The Green Bay Packers found themselves in two different games, Sunday night. What once looked like a rout, turned into a fight with the San Francisco 49ers. A fight ultimately won by Green Bay, 30-28.
After a couple of shaky possessions in the first quarter, the Packers found their bully. Yes, that’s right, their bully. Not once did I believe Green Bay would be more physical than San Francisco, but that’s what happened in the first half.
The rookie offensive linemen found their nasty, Robert Tonyan and Allen Lazard were winning their blocking battles as well. (Yes, they lost some, but won far more than they lost.) This lead to a productive run game that wore the Niners out, as well as helped to create big pass plays.
It was looking like a boat race in the bay was about to commence, until the San Francisco scored at the end of the first half, to make it a 17-7 ballgame. You all know how I feel about teams hanging around: not good.
The 49ers hung around and got back into the game in the second half. They began to display the physicality I thought they would. The work paid off, as the Packers’ lead evaporated on a Jimmy Garappolo touchdown pass to Kyle Juszczyk, with 37 seconds remaining.
As soon as the Niners scored, I said aloud “They left too much time on the clock.” That proved to be the case, as Aaron Rodgers found Davante Adams on two huge pass plays, to put the Packers in position for a game-winning 51-yard field goal. A field goal Mason Crosby nailed with no problem.
A dominant first half was followed by a fight for their victorious lives in the second half. Games won’t always be pretty, sometimes a fight is needed to escape. The Packers got into a fight with the Niners and escaped. You’ll take them how you can get them.