49ers 37, Packers 8

Goodness. That was an unexpected butt kicking. I guess all those pundits who questioned the 49er defense because it hadn’t faced elite QBs are going to need  something new to find wrong with them.

The first leg of the unholy three game challenge can be considered a success. As Bullit mentioned last night, the Niner defense held Aaron Rodgers to 104 yards passing on Sunday night. That is almost impossible. His average per attempt was 3.2 yards. Which is an ugly stat for a running back, let alone a QB. By comparison, Jimmy Garoppolo‘s average was 12.7, which is pretty good for anybody.

It helps to have guys like Deebo Samuel and George Kittle who had a 42 yard TD and a 61 yard TD respectively. Kittle also had 129 yards on the evening and cemented his status as the best TE in the NFL.

Deebo’s 42 yarder broke open a tight first half and sent the Niners to the locker room with a 23-0 lead. Then Rodgers chewed up most of the third quarter on his one successful drive of the night – helped immeasurably by a bunch of chintzy penalties that kept giving him new life.

Suddenly it was only a 15 point lead, but before any of us could get much of a sweaty feeling worked up, Kittle broke Green Bay’s back with his 61 yarder. Rendering the entire Packer third quarter drive just an empty threat. The lead was back up in the twenties. The Packers were down to desperate fumes, and a fourth down stuff extinguished all hope. The Niners added an exclamation point to the rout with a run fueled final TD drive.

At 10-1, the first double digit win season since 2013, the 49ers have almost clinched a playoff spot. The Rams could still technically squeeze them out if they win the rest of their games and the Niners lose their remaining five. Not a likely scenario. The only question now seems to be whether the team enters the postseason as the NFC West champs or as a wild card.

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38 comments on “49ers 37, Packers 8
  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Aaron Rodgers had the “deer in the headlights” look from the first quarter.
    Every time they showed his facial expression it was one of frustration and what is happening to me.
    Rodgers was under siege everytime he dropped back and didn’t have time to look for third reads as the secondary was covering his targets.
    I’m not so sure Rodgers was prepared for the heat and their offensive gameplan wasn’t going to work and any adjustments weren’t going to work.

  2. winderNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- thanks for posting all those congrats for Frank. What a shining star he truly is.
    I am so pleased with what the Niners are doing and have been doing all year. Sunday football is fun again and something I look forward to. GB’s pass defense was supposed to be one of their strengths and we made em look silly on a couple of plays. I am liking that KS and Lynch are getting their just dues.

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Bad news is DL Damontre Moore is lost for the season with a fractured forearm.
    Better news is Dee Ford might improve enough to play against the Ravens.

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Per Lombardi of THE ATHLETIC

    “First five drives with Skule at LT: 2.4 yards per play, 10 points
    Final six drives with Brunskill at LT: 11.3 yards per play, 27 points

    After the switch, the 49ers allowed only one more sack. They also successfully re-established their previously sputtering running game, averaging 5.1 yards per rush to seal the win.’

    Brunskill is the unsung hero especially considering he has never played LT. Looks like Brunskill will fill in until Staley is healthy enough to play at a high level. When he replaced Skule he stabilized the Oline and the offense started to be offensive.

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Giving things a little perspective


  6. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:



    BAL has a middling D and top 5 O. We can score on them, often. Keep their O off the field with long drives.

    We have a fast D. Use that to our advantage. They are going to score points. We can easily score more against that D now that Kittle, Samuel, and Sanders are the starting WR.

  7. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Never have I been so pleased to be eliminated from Skeeber’s Prognostication Derby as this season. May the rest of us get kicked to the curb this coming weekend.

  8. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah grump I’m happy as could be on being wrong. certainly not the first time and definitely not the last.

  9. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    BAL old style power blocking OL


    Physical inside run game. Small WR, try and knock them out.

  10. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Rams getting embarrassed tonight. D is blown out by the big line.

    Weakness is small WR so bump and run, jam them at the line. Hit those little bugs and show them the grim reaper knocking on their damn helmut. Especially 170 lb marquise brown.

    We need to score every possession. Peko and Brandon Williams big but old for DT’s.

  11. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Funny the Niners face John Harbaugh and Greg Roman this coming Sunday. Some posters past and present weren’t happy with the offense under Roman and wanted to ride him out of town much like some wanted Saleh’s head last season. It comes down to “what have you done for me lately?”. Roman can be credited with creating the offense that Lamar Jackson is running now that seems unstoppable.

    My solution is that it is basically an option offense and you take the options away and force Lamar Jackson to keep the ball.
    He is very elusive but you hit him hard on his every carry and even when he pitches the ball on the option you crash into him
    and take him down. The hits will take their toll as the game goes on. Run blitzes should work if you aim for the mesh point.

    Jackson must pay the price for his RPO running.

  12. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Sean McVay’s rep is falling faster than it ascended.

  13. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Easier said than done. BAL’s big oline analogous to DAL in early 1990’s where they won in the trenches and opened gaping holes for Emmitt Smith.

    BAL has Ingram between the tackles. We have better DE’s and should contain the edges better. Can we win the war of attrition on the inside runs?

    Their O and our D, strength against strength. Our O needs to score on every posession. Our D undersized and broken down in 4th quarter?

  14. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    It’s come to the point where it’s not even worth the energy to say Phuck the Rams.

    The Rams worst days are ahead of them because they will lose a bunch of players due to their salary cap problems especially now they have to pay Jalen Ramsey. Where was Jalen last night?

  15. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    D.J. Jones might be a very important guy this week. If he can outquick those Raven linemen and beat them to the punch like he’d done the last couple of weeks, we can disrupt their inside running game.

    In pass rush, we need to be disciplined. It’s more important to get all-around pressure and cut off Lamar’s running and passing lanes than to actually get sacks. He is dangerous on the move so keep him bottled up in the pocket as much as we can. Consider having Warner spy him on passing downs.

    Offensively, I think we can do business against them as long as Kittle and Sanders are good to go. Getting Breida back would also be a huge plus.

  16. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    The Rams will be last in the division by next year. And it’s probably the toughest division in the NFL now. The Cardinals are improving, and we and the Seahawks are Top Four teams.

  17. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:


    Power pistol, play action RPO offense. Back to the RG3, Kap days. Kocurek should know how to defense it effectively.

    Tradeoffs. Man coverage allows one more defender inside the box. Our LB’s are faster than LAR. But small so Goodwin sits again in favor of LB depth. LB injuries will happen Dec 1. But man means DB’s not watching the QB’s eyes and scrambles.

    We have big DB’s so hit those scrawny WR’s. Need a bounty number to shoot for.

  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Possible 2 really ex Niners one guy that started with the Niners and one guy who ended his career with this team and the current GM in the upcoming NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame class.


  19. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Unless he has a setback it looks like Robbie Gould will be good to go against the Ravens. He was hitting 55 yard FGs in warmups before the Packer game but they opted to give him another week off as a precaution.

  20. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Maiocco has the weather forecast for Sunday in Baltimore.

    49 degrees with 90% chance of rain and winds about 9mph.

    The funny thing is if the game was at Levis the weather just might be the same as the forecast is similar.

  21. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    FYI from THE ATHLETIC on a Q & A

    What is Brunskill’s contract status and do you see the Niners signing him to an extension to be the future swing tackle and heir apparent to Staley?

    He’s what’s known as an ERFA or exclusive rights free agent. It means he’s not signed beyond this season but that he can’t negotiate with any team except the 49ers. In other words, he’ll be back next year. Other ERFAs in 2020: Emmanuel Moseley, Jeff Wilson, Ross Dwelley and Nick Mullens.

    All named are keepers and will be on the team next season and have key roles.

  22. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    How are Skule and Brunskill in OZ? Compared to each other and to Staley.

    Depends on how much rain and the field condition as to which team has the advantage since both will have to rely on the run to win. At least we are getting healthier. BAL lost their center, now have a UDFA starting.

  23. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Yeh Bakkentom – UDFA OG Patrick Mekuri will get the nod on Sunday at C in Baltimore.
    Bad weather and lack of playing time will/could/should be to our advantage.
    Wouldn’t mind a missed snap or 2, maybe 3? 😀
    More interested in him allowing pressure in Lamar’s face though.

  24. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Mekari that is, from Cal

  25. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Looking at some stats related to Pettis –
    In 11 games he’s managed 11 catches on 24 targets.
    Deebo in 10 games has managed 40 Recs on 55 targets.

    Deebo 13.1
    Pettis 9.9

    Statistically, Goodwin has done more with less than Pettis.

    Looking like Pettis will be persona non grata, if he isn’t already.

  26. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Be nice to see whether Goodwin can be a speed weapon for us in Baltimore too.
    Sweeps etc?

  27. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Scary shit:

    “The Ravens’ last 24 drives with Lamar Jackson at quarterback have ended like this:

    touchdown, touchdown, kneeldown, touchdown, touchdown, touchdown, kneeldown, touchdown, touchdown, missed field goal, downs, touchdown, touchdown, kneeldown, touchdown, field goal, field goal, touchdown, touchdown, touchdown, touchdown, touchdown, touchdown, touchdown.

    Not a punt to be found.”

  28. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If it’s 4th and less than 5 and beyond their own 35 yard line the Ravens will go for it. Will go on long count to try to get an easy offsides penalty but they will run the play.
    Need to stop them a couple of times and make them pay for taking the gamble and giving you a short field.
    Failure to make a first down is essentially a turnover.

  29. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Still. 24 consecutive drives with NO punts, only one turnover on downs, and 17 touchdowns and 2 field goals? Pretty damned impressive. Saleh has his work cut out for him this week.

  30. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    Hopefully win or lose Baltimore has to pull all the stops in this one and show their hand. If nothing else and we see them again we will be ready. I think a bad weather game would be in our favor but not totally sure since it works both ways. All I know is that there is no giveup to our team. This should be a fun one.

  31. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Brownies throttled Baltimore 40-25 at Baltimore in week 4 .
    In week 5 the Brownies came to Levis and the Niners squished them 31-3.

    Niners are a 6 point underdog but you must believe and it should be a helluva street fight.

  32. Charlie KruegerNo Gravatar says:

    Still protecting your little children, Skeebies? That’s cute. Esp since they can throw shit around, and mein fuhrer is there to protect the waifs from rebutting.

    Funny that you portray yourself as the starving writer when really you are nothing more than an entitled keyboard punk.

    Happy trails, skippy.

  33. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Anybody know what this idiot is talking about?

  34. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    That escalated Quickly. And incoherently.

  35. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

  36. Charlie KruegerNo Gravatar says:

    Gee, skeebs I don’t know. Maybe it’s the fact you delete my posts.

    Poor entitled whiner.

  37. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I sense a disturbance in the Force. Like something is stuck in the Spam Filter.

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