Oct 4, 2015; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers outside linebackerAaron Lynch
(59) sacks Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) in the fourth quarter at Levi
The San Francisco 49ers defense and the officials hold Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense in check for much of the game.
The Packers opened the game with a typical, precise six minute, 12 play, 80 yard drive that resulted in a 9 yard Rodgers TD strike to Richard Rodgers.
My family can still hear me yelling, “that’s amazing, that’s amazing,” as ARod twisted and turned and ran circles around 49ers defenders for what seemed to be a minute before finding Rodgers open in the end zone. It was an amazing play.
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It was the 19th straight game in which the Packers have scored in the first quarter of a game.
For much of the rest of the half, the Packers and 49ers traded punts with neither team able to mount much of an offense threat.
Then with 4:25 left in the 2nd quarter, ARod led the Packers down the field on a 14 play drive.
The drive featured a short pass to James Jones that ended in a 36 yard gain and a 1st down on a 2-17 play from their own 13 yard line. Jones was credited with 23 YAC.
Faced with 4th+inches from the 49ers 42-yard line, Mike McCarthy decided to go for it as Eddie Lacy rumbled off left tackle for 10 yards and another 1st down.
Three plays later, the Packers were faced with another 4th+inches decision with 40 seconds left. Again, McCarthy chose to go for it and Lacy came through again with a six yard burst up the middle. 1st Down.
Aaron Rodgers threw incomplete to a diving Randall Cobb in the end zone. Cobb was clearly held on the play but no flags were thrown. ARod was sacked for a 9 yard loss on 3rd down. The Packers called their 3rd and final timeout with 2 seconds left.
Mason Crosby lined up for a 44 yard field goal attempt but pushed it wide left to end the half.
Half: Packers 7 – 49ers 3.
Next: 2nd half, much of the same