Week 4: Green Bay Packers vs. San Francisco 49ers Recap

Randall Cobb making a nice grab from 10/4/15
Randall Cobb making a nice grab from 10/4/15

Final: Green Bay 17, San Francisco 3

It was a slug-fest in Santa Clara on Sunday afternoon that saw the Green Bay defense smothering the 49ers offense to the tune of six sacks, one interception, and an allowance of only one field goal.  Colin Kaepernick didn’t look much better than he did last week when he threw four interceptions against Arizona, and the Niners really struggled to run the ball (outside of a few quarterback scrambles).

Nothing was easy for Green Bay either outside of their opening drive where Aaron Rodgers took the team right down the

Colin Kaepernick and Clay Matthews have had their run-ins in the past, and Sunday was no different
Colin Kaepernick and Clay Matthews have had their run-ins in the past, and Sunday was no different

field and into the end zone for a touchdown.  After that they managed to score only ten more points as the Niners’ defense was pretty solid.  They were able to get off the field on third down, which was important, as the Pack was held to 5/15 on their third down conversions.  They were, however, two for two going for it on fourth down.  Tim Masthay punted six times, which, for Green Bay, seems like a lot these days.  It was the most they have punted in a game this season.

James Jones was the go-to guy for Aaron Rodgers, catching five passes for 98 yards, including an incredible toe-tipping grab on the boundary to convert a third and seven midway through the third quarter.  This led to a 1-yard touchdown run by fullback John Kuhn, his first score since Week 1 of the 2013 season.  Mason Crosby missed a 44 yard field goal going into the half, and hit a 31 yarder in the third quarter to finish his day 1/2.  The Green Bay defensive line was incredible in this contest.  B.J. Raji was especially impressive as he was constantly able to penetrate into the backfield.  The Pack did a nice job containing Colin Kaepernick, something they have struggled mightily to do in the past.

Kaep was only 13/25 throwing the ball for 160 yards.  More than half of those yards came on two plays, a 47 yard dime to Torrey Smith in the fourth quarter, and a 40 yard push pass to Quinton Patton in the second.  Outside of those two throws, Colin was not very good.  Of course, protection did not hold up well and he did not have the help of a running game either.  Green Bay’s defensive game plan was to have #7 beat them.  He was unable to do so.  Many throws came out of his hand awkwardly and he looked very skittish in the pocket.  San Francisco’s offensive woes can easily be traced back to the struggles of their offensive line and it showed in this battering.

Colin Kaepernick in action from 10/4/15
Colin Kaepernick in action from 10/4/15

San Fran will fly out to the Meadowlands to take on the Giants next Sunday night, a game that they will have to have if they want to make anything of this season.  Meanwhile, the Packers will host the Rams, who are coming off of a surprising road win over the Cardinals.  Green Bay is 4-0 for the first time since 2011 and they have looked very good doing it.  They, or New England, are without a doubt the best team in football right now.  A road win over the 49ers proved this, even though Frisco looks to be a feeble team in the NFC.

The Skinny

  • Aaron Rodgers has now thrown 11 touchdown passes and no interceptions this season.  He has not thrown an interception in the regular season since Week 15 last year
  • Colin Kaepernick threw for 87 out of his 160 yards on two plays in this game, a 40 and a 47 yarder to Quinton Patton
    Kaepernick running for his life from Sunday's game
    Kaepernick running for his life from Sunday’s game

    and Torrey Smith respectively

  • Green Bay has started 4-0 for the first time since 2011 while the 49ers have started 1-3, their worst start since going 0-5 back in 2010
  • Ty Montgomery stepped up as the number three receiver in this game, getting good separation.  He did drop a couple of catchable passes, however
  • After obtaining seven sacks a week ago, the Packers got to the quarterback a whopping six times this week
  • Aaron Lynch was the standout on defense for the 49ers with two sacks and a quarterback pressure
  • Aaron Rodgers has defeated Colin Kaepernick for the first time in his career.  He is now 1-3 against Kap
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