The Packers offense started the game with three three-and-outs. They only managed six total yards of offense in the first quarter and didn’t complete a pass until the second quarter of the game.
It was a less than ideal start for Green Bay. Their offense couldn’t have looked more sluggish and out of rhythm. Rodgers looked jumpy in the pocket and the offensive line struggled to open holes in the running game and protect their quarterback from the 49ers pass rushers.
After holding the San Francisco offense to two straight field goals, the Packers defense forced the game’s first turnover on the 49ers third offensive drive in the game.
This play gave the Packers some momentum. Green Bay’s offense got the ball moving with a handful of tough runs from Eddie Lacy for first down.
The Packers capped off the second quarter drive with a Rodgers bullet to Jordy Nelson in the end zone. Nelson made a great move to break from the San Francisco defender to get open and secure the catch.
The Niners offense then responded with a 5-play, 68-yard touchdown drive to go back ahead 13-7.
The Packers finished the half with a 59-yard drive that ended with a Mason Crosby 34-yard field goal. The Packers go into halftime only down three points. Considering how poor they began the game, the point deficit could be much worse.
Look for the Packers to get more going on offense in the second half. Green Bay’s defense needs to come up with some more key stops and find a way to pressure Kaepernick in the pocket.
Halftime Statistics Leaders:
Green Bay: Aaron Rodgers – 11/15, 97 yds, 1 TD, 112.4 passer rating. Eddie Lacy – 12 attempts for 40 yds, 3.3 avg. Jordy Nelson – 5 receptions, 45 yds, 1 TD.