SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Now we all know the distinction between the San Francisco 49ers and the Inexperienced Bay Packers.
A good finish who makes massive performs.
A defensive entrance that stuffs the run and harasses quarterbacks down after down with out blitzing.
And a younger head coach skilled in game-management choices.
Some day, the Packers may be capable to declare all the above.
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Not now, although, and definitely not in Sunday evening’s 37-Eight loss at Levi’s Stadium in what was billed as a matchup of the highest two groups within the NFC.
“That we bought outcoached and we bought outplayed and we have got to “man up,” we have got to have a look at ourselves critically and get a number of stuff corrected,” Packers coach Matt LaFleur mentioned when requested what he advised his staff afterward. “We have got to be trustworthy with ourselves. Nevertheless it wasn’t almost ok. And once more, give them credit score. That is an excellent soccer staff. However we have got to be quite a bit higher.”
If the Packers are nonetheless one of many high groups within the NFC — and the convention standings say they’re — then the hole between them and the highest is maybe wider than we thought coming into Week 12.
And it is as a result of the 49ers (10-1) have somebody like tight finish George Kittle, who returned from a two-game absence due to an ankle harm, and caught six passes for 129 yards (together with a 61-yard landing), whereas the Packers tight finish Jimmy Graham could not put away a catch on a well-thrown deep ball within the second quarter when it was nonetheless a 10-Zero sport.
And since the 49ers’ protection held Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams in examine — the Packers’ longest run got here from receiver Allen Lazard on an finish round for 21 yards within the second quarter– and swarmed Aaron Rodgers, particularly on third down, to the purpose the place he was simply 1-of-6 for 7 yards with two sacks whereas the Packers went 0-for-9 on first-half third downs. In truth, they did not convert a 3rd down till the ultimate minute of the sport, after they’d gone 0-for-14.
“We simply hold placing ourselves in these powerful positions with these third-and-forever, second-and-forever,” receiver Davante Adams mentioned. “It is powerful towards an excellent staff to return again towards stuff like that. We have got to place ourselves in higher positions on early downs and that is a begin, that may assist. After which the remainder you’ve got nonetheless bought to execute. However you undoubtedly put your self in a horrible spot if it is in a horrible spot if it is holdings or leaping offside or simply not shifting the sticks. So we have got to be higher there.”
And since the Packers younger, first-year coach — LaFleur, protégé of the 49ers’ younger, third-year coach Kyle Shanahan — made a dropping guess on a fourth-and-1 from the 49ers’ 28-yard line when a subject objective would have made it a 10-Three early within the second quarter. LaFleur then allowed Shanahan to fabricate 10 factors within the remaining 58 seconds of the half to blow it open 23-Zero on the break.
Sure, the Packers (8-3) have the higher quarterback in Rodgers, however when he is in close to fixed scramble mode, what good does that do anybody? The reply on Sunday evening was: nothing. Rodgers completed with simply 104 yards on 20-of-33 passing and was sacked 5 occasions. It was the fewest yards Rodgers has ever had in a sport with not less than 30 passes. His earlier low (161) got here within the Packers’ Week 9 loss on the Chargers. His 3.2-yard common per try was his profession low in an NFL begin.
The Packers’ lead within the NFC North is nearly gone as a result of the Vikings (8-3) hold profitable. For now, the Packers have the sting due to their head-to-head win, however they nonetheless must go to Minnesota on Dec. 23.
Troubling development: Good factor the Packers have no extra video games in California. They’re 0-2 on this state and 8-1 all over the place else.
Within the first half of their loss on the Chargers, the Packers had no factors and 50 yards of offense.
Within the first half towards the 49ers, the Packers scored no factors and had 60 yards of offense.
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The 50 yards of offense towards the Chargers have been the Packers’ second-fewest in a primary half with Rodgers beginning. The 60 yards Sunday evening have been their third-fewest.
“Effectively, only a couple dangerous performances,” Rodgers mentioned. “I believe each video games we have been dangerous on third down. Tonight, we have been horrible on third down. We did not do an excellent job of creating the run in each video games. I believe the video games we have got out and performed effectively on offense, we have had an excellent run sport. They shut us down for an excellent a part of the evening operating the ball and we could not actually throw it value a you-know-what, both.”
Troubling development II damaged: Adams caught 13 touchdowns final season and 35 over the previous three.
He had zero coming into Sunday evening’s sport, though he missed 4 video games as a result of turf toe.
He lastly caught his first landing go of the season with 3:52 left within the third quarter (and caught the 2-point conversion go) for the Packers’ first rating of the sport.
Silver lining: There is a good likelihood the Packers will probably be 10-Three in two weeks heading into their three-game stretch of NFC North video games to shut the common season. They play a pair of 2-9 groups — on the New York Giants this coming Sunday and at dwelling towards the Washington. After that, it is the Chicago Bears at dwelling earlier than the rematch towards the Vikings.