Sunday, November 22, 2009

Halftime: Packers 23 - 49ers 3

In a half dominated by both Packers offensive and defensive units, the Pack leads the 49ers 23-3. Despite the statistical dominance and score, the game was just 6-3 at the end of the first quarter.

The Packers moved the ball inside the Niners' redzone on their first two possessions but had to settle for field goals on both occasions. The Niners, courtesy of a 42-yard run by Frank Gore, were able to move into field goal range on their first possession and also converted a 3-pointer. But after that for the Niners, nada. The Packers defense dialed it up as they did in the Dallas game, sacking 49ers QB Alex Smith 3 times in the half and not allowing receivers to get open at all. In fact, it was well into the second quarter before Smith completed his first pass. The Packers had the Niners going 3-and-out about 4 or 5 consecutive times.

The Packers first touchdown of the game, with just under 9 minutes remaining in the half, came off a slant pass from Aaron Rodgers to Greg Jennings. It was a quick hitter which Jennings turned into a 64-yard touchdown play.

The Packers second TD came on a roughly 80-yard drive, when Rodgers threw a quick line of scrimmage pass to Jordy Nelson, who then took it in from 10 yards out to put the Pack ahead 20-3.

The Packers defense then held the Niners to another 3-and-out and got the ball back inside the Niners' 50-yard line after a nice punt return by Tramon Williams. The Pack worked the clock and a nice series of passes by Rodgers. With 1-second left on the clock, following a scramble by Rodgers, Mason Crosby kicked his 3rd field goal of the half to put the Packers up 23-3 at half.

Rodgers threw for 274 yards in the half, completing 22 of 31 pass attempts with 2 TDs and no interceptions. RB Ryan Grant has had a nice rushing game so far, running for 70 yards on 10 carries. RB Brandon Jackson has been a very good 3rd down back, with 36 receiving yards on 3 catches, primarily screen passes. Seven different receivers have caught passes from Rodgers. does Rodgers, the #24 pick by the Pack after San Fran overlooked him, stack up against Smith, the guy who went #1 instead? Rodgers 274 yards, Smith -7 yards net. Yep. You read that right.

Thank you San Francisco.

Go Pack Go!!!