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Packers beat 49ers 34-16, move to 8-4

December 6, 2010 by  
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From Gary D’Amato, Journal Sentinel


It’s hard to imagine Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers playing much better than he has played the last four games. He was superb against San Francisco, completing 21 of 30 attempts for 298 yards and three touchdowns.

After a sluggish start, the Packers' offense finally found it's form midway through the second quarter and proceeded to dust off the 49ers, 34-16, Sunday at Lambeau Field. Aaron Rodgers threw three touchdown passes.

Time and again, he extended plays by escaping a collapsing pocket. He also tucked the ball and took off when nobody was open, gaining 39 yards in four attempts. His running probably demoralized the 49ers as much as anything. Rodgers’ touchdown passes of 57 yards to Greg Jennings and 61 to Donald Driver marked the first time in his career he threw two TDs of at least 55 yards in the same game. He finished with a 110-plus rating (135.1) for the fourth consecutive game, only the third time in franchise history that has happened.


It’s a good thing the Packers’ offense is rolling or more would be made of the lack of production from their tight ends. Since playmaker Jermichael Finley went down Oct. 10, Rodgers has focused his attention on Jennings and the other wide receivers. Rookie Andrew Quarless was targeted just twice Sunday and caught one for 4 yards. No tight end has scored a touchdown since Quarless had one Oct. 24 against Minnesota. Over the last four games, Quarless, Donald Lee and Tom Crabtree have combined for just eight receptions for 62 yards.

WHAT IF . . .

San Francisco led, 6-0, when 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks jumped offside on a third-and-1 play from the Packers’ 43. Green Bay was in its no-huddle offense, and Rodgers hadn’t yet called a play at the line of scrimmage when Brooks jumped. The Packers’ receivers are coached to go deep on a “free play” and when Jennings got behind cornerback Shawntae Spencer and safety Reggie Smith was late in support, the result was a 57-yard touchdown. Until that point, the Packers had struggled to get going on offense. If Brooks had stayed on his side of the line of scrimmage, who knows how the game would have unfolded?


• Fullback Quinn Johnson got an earful from Rodgers when Johnson didn’t know where to line up and Rodgers had to burn a time out with 6 minutes 45 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

• In the third quarter, Rodgers completed all six of his pass attempts for 129 yards, including a 61-yard touchdown to Driver. Rodgers’ passer rating was a perfect 158.3 in the quarter.

• On the Packers’ third play from scrimmage, James Starks rushed for 2 yards. It was an unremarkable play, other than the fact that it was the first time Starks touched the ball in a game since Jan. 3, 2009.

• The Packers had a big advantage in time of possession, controlling the ball for 37 minutes 11 seconds compared with San Francisco’s 22:49.


5 Consecutive games without an interception thrown by Rodgers. The last Packers quarterback to go five starts without an interception was Bart Starr in 1966.

7 Sacks by Cullen Jenkins this season, surpassing his previous career high of 6½ in 2006.

9 Consecutive times Green Bay has beaten San Francisco in the regular season.

1 7 Plays in Green Bay’s 69-yard drive that ended with Mason Crosby’s 24-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.

1 1 7 Passes Rodgers must throw without an interception to tie Starr for the franchise record (294). Rodgers has not thrown an interception in his last 177 attempts.


Packers (8-4) at Detroit Lions (2-10), noon Sunday (Fox)

Once again, the Lions are reeling. Their 24-20 defeat at the hands of the Chicago Bears on Sunday was their 19th consecutive loss within the division, the longest such skid since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. On Oct. 3, the Packers built a 28-14 lead over the Lions at Lambeau Field and hung on for a 28-26 victory. “This is not a pushover team,” said Packers tackle Bryan Bulaga.

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