Just like that, the Packers' season is over. After a win in the opening week of the playoffs, Green Bay's road to the Super Bowl was potentially lining up just as it did two years ago. This time, however, the Packers were unable to string together any victories on the road, with the team now looking for offseason answers for the second year in a row after a divisional round defeat.
Five things we learned from the Packers' 45-31 loss to the 49ers:
1. A chance to capitalize on early momentum was missed.
Two of the biggest keys to a Packers victory were taking an early lead and forcing an inexperienced Colin Kaepernick to make mistakes. On the game's opening drive, Green Bay successfully achieved both.
On the fourth play from scrimmage, Kaepernick threw an ill-advised pass on the run while rolling to the left that was intercepted by Sam Shields and run into the end zone for a Packers touchdown. Just over two minutes had been played, and Green Bay had everything working in its favor...