Packers 30 Niners 28: Game Balls and Lame Calls

Pack serves notice they are a legitimate contender.

I'm so glad it ended this way.  Not just that the Packers won, but that, in the end, it was decided by the players.  

 

For fifty-seven minutes, this game belonged to the officials.  More of a fist fight than a football game, the men in the striped shirts were forced to try to separate the brutality from the skill.  In so doing, they steered the course of the momentum back and forth with calls that both kept critical drives alive and ended them.  Some of the calls were blatantly bad.  Other were completely missed.  But in a blood bath like this, the officials seemed destined to decide the outcome.

 

Thankfully, when the game was on the line, it was the brilliance and determination of the players that settled the matter.  First the Niners, with a stellar 75 yard drive to take the lead in the final minute, a drive that included clutch plays throughout, including a spectacular catch by Deebo Samuel, with Jaire Alexander hanging all over him.  Then the precision and poise of Aaron Rodgers, the courage and resiliency of Davante Adams, and the unshakeable focus of Mason Crosby won the day.  An officials' game turned into a players ending.  It will not soon be forgotten.

 

GAME BALLS

Mason Crosby

"I felt really good from that spot" Crosby said of his 51 yard game winning kick.  "You just know that you have the support of all of your teammates....I still get excited every time I see that ball go through the uprights."  He is a no-brainer as a future inductee to the Packers Hall of Fame, but I wonder, with longevity and consistency, if we shouldn't start a drumbeat for consideration for Canton.   

 

Aaron Rodgers

Had Green Bay lost this game, I was prepared to criticize him for forcing the ball to Davante too much.  Our other receivers seem under utilized.  Somebody else has got to be open now and then.  But how do you argue with an end result like this?  His calm and poise in the clutch is very special and it will be the thing we fans will miss the most when he's gone.

 

Davante Adams

No way he gets up after taking the shot to the head in the fourth quarter, much less sprint out of the medical tent, on to the field, and catch two passes for 40 yards to set up the game winning field goal.  His final stat line of 12 catches for 132 yards and a touchdown pale in comparison to his toughness and desire to help his team win.

 

The Offensive Line

Nobody thought this young, green array of blockers would hold up against the fierce 49ers defensive front.  But the fivesome of Yosh Nijman, Jon Runyan, Josh Myers, Royce Newman and Billy Turner allowed just one early sack, and paved the way for Green Bay backs to rush for 100 yards.  Nijman, especially, was a surprise start and drew effusive praise from his teammates after the game.

 

The Defensive Line

Yes, you gotta give it up for these guys.  After getting pushed around the first two weeks, they showed up against the Niners, with pretty good pressure and three sacks.  They held San Francisco to 67 yards rushing and forced two turnovers.  They only have to be pretty good for the Packers to win, and on this night, they were just good enough.

 

LAME CALLS

No Grounding Call on Garoppolo

Matt LaFleur was outraged that the Niners quarterback didn't get called for grounding at the end of the half inside the ten yard line, and justifiably so.  There was no receiver anywhere near the ball and Garoppolo was under heavy attack.  The call likely cost Green Bay seven points, as the penalty would have required a time runoff that would have ended the half.

 

Pass Interference on Stokes

P.I. is the most subjective call in football, but it surely seemed as though Packers rookie Eric Stokes did not impede the pattern of the receiver on the late second quarter play.  The penalty was critical, as it kept the 49ers' drive alive, and shifted the momentum.

 

AFTERTHOUGHTS

Matt LaFleur (on what he was thinking in those final 37 seconds):  "This might shock you, but I was actually cautiously optimistic....I think our special teams have come a long way...he (special teams coordinator Mo Drayton) is special."

 

Davante Adams (on the shot to the head):  "I've been hit like that many times.  I was having trouble breathing when I was on the ground.....but it wasn't a concussion.  They recognized that right away."

 

Aaron Rodgers:  "I felt like, in the locker room today, I finally saw the energy we need to see....it was such a growth moment for us.  It felt like, okay, now we're on our way."

 

THREE AND OUT

•  Rodgers said the 25 yard pass to Adams to get the ball to midfield at the end of the game was a play that he and Matt LaFleur drew up "scribbling around in the dirt" on Thursday.  Rodgers said he suggested a tweak to the pass route and Matt LaFleur approved it.  

•  Adams said that tackle Yosh Nijman came up to him after the game and told him "it's a blessing just to play with you guys."  That kind of humility has already made him a locker room favorite.

•  One of the biggest hugs Rodgers administered on the Packer sideline was to defensive coordinator Joe Barry.  Perhaps the win will take some of the heat off of the embattled defensive boss.     

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Ken Lass is a former Green Bay television sports anchor and 43 year media veteran, a lifelong Packers fan, and a shareholder.

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Lphill's picture

September 27, 2021 at 07:51 am

Its a road win in a tough place but the Niner's had no running game to speak of which played in the Packers favor.

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PeteK's picture

September 27, 2021 at 08:17 am

You must love getting spanked. LOL

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Johnblood27's picture

September 27, 2021 at 08:37 am

Many people do...

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PeteK's picture

September 27, 2021 at 08:49 am

Girl you thought he was a man
But he was only puffin'
No cries were heard in the night
as a result of his stuffin'

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GBPDAN1's picture

September 27, 2021 at 11:53 am

Frank Zappa, Muffin man

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Jackwagon's picture

September 28, 2021 at 03:43 pm

You know that was Frank on that long guitar rift at the end ? I thought it couldn't be - but it was. Didn't know he was that good. Holy shit...

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HankScorpio's picture

September 27, 2021 at 11:11 am

"the Niner's had no running game to speak of which played in the Packers favor."

The Packers defense made that happen.

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13TimeChamps's picture

September 27, 2021 at 12:07 pm

And the Packers were without Jenkins, Bahk and Z. What's your point?

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PeteK's picture

September 27, 2021 at 01:37 pm

Also, Barnes for a good part of the game and MVS for a small crucial point at the end of the game.

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packerbackerjim's picture

September 27, 2021 at 07:54 am

Game: the awareness the team had on the last pass to line up without penalty nor the time expiring. No one has done it better.

Lame: the lack of ILB depth exposes the blind spot of the FO and the Achilles heel of the D.

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BAMABADGER's picture

September 27, 2021 at 12:43 pm

You are correct on ILB. When Barnes went out and Summers or Burks were in, I was surprised that 9ers did isolate pass plays to expose them. Thank God they didn't. Both looked extremely hesitant when on D.

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croatpackfan's picture

September 29, 2021 at 06:43 am

Regarding Summers you are not right. Go watch the tape again!

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dobber's picture

September 27, 2021 at 07:59 am

"Had Green Bay lost this game, I was prepared to criticize him for forcing the ball to Davante too much. "

They had no one who could keep up with him. He was eating SF's lunch all night, and on the penultimate drive, who -- if you're SF -- are you going to be damn sure doesn't beat you? OH, SHIT! There he goes running wide open 20 yards deep across the middle!

Even when he came back on the field after getting his bell rung, and during that ugly 3-and-out possession, he was open down the right sideline and ARod missed him. I had no problem with his usage last night, but I'm sure there will be plenty of discussion this week over whether the Packers short-circuited the concussion protocols.

LAME CALL: Packers go up 17-0 and can't find a way to kick the ball through the end zone. Big return was almost the play of the game, and gave SF a short field to score and a chance to get back-to-back TDs around halftime. If the Packers lose 28-27, we're all shitting a brick over that play. It lit the fire under SF.

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PeteK's picture

September 27, 2021 at 09:16 am

Forget the filed goal because we did finally go up by 17, but that return and then Niners scoring after the break. I was sinking into Hades very fast. Patrick who?

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Coldworld's picture

September 27, 2021 at 10:38 am

That coverage was definitely not special.

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PeteK's picture

September 27, 2021 at 09:16 am

Ibid

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edp1959's picture

September 27, 2021 at 09:03 am

So you were prepared to pin a loss on #12 and not the defense that folded like a cheap suit on that last drive.

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Razer's picture

September 27, 2021 at 09:14 am

"folded like a cheap suit" - love the phrase and application.

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PewAuKeeFan's picture

September 27, 2021 at 10:51 am

"Packers go up 17-0 and can't find a way to kick the ball through the end zone"

It is actually much worse than that. Have you noticed that whenever there is just about a minute or so left to play, the kick is short? To me it looks like they come up with that "strategy", so that they can drain away a few seconds. Really!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is the dumbest thing ever!!!!! When the Special Teams play is so sub-standard, that is soooooooooo stupid.

By kicking short, they drain about 5 seconds. However, invariably they give up 25 yards more than a touchback, and the opposing team gets to start close to the 50 yard line or better.

Dumb! The mistake was the call to kick short by the coach. DUMB!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Michael Nault's picture

September 27, 2021 at 01:36 pm

Well, I am sure you know better than the coaches. Apply for the job

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jlc1's picture

September 27, 2021 at 02:15 pm

Geez, if we weren't second guessing the coaches, the FO, the QB, each other what fun would this site be?

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Thegravedigger's picture

September 27, 2021 at 09:29 pm

fair point, but in the same breath, its also fun to attack fans for saying stupid shit like this guy said.

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Coldworld's picture

September 28, 2021 at 07:44 am

Crosby has had short kick offs before, but it is a recognized tactic to shed time. I’m not sure which was responsible, but I do know that my first reaction was “not with our STs” as the kick unfolded.

If it was not a surprise, all I can say is that it would make the coverage failure even more egregious. To me that’s the significant question arising out of that play.

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Thegravedigger's picture

September 27, 2021 at 09:29 pm

fair point, but in the same breath, its also fun to attack fans for saying stupid shit like this guy said.

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Thegravedigger's picture

September 27, 2021 at 09:24 pm

you dont know if thats true. i honestly highly doubt that is true.

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jannes bjornson's picture

September 27, 2021 at 07:58 pm

Some of these FANs would criticize Montana to Rice or Aikman to Irving; they are clueless....

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greengold's picture

September 27, 2021 at 08:00 am

Great piece, Ken. All of it spot on. The performance of that starting OL yesterday was impressive as hell. Amazing, effective play, against one of the top DLs in the NFL. The whole team aside from our coverage units performed well. Hats off to Matt LaFleur for having his guys ready to fly into SF for the win! That is no easy feat, coming off a MNF game.

The NFL Officials can suck it.

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Coldworld's picture

September 27, 2021 at 10:40 am

Congratulations to LaFleur on finally coming up with a game plan to play this kind of team on our terms and sticking with it. That was a big first against his mentor.

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HankScorpio's picture

September 27, 2021 at 11:08 am

Nijman got his first NFL start yesterday. Runyan was making his 2nd. Newman and Myers are rooks making their 3rd start. Billy Turner is playing with his 4th team. Their 2 best OL, by far, were sitting this one out. That's one heck of a group of guys in the room that are obviously coached very well.

It's the engine that powers the offense. The Packers start the race up 50 HP on the competition. Makes it a lot easier to win.

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PeteK's picture

September 27, 2021 at 01:47 pm

Stenavich, man behind the curtain.

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GatorJason's picture

September 27, 2021 at 07:18 pm

Aaron was getting rid of the ball in 2.04 seconds. This was primary reason he was only sacked once. ML and AR had no illusions the young OL could give 2.5 seconds that is normally allotted per pass play. A young QB would never play well under those circumstances. Even Aaron will need more time in future. Bakhtiari and Jenkins should remedy that. The short time to release is primary reason Rodgers was passing so much to Adams. He is best receiver on team in getting open immediately after ball is snapped. The other guys need play-action to give theme extra time to get open and give Aaron time to find secondary receivers.

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RCPackerFan's picture

September 27, 2021 at 07:59 am

Game Balls:

Crosby - What can we say. When we see other teams like The Vikings continue to struggle to find kickers, we just keep sending out Crosby to make these incredible kicks.

Rodgers - He needs to get some criticism for going after Adams to much. i get Adams is the star. But he does have other good WR's, and including one that he basically said he had to get in order to come back to GB. Its time he spreads the ball around a bit.

The OL - I would love to single out Yosh for a minute. For his first start to be on the road against one of the best pass rushers in the league and to put in that kind of performance was really impressive. most people likely thought they were going to move Turner to LT and put Kelly in at RT. But this clearly was a great move, and made for less shuffling.
I would also like to say that Jon Runyan has been very good since starting. So good that I ask the question, what do we do with Jenkins once Bakhtiari comes back? Does he go back to LG or does he go to RT?
Myers was a great pick in the 2nd round and Wild Man #70 has been very good as well.

Kenny Clark - He was dominating last night. It was his pressure that caused Jimmy G to throw the ball backwards. That was a HUGE moment in the game.

Lame Calls:

The officials -
While the Packers benefitted from 3 DPI calls, all 3 you could legitimately say were PI. The 2 on Stokes were BAD! The first one in the end zone, was closer to being real then the 2nd. The 2nd one was just an absolute joke! Gave them a first down and 35 yards. That is a HUGE momentum change. Also, the tripping. Sure they call tripping, but you can't call holding on the guy that they called tripping on?
Jimmy G got a roughing the Passer penalty, which was not a hard hit, wasn't to the head or legs, and wasn't late.
Somehow the ball that hit the ground was ruled a catch.
Ohh and lets not forget about the non Grounding call at the end of the half, which would have ended the half, instead allowed them one more chance to score, which they did.

Notes:
The Packers started out with a lot more energy in this game. The energy you could feel and see especially with the defense. Was the defense more energized because the Packers had the ball first?

The game plan was VERY good! Get the ball out fast!

Don't be surprised if we start to see Amari getting more involved in the offense in the next few games. While he only made it on the field 2 times on offense, he has started to get reps on offense in meaningful time. I would not be surprised to see him used on some Jet sweeps or something very soon.

Joe Barry seems to be figuring things out with the defense. One big thing that helps is having Stokes as the other starting CB. I like the mixing up the blitzes more and not just playing coverage down in and down out.

Great Team win!

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jurp's picture

September 27, 2021 at 08:19 am

It's no longer "Roughing the Passer", it's now "Touching the Passer". How else can you explain a penalty on a guy who:
- Took only one step after the ball was released when he touched the QB
- Touched the QB on the upper back
- Didn't even knock down the QB.

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PeteK's picture

September 27, 2021 at 08:40 am

RC, verrrry interesting question you pose. Since Turner is surely not going to be signed next year, Jenkins at RT might be an excellent move.

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dobber's picture

September 27, 2021 at 09:57 am

I think it's a given, under the circumstances, that Turner doesn't see the last year of his deal in 2022. Right now, it appears that Jenkins is the best replacement option the Packers have in-house for the right side...but a lot can change in the next 12 months, rosterwise.

I wonder how last night's performance--and potentially others down the road this season--will give Nijman street value. I think he's an ERFA this off-season, but left tackles are hard to find and the Packers will have to decide at what level to tender him if they want to keep him.

Price tags keep goin' up...

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Coldworld's picture

September 27, 2021 at 10:52 am

The guard will be changing. I suspect Turner and Bakh will move on during their current contracts just due to age and cost. Jenkins is now seen as a T by the league wherever we play him going forward, and will have to be paid as one. If we play him there a lot this year, he’s likely going to need to be paid sooner rather than later. Nijman can be offered a one year minimum next year and has no option if we do. That only defers the date where he will get a bigger contract from someone. How big depends on perceptions and how much he plays in the interim will have a big impact.

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PeteK's picture

September 27, 2021 at 01:56 pm

Bak is not going anywhere until 2023 which has an affordable out, unless he doesn't fully recover from his injury.

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Thegravedigger's picture

September 27, 2021 at 09:30 pm

they literally just gave bakh a 4 year deal. hes gonna be there. i didnt look at the details but my guess is on the 2nd year of that deal that basically the entire amount is dead money, or else why would he sign it??

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PewAuKeeFan's picture

September 27, 2021 at 10:59 am

"Price tags keep goin' up..."

That's a very good thing... it means that the Packers are playing well and winning 😁

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jannes bjornson's picture

September 27, 2021 at 08:06 pm

Newman probably slides to RT or the next draft pick. Jenkins keeps Rodgers flank protected. I would keep Rodgers over the front office any day, as per the next question.

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Archie's picture

September 27, 2021 at 10:19 am

I very much agree on the game balls for the OL. And MLF for having the coyones to turn Josh Nijman loose.

LT - UDFA in first start
LG - 2nd year guy (day 3 pick)
C - rookie R2 pick
RG - rookie (early day 3 pick)
RT - FA vet

And they more than held their own on the road against a top quality NFL DL. Pinch me. What a show.

Now as to Joe Barry. Yes, this was step in right direction but defense greatly benefited from the fact that Jimmy G only threw deep once, enabling them to play very shallow and not get spread out. Let's see if they can do as well when facing a QB that mixes in deep passes. What possessed JA to go deep to help Stokes on Garapolo's one deep throw is yet another testament to his greatness.

Big shout out to rookie R1 pick Eric Stokes for another really good game.

And yes, DeVondre Campbell is making a real difference.

Having AJ/AJ ready to pound the rock at a moment's notice is a great resource. Keeps defenses honest.

All told, hail Gutey for his many great personnel moves, especially for what he has done to rebuild our OL and secondary.

btw - After that terrible hit, D Adams may be more interested in an immediate long term contract this AM. BONUS: Any chance of 12 staying in GB beyond this year hinges on GB resigning Adams. Although 3 #1 picks and mega salary cap relief is enough to get me to make the transition to JL in 2022, as currently planned. That would be even more likely if the team has SB hangover going into 22.

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jannes bjornson's picture

September 27, 2021 at 08:07 pm

Give Milt Hendrickson his chevrons.

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Thegravedigger's picture

September 27, 2021 at 09:37 pm

it is crazy to even think, after that game we just witnessed, that this gm would want to move on from aaron rodgers... after that saints game, people thought jordan love was going to be the starter this year. and after that showing, its just crazy to me that this could be that dudes last season in gb when he still has so much left in the tank....

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Matt Gonzales's picture

September 27, 2021 at 10:14 am

Stokes had a helluva game. He's going to have rough spots but he has shown he is the second best corner on this team.

Defense - they had some ugly moments but also came up big when it mattered, and it's important to remember that when he is playing on schedule, Jimmy G is a pretty damn good QB - his issue is durability, not ability. Campbell was solid and his PBU was great to see.

This will probably never be a game changing top 10 defense, but I was encouraged by what I saw, and there is definitely more room for growth. I'm hopeful that getting Z back will allow GB to be more creative in where they bring pressure, but I'll take the sacks and forced TOs any day.

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Thegravedigger's picture

September 27, 2021 at 10:12 pm

yep. sacks and turnovers is all you can hope for in 2021. even " shut down" down defenses give up 20 somethin points a game

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PewAuKeeFan's picture

September 27, 2021 at 11:01 am

Very good summary, with details, on the officials.

I was not impressed by Amari. If you noticed his punt catching, he was not clean on one catch, he let one go by that he should have fair caught, and when he did catch and run, he seemed to hesitate (versus being "patient" for blocks to develop)

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wildbill's picture

September 27, 2021 at 12:25 pm

Agree

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HankScorpio's picture

September 27, 2021 at 12:34 pm

Amari Rodgers looks like a product of a great college system with a great college QB so far. It's really, really easy to look good in that situation.

I hope he steps it up. He would not be the first guy that turns into a player after not showing much early.

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jannes bjornson's picture

September 27, 2021 at 08:11 pm

He has to be featured to step up. This ain't the Lions, his time will come. LaFluer has not even opened page three of the playbook. A long season ahead.

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Coldworld's picture

September 28, 2021 at 07:48 am

He was generally schemed open in the passing game. He has talent but a lot to learn. I’m not surprised to see him being brought on slowly in the slot role. I’m a little more surprised that we haven’t seen him in the option role at all.

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PeteK's picture

September 27, 2021 at 02:04 pm

Puzzling since he returned 68 punts in his college career for a solid 7.8 avg.

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HankScorpio's picture

September 27, 2021 at 02:48 pm

What's so puzzling about college production not translating to the NFL? It's a story as old as the draft itself.

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jannes bjornson's picture

September 27, 2021 at 08:13 pm

Bullshit. Once he gets a feel for the Pro game , he will be fine. Notice, zero blocking.

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Coldworld's picture

September 28, 2021 at 07:51 am

If there is a question it is field awareness or judgment. It could be confidence or it could be instructions, but those would be areas where a regular college returner would be most likely to be comfortable as a rookie.

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Bure9620's picture

September 27, 2021 at 11:29 am

Game Ball:
Obviously Rodgers played well, Davante Was absolutely dominant and you can easily make the argument Adams is the MVP of this game. But Adams was destroying backup corners. My game ball goes to Yosh Nijman. To have to come in for you first start and go against the Niners best player, one of the premier pass rushers in the game and hold up as well as he did? Wow Bravo. We do not win this game without his performance. Rodgers held onto the ball too on several occasions. But Yosh showed up. He was steady. He got some help in situations yes but had to be on an island at times too. Also he was solid in the run game. 2 penalties which, I am fine with. He had by far the toughest assignment of anyone and played well and steady. These are types of contributions you need from backups to be successful.

Honorable mention, Adams, Kenny Clark, Jaire, Rodgers (Aaron) and Tyler Lancaster had a good bounce back after 2 dreadful performances

Lame call-All the lame calls...and non calls....That was a poorly officiated game...

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dobber's picture

September 27, 2021 at 09:59 am

"But Adams was destroying backup corners"

Imagine if he wasn't...

I don't want to take anything away from a guy for making plays he's expected to make. But I agree on Nijman. I've never been on the Nijman bandwagon, and I thought it was a gutsy call giving him the start last night. I'm eating crow.

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jannes bjornson's picture

September 27, 2021 at 08:14 pm

My game ball goes to Campbell. He set the tone for the defense--he is their leader.

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Bure9620's picture

September 27, 2021 at 08:14 am

Game Ball:
Obviously Rodgers played well, Davante Was absolutely dominant and you can easily make the argument Adams is the MVP of this game. But Adams was destroying backup corners. My game ball goes to Yosh Nijman. To have to come in for your first start and go against the Niners best player, one of the premier pass rushers in the game and hold up as well as he did? Wow Bravo. We do not win this game without his performance. Rodgers held onto the ball too long on several occasions. But Yosh showed up. He was steady. Yosh got some help in situations yes but had to be on an island at times too. Also he was solid in the run game. 2 penalties which, I am fine with. He had by far the toughest assignment of anyone and played well and steady. These are types of contributions you need from backups to be successful.

Honorable mention, Adams, Kenny Clark, Jaire, Rodgers (Aaron) and Tyler Lancaster had a good bounce back after 2 dreadful performances, Gary and Smith created solid pressure

Lame call-All the lame calls...and non calls....That was a poorly officiated game...

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PeteK's picture

September 27, 2021 at 08:07 am

I was finally able to get to bed last night after a seesaw battle of conflicting emotions, but what sweet dreams afterwards ! I was a bit concerned about this team and game, but no more. Great win in their stadium and with a slew of injuries to key players. The way Jones influences the LBs and cuts in a different direction is poetry in motion and I've also noticed that he has put on some more muscle and is able to stiff arm some tacklers away. I'll be honest, while giving great effort and being put in a very difficult position Nijman was being destroyed, but he kept at it and I noticed that Bosa was a bit spent by the end of the game. In my opinion, Garopollo was hit when releasing the ball so I don't think that was a bad call. However, Stokes interference, hit on Adams( I thought for sure that he was concussed, double whew ) and the Alexander roughing the passer were ridiculous, I mean the arm was still coming down and he didn't even knock the QB down.

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dobber's picture

September 27, 2021 at 10:01 am

The only thing I can really figure is that the ref saw Jaire go high on Garoppolo and he threw the flag thinking there was contact high.

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croatpackfan's picture

September 29, 2021 at 07:05 am

There is no excuse for intentional refereeing...

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Matt Gonzales's picture

September 27, 2021 at 01:44 pm

The Adams hit was late, to his head/helmet area, and from a defender leading with his helmet. The only positive is that neither player left on a stretcher.

I didn't mind the roughing penalty and I'll accept questionable calls on that occasionally because I don't want guys who are afraid to tackle. Those are really subjective calls just like DPI or defensive holding - you're just gonna have to accept some crap calls sometimes as a consequence of good pressure and coverage.

The tripping call (you didn't mention it but I will) was well deserved, and seemed pretty deliberate. It's possible Amos' game check is a bit smaller on that one if the league also finds it was flagrant and fines him for it.

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jurp's picture

September 27, 2021 at 05:49 pm

He wouldn't have tripped Garappolo if he wasn't being held. If you're going to call the Tripping penalty, then you absolutely have to call the Holding penalty. The refs were absolutely horrible last night.

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Docgperez's picture

September 27, 2021 at 08:10 am

We went for it on 4th and 1 in the first half on the road and against a good defense. I thought it would come back and bite our asses, it almost did. Next time take the points Matt.

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Matt Gonzales's picture

September 27, 2021 at 11:30 am

I liked the decision to go for it there. Had they converted it likely would have turned into a TD and probably would have even more dramatically changed the 49ers game plan by making it a 3 score game.

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Coldworld's picture

September 28, 2021 at 07:56 am

I can’t get fired up by that decision. The snap was mistimed, otherwise I think the play would have worked.

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wildbill's picture

September 27, 2021 at 12:27 pm

No guts, no glory.

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mnbadger's picture

September 27, 2021 at 12:33 pm

I liked going for it but I can't believe that we have nothing more creative for short yardage situations. We're terrible at it. Predictable. Too easy to defend. Great win, GPG!

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Matt Gonzales's picture

September 27, 2021 at 03:09 pm

Predictable is fine... if it works, and with an MLF offense, it's all about still making defenses question what play it's ultimately going to be. I would like to see Dillon and Deguara in the backfield, Lewis on the weak side, bunch/stack right and Adams solo left. Gives you 4/5 viable plays with different blocking assignments depending on what the defense is showing, but it is ultimately either run, pass, screen pass.

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blacke00's picture

September 27, 2021 at 08:15 am

Although I'm thrilled with the outcome of the game, I have a growing concern over the refereeing in the NFL. Why? The onset of (legitimate) gambling on NFL games. Of course it's not true (I hope), but it's the appearance! At least 3, maybe 4 calls were made ( or not called) that had a bearing on the outcome of the game. Fortunately, the Packers overcame the officiating. NFL fandom is going to start associating some of these blatantly bad calls and asked whether the games they are watching may have some "influence" over the outcome. When I watched that game last night I really started to wonder.

15 points
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jurp's picture

September 27, 2021 at 08:25 am

If you were a ref and someone offered you $1,000,000 to help a specific team win or to keep the score low in a specific game, and you make $100,000 a year, what do you do? I think this scenario would be most likely for playoff games, but how does the NFL prevent it from happening? Same with MLB and the NBA. It could also happen in the NCAA, especially in Conference Championships or Playoff games.

I'd like to know how the European football leagues prevent corruption among their refs.

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PewAuKeeFan's picture

September 27, 2021 at 11:05 am

"I'd like to know how the European football leagues prevent corruption among their refs."

They don't.

D.O.N.T.

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croatpackfan's picture

September 29, 2021 at 07:13 am

They are monitoring changes in the odds and have support for authorities in countries to be informed about substantial change in referee's assets or properties.

They already had more than 5 cases where all the participants in "adapting outcome" finished with jail and confiscation court decisions were fulfilled.

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PatrickGB's picture

September 27, 2021 at 11:35 am

They don’t even have to help the team actually win. All the officials have to do, to get a under the table payment, is keep the score favorable to the odds. I hate allowing gambling on sports.

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PeteK's picture

September 27, 2021 at 08:32 am

NFL needs to spend some of their riches and put a ref in every booth with contact with head ref. This would correct some calls and also speed up the review process.

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jont's picture

September 27, 2021 at 09:01 am

Yes.
On the hit on Devante the only people in the stadium who didn't see it were the officials who've been trained for years to be the front line in the NFL's fight against concussions. Everybody makes mistakes, but that one was appalling.
And it came not long after a five minute review of a dropped pass. They treat a routine play as if they're preparing evidence for the Supreme Court but have decided the reply booth can't buzz in on a dangerous blow to the head. I am searching for a word stronger than appalling.

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HankScorpio's picture

September 27, 2021 at 12:08 pm

At the end of the day, the NFL talks the talk but does not walk the walk when it comes to player safety. People piss and moan about the college targeting rule all the time. But it does walk the walk with player safety. The people that say using the helmet as a weapon is a part of football absolutely disgust me. (Not sorry if anyone takes offense...if the shoe fits, wear it) Those are human beings in those uniforms. Some will end up with permanent brain damage later in life but everything that can be done to prevent that should be done.

They obviously do not give a happy crap about player safety. And I place blame on everyone in the NFL starting with Roger Goodell and extending down to the guy that did not flag the SF player last night for the hit on Davante. I'm quite certain there were a number of other examples yesterday I did not see. I have zero tolerance for it anymore.

8 points
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splitpea1's picture

September 27, 2021 at 01:49 pm

According to the rules analyst during the broadcast, it was a "mechanical failure on the part of the NFL"--or something to the effect that the back judge was not in position to see the hit. A poor excuse like that = no excuse whatsoever. We have replay, so use it.

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PatrickGB's picture

September 27, 2021 at 11:37 am

And it makes one wonder about the resistance to that sane argument for the booth reviews.

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jannes bjornson's picture

September 27, 2021 at 08:20 pm

Spot on, Vegas calls from a League founded by bookies, track people and used car dealers. A red hat collective of 1% grifters, but, hey, it keeps the plebes happy.

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Since'61's picture

September 27, 2021 at 08:23 am

Game Balls: Crosby, Rodgers, Adams. A. Jones, OL, Kenny Clark, Campbell, Stokes, Gary, Alexander, P. Smith

Lame Calls: Officials, KO coverage which gave the momentum to SF for 2 TDs.

Packers played aggressively from the opening kickoff. Finally saw a sense of urgency by the defense plus some good solid tackling.
Still need to tighten up the STs.

Excellent 60 minute effort for a great team win. Go Pack Go! Thanks, Since '61

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HankScorpio's picture

September 27, 2021 at 11:14 am

For my money, Eric Stokes just beat out Kevin King as the preferred starter. There will be rough spots with Stokes. There are rough spots with King. Stokes looked pretty good at times yesterday. I can't say I remember saying that about King much lately.

6 points
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jannes bjornson's picture

September 27, 2021 at 08:24 pm

If King was Inactive, is the cut list next?

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Coldworld's picture

September 28, 2021 at 07:54 am

He was announced as out due to illness on Saturday. He was not a healthy scratch.

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Since'61's picture

September 27, 2021 at 09:22 pm

Stokes is definitely going to start for the rest of the season. I'm not sure if they are going to use King as the slot corner or not but I think his days on the outside are over and I don't see the Packers resigning him again when this season is over. Thanks, Since '61

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Packers0808's picture

September 27, 2021 at 08:35 am

Are we in the bigger picture over looking Andre Campbell, he was all over the field last nite like horse shit! Up to this point one hell of a pickup!

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greengold's picture

September 27, 2021 at 08:53 am

Great point, Packers0808. De'Vondre Campbell was a total stud last night, and really has played well at ILB for the Packers these last two games, leading the team in tackles with 13 and 12 respectively. He's been a fantastic addition to this football team.

I think Matt LaFleur is a bit overlooked in all of this. That game v. SF on their turf was a big hurdle for him to cross successfully. You can see the confidence with which he prepared his team, and coached the game. I think this win was more important than many might realize for his Packers team moving forward. That was a mentor he took down, one that has had his number throughout his tenure here.

That was great to see.

Add to that, De'Vondre Campbell was a Matt LaFleur pick. He knew De'Vondre and wanted Gutekunst to sign him. He's really proving his value on D.

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SanLobo's picture

September 27, 2021 at 11:18 am

Based on your illuminating and imaginative comment, I’m going to call every tackle he makes for the rest of the season a “Campbell patty.” Cheers to you Packer0808!

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PeteK's picture

September 27, 2021 at 02:16 pm

Like Buffalo chips in the Great Plains, he is very useful.

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Razer's picture

September 27, 2021 at 09:17 am

Great effort and win in a tough environment. I admit, when I heard that Jenkins was out, I thought our goose was cooked. Big tip of the cap to that O-line for putting on the big boy pants. Defense played well enough. It was the result that you should expect considering Garappolo and no run game.

More than anything, our team showed heart and potential. After the quick start, the 49ers should have been in our dust. We made enough mistakes to give this game back so there is a lot to work on. I know that it would be popular but this offense alone could be so much more than Rodgers and Adams clicking on a given night. A lot to look forward to.

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edubssports's picture

September 27, 2021 at 09:00 am

ie No Grounding Call on Garoppolo: If I recall correctly, if they would have called the grounding there, the half would have ended being there was under 10 seconds left and the 9ers were out of timeouts.

11 points
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jont's picture

September 27, 2021 at 09:03 am

I think you're right. A seven point mistake by the ref.

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ImaPayne's picture

September 27, 2021 at 09:20 am

Ya but moving the ball back 10 yards and Trey (dont think the guy is smart enough to learn playbook), would not have had his simple run.

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SanLobo's picture

September 27, 2021 at 11:21 am

You are correct. Loss of down, 10 yard penalty and 10 second run off.

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jont's picture

September 27, 2021 at 09:06 am

"Take the damn points!"
That's me shouting at the TV when MLF decided to go for it on 4th down inside the five.
It's a good thing the coach couldn't hear me and kept it exciting to the end.

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Razer's picture

September 27, 2021 at 09:19 am

Prior to that, you would have heard me yelling "bring in Dillon". O-line was playing strong and pounding Dillon is where this team needs to go.

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ImaPayne's picture

September 27, 2021 at 09:18 am

1. No grounding on Jimmy
2. Roughing the passer that didnt happen
3. Missing an obvious helmit to helmit hit
4. Calling a leg tackle that really wasnt
5. Calling a pass interference on Stokes for what was really a great play on his part
* wife kept saying she thought the head ref was trying to get 9ers into game before it became a blow out and people changed channels
Seemed like head ref had a hard on against the Packers from the start of the game.

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Cubbygold's picture

September 27, 2021 at 09:35 am

1 - wasn't grounding
2 - terrible call. Hard to believe it was the third worst call by the refs of the game
3 - yup
4 - pretty clear he tripped him. I wasn't aware there were certain ways you're not allowed to tackle.
5 - Terrible. Hope the coaches make sure Stokes understands how well he played and don't let the penalties hurt his confidence.

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Coldworld's picture

September 27, 2021 at 11:04 am

He did trip, but was it intentional or trying to get away from the hold? The hold should have offset at least.

A tripping penalty is a rarity in the NFL, intended to stop an out of position (beaten) player simply deliberately hooking an opponent’s legs from under him to bring him down by flailing his leg rather than attempting to tackle. Was this that? I don’t think so. Was it a move made to bring down the player resulting from being held or one that was made to leverage out of a hold? If so it’s no penalty or a non play at best. The fact that he was being held clearly and impeded from making the tackle is the key. That itself could, perhaps should, have been the calm on their O.

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PewAuKeeFan's picture

September 27, 2021 at 11:13 am

He did trip, and from the replays, it did look intentional to me. You could see that Amos was looking at Jimmy, and stuck his leg out.

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Coldworld's picture

September 27, 2021 at 07:15 pm

If indeed it was intentional, was it the only option as a result of being held? If so, the tripping should not have been called without a corresponding hold.

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ImaPayne's picture

September 27, 2021 at 09:21 am

Game balls to the whole dam team for overcoming adversity from the refs. They had to beat them and the niners

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Packers0808's picture

September 27, 2021 at 09:23 am

I know one thing I will remember for a long time after the game was that wry smile on Garoppolos face after the Cosby kick. Like saying what do you have to do to beat this guy? {Rodgers}

6 points
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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

September 27, 2021 at 09:24 am

When you go to bed replaying the game. Wake up in the middle of the night thinking about the game. Then not to be out done you wake up in the morning thinking about the GAME, and then you read everything you can about the game everywhere over the next 90 minutes....it says....IT WAS ONE HELL OF A GAME!

Over the years I have learned for the most part to not get emotional win or lose. Last night's game changed that! Going into the game I thought it was going to be a beat down and embarrassing loss. Those last 2 or 3 minutes of the game were emotional. Holy Hanna! Great Game!

9 points
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greengold's picture

September 27, 2021 at 09:30 am

I'd like to add one more "Good" to your list, Ken: Chicago Sports Radio this morning...!!!!

L fucking OL!!!

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dobber's picture

September 27, 2021 at 10:06 am

Are they jumping off the Fields hype train yet? They need to play Foles before that OL gets that kid killed.

We're watching the end of the Pace/Nagy era evolve in real time. The fear is that they'll find a legit coach and GM.

7 points
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nostradanus's picture

September 27, 2021 at 02:31 pm

Love that 😂

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Cubbygold's picture

September 27, 2021 at 09:31 am

Someone help me understand the deep balls in the second half.

NBC flashes a stat around halftime, something like Rodgers is 16/16 when getting the ball out under two seconds. MLF designing great plays, Rodgers reading the defense and executing brilliantly.

Momentum starts to swing, some key injuries emerge for GB's defense and it's clear they need to regroup.

On 3rd and 2 when it's 17-14, Rodgers throws deep. Incomplete. 3 and out.

in the 4th, after surrendering a 90 yard TD drive, Rodgers throws deep three times in a row. 3 and out, 30 seconds of clock burned.

I don't care whether Adams was open, and whether it was a good or bad pass from Rodgers. Why are these plays even being run? They weren't designed plays, they were just throws down the sideline hoping that our guy would beat theirs. And maybe we had better than even odds of hitting the big 30 yard play. But we had even better odds of staying within the system and grinding out first downs. That was working. It wasn't like SF showed they could adjust and suddenly stop the run or guard the short pass. And even if the deep pass is there for the taking, why not give the defense more than 30 seconds of rest before attempting.

Great win last night, and without the help of GB special teams and the officials it would have been a dominant win. Just seems like Rodgers continues to struggle to execute when he's got a small lead and the ball, and I don't understand why that's such a problem for him.

8 points
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Lphill's picture

September 27, 2021 at 09:36 am

So you just focus on the missed throws ? What about the throws he makes that nobody else can ?

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Cubbygold's picture

September 27, 2021 at 09:44 am

Just asking about the decision making, I didn't say Rodgers sucks. MLF and Rodgers will be asking the same questions this week.

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dobber's picture

September 27, 2021 at 10:07 am

I agree: they were getting push with the OL. They needed to run the ball there.

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Razer's picture

September 27, 2021 at 10:10 am

...I don't care whether Adams was open, and whether it was a good or bad pass from Rodgers. Why are these plays even being run? ... It wasn't like SF showed they could adjust and suddenly stop the run or guard the short pass...

These are good questions and the answers will define whether this offense can win it all this year. This game could have been 45-14 but not with this sandlot scheme. There is SO much more with Rodgers at the helm - if he wants to look outside his box. Thanks Cubbygold for asking the tough question.

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HankScorpio's picture

September 27, 2021 at 11:23 am

I was scratching my head over some of the deep throws, particularly 3 in a row in the 4th that led to a 3 and out. You want a clock-burner there. The absolute top outcome is a 5 minutes drive that ends in a TD. If that happens, the game is essentially over barring onside kick and crazy defensive collapse, even for that group.

Rodgers and the offense played great football overall. It was not perfect. I'd be interested to really know what went on there. Not that we'll ever find out the real story. We might get some on-record answers. You never know if that is the real story or just the way they want to answer for public consumption.

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SanLobo's picture

September 27, 2021 at 11:30 am

LaFleur talked about that in his presser following the game and said that was on him for not sticking with his own game plan and said he got caught up in the moment. He said it was another lesson learned.

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wildbill's picture

September 27, 2021 at 12:37 pm

This is his third year, how many more lessons does he need to learn as this has happened before

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Cubbygold's picture

September 27, 2021 at 12:41 pm

That's a head scratcher for me as well. Seems like a lesson they supposedly just learned against new orleans

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croatpackfan's picture

September 29, 2021 at 07:43 am

"...how many more lessons does he need to learn..."

Every day through whole life, life is teaching everybody the lessons. The only difference is will you listen to them or not. That is the answer to that question!

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PeteK's picture

September 27, 2021 at 02:29 pm

You know that when Rodgers throws deep it puts fear in defenses, it's also a quick throw when a DE is zeroing in on you, and loosens up an opposing D. There were a few long completions and penalties that went our way on some of those long throws.

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Starrbrite's picture

September 27, 2021 at 09:36 am

Absolutely spot-on Ken!
I am still nervous however about our Special Teams; punt returner especially—-Amari Rogers appears shaky…Darius Shepard-like. Kick-Off coverage remains a hand-wringing event. Thank heavens for Mason and our new punter.
As for the officiating: I became an opioid abuser after watching last nights dreadful crew. The targeting hit on Davante and the ignored intentional grounding were the most egregious. It was most gratifying to overcome their insane list of bad calls.

3 points
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SanLobo's picture

September 27, 2021 at 11:35 am

Amari Rodgers isn’t there yet. Not sure why we didn’t have Hill out there. (Injury?).

Sunday night football drew the short straw and we got the third string officiating crew last night.

3 points
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Starrbrite's picture

September 27, 2021 at 12:49 pm

Well said SanLobo

1 points
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HarryHodag's picture

September 27, 2021 at 09:38 am

"JOB WELL DONE"

I've spewed my share of criticism this season, but this was one of the most satisfying games I've seen in many years.

1)Rodgers proved he wants to win.
2) The Packers depth is extraordinary, especially along the offensive line.
3) The coaches put together a great game plan.
4) Stokes proved he can play.
5) The d-line made some plays!
6) The linebackers played above themselves.
7) Mason Crosby should be a Pro and Packer Hall of Famer.

The improvement between week one and week three is extraordinary.

Now they face a Steelers team with its back to the wall.

5 points
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dobber's picture

September 27, 2021 at 10:08 am

This game should put most of the "#12 sabotaging the Packers and not caring" discussion to rest for at least a couple weeks.

6 points
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jannes bjornson's picture

September 27, 2021 at 08:34 pm

Q has left the building.

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mrtundra's picture

September 27, 2021 at 09:48 am

Game Ball: to the 49er's for giving the ball to Aaron Rodgers with 37 seconds left and no time outs while being down by one point. Will opposing teams ever learn? I knew we would win when the 49ers FB scored too early. It's almost unfair to give Aaron Rodgers the ball with time left on the clock with a chance to win the game. Our O Line played very well and they deserve a game ball for fighting off the 49ers pass rush, all game long. Jaire gets a game ball for his outstanding INT. Aaron Jones gashed the 49er's Defense for huge gains. TAE! gets a game ball for being TAE! Mason Freaking Crosby gets a game ball for being so clutch! Campbell is playing really well at LB.

Lame calls: The Officiating really stunk. Two, IMO, bad PI calls on Stokes and no flag on the Ward helmet to helmet on TAE! No Intentional grounding call on Garrapolo, inside the 10 yard line, with no receivers in sight, cost the Packers 4 points and gave the 49ers momentum. Our STs on the 49er kick return gave them momentum.

3 points
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Cubbygold's picture

September 27, 2021 at 09:55 am

Question for someone that knows the rules well.

Adams catches that final pass, getting GB into field goal position. When he catches the ball, there's something like 10 seconds left and he immediately falls to the ground. He isn't trying to extend the play.

A safety comes in and puts his hand on Adams pretty quickly, making him down. GB runs up and spikes the ball with 2 seconds or something.

What would have happened if the safety didn't touch Adams? Wouldn't the play still be alive? Adams was down on the ground holding the football. If SF's DBs just stood there, the clock would have continued to roll, and Adams wouldn't have been able to get up and run in for a touchdown. Even if they just delayed for a second or two, it might have prevented GB from getting the ball spiked in time for the field goal.

Just seemed like that Safety did GB a favor by rushing in to 'down' adams as quickly as he could. But maybe I'm wrong and giving yourself up like that automatically ends the play.

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Cubbygold's picture

September 27, 2021 at 10:09 am

Nevermind, I see in the rules that receivers can 'down' themselves just like a QB.

4 points
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Ferrari-Driver's picture

September 27, 2021 at 09:59 am

They pick the highest rated officials at each position during the season to be the referees during the Super Bowl. Based upon the missed and incorrect calls we all saw during this game, I think the guys who worked the Packers/49s game will be watching the Super Bowl on TV.

6 points
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Starrbrite's picture

September 27, 2021 at 12:53 pm

They should be pumping gas somewhere…

2 points
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croatpackfan's picture

September 29, 2021 at 07:47 am

if that presentation was intentional, they my get nod to officiate SB! Especially if GB will play in!

0 points
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Dragon5's picture

September 27, 2021 at 10:06 am

Y'all forgetting the most important game ball of all: Kevin King's (supposed) illness. Was refreshing not to carry that baggage on to the field yesterday.

2 points
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stockholder's picture

September 27, 2021 at 10:59 am

Spot on. But I want to add something. It's about seeing a Face Mask penalty that was never called. Jones left the game. Near the end of the 4th. They never replayed it. Yet his head got twisted. And went down. Game changing? Also did you see the look on Adams Face when he didn't come up with the catch for the TD. He looked like he was ready to cry. Such a great player with a lot of emotion to succeed. I can see why Rodger's kept throwing to him.

4 points
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Philarod's picture

September 27, 2021 at 12:41 pm

This game practically wrote this article.

Game Balls: Pretty much the whole team, headed by Rodgers, Adams and Crosby.

Lame Calls: Plenty of lame calls and non-calls by the refs!

3 points
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Ferrari-Driver's picture

September 28, 2021 at 01:55 am

I read a comment made by someone earlier today on a different sight which said

"Who missed Kevin King other than the 49ers?"

That poster hit the nail on the head with that one. I wished I had thought of it first.

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greengold's picture

September 28, 2021 at 09:09 am

Great work, Ken. After viewing again last night, this was a very well played game against a high quality opponent on their home turf. Good confidence builder going into another tough game v. PIT.

All those young OL proved they belong. Great to see, especially v. that SF DL/Front7. Yosh had a shaky start, but really collected himself well throughout the remainder of the game. Who wouldn't going against Bosa in your first start at LT, protecting AR? Runyan, Myers and Newman were impressive as hell. They all punched SF in the mouth through all four quarters.

How about that quiet guy no one is talking about in Billy Turner? Didn't hear his name once, and that's a mark of solid OL play. I'm sure AR appreciates his veteran leadership there at RT.

DL had its best showing of the season, as did our entire LB corps. Another confidence builder. I cannot wait to see more of Slaton and Clark paired together. THAT is going to be special. Good to see Burks and Summers getting positive reps and results. Maybe Barry is a true LB guru after all. Spent a good portion of my review asking myself again and again, "who is 42?" Something good to build on, for sure.

Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon combined for 25 carries. That was effective, but, I'd like to see that more as a minimum number of carries between our RBs moving forward. They really didn't get many, if any short yardage opps. I'd like to see that become more of a strength of this Packers team the rest of the way, but we are facing a high number of opponents with top Run D abilities through our first 9 or 10 games. I get it. All the more reason, IMO, to work to improve there with more 3rd and short reps. A surprising, solid showing by this Packers team overall. They fought through adversity on a number of levels and brought home the W.

GPG

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