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Breaking Down the 49ers Decisive Win over Packers

The San Francisco 49ers improved to 10-1 on the season, marking their best start through 11 games since 1997 (11-1), following the Week 12 win over the Green Bay Packers. The 49ers are now 31-36-1 all-time against the Packers, winning their lone game of the season against the NFC North. At 10-1, the 49ers are now a game ahead of the New Orleans Saints for the top seed in the NFC, something the 49ers have not earned since 1997 (13-3). Here are notes and facts about the primetime matchup.

Team Notes

  • The 49ers won their first game on Sunday Night Football since Oct. 2013 vs. Houston Texans (34-3).
  • San Francisco is now 3-1 in primetime matchups this season.

Offensive Notes

  • The 49ers scored 30-plus points for the sixth time this season (second-most in NFL). Only the Saints have had more such games this season (7).
  • The 49ers offense has had a 100-yard receiver in each of the last four games (Emmanuel Sanders – 7-112-1 at Arizona Cardinals; Deebo Samuel – 8-112 vs. Seattle Seahawks; Samuel – 8-134 vs. Arizona Cardinals; George Kittle – 6-129-1 vs. Green Bay).
  • It marks the first time the 49ers have had a 100-yard receiver in four consecutive games since 2001 [Terrell Owens – 9-183-3 at Atlanta Falcons (10/14/01); Garrison Hearst – 4-105-1 at Chicago Bears (10/28/01); Terrell Owens – 9-125-2 TDs vs. Detroit Lions (11/4/01); Terrell Owens – 8-100-2 vs. New Orleans Saints (11/11/01)].

Defensive Notes

  • The 49ers defense held Green Bay to 198 net yards (117 rushing and 81 passing) on 70 plays (2.83 yards per play).
  • The 2.83 yards per play allowed are the fewest allowed by the 49ers defense since Nov. 2012 vs. Chicago Bears (2.55 yards per play – 143 net yards on 56 plays).
  • The 49ers defense held Green Bay to their fewest yards per play (2.83) since Dec. 2015 at Arizona Cardinals (2.78 yards per play) and the their fewest net passing yards (81) since Dec. 2017 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (77 net passing yards).
  • San Francisco's defense also held Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to his lowest yards per attempt (3.2) in his career as a starter.
  • The 49ers defense held the Packers to 2-of-18 on third and fourth down attempts (1-of-15 on third down; 1-for-3 on fourth down).
  • According to NFL Research, the 49ers defense held Green Bay to 0-for-10 on third and fourth down in the first half, the most attempts without a conversion by any team in an opening half in the last 20 seasons.
  • The 49ers defense registered 5.0 sacks on the day.
  • With 5.0 total sacks on the day, the 49ers defense has registered at least 3.0 or more sacks in eight consecutive games. This marks the first time since sacks became an official statistic in 1982 that San Francisco registered 3.0 or more sacks in eight or more consecutive games.
  • Sunday night's matchup was the 49ers fourth game this season allowing fewer than 100 pass yards (T-fourth most of such games in a season in franchise history and the most since 1977).
  • The 49ers allowed fewer than 10 points for the fourth time this season (second-most of such games behind the New England Patriots).

Player Notes

  • Armstead registered 2.0 sacks on the night. He extends his career high to 10.0 sacks and now has 19.0 for his career. This marked his third game with at least 1.5 sacks.
  • Armstead has now registered at least 1.0 sack in three consecutive games for the first time in his career.
  • The second year linebacker sacked and stripped the ball from Rodgers, marking his third-career sack and fourth forced fumble of his career. He also led the team with 11 tackles.
  • The rookie edge rusher recovered the forementioned fumble, marking the second fumble recovery of his career. The takeaway set up a 2-yard touchdown run by Tevin Coleman on the next play.
  • Bosa also sacked Rodgers for a 9-yard loss, bringing his season total to 8.0 sacks.
  • Buckner and Tartt each registered a 0.5 sack against Rodgers. Buckner now has 5.5 on the season and 26.5 for his career, while Tartt now has 4.0 career sacks.
  • San Francisco's quarterback completed 14-of-20 attempts (70.0 percent) for 253 yards, two touchdowns and a career-high quarterback rating of 145.8.
  • Garoppolo has had a 115-plus passer rating in consecutive games for the first time in his career (Week 12 vs. Packers - 145.8 passer rating; Week 11 vs. Arizona - 115.4 passer rating).
  • The quarterback registered his third career game with 250-plus pass yards, two passing touchdowns and zero interceptions.
  • Garoppolo averaged a career-high 12.7 yards per attempt against the Packers (Previous high: 11.8 yards per attempt in Week 2, 2019 at Cincinnati Bengals).
  • Kittle registered six receptions for a season-high 129 yards and one touchdown. His 61-yard touchdown is his longest reception of the season.
  • Kittle now has seven career games with 100 or more receiving yards and two on the season.
  • Kittle (2,562 career receiving yards) passed Antonio Gates (2,454) for the fifth-most by a tight end in his first three seasons in NFL history.
  • The rookie receiver registered two receptions for 50 yards and one touchdown. His 42-yard touchdown reception was the longest of his career.
  • Samuel has 296 receiving yards since Week 10 (fifth in NFL).
  • Samuel (523 yards) passed HOF Terrell Owens (520) for seventh-most receiving yards by a 49ers rookie in franchise history. The rookie is on pace for 784 receiving yards this season, which would be second in franchise history behind only HOF Jerry Rice in 1985 (927).
  • Coleman finished the night with 11 carries for 39 yards and one touchdown. His 2-yard touchdown run was his sixth of the season and 24th of his career.
  • Mostert registered six carries for 45 yards and one touchdown. His 15-yard touchdown run marked his second of the season and third of his career.

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