Green Bay Packers vs San Francisco 49ers: Week 1 2012 NFL Season Live scores, blog

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    Can the Green Bay Packers win the Super Bowl? (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

    The standout match up for Week 1 of the NFL season will see two powerhouse Superbowl contenders in the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers lock horns at Lambeau field.

    Join us for kick off at 6:25am as we bring you all the action in what promises to be an action filled heavyweight battle.

    Both squads will be looking to jump out of the blocks early and start this season on a positive note in their quest to make amends for Playoff defeats to the eventual Superbowl Champion New York Giants.

    Monday morning’s clash will see last seasons regular season MVP and leader of the second best offense in the league Aaron Rodgers go head to head against last seasons league leading 49ers road defense.

    Rodgers led his Packers team to a 15-1 regular season record before finding himself sacked four times in a shock loss to Eli Manning and the eventual Superbowl Champions ended their year.

    Despite a premature finish Green Bay, and more specifically Rodgers, had a year to remember. Rodgers threw for over 4,500 yards last season with 45 touchdowns, a completion rate above 68% and all the while throwing just six interceptions.

    Behind Rodgers season the Packers were an offensive juggernaut and would rank Inside the league’s top five in points per game, yards per game, first downs per game, red zone scores per game and first overall for touchdowns per game. Any chance the Packers have at overcoming the brick wall 49er defense starts and ends on the offensive side of the field and in the hands of Aaron Rodgers.

    Receivers Jordy Nelson and Greg Jennings combined for 24 touchdowns least season and tight end Jermichael Finley added eight so there’s no shortage of targets for the reigning league MVP.

    The 49ers are coming off an NFC West crown and 13-3 season. A 20-17 overtime loss in the NFL title game to Eli Manning’s Giants would bring their year to an end. For the 49ers the entire offseason was focused on adding upgrades on the offensive end.

    Veteran receivers Randy Moss and Mario Manningham will join a receiver core which already consists of Michael Crabtree and tight end Vernon Davis, with Frank Gore leading the ground game.

    Quarterback Alex Smith will look to continue his impressive playoff form and work with the newly acquired talent to improve on the 49ers pedestrian offense which ranked outside the league’s top twenty in total yards, first downs, touchdowns and red zone scores per game.

    The cornerstone of the 49ers is their defense and it will once again be the catalyst if San Francisco are going to steal an upset road win against the more fancied Packers.

    The 49ers had the league’s best road defense last season allowing just 17.8 points per game. San Francisco also ranked inside the league’s top five for fewest opponent touchdowns per game, red zone scores per game and offensive touches per game.

    It’s the age-old battle of great offense versus elite defense only it’s taking place between two loaded Superbowl contenders so you can bet the house on this one being a barn burner with plenty of Fireworks. The two teams haven’t met since 2010, a match up which Green Bay won comfortably 34-16.

    Given the Packers owned a 13 game home win streak prior to the loss to the Giants in last years playoffs and the fact that the 49ers ranked 29th overall for opponent passing attempts per game, 25th for opponent completions per game, 22nd for opponent passing yards per game and 15th for opponent passing touchdowns per game, I’m picking Rodgers to continue his surgical MVP form from last season and lead the Packers to a 29-24 victory.

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    • Roar Guru

      Scotty Barby said | 9:59am | ! Report

      1st downs:
      SF – 22
      GB – 21

      Total Plays:
      SF – 62
      GB – 61

      Passing Yards
      SF – 191
      GB – 279

      Rushing Yards
      SF – 186
      GB – 45

      SF – 8-66
      GB – 10-77

      SF – 0
      GB – 1

      SF – 33:00
      GB – 27:00

      • Columnist

        Elisha Pearce said | 10:04am | ! Report

        Running back needed in Green Bay. Not just to run out the clock more, but also because time in possession is essential to give a fairly flimsy defence time to recover on the sideline and also do a little homework before they are back out.

        • Roar Guru

          Scotty Barby said | 10:07am | ! Report

          The Packers looked really predictable and Benson gave them nothing on the ground to take the focus off the receivers.

          Rodgers having to run is heart in mouth stuff.

        • 12:22pm
          Al said | 12:22pm | ! Report

          @Elisha Pearce, wow what a profound observation, your powers of deduction are exceptional. I can’t allow you to waste them here when there are so many crimes going unsolved at this very moment. Go, go, for the good of the city.

    • Roar Guru

      Scotty Barby said | 9:56am | ! Report

      Final Numbers:

      SF – Alex Smith: 20/26, 211 yards, 2 TD’s
      GB – Aaron Rodgers: 30/44, 303 yards, 2 TD’s, 1 INT

      SF – Frank Gore: 16 carries, 112 yards, 1 TD.
      GB – Aaron Rodgers: 5 carries, 27 yards.

      SF – Michael Crabtree: 7 receptions, 74 yards
      GB – James Jones: 4 receptions, 81 yards

    • Roar Guru

      Scotty Barby said | 9:54am | ! Report

      Many had doubts (myself included) about the 49ers ability to replicate their performance from last season.

      We were all wrong. The 49ers are legitimate Superbowl contenders.

      Despite their high powered offense Green Bay were never able to find any consistency when moving the ball due to San Francisco’s suffocating defense.

      The new look 49ers offense were impressive and found enough holes in the leaky Packers defense to score often with little resistance.

    • Roar Guru

      Scotty Barby said | 9:51am | ! Report

      No flag on the play and the 49ers will walk out of Lambeau Field with a huge upset win.

      Final Score: 49ers 30 – Packers 22

    • Roar Guru

      Scotty Barby said | 9:50am | ! Report

      Rodgers hits Cobb for a small gain bringing up 4th and 10.

      This is the game.

      Rodgers throws deep to Nelson…


      4th Quarter: 1:00 to play – 49ers 30 – Packers 22

      • Columnist

        Elisha Pearce said | 9:55am | ! Report

        Wow. Big time!

        Jim Harbaugh has done some fairly incredible things in 12 months in San Fran. Hats off to him and that team sorting themselves out big time!

        • Roar Guru

          Scotty Barby said | 10:05am | ! Report

          The 49ers looked so much more lethal on offense today compared to last season. Frank Gore was breaking lines, Crabtree, Davis, Moss and Manningham all played a role and at least one of them stood up on big plays.

          Alex Smith can play a simple game and still be effective.

          Their defense speaks for itself.

          The 49ers and coach Harbaugh are a scary prospect.

    • Roar Guru

      Scotty Barby said | 9:49am | ! Report


      Brooks sacks Rodgers for a loss bringing up 3rd and 17.

      4th Quarter: 1:22 to play – 49ers 30 – Packers 22

    • Roar Guru

      Scotty Barby said | 9:48am | ! Report

      Rodgers makes a quick run for the 1st down.

      1st and 10 on the 49ers 45.

      4th Quarter: 1:52 to play – 49ers 30 – Packers 22

      • Columnist

        Elisha Pearce said | 9:50am | ! Report

        Thanks for the call Scotty. Loving this at work on a Monday am.

        Wish I was near a TV.
        Your thoughts on whether this Green Bay team is going to properly become an all-round dominant team? Im thinking they might end up being the new Manning-led Colts. They pass beautifully obviously, but shoot outs are all too common.

        • Roar Guru

          Scotty Barby said | 10:01am | ! Report

          No problem, my pleasure. It was a great game.

          I have my doubts on this Green Bay team and they all stem from their wafer thin defense. They really struggle to stop teams on key plays which results in the offense being constantly under pressure to deliver.

          The Manning-Colts comparison is a good one. This team lives and dies by how Rodgers plays week-to-week. It’s a dangerous dance and today it came unstuck.

          The 49ers looked super impressive.

    • Roar Guru

      Scotty Barby said | 9:47am | ! Report

      Zone infraction on the 49ers defense.

      That makes is 1st and 5 for the Packers at midfield.

      4th Quarter: 2:00 to play – 49ers 30 – Packers 22

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