Sep 8, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) passes the ball against the San Francisco 49ers during the third quarter at Candlestick Park. The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Green Bay Packers 34-28. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Two Plays that may Have Changed the Outcome of the Packers-49ers Game

Eddie Lacy was involved in one of the plays that could have made the difference in winning and losing last Sunday. Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports photograph


Aaron Rodgers told the media this week his expectations are that the Green Bay Packers offense should move the ball into scoring position EVERY possession. Against a very good 49ers defense, the Packers accomplished that four out of 10 possessions. It’s a good sign that this doesn’t sit well with Rodgers, who incidentally finished the game with an excellent 102 quarterback rating.

The offense didn’t need to be perfect for the win on Sunday. Maybe it just needed to be better on two plays to erase the six-point difference in the final score.

While watching the coaches’ film of the game via NFL Rewind, one play stood out in the “missed opportunity” category that really wasn’t that evident while watching the live telecast.

It was on third down and seven yards to go at the Packers own 43 yard line with the game scoreless in the first quarter. Rodgers appeared hurried and overthrew Eddie Lacy. After the play, commentator Troy Aikman noted how open Lacy was. But the camera angles shown on the broadcast didn’t give the fans the complete picture.

Check this out, courtesy of NFL Rewind coaches’ film and my new telestrator skills.

Lacy telestrator

Lacy is circled in the lower left corner after diving for the overthrown ball. The three circles in the middle are the nearest 49er defenders. If the ball was thrown better, it appears Lacy may have had a clear shot at getting inside the 49er 40-yard line, and close to scoring position.

The other play that stands out in the missed opportunity category comes as no surprise: the Jermichael Finley drop that turned into an interception.  Watching it again on the coaches’ film simply accentuates the open field Finley had in front of him.  If Finley catches the ball, Reid probably takes him down near the 49ers 40-yard line with 4:33 left in the first half. Very close to another scoring attempt.

Finley drop

While many are taking the Packer defense to task for its missed plays, it’s Rodgers who is stepping out there and saying his offense needs to score more. “Regardless of how many points our defense gives up or doesn’t give up, we gotta outscore the opponent. It’s about us.”

If there were quarterback rating points awarded for class, Rodgers deserves some for that comment.

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  • palmercottrell

    Yes, Rodgers is correct. They need to score on every position because they are not going to stop the other team from scoring on every position. Not with the defense I saw last sunday. So the only way to win is going to be score lots of points.

  • Taryn Miller

    “Regardless of how many points our defense gives up or doesn’t give up, we gotta outscore the opponent.”

    We all know the one with more points wins but………….

    We cannot defer on the kickoff and allow the other team to score first or we play catch up all day long.This team because of its still evident lacking in the run game doesn’t allow us to play from behind much less expect it to kill the clock if ahead.When behind,we are forced to only pass and that works against us now and we cannot run and that still works against and the defense cannot be given the OK on any level,that giving up points is fine no matter how many.

    The blanket statement of Rodgers above is fine when you do score on every possession but,we haven’t done that in forever and doesn’t look to re-appear any time soon….6(six) three and outs against SF along with fumble,INT,solid runs negated by penaltys will not aid this endeavor at all.

    I’ll keep hoping ,but it’s been way too long since we had a game that could back a statement like that up.
    GO PACK GO !!!

  • ObiWanWotan

    Didn’t see the game. Imagined far worse. Researched the injuries – both Burnett and Hayward out? Who couldn’t beat the GB DB? Also, Mr. Finley again. That’s REAL old now. Hope he figures this out – everybody else in the league is watching those 3d down conversion failures too – seems like 50% his fault – if he wants to be Mr. Super-duper-free-agent, he better step it up.

  • CLW

    If you look at the picture, Lacey was surrounded by 4 SF tacklers, all digging at the ball. It was a bad play call by MM, or no blocking by the O-line. Poor clock management, lousy pass coverage (D-calls can be blamed on Capers), bad referee’s missing penalty’s or blowing calls. The packer coaches MM & Capers, blew this one. With all the negatives we were only a touchdown away from a victory. The Pack played much better then I expected. There isn’t that much difference between the 2 teams. Much of the negatives can be corrected. The Pack needs to get healthy, or pick up some help for defensive secondary, & O-line.