Today’s game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Green Bay Packers lived up to the hype. The teams were already trading verbal blows earlier this week when talks about how the Packers would game plan for Colin Kaepernick. In the end the San Francisco 49ers beat the Green Bay Packers 34-28 in a back and forth game.
There was some fireworks early on in the game. Clay Matthews spoke with ESPN’s “Mike and Mike” radio show on how they will look to attack the 49ers quarterback earlier this week. “One of the things that the referees have told us is that when these quarterbacks carry out the fakes, they lose their right as a quarterback, a pocket-passing quarterback, the protection of a quarterback,” Matthews said.
To make his point Clay tackled Colin as he was running out of bounds. Kaepernick got some backup from his teammate, Joe Staley. The 49ers left tackle got into it with Matthews to protect his quarterback. You can see the hit Clay laid on Colin right here. For Packers fans the referees messed up on the call and gave the 49ers another 3rd down. There were offsetting penalties, but the 49ers got another down.
The late hit didn’t phase Kaepernick. Colin threw for a career-high 412 yards and three touchdowns. Even without Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham out with injuries the team’s receivers stepped up. Newly acquired wide out Anquan Boldin made his presence known with 13 completions for 208 yards and a touchdown.
At halftime the score was 14-14. After the second touchdown pass from Colin Kaepernick to Vernon Davis to start the third quarter the Packers answered back. Green Bay’s wide out Jordy Nelson caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from Rodgers late in the third quarter to tie the game. After the Frank Gore’s touchdown in the fourth quarter, Phil Dawson kicked a 27 yard field goal that gave the 49ers its eventual winning margin.
The Packers did contain Kaepernick’s running game, but his arm was what killed Green Bay. In the loss Aaron Rodgers did have strong performance. Rodgers threw for 333 yards and three touchdowns. Still it seems that Green Bay has a hard defeating the 49ers. The Packers have lost three straight matchups against San Fran.
I can see these two meeting up in the playoffs like they did last year. The only question for the Packers is how to stop Kaepernick. Not that many teams have a blueprint for on how to contain Colin, except for the Seattle Seahawks and Baltimore Ravens. I don’t think those two teams will share their game notes to other teams in the league.