Packers 33, 49ers 30

The 49ers redeemed themselves as a legitimate NFL entity before a national audience Monday night in Green Bay, even though the game oozed away from them in the final four minutes.

Fans who enjoy good defense saw nothing much of it from either team, which is what the NFL seems to prefer these days. The 49ers had 400 yards  of offense and the Packers 520.

In the end, it was once again self-inflicted mistakes that did in the locals. Two early fumbles by DJ Reed and Kyle Juszczyk. An interception of CJ Beathard in the final minute that gave Aaron Rodgers a final stab at winning the game in regulation. And then a defensive penalty on Dickhead Sherman which wiped out a third and plenty sack by Deforest Buckner that brought the Packers off life support and led to the game winning FG as time expired.

The loss kept the Niners in the basement of the NFC West, but gave them some reasonable hope of not remaining there as the season plays out. And Beathard’s performance, on the heels of his nightmare game against the Cardinals, might have salvaged his NFL career.

Part of his success was due to the running game, which piled up 174 yards between Matt Breida and Raheem Mostert and allowed the play action game to be viable. HC Kyle Shanahan usually seems to consider running the ball a somewhat pedestrian effort, but Monday night he gave it proper respect. Did he learn anything? We’ll see next week.

DC Robert Saleh had no such redemption. His group had yet another abysmal evening. Then again, there aren’t many DCs in the league who are enjoying much success this year. The Rams esteemed DC, Wade Phillips is getting torched every week, despite having a ferocious D-line. We’ll see these two square off next week in a game that will probably resemble the same kind of track meet we just saw in Green Bay.

In the meantime, hail to the losers. They did not embarrass themselves, or us, Monday night.

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26 comments on “Packers 33, 49ers 30
  1. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Playing time on Monday night from the 49ers’ D linemen (defensive snaps):

    DeForest Buckner 65
    Sheldon Day 45
    Cassius Marsh 43
    Ronald Blair 42
    Earl Mitchell 34
    Arik Armstead 31
    Solomon Thomas 26”

    Looks like Armstead and Thomas are being restricted to the base defense, which isn’t featured much in today’s pass happy league.

  2. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Third game this season we lost that we could have easily won, by eliminating a few mistakes.

    You’re heard of coverage sacks? The INT on Beathard was a “rush interception.” They didn’t get to him, but Beathard could not step forward into his throw. Took several yards off it and that gave the defender in trail position the chance to make the play.

    Free agent nobody Greg Mabin was the goat last night, but if we could draft worth beans, he never would have been out there. Our secondary is abysmal.

    The offense is a whole different beast when Goodwin is on the field.

  3. Mr FletchNo Gravatar says:

    Anyone else starting to get the feeling that Shanahan has never seen a bus he wouldn’t through a player under? The comments I’ve seen from him after last night’s game, his comments on the final interception were all about how Beathard made the wrong choice on where to throw. Possibly true, but there was no “as the offensive coach, I need to make sure our O knows how to handle an all out blitz” or whatever. I seem to recall a similar comment after last week.

    I wonder if Shanahan is starting to burn some credibility in the locker room.

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “I wonder if Shanahan is starting to burn some credibility in the locker room.”

    There and here.

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I prefer the Shanahan honesty rather than the BS answer that it was poor execution and the HC will have to study the tape.
    Deferring to studying the film means you’ll never get an answer and is a cop out.

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    For the QB it’s all about choices and no excuses should be made.

    On one play in the last part of the game Beathard had Breida wide open in the left flat and chose to force a ball to Bourne that went incomplete. Breida would’ve been at least a 7 yard gain if not more. Beathard chose wrong.

    In cases like this I don’t want Shanahan to sugar coat things
    and blow smoke.

  7. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “49ers have officially signed QB Tom Savage.”

    Hold down the cheering.

  8. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I think KS is our best shot at being competitive again. I didn’t agree with some of the play calls but I always think we could do better. We were good enough to win last night but once again we make too many mistakes. We have yet to play a good 60 minute game and I think the whole team/coaches has to be accountable for that.

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Navarro Bowman remains an unsigned free agent which seems to have gone unnoticed after Raiduhs released him.

  10. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Total Quarterback Hits allowed through Week 6:

    NO: 17
    CAR, DET: 18
    CHI: 19
    LAR: 20
    NYJ: 21
    CIN: 23
    PIT: 24
    LAC: 25
    MIA, TEN, WAS: 28
    BAL, NE: 29
    TB: 34
    OAK: 35
    JAX, SEA: 36
    ARI, KC: 37
    DAL, GB: 38
    BUF: 39
    IND, NYG: 40
    DEN, SF: 42
    MIN: 43
    PHI: 48
    ATL, CLE: 49
    HOU: 70

  11. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Yep. It’s a work in progress. Building a cohesive oline unit has growing pains.

    PFF grades looked good on the GB game overall. Caveats being Richburg faced Kenny Clark NT with size and power, and gave up six pressures.

    How will IOL look against Suh and Donald in the Rams game next. Packers had to IR Muhammed Wilkerson so we faced a mediocre pass rush.

  12. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I see those numbers as an indictment of CJ holding the ball too long as well. He’ll improve with experience but he hasn’t gotten the ball out as efficiently as he should have to date.
    GB stifled us by rolling Rodgers.
    Hoping Shanny tosses in similar wrinkles as well.

  13. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    NJ, KS had better do lots of rollouts, naked bootlegs, etc with Suh and Donald overwhelming our undersized IOL.

    Good that CJ has discovered stepping up in the pocket to avoid edge rush. Suggest he put his discovery on hold this weekend. That interior rush from athletic DT’s can be career threatening.

    How bad does Lynch want to win. Maybe ply some starlet call girls outside the Suh and Donald hotel rooms on Saturday night? Remove that edge. Belichick would approve.

  14. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Jimmy Ward has poor play recognition.

    On 4 receiver diamond bunch TD he lined up on opposite side of field. Running towards bunch aball snapped.

    On 54 yard TE crosser he froze on naked bootleg and let crosser get behind him. No receivers in front of him. Let front seven deal with QB rush.

  15. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    On another Ward and Colbert covered the same WR, leaving an open WR on left sideline. Seems Ward had the open receiver responsibility.

    Ward is not a rookie.

    Great play design defeated the football IQ of some in our secondary.

    Does anyone know about Ward’s history in coverage breakdowns?

    GB attacked our secondary more than our LB’s in pass coverage? Comments?

  16. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Northern Illinois is a lower tier college. Is Ward stupid.

    For a given D the DB’S and LB’S absolutely must understand the coverage beater routes for every D they run. No excuses. Each one has vulnerabilities.

    Each of the 3 plays I looked at exposed Ward on basic stuff. He failed on each.

    We have spent a lot of draft capital on DB’s. Sink or swim with what we got, please. 2019 draft -> 1st Edge, 2nd OG with size great with OZ, 3rd WR 6’3″ with speed and hands.

  17. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    OK with letting promising rookies learn while the rebuild happens.

  18. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bakkentom I’m with you on the trial by fire theory.
    The loss of Jimmy pretty much took the wind out the sails for me this year.
    Give CJ, and the rest of them, as much game experience as possible and let them get up to speed.
    I’m somewhat comfortable with the future hopes of KStreet (Lobbyist?) and Jullian coming into the fray next year as a young tandem too.
    Blair is showing up in limited action as well.
    It would seem Lynch & Co are finding some late RD talent that will hopefully pay dividends down the road.
    Not so enthusiastic for Thomas and Witherspoon just yet however.
    Those higher RD guys should be up to speed by now IMO.
    Ward and Arik are holdovers that may just be square pegs in round holes for this scheme?

    Tough loss with Jimmy of course but, holding a higher level Draft slot won’t hurt, if Lynch can get better production from the early RD guys next year.
    Gotta wonder if Pita will supplant Malcolm at any point too?
    For now, it’s Ho-humville for me.
    Just improve along the way and make it entertaining.

  19. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Want to see more of Richie James Jr. at WR over Bourne

  20. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Most of October is still available for trades.

    Seems Solomon Thomas and Armstead play the same position, big end and nickel interior DT. Armstead needs to prove he can stay healthy over a full season.

    Out of Joshua Garnett, Arik Armstead, and Solomon Thomas which can yield fair trade value. I suspect they are shopping Thomas for a low 1st or high 2nd, otherwise keep on roster.

  21. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    No more wins!

    We lost out on Myles Garrett with a meaningless win at end of year. Insanity is repeating the same mistake twice.

  22. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

  23. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Carlos Hyde for a 5th in 2019. Nick Chubb and Duke Johnson are able and on rookie contracts.

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