblood: 0-17