From The Armchair: Green Bay Packers Week 1
The game really got going after a flying clothesline of Colin Kaepernick from Clay Matthews caused a small fight as the 49ers neared the Packers goal line. The refs actually messed up the penalty call and allowed the 49ers to replay 3rd down. San Francisco took advantage and scored a touchdown to take a 14-7 lead and essentially received a four point gift from the ref. After that the teams traded scores the rest of the game with San Francisco winning 34-28 on the strength of a 400 yard passing game from Kaepernick.
Both teams have reasons to be happy. The 49ers won. They were dominant on offense and did it without much of a rushing game which has tended to be their strength. Kaepernick continued to show doubters he is a great quarterback and not just a athlete like some lazy fans and analysts think. Eric Reid, their rookie safety, is always near the ball and should be a big time player too.
The Packers are too good to be happy with moral victories, but this was close to one. The Packers kept Kaepernick in the pocket and showed good discipline. This is key from keeping ourselves from being blown out against read option teams and a massive improvement from last year's team. Nick Perry, Johnny Jolly, and Datone Jones all looked good keeping Kaepernick in the pocket. The secondary was pretty awful, but Morgan Burnett, our top safety, was out and it showed. Ballhawk Casey Hayward was also out, and he can be a huge game changer, similar to Nick Collins but from the cornerback position. These additions could play a big role in a future match up.
Given the game was on the road, the refs gave the opponent 4 points, Anquan Boldin was in God Mode, we were without key defensive starters, and the 49ers are just flat out the best team in football, I'll take this for week 1. Next week? Not so much.