No, that wasn’t the ghost of
Moss, who has made a routine of catching touchdowns at historic Lambeau field throughout his 14-year career, was up to his old tricks again with his new team. Donning the white jersey of the 49ers for the first time, Moss caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from
Moss lined up in the left slot and took advantage of busted Green Bay coverage, running all alone in the end zone before Smith delivered a strike for six points. In case the fans forgot who was wearing No. 84, Moss pointed to the name on the back of his jersey before
“He just blew open and I think his eyes lighted up bigger than mine,” Smith said of Moss. “He made a great catch. Great play call down there, great design and Randy was just smoking through there.”
Smith was the first one to congratulate Moss in the end zone and gave his new teammate a hearty headbutt before the wideout was mobbed by the rest of his teammates.
Moss showed flashes of production in the preseason, but many wondered how big a role he would play in Greg Roman’s offense during the regular season. If Sunday was any indication, Moss will be key for the fortunes of the 49ers in 2012. In all, Moss racked up 47 yards on four catches in his first game action since the 2010 season.
“He’s got a lot of juice,” 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said. “He blocked well and when he got open he was a pretty big target in there a couple times. So was
One could argue Smith outdueled the reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers on Sunday, as the 49ers signal-caller went 20-of-26 for 211 yards and two touchdowns while leading an efficient attack. He did a great job of distributing the ball to several targets throughout the afternoon, especially the wideouts.
Then there was the ever-steady
“We were really in sync,” Davis said. “Randy, Mario – it don’t stop – Kyle Williams,
Lined up at the Green Bay 4-yard line on the left side of the field, Davis created just enough separation from his defender and Smith delivered a dart into Davis’ chest for a score. It gave the 49ers a commanding 23-7 lead with 8:16 left in the third quarter and, more importantly, silenced the cheeseheads at Lambeau field.
“It shows the type of character that we have and what we want to accomplish," Davis said. "We made a statement today. … Bright future to look forward to. I’m excited about going in the office Tuesday.”
Frank The Tank
The vision. The patience. The quick burst of speed.
The 49ers held a 23-15 lead against rejuvenated Packers offense in the final period, but Green Bay’s momentum was cut short when
“It was great,” Gore said. “The o-line did a great job, Bruce did a good job of blocking and we got in.”
Naturally, Gore was quick to deflect the credit to his teammates, and rightly so. Miller did a great job of slowing down two would-be tacklers on the play, while the offensive line maintained its solid afternoon of production, paving the way for 186 rushing yards from San Francisco.
“This is just the beginning,” Gore said.
Man in the Middle
Heading into Sunday’s game, it was no secret that Rodgers and the Packers were going to try and spread out the 49ers defense with three and four wide receiver sets.
In response, San Francisco played most of the afternoon with five or six defensive backs, with Bowman as the middle linebacker for the majority of the action. It was a ringing endorsement of Bowman’s development in pass coverage, as the All-Pro showed he can do more than tackle ball carriers.
“I got my first one and it felt good,” Bowman said of his interception. “The coaches have been saying I’m due for one, the players have been saying I’m due for one and I finally got it.”
The third-year player rarely came off the field and was just one of the many linebackers who made an impact on Sunday.
Smith created constant pressure on the edge and also recorded an impressive open field sack of Rodgers in the first quarter. Bowman led the team with 11 tackles while
But none of the success would be possible without defensive linemen like
“I don’t think those guys get enough credit,” Bowman said. “Even though they might not get a sack or get a tackle for a loss, those guys put a lot of pressure on Aaron today and made him make some mistakes.”
Sunday was billed as a showdown as one of the league’s top offenses against one of the league’s stingiest defenses. Clearly, the 49ers prevailed.
Though Rodgers went 30-of-44 for 303 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, he still didn’t bring home the victory.
Aside from the usual starting quartet of cornerbacks
“We had a great week of practice,” said Rogers, who also recorded the first sack of his career. “Coaches put us in the right position to make plays. … Once we come out here, it’s about executing the game plan and that’s what we did. We did a great job of that.”