Green Bay’s offseason was spent dedicated to stopping the read-option attack. The defensive staff even went down to Texas A&M, where Heisman winner Johnny Manziel excelled under the scheme, to bone up on slowing Kaepernick. Next time, the Packers might have to go school to school to find a way to stop the Kaepernick-Boldin combination.
Boldin had a stunning San Francisco debut. He had 13 catches for 208 yards. It seems like every yard of it came in the clutch, including a 15-yard catch on fourth-and-2 with 2:13 to go to set up the final three points of the game.
– Bill Williamson, ESPN.com
Pryor was creative and gutsy, without being out of control or going all schoolyard. He showed the attribute that an Oakland quarterback is going to need: Pryor was cool.
He looked good even in the red zone. In the second quarter, the Raiders had first down on the Colts’ 12, and the next play was a 9-yard zip to Marcel Reece, and three plays later, the Raiders scored. The situation reminded me of the 49ers’ last stand in the Super Bowl, except that the Raiders actually looked dangerous.
Allen and his players kept their enthusiasm in check after the game, but underneath the we-let-a-great-opportunity-slip-away frowns there was an undercurrent of giddiness. You can’t put up a performance like that and not feel a surge of confidence that your rebuilding, media-disparaged team just might be competitive.
– Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle
Bartolo Colon’s velocity returned as he pitched past the fifth inning for the first time since July 31, and the A’s beat the Astros, 7-2, to win the four-game series, maintain their 1 1/2-game lead over the Rangers atop the American League West and improve to a season-best 23 games over .500.
Colon’s stretch of four starts having pitched five innings or fewer had matched the longest such streak of his 16-year career. He responded by stifling the Astros to a lone first-inning run over six innings, striking out seven and walking one.
– Jeff Kirshman, MLB.com