Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb (18) celebrates with tight end Jermichael Finley (88) after a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers during the first quarter at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports photograph
In what was an entertaining first half, it was Green Packers tight end Jermichael Finley‘s touchdown catch that tied the score at 14-14.
The Packers defense came to play today, despite giving up an initial seven-minute drive that resulted in an initial touchdown for the 49ers. However, the Packers came right back with their own touchdown by Randall Cobb.
In the most controversial series of events, Clay Matthews was called for a late hit out of bounds (a dead ball foul), which was followed by a personal foul by the 49ers (another dead ball foul). However, instead of it being 4th down, the officials incorrectly awarded the 49ers a third down. They scored on the next play when 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick hit Anquan Boldin over the middle. Instead of having to kick a field goal, the Niners went up by seven.
When the Packers were driving later in the second quarter, a perfect pass over the middle by Rodgers to Jermichael Finley was dropped by the tight end and intercepted by the Niners. Though the Niners were held, it was a play that had the Finley haters screaming their loudest.
He absolved himself at the end of the first half with his touchdown with just minutes to spare.
Here are the first half statistics as provided by SI.com:
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