49ers Vs. Packers: Late Rally Not Enough To Save Green Bay

The 49ers defense held off a late rally by Aaron Rodgers and the Packers to preserve a big win on Sunday.

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NFL Injury Report: NFC West Teams May Be Without Key Contributors

The Cardinals, Rams and Seahawks had important players all suffer potentially major injuries on Sunday.


NFL Injury Report: NFC North Escaped Week 1 Without Any Major Ailments

Charles Tillman's lower leg injury was the only major ailment suffered by the teams in the NFC North in Week 1 action.


49ers Vs. Packers, Week 1: Niners Nation Ecstatic With SF Victory

The San Francisco 49ers pulled off the most impressive victory of Week 1 by totally shutting down the Green Bay Packers for most of three quarters. It was a huge road win that really catapults San Francisco back to the forefront of primary Super Bowl contenders, as they kept Aaron Rodgers and the high-octane Packer defense in check.

David Fucillo of Niners Nation talked about the workmanlike nature of the new 49ers and how this game is all about business:

There is still a lot of football to be played. Bad things can still happen. But after one game, the business-like approach seems evident. The team got hosed by some bad calls (and benefited from some bad calls), but while Harbaugh made sure the refs knew he was unhappy, the players never really seemed to let it visibly get under their skin. That's the kind of business-like approach that yields results.

Related: Quick Recap of 49ers-Packers from Fucillo at Niners Nation.

The 49ers are coming off an outstanding 13-3 season that they felt came up one unlucky loss short of the Super Bowl. San Francisco really seemed to be all business in this game, and it showed in their methodical performance in all facets of the game. Not one part of their performance was brilliant, but it was definitely effective, and the result was a 49er victory.

Talk about the 49ers win with San Francisco fans at Niners Nation. Talk about the Packers loss with Green Bay fans by going on over to Acme Packing Company.


49ers Vs. Packers, Week 1: Green Bay's Running Game, Defense Struggles In Loss

The Green Bay Packers did not get their season off to a great start on Sunday afternoon, falling at home to the San Francisco 49ers by a score of 30-22. Despite the close final score, the 49ers completely dominated the game for four quarters and allowed just one touchdown in the first three periods.

SB Nation's great Packers blog, Acme Packing Company, has reflected on the loss and shared their thoughts. They are not happy about the outcome, as you can imagine:

There's not much to say except that this game was terrible. We'll attempt a recap anyway.

The Green Bay Packers played poorly for four quarters, inexplicably got back into the game, tried to beat themselves, got back into the game again, then failed to close it out. It was the worst kind of loss.

Many of their frequent posters on their blog echoed these sentiments. It was not an impressive game from the Packers, and now the team has to regroup in practice and prepare for the Chicago Bears in Week 2.

For more on the Packers and their performance over the weekend, head over to Acme Packing Company and get involved with other fans. Check out Niners Nation and SB Nation Bay Area for 49ers news and reaction.


49ers Vs. Packers Game Recap: David Akers Enters Record Book In Niners' 30-22 Win

The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Green Bay Packers, 30-22, Sunday at historic Lambeau Field.

San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith opened the season with an efficient performance, completing 20 of 26 passes for 211 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions, but it was David Akers who made, perhaps, the biggest headline. Akers, the 49ers' kicker, tied an NFL record by connecting on a 63-yard field goal attempt as time expired in the first half. The low line-drive kick bounced straight up off the cross bar before coming back down and trickling through the uprights. San Fran led comfortably for most of the game, taking a 10-0 lead early in the second quarter, a 16-7 lead at halftime and a 23-7 advantage into the fourth quarter. Green Bay got back into the game with 11:16 remaining, when Randall Cobb returned an Andy Lee punt 75 yards for a touchdown. Aaron Rodgers completed a two-point pass to Jordy Nelson to pull the Packers within eight. After another 49ers score, Rodgers threw another touchdown pass, but with one last drive down by eight points, Green Bay couldn't complete the comeback. Rodgers completed 30 of 44 passes for 303 yards, two touchdown and an interception.

Big Winner: Any time a player ties an NFL record, he must be considered a big winner. That's exactly what Akers did with his 63-yard boot.

Packers running back Cedric Benson was the big loser. Benson wasn't able to make much of an impact and ran for 18 yards on nine carries. Rodgers surpassed that total, running for 27 yards on five carries.

For more winners and losers in NFL fantasy play, visit our SB Nation fantasy hub.

Best Stat of the Game: Frank Gore provided an elite running back performance, picking up 112 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. For those of you keeping score at home, that's an average of seven yards per carry.

Worst Stat of the Game: Continuing a theme from last season, the Packers had no rushing attack on Sunday. Green Bay managed to pick up just 35 yards on the ground.

Did They Cover The Spread? Nope. the Packers were 5.5-point favorites going into the game and lost by eight points. The game cleared the over of 46.5 as the teams combined for 52 points.

For more coverage of the San Francisco 49ers, visit Niners Nation and SB Nation Bay Area. For more on the Packers, check out Acme Packing Company.

The 49ers play at home against the Detroit Lions next Sunday. The Packers host a rivalry game against the Chicago Bears next Sunday.


Frank Gore Runs for Big Touchdown

It has been quite a day for San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore. Green Bay have had no answer as he's run for over 100 yards, capping off his day with this bruising 23-yard touchdown run. Not many RBs have the gift of looking like such a boss, and so ridiculous in the span of three seconds, and yet Gore found a way. He literally stiff arms the defender with his derriere, only to try and moonwalk/saunter across the goal line and get blown up.


There remains over five minutes left in the forth quarter, and it's conceivable Gore (and his buns) could run for another 40 yards at this rate. The Packers' defense is beaten up, and they're playing like it– this has opened the door perfectly for a bruising North-South back like Gore to capitalize.

For more on the 49ers head over to Niner's Nation, and stay on this storystream for your NFL updates today.


David Akers Kicks 63-yard Field Goal, Surprises Himself

As the first half came to a close it was time for wily veteran kicker David Akers to be asked to do the impossible– kick an entirely ridiculous 63-yard FG. The result was just as ridiculous as the request as in a moment of 'lets throw this at the wall', Akers drilled the FG low, it bounced off the crossbar straight in the air, and dribbled over. This ties the NFL record for the longest field goal ever made, as Akers joins Jason Elam, Sebastian Janikowski and Tom Dempsey.


Given the circumstances, and the rarity of what happened, we got an appropriate reaction from David Akers of utter astonishment, and child-like wonderment.


And here's video of the field goal. Listen for the DOINK!

We tip our collective hats to you sir! I haven't seen ecstasy like this since... wait, scratch that, forget I said anything.

For more on the 49ers head over to Niner's Nation, and stay on this storystream for your NFL updates today.


Randy Moss is Still Awesome

With a host of elder statesmen WR's available this off-season there was a sense that Randy Moss heading to San Francisco was in the best position to succeed, and with Terrell Owens and Chad Johnson still looking for jobs, that assertion seems to ring true.

Splitting the coverage, getting to the end-zone, all in a day for Randy Moss.


The real question: If you're Green Bay, how the heck don't you account for Moss?

For more on the 49ers head over to Niners Nation, and stay on this storystream for your NFL updates today.


49ers Vs. Packers: Game Time, TV Schedule, Odds And More

The Packers host the 49ers in Week 1.


NFL Picks And Predictions: 49ers Vs. Packers

Expert predictions for the Packers and 49ers week 1 matchup.


NFL Odds Week 1: 49ers Vs. Packers

The Packers will host the 49ers Sunday with Green Bay currently listed as a 7-point favorite.

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