The San Francisco 49ers ended the Green Bay Packers’ 2012 season in the playoffs, and the Packers spent the whole offseason plotting revenge. However, weren’t able to get revenge Sunday.
San Francisco bested Green Bay 34-28 behind an incredible effort from Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick threw three touchdowns, two to Vernon Davis and one to Anquan Boldin. Frank Gore ran for one as well.
Somehow, Boldin accumulated 208 receiving yards, and he helped ice the game with a huge fourth-down catch. Davis was Kaepernick’s go-to guy in the red zone, but Boldin found the end zone and showed what he can do in his team debut.
Aaron Rodgers did as well, but his team didn’t help him. A drop led to an interception, but Rodgers threw three touchdowns and had another incredible game. Running back Eddie Lacy fumbled, but he also found the end zone in the fourth quarter of his first NFL game.
Randall Cobb, Jermichael Finley and Jordy Nelson caught Rodgers’ touchdown passes, but it didn’t matter.
Eric Reid intercepted Rodgers, and NaVorro Bowman forced a fumble. Those turnovers led to seven points for the 49ers, seven points that proved to be critical.
Aldon Smith and Clay Matthews made their presences felt, as Smith had two sacks, and Matthews had three tackles for loss. Smith finished the game by nearly sacking Rodgers, thwarting Green Bay’s Hail Mary attempt.
The defenses weren’t terrible, but this was a shootout; Kaepernick threw for an incredible 412 yards.
Next up for San Francisco is Seattle. The 49ers will have a tough time winning there, but they will have a happy flight due to this pivotal win.