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Packers lose, 30-22; big game on Thursday

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on September 9, 2012 – 6:52 pm

The Packers have only four days to rest and prepare for a game against the Chicago Bears that became a lot more important following a 30-22 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

San Francisco scored an impressive win at Lambeau Field that will likely vault the 49ers to the top of the mythical NFL power rankings. With the Giants and Packers each having lost their openers, the 49ers are the darlings of the NFC after Week 1 action.

The 49ers used a balanced offensive attack to keep the Packers defense guessing between run and pass. Frank Gore rushed for 112 yards and quarterback Alex Smith was workmanlike and error-free in completing 20 of 26 passes for 211 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.

San Francisco took a 16-7 lead into halftime, following a last-play, 63-yard field goal by David Akers that hit the crossbar and bounced over. It was a play that was symbolic of a half that clearly favored the 49ers. They ran and threw with equal effectiveness, and continued that pattern into a third quarter they dominated.

A 75-yard punt return for a touchdown by Randall Cobb and a two-point conversion cut the 49ers’ lead to 23-15 early in the fourth quarter, and the Packers defense quickly forced the 49ers to punt on their next possession, but the 49ers just as quickly intercepted a Rodgers pass and scored on the play immediately following the interception when Frank Gore ran 23 yards around right end for a win-clinching touchdown.

It was the 49ers defense that was the star of the game. Rodgers and the Packers offense struggled to find any rhythm and didn’t move the ball with their usual ease until after the outcome was decided. Rodgers finished having completed 30 of 44 passes for 303 yards, two touchdowns and one costly interception. Cobb led the Packers in receiving with nine catches for 77 yards. Jermichael Finley and James Jones caught touchdown passes.

The 0-1 Packers host the 1-0 Bears on Thursday night at Lambeau Field.

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192 Responses to “Packers lose, 30-22; big game on Thursday”

  1. By warren on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    bye Dom Capers.. we need a better leader on the D

  2. By Joe on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Embarrassing showing by the defense. matthews and woodson I would say were the stars of that unit today. Rodgers made some questionable pass attempts. But the best part of our day was our receivers didnt really drop anything. Thats about the only positive we can pull. No run game. and the oline could only give rodgers time when they were rushing 3… We will see you in the highschool ranks capers.

  3. By wesley on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    anyone get a count on the p.i. calls the refs missed?! tell the real guys to get over themselves and realize that they have the highest paid PART TIME job in the world!

  4. By James Fahey on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    shotgun Shotgun SHOTgun?……. SHOTGUN???? How is a tailback going to get any yards when most of his yards are trying to get back to the line of scrimmage? I didn’t get to see the game but I watched the play by play on the internet and all I was seeing was (shotgun). I hope this is not how the Packers are going to play this year… the struggle for the line of scrimmage on short passes and runs.

  5. By Robb on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    That was a good 49rs team. Officiating was horrible for both teams. We’ll see them in the playoffs and make some adjustments. Tough break. Go Pack Go…

  6. By Brett Favre on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    You guys suck.

  7. By Samson on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Without the refs, we would have only had 2 tds…shut up about them already…we needed every bit of help today

  8. By Roccosam on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    They picked up where they left off, no running game at all, and certainly no defense. Was wondering what Capers worked on in the off season

  9. By William Quinones on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Great game. Just pick a little bit up on the defensive stand point. Proud to say I’m a cheesehead.

  10. By Becky on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Why did Donald Driver play on Sept. 9th?

  11. By Roccosam on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Next up da Bears, someone lock Capers in a closet, o coach at all might be a better way to go. By the way the refs really sucked today, for BOTH teams

  12. By Jake on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    A disappointing and deserving loss but I’ll take it. The 49ers played their game to a TEE and we still had a chance to win. They are a Good team lets not forget that. I’d rather lose the first and win the last. Failure to stop the run, one costly turnover and a few breakdowns on defense. It could have been worse. We did have a decent pass rush. Bears are not the caliber of 49ers. We will be 1-1.

  13. By Diane Major on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    I’m sorry but Capers has to go. Our defense sucks and has for years. We can’t rely on Matthews and offense to carry us ALL THE TIME. Improve the defense NOW or look at a losing year.

  14. By Becky on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Why didn’t Donald Driver play on Sept. 9th?

  15. By jrock on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    This will be Capers last year in GB. No question about it. The defensive unit has not improved at all.

  16. By Michael on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with Robb. That was a good 49ers team and we knew it was not going to be easy, but that officiating was the worst I’ve EVER seen. this needs to be the riot call for the regular refs to come back NOW! if it wasn’t for the terrible officiating, we would have decently won the game. not comfortably, but decently.

  17. By ?!?!?!? on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    So…did the Packers prep for this game…offensive calling = horrible, defensive calling = even worse than the offense…we just got shredded by the 49’s and ALEX SMITH!!! WTH???

  18. By Omar067 on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    It wasn’t just our defensive unit’s fault. We got our behinds stomped. Plain and simple. The offense did play their best game, and defense played at the end when it mattered, but we just couldn’t win. So don’t blame this loss on the defensive unit. Both sides equally made the Packers lose. This was simply not our best game, and we are lucky that we only have to live with this loss for four days. Everybody, is making fun of the Packers right now because we are the only team that lost in the NFC today, but we will bounce back from this loss. We will show up at our home field, and then we will beat the crap out of the Bears as a complete team. Now who’s with me?

  19. By Buzz Dunlop on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    2 big mental errors by Rodgers were the difference here (the ill conceived throw away near the end of the 1st half to leave enough time for a FG, and the interception in the 4th)… he played decent today, but when you play the top teams, you need your superstars to play like superstars, and he didn’t. He’ll amp back up for Chicago on Thursday no doubt…and the O-Line needs to pull up their socks too…then we’ll be ok.

  20. By Bob Wegman on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Need to go back out and resign Anthony Hargrove to the defense to help on pressure to the QB.

  21. By marty on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Its the same old story. No defense! The tackling once again is for crapppp.

  22. By chen on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    you people still think Packers will have a chance again to beat Niners? if they meed again in the Playoffs, Pack will lose again. Niners are not someone who are good at only one game, they are very consistent. Packers need a lot of helps. REFS SUCK BIG TIME.

  23. By Miguel on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Can’t believe it got humiliated by a bunch of niner bandwagon fans. Capers can’t come up,with a good scheme to stop any team now a days what’s going on the niners are a field goal feat can’t. Score tds something has t change , packer for life

  24. By T Sims on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Packers, you didn’t want to win this game! Your D was the worst and your O was not that great either…STOP RUNNING THE BALL UP THE GUT.Cobb can make some things happen on the run let him loose so that he can move around. Linemen, HOLD YOUR FREAKIN BLOCKS! Too much missed communication, receivers being left wide open in the middle of the field…there are highs chool kids that don’t make those mistakes! PLAY EVERY GAME LIKE IT IS A SUPERBOWL!

  25. By Joe Novine on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Its about time Capers saves his dignity and resigns. Any defense that makes Alex Smith look like a superstar is an embarrassment to football.

  26. By Brian on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    The Packers Offense was pathetic, until it was way too late!
    Defense still needs a lot of work. Capers & Company need to get it figured out. Hope the Pack bounces back this Thursday and beats the Bears!

  27. By Bob Wegman on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    It’s not on the refs calls all though they were not the best on both sides of the ball you can’t blame them. It is won by the players and who wants to step up and make a play.
    We may have to live with this for a few weeks and not rely on the refs calls but the players making the play.

  28. By leroysbutler on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Two big plays in the game:

    Rodgers attempts a 70 yd bomb to Nelson on 3rd and one.

    Finley drops a short 3rd down pass.

    If they convert either or both this game could have been completely different.

  29. By Jeff Binder on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply


  30. By Kim on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    It was a tough loss early in the season, but I don’t think we have to start pointing fingers and criticizing the players or coaches. This team is made up of high caliber players and I have faith they will learn from their mistakes and go back to the drawing board to come up with a better plan.

  31. By Miguel on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    We will beat the niners if we face them again there not that great al, they have is a good specials team they can’t score for squat ourmdefense didn’t play and our offense showed up only on some plays idk what’s going on withnourmoffense but they need to step up no Nelson and no driver what happen cant wait to see what excuse mm comes up wit

  32. By tien on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    I’m so tired of hearing that the Packers can rely on their high-powered pass-first offense to win games! So where did that get the Packers today or against the Giants in the playoffs last January??? 44 pass attempts vs. 14 rushes (9 by AR).
    The Packers need to concentrate/improve more on the run, that way the opposing D will have to respect the run and AR will have more time to pass. Oh, and I see that Cedric Benson was such an improvement over Ryan Grant, NOT!!!
    Great to see Randall Cobb play a larger (& dangerous weapon) part for the Packers offense…

  33. By CincyTom on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Disappointing performance all around- blocking for Aaron, no running game, poor pass coverage, no stopping the run, and too many penalties. Defense really needs a solid game plan for Chicago or they will put 30+ up on us and we will end up 0-2, last place in the central. Capers job should definitely be on the line if things don’t improve fast.

  34. By mary samsonite on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Are you the real Brett Farve

  35. By Omar067 on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    It wasn’t just our defensive unit’s fault. We got our behinds stomped. Plain and simple. The offense didn’t play their best game, and defense played at the end when it mattered, but we just couldn’t win. So don’t blame this loss on the defensive unit. Both sides equally made the Packers lose. This was simply not our best game, and we are lucky that we only have to live with this loss for four days. Everybody, is making fun of the Packers right now because we are the only team that lost in the NFC today, but we will bounce back from this loss. We will show up at our home field, and then we will beat the crap out of the Bears as a complete team. Now who’s with me?

  36. By Scott on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Defensive secondary was once again crap! Missed assignments and tackling by throwing a shoulder (learn to wrap up with your freakin arms!) Also, Nick Perry looked lost in pass protection and slow to react to the slot receiver……need better pass defensive or it will be a long year…9-7….if we get some defense consistancy then 12-4.

  37. By larrym on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Thought they worked on tackling – Morgan Burnett againest Frank Gore was the poorest attempt at a tackle/block since high school football

  38. By K.L. James on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Why do we still have Capers on the staff? Mike, please, get rid of him. Why didn’t Donald Driver play tonight?

  39. By frunobulax on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    “but we will bounce back from this loss. We will show up at our home field, and then we will beat the crap out of the Bears as a complete team.”

    Did you watch the Bears or our defense. Cutler will probably put up 62 points. Unless Capers is fired tomorrow morning, the Bears will kill us and it will be a very lomg season.

  40. By cheesediaspora on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    what’s worrisome is that cutler/forte/marshall/alshon are probably more talented than smith/gore/crabtree/moss. they brought some pressure today but vic was right to be worried about the packers’ inability to stop the run game that the chiefs exposed in the last preseason game. i expect a steady diet of forte & bush along with a bunch of play-action passes.

  41. By James on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    The defense actually didn’t play all that bad- penalities call on key 3 down stops (which were questionalble at best) was a major contributor to the loss. They allowed the 49’rs to continue and eventually score. The officiating was horrible for both sides, but slighted more towards the Packers. But, the reality of it is- the Packers are a good enough team to overcome that, and they didn’t. It was only the first game, and they lost agaist a 14-2 team from last year. The NFL really needs to settle this officials strike, and do it quickly. Not because of the questional officiating of the Packer game and many others, but because of the Arizona-Seahawks game that they almost blew by giving Seattle a 4th timeout. It needs to be done for the integrity of the game.

  42. By wesley on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    the team played well but its hard for the recievers to catch anything wearing a 200lb backpack all the time!

  43. By James nesmith on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    I thought Dom Capers was supposed to be a defensive genius? Same crappy defense with only two guys that play. Mathews and Woodson. No running game. Maybe the 3-4 is not such a great idea.

  44. By Lori on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Why didnt the Packers play Donald Driver much?

  45. By Ditka on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Same old Packers. Throw 44 times. Best ball carrier is the quaterback. Defense gives up 30 points. Way to make your ball club better durng the offseason. The Bears are going to POUND you!

  46. By djb on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Packers were outplayed today. Harbaugh is the biggest jerk coach in the NFL, and provides a good reason to root against them for the remainder of the season.

  47. By wayne on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    several mistakes by all
    1. defence not communicating
    2. end of first half calling time out then rogers throwing it away instead of sliding to keep clock running or forcing SF to use last time out.
    3. We need the real strips back
    4. DD needed in the house not on sideline

  48. By Gary S on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Go Bears!

  49. By chen on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    sure we will bounce backward when we meet Niners again. Packer is worse than last year, at least we got some good offense last year.

  50. By chibiabo on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Guess Vic will have to re-write an excuse for this bit of sloppy showing. Apparently the rest of the NFL has improved but, the Pack looked just as bad as they did against the Giants. Saw no improvement, offense or defense. Say 8 and 8 if lucky?

  51. By Michael on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Looking at some of these comments discourages me. How can you all lose hope so fast after the first game of the season? Don’t forget that the Pack went 15-1 with a statistically bad defense last year. They’ve made improvements on the defensive side of the ball, just look at the draft. Let the new players get adjusted to the scheme. I don’t understand why some of you want to get rid of Capers either. Remember, he’s the one that turned our defense around a few years ago and has only had one bad year with the Packers so far (last year). Even so, it’s players, not plays. Nobody is going to pencil-whip Dom Capers, he’s a defensive mastermind. However, even the perfect gameplan won’t work if the players don’t execute. Quit being so negative and look up. Give the 49ers credit-they played a great game and are a very good team. Take the loss with a grain of salt. The Packers aren’t going anywhere.

  52. By Chris on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    The replacement ref’s where a JOKE. Ya there may have been some problems on the defense, but come on what a waste of what could have been a good game. The Packers lost because of all blown calls and 9 missed calls from the 49ers offense and defense. When 49ers had 3 false starts in a row and where not called I knew there was noway the Packers had a chance.

  53. By bluedemonfan on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    What was with all the penalties by the Packers? They have to reduce the number of penalties – how many false starts? Also, some questionnable calls – why a long pass on 3rd and 1? Very disappointing effort the first 3 quarters.

  54. By Pat on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Obviously, the defense really played very poorly while the offense was inconsistent. I think the coaching staff did not prepare the team properly.

  55. By george l on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    We were lucky last year in outscoring several of our opponents. This year, some of those opponents have gotten better. Our defense is basically the same as last year. Still my team! GO PACK!

  56. By bruce on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    The good news is that Walden will be playing TR and I think Green Bay needs to play Hayward and House over Bush. I thought Bush looked confused most of the time…Green Bay will bounce back and we will see the 49ers again guaranteed.. They have a tough schedule….

  57. By Omar067 on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    “Did you watch the Bears or our defense. Cutler will probably put up 62 points. Unless Capers is fired tomorrow morning, the Bears will kill us and it will be a very lomg season.”

    The Bears will not win. The only way they can when is if Aaron Rodgers has a mental breakdown like he did against the Giants, or against the 49’ners. Look at the game we played today. It was not our best game. The Packers are the best team in the NFL, and we will bounce back.

  58. By James Nesmith on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    The Packers played so poorly today, I was really expecting the final score to be something like 47-10. Does anyone know if SF put in their third strings subs in the 2nd half, or just the 2nd stringers in the fourth quarter?

  59. By dfritsch3 on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    The 49ers had 186 rushing and the Packers had 45. Is there something wrong with the O line or Benson? We can’t rely 100% on the pass every game. Anyways…Jarrett Bush is awful. He has always been a bad DB and he should be cut or put back to only special teams. Put the rookie in because there is no way he could give up more plays than Bush.

  60. By WESTCOASTPACKERFAN on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Horrible calls today impacted both teams, but the biggest difference was that once again the Packers had no defense. Their offense was average at best for them (no running game again), but that should have been enough to beat the 49ers. You gotta wonder, what the heck did their coaching staff do all year? Surely they didn’t implement any improvements, like maybe teaching proper tackling techniques? Fire Capers now!

  61. By william burnell on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    we can:t expect our offense to have to score 35 points A game to winit. from what i”ve read our defense was one of the worst in not only packer history’but of the nfl.aFTER OUR FIRST game this season why? does Cappers still our defensive coach.if it:s,because of last years 15-1 record you can hail the offense for a great year.This year we seem to be going down the same path ,but it is hard to beleive that our offense can keep up that pace. I”m starting to feel my cat could be a better defensive coordinater/i hope i”wrong/ i guess time will tell..he really is a smart cat

  62. By BSUPACFAN on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Worst offing I have ever seen in an NFL game.
    Perry was awful. He looked like a statue in coverage; I guess he just hoped the receiver would find him. He got trapped inside on Gore’s 23 yd. TD run. At least DJ Smith got close enough to miss tackles. Did Perry even have 1?
    Was glad to see J Jones have a decent game. Wish that the O was more patient instead of going deep on 3rd & 1.
    And did I mention the refs? Even worse than Perry.

  63. By Scott on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    What a SUCKY weekend!

    #1 Family is big Nebraska #16 fans….lose to UCLA

    #2 I am alumni of Arkansas #8 and they lose to OMG!..Louisiana-Monroe a team that only won 4 gms last year.

    #3 Packers lose big and a home game to boot!

    I welcome Monday.

  64. By FloridaDweller on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Why all the complaining about the D?

    They stopped the famous Niners run game for the whole fourth quarter! If not for a long interception return, it’s an even closer game. Tough test for a young Defense, and they almost pulled it off. We’ll be fine.

  65. By HughBob on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Enough is enough!
    Capers needs to go away now!
    Finley still has questionable hands, three drops he should have caught.
    D backs, could Moss have been any more open? And Smith picked us apart.
    The refs? They SUCK big time! The Packers had net revenue over $40+ million last year. I doubt any teams actually lost money. I do not want to be held-up by these guys, but our multi-million dollar players deserve the best refs we can get! Get something worked out! NOW!

    Think da Bears aren’t licking their chops about now?
    I don’t expect another 15 – 1 season again and the 49ers looked very good, but DAMN!
    Ted and Mike – GET IT FIXED!

  66. By Jimmya24 on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    The thing that scares me is that this is the third “bad” game in a row for AR and the Packers offense. Kansas City, New York Giants, and this game. Are we starting to see a pattern? (Remember, AR did not play against Detroit) Are other teams figuring out the offense and Coach McCarthy is not making the proper adjustments?

  67. By Scott on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    I agree BSUPACFAN,,,,,Perry looked lost and stiff. I mentioned that in a earlier post too. Also disappointed that we cant run on 3rd and 1 or 2 and continue drives. Very poor offensive game plan McCarthy…..you need to work on the play calling!

  68. By D*ck fittsinher on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    There no way the packers beat the Bears this week, the book is out on how to beat GB. Bears 65 Packers 10 Da Bears!!! Bears Down!!!

  69. By Marty on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Pretty humbling defeat, got beat bad on both sides of the ball. 49ers Are a very good football team and very well coached. But it is just wek one and I hope that we can can get better. I had hoped our defense would be better but not sure after today’s performance.

    Thursday will be tough I hope we can make some adjustments.

    Go Pack!

  70. By go niners on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Green Bay is a very very good team. But they were one dimensional today. Niners did not fear the run. Niners were able to sack Rodgers at least once sending just 3 guys. Rodgers is an awesome quarterback and was still almost able to pull the game out. But at the end of the day the pack only scored 15 points on the niner defense (pack got a gift on a punt return–though the niners too got a couple of gifts from the refs). The niner defense is simply much better than the pack’s defense. The pack will have a nice season and will play the niners at Candlestick in January. That will be another great game.

  71. By cole71 on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    If we dont make the playoffs this year Capers will be gone, even though its not his fault,Our guys need to execute like they did when Capers first joined our team,Same old defense showed up today that cant stop anyone,We need an offensive line that can block and knock that 49ers defense in the teeth so Benson can run through them,We need to fix alot of things right now or we will be missing the playoffs,Alex Smith diced up our secondary and hes an average QB,Perry was quiet today,I sure hope that we made the right decision,Matthews seemed to even have a tougher time getting to Smith,Thought Perry was going to help free him up, Im confident that we can bounce back

  72. By Dan0mite on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Glad to see Finley picking up (dropping) right where he left off. Sure the defense was poor for a large portion of the game, but I didn’t really expect them to be vastly improved, at least not this early in the season. The big disappointment tonight was the offense. Cobb excluded, the offense just couldn’t get anything done when it really mattered. Overall, the Packers were a poorly disciplined, poorly managed football team.

  73. By gbp on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Today we got beat, plain and simple. Bad calls equal on both teams. Take it like a man, not a bears fan!

  74. By Harold on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Officiating HORRIBLE on both sides late flags, phantom calls & missed calls.

    Secondary missed assignments

    Still no run game

    49ers are a good Defense team and they can run the ball

    Positives, Receivers didnt drop many passes and we
    actually got a pass rush and its only the 1st game of the season but we gotta show up Thursday nite, we cannot start 0-2 !!!

    Everyones upset at Dom Capers but remember we have 2 Starters on D injuried right outta the gate. Lets See if we can correct some things on thursday nite.


  75. By Andy on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Yeah, the world is ending guys, we have to fire all the coaches and revamp everything because we lost a game, our record has apparently already been decided as well. It’s not like half the teams share the same record as us or anything, but I guess all teams have the same annoying fans that seek blood. Clearly we should listen to all the couch potato coaches we have here since they know what’s best for the team.

  76. By tien on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    This from Ask Vic July 23, 2012:

    Casey from Lynchburg, VA

    NFL Network: “A big question facing the Packers this offseason is, ‘Can you run the football?’ Can they do that next season?” Rodgers: “Uh, do we need to?” I know it hurts you, Vic, but Rodgers is right. After a 15-1 season carried by air assault, it’s easy to say we don’t need to run the football more to win games.

    When have I disagreed? I think all teams need to be able to run the ball well enough to convert short-yardage and make teams respect the run enough to be able to sell play-action, but the days of run the ball, stop the run are over. I like that kind of football but I came off it years ago. Today’s NFL is a passing league, and the league is going to make sure it stays that way. You’re not allowed to hit the quarterback and you’re not allowed to hit the receiver. Why wouldn’t you pass the ball? That’s why I wrote that I expect a quarterback to throw for 6,000 yards someday. I didn’t predict that Rodgers would do it in 2012; I said he’s one of the candidates to do it at some point in the future. It’s what the fans want; it’s what sells and pro football is all about sales. There’s one more thing that makes me believe 6,000 yards passing will fall: the league’s obsession for and pursuit of greater player safety. Hard-hitting defensive games tend to result in more injuries than wide-open offensive games. What that means, in my opinion, is that we’re going to see the league continue to legislate against defense and for offense, and that’s going to result in more yards gained and more points scored.

    It hurts to look forward to the new season ONLY to witness this disappointment of a showing…

    Can you tell me why we kill a good drive by:

    3rd and 1 and we throw a LONG incomplete pass!

    Today’s NFL is a passing league, but guess what?
    Frank Gore’s 23 yard TD run sure put the game away for SF.
    When SF can run for 180+ yards, that sure doesn’t leave much time for AR to be on the field, especially when he goes 3 and out as often as he did against this defense.

    Oh, and by the way… EVERYONE saw how the Giants neutralized AR and company in last year’s playoff game, and San Francisco just proved it again!

  77. By Kenny on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    One game into the season and the Defense already needs to have excuases made for them.

    If the Bears come in here and hang 40+ on us (which I anticipate with much disdain) I suppose we will still stick with the “it’s a young defense they need time to grow” excuse.

    I also stand by my assertion that Defenses have caught up with our offense quite a lot. That doesn’t mean we will be bad on Offense but I expect less success than last year.

    I also think they will have to make some changes to the Offense if they want to regain their advantage. The play-action plays from last year didn’t work at all against the 49ers. Why should they when everyone knows we can’t run the ball.

    On the plus side CMIII played like a man possessed and had a better game than any he had all last season.

    James Jones looked good too. I wonder how many still want him cut or traded?

  78. By David Robinette on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    I saw nothing today that could be built upon on the defensive side. My gosh, what have they being doing all off season!!

    For those of you who say this is only the first game…WRONG… this has become a pattern and you guys know it!

    Ou DBs didn’t know their assignments and it showed.

    Only difference I saw today was AJ Hawk was dragging runners down 15 yards down the field instead of last seasons 10 yards!

  79. By Sandia on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    The NFL is ready for Rodgers this year, no more long passes over the defense. Take what they give us, LIKE SFO did with their short game, plus run.

  80. By todez on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    What we need is a running game. Somebody has to step up and lead this team. Without a back that break things up, defenses will be focusing on our receivers only and it will make it very difficult for the attack this year.

  81. By Joe on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Capers must go by week 5. Did we ever think about rolling out AROD to either side to slow down passrush. Nelson is a possession receiver that can run over a small db. We need quick receivers that can cut. We do not run any pick plays when everyone in the nfl does all game long. Worthy and Perry can play, Wilson and maybe Picket do nothing and Hawk has no instincts and evrybody runs at him. How many pass tds over the middle can we give up. Bad prep or bad coaching? To many crazy blitzes that nobody knows where to go. The defense looks like grade school flag football plays. It looks like we have some talent on D but Capers is lost.

  82. By David from N.C. on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    The world may not be ending today, but I can hear it cracking!

    I’ll let you in a red flag: You decide over breakfast on opening day who your starting corner is going to be after summer camps and a four game pre-season.

  83. By leroysbutler on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    This is not a shut down defense, at least not yet.

    Offense lost this game. Couldn’t stay on the field. Couldn’t extend drives and score. Rodgers had little time to throw and receivers couldn’t get separation. Needed more of Cobb in the backfield on short passes. Why no Alex Green doing the same thing. Not too upset about running game. Nobody runs on the Niners.

    Now on to the Bears who have a better offense. Hopefully their defense isn’t as good.

  84. By chen on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    this game might be only 1 and first game but guess what, it’s the niners, the same team that packers will face in playoffs if they make it there. i have my fingers cross for D and O.

  85. By Tom on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    wow…did not expect to the niners defense to play that good. I mean they did SHUTDOWN out packer offense today. Flags or no flags our offense only put up 14 points today…9ers looked good there the team to beat in the NFC

  86. By coach4life on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    My take…veteran “D” ahead of veteran “O” at this point in year. Advantage Niners. Both of these teams are NFC final four teams and Packers have more room to get better because of all the youth on “D” and C. Benson getting acclimated to the “O”. Special teams will win games for GB this year too. Enjoy the season

  87. By frunobulax on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    It really not a good sign that most fans are already thinking about 2013 season.

  88. By Pflet on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    FIRE DOM CAPERS! I said it at the end of last year as well. This defense has no identity and opposing quarterbacks KNOW they can come into Lambeau and throw almost at will against these guys. Just plain terrible! The defense should be ashamed of themselves to let Alex Smith do that to them, good grief!

  89. By TimthePackerFan on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Being one demesional accomplishes nothing, McCarthy has to get last season out of his head because it seems that the Giants lost is contiuing into this season. Bring back the I formation.

  90. By fernandopandre on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    So, we allow almost 200 yards rushing through the middle of the line and it’s Capers fault? He can’t put his body on the way to stop Gore.

  91. By tony on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    we will never win a championship until we get a running game and a defense… Rodgers can’t toss the ball over the place and win the game… Thompson next year needs to move on the free agency market agressively…. we need an upgrade and through the draft worked , but now the talent level is no longer there and we are not going to get 16 years with a qb like rodgers….

  92. By Jeff on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    No shock, Rodgers calls the game disappointing”. It’s the only word he knows.

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  95. By Omar067 on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Everybody calm down and stop pointing the fingers at the defense and other units. Can you see that we are tearing each other apart? Our fans and our organization is better than this. We will be 15 and one this season or 15-2. Nothing lower than that. I have hope that all of the units and Packers organization will play their hearts out after this loss.

  96. By Reggie H on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    I must say what it all boils down to is being prepared. Dom Capers promised he would get the defense back to the Super Bowl Packers. That was absent today with our run defense , which anyone could run over. The other thing is our offense was not sharp, and Finely needs Stickum on his hands with dropped passes. Aaron was a space cadet as well with a few plays. The 49ers came and played cant take that from them. I will take this wake up loss , but Capers will need to get us a run defense quick. The offensive line could of protected Aaron more also. We will take it out on the Bears next week hopefully that is. I am just disappointed as a true fan that our defense showed no improvement, the offense will bounce back.

  97. By backpack58 on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Deja vu…poor tackling, missed communication in the secondary,can’t stop the run or pass, O-line shakey. Unfortunately, this will not end well. Bush as a starting corner? Really? Perry looked lost our there, and Capers has to go.

  98. By Omar067 on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    It will be the end of the world if we lose to the Saints.

  99. By Thomas on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    This team won’t make the playoffs. I thought they might be 2 – 2 the first 4 games. I have revised that to 0 – 4. Both sides of the ball were uninspired and unprepared. Take away the punt return and they were not even in the game.

  100. By Fire Ted on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    @Pflet I’ve been saying it since 2009. Capers is retarded, he cant stop a rock but Thompson is the idiot who brought him on board and who keeps him here. He is the same idiot that wasted 6 draft picks to shore up a defense that only needed new management sacrificing any real improvement on d and more importantly simply ignoring the glaring deficiencies in protecting Rodgers and having a running game. Capers obviously has to go but the moron who keeps him here should be next.

  101. By Omar067 on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Can you see that we are tearing each other apart?

  102. By Swanman on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    What I see again this year, are the same exact things that kill(ed) us each year (1) Zone blocking offensive line! it fails miserably EVERY year! (2) Lack of coverage over the middle, each and EVERY year! (3) Bad rushing plays! These backs have NO HOLES!!! See number (1) ZONE BLOCKING SUCKS!
    The head coach needs to realize that the ZONE BLOCKING DOES NOT WORK! Has it ever? The coach needs to replace the offensive line coach (I have been complaining about this for years!!!) and Dom Capers needs to move on . . . We also should have addressed AJ Hawks position in the draft, he is not getting any faster now is he? Other than a few errant plays by ARod, and the crucial dropped/missed passes this was a regular Pack game. Great/decent offense (arial only that is! per usual of course)If we could just clean up those three situations that I feel strongly about, we would be unstoppable! Go Pack!

  103. By Jim McCarthy on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Ok this was the most mismanaged game I have ever seen from MM & the Packers!!!! You call a time out on your own 30 with a 3 & 1 and come out and throw a long pass incomplete to Jody??!! What the hell did we bring in Cid for??? Also the defense is pathetic. Dom had his year and now even with big $$ and players he calls the worst game plan ever. Fans!!!! We have had our one moment. It’s over. Time to hunker down like a Wisconsin winter for a long cold season. So….mismanaged & coached.

  104. By Pack Manny on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Did Doulble D even play? At least he can catch the ball unlike Jerko Finley!Benson has no speed at RB! Need Starks or Grant ASAP!A bomb on 4th and 10 with 1.30 left .WTF!Coaches better get head out of AZZ quick or it,ll be a long season!

  105. By GP007 on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Finnely’s performance was disappointing and not consistent with the urgency the Packers placed on signing him after last season.

    For my edification, perhaps someone can explain what makes Finnely’s so valuable as I am at a loss to account for why he is on the roster.

  106. By kevin on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Its probably a good thing the packers lost today, it will force them early in the season to take care of issues. It is also good for some of the focus to shift off of Green Bay and onto SF. I am sure the Pack don’t mind that the target is on the 49er’s back now. SF is the real deal and people honestly have to look at them as the team to beat.

  107. By John on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    For everyone hating on the Packers: Do you not realize the 49ers defense is loaded with stars at all three levels? Did you think we were playing the sisters of the Poor today? Get a grip.

    This defense will be better the next time these teams meet…in January. Take a Prozac and relax, everyone!

  108. By Greg R on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    This defense scheme is horrible, and Rogers had no time in the pocket, why do we have to endure another season of Capers? Please change the scheme its not working!!!!

  109. By Omar067 on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Stop blaming it on the defense.

  110. By Mark Richardson on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Packer fans: your team is on the downward slide. It is IMPOSSIBLE for Aaron Rodgers to play as well as he did last year again. You can’t run. Your defense stinks. It reminds me of the mid-90’s when Favre and the Pack came to Candlestick in the playoffs and crushed my Niners. Yes, we had Steve Young, but the Packers had the better team. Now it is reversed.

    Go Niners.

    Those refs were awful – both ways.

  111. By Jim McCarthy on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Also! I am needing to vent. I can deal with the loss crap happens. But for all fans expecting to see some kind of professional presentation it was so sad to see the preparation the coaches did for this game! They new what they were walking onto and it was as bad as the Giant’s game! Mike pull you head out and stop believing all of the smoke everyone’s blowning. You have to get hungery again. Do your dam job!

  112. By Pack Manny on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply


  113. By kevin on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Need help in secondary, maybe Driver could be the answer for some of the defense problems.

  114. By Steve B on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    There were several factors to this debacle and it can’t be laid at the feet of the officials completely. I think this is the worst referee’d game I’ve seen to date by these substitute officials and they blew enough calls on both sides to go around. That Cobb TD shouldn’t have stood on two counts, but then there were a few interference calls against the Niners that weren’t called. The defence absolutely sucked, flat out and how Dom Capers can keep his job is beyond me. His system has never been that great. I’ll never forget those first games against Favre as a Viking – he had all the time in the world to pick up apart (and that’s when this defense was supposed to be ‘good”). Terrible tackling and yet again our secondary is giving opposing receivers at least five yards space in any direction. Capers has to go

  115. By phillygbfan on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Get lost, Bears fans…since you feel you are the best thing since sliced bread why don’t you celebrate on your own blogs and quit polluting ours…nothing like the stench of the blowhards from the city of Chicago to foul an already crappy day…

  116. By Dom Capers on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    I want to apologize to all Packer fans. I know you thought our defense would be much improved, but please let me explain the break-down. I brought Chippers the magic chicken into the box. He kept picking the wrong defensive calls. Then, after the first quarter I had to go home for a fresh shirt after getting mustard on the one I wore. I got back at half time but realized that when I was at home I left my privates in a jar obove the sink.

  117. By David from N.C. on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    You know, I don’t want to sound like an ungrateful fan, but really, what do you think can possiblly be said in tomorrows defensive coaches meeting. How diffucult is it going to be to watch the film and watch 49er after 49er receiver literally run past our defenders. I’m sure not a coach, but it didn’t take long to see the niners were throwing short because our linebackers couldn’t cover, if our coaching made any adjustments, I didn’t notice. Did we have a saftey playing today?

    Something is missing, something is wrong at the core, either you don’t have players that have the ability or sub-NFL coaching, not much left to ponder.

    Speaking of Bush, you know, I really got mad when I saw Bush, after he had been burnt and turned around like a top,
    later on after he had defended a pass play, shake his head side to side as to say ‘no, not on my side of the field’

  118. By Scott on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    I think we should fire Capera and hire John L. Smith from Arkansas,,,,,that man knows how to win!

  119. By Dom Capers on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    BTW, I think Mike left his privates at home too. We are a bunch of DB’s. We just like our big fat paychecks. Taking fans ticket money is fun too. Suckers!

  120. By AC29 on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Thought the play action deep pass early in the 3rd off the time out was a bad call. Having a hard time keeping drives rolling. Great idea on 2nd and short, but the Pack needed to sustain some drives and then score. Get their mojo going. Would have been nice to Driver get a shot at catching a ball on 3rd and 6. We know he can get that done. Finley needs to catch the ball. Professional Football Players CATCH THE BALL.

    Was nice and frustrating at the same time to see a comeback come up short. Go Pack Go!

  121. By CapersMustGo on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    I would rather have Mike Sherman’s offense and a vanilla defense than this crap… MM has been figured out, and Capers has his Defensive players looking like they’re lost in a corn maze.

    Just don’t let Sherman make any 4th & 1 calls.

  122. By Ryan on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    I’ve been saying it all preseason and now it will go into the season. Rodgers just seems to be off. In preseason he was missing passes and didnt look sharp, it has carried over into this game. I dont know if he has got a little comfy being the MVP but he needs to step it up a little. Not throwing him under the bus, i still love the guy but hes got to get back to the Rodgers we all saw last season.

  123. By Thomas on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    The Packers will bounce back,I remember back in 2010 Packers 17,Falcons 20..Then the playoffs,The Packers won the playoff game.So I say they will be just fine.The next meeting will be all Packers

  124. By Omar067 on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Stop blaming it on the defense.Can you see that we are tearing each other apart?

  125. By Larry on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    OK… Defense was non-existent. Offence was absent. The fourth quarter shows they can do it, but these players are not motivated. Do the best football players in the world really need #18 to run back a punt to become motivated.
    1. Dom had one good year because he surprised everyone. Now everyone is on to his tricks and he has no ability to change. Sorry Dom, you gotta go.
    2. Raji is a big star, but he’s close to useless.
    He needs to re-affirm his desire to play or get gone!
    3. Has everyone heard enough about Finley’s potential. He can’t and won’t catch a football. Gotta go!
    4. I would consider finding an entirely new O-line. Not one of them are worth keeping. No Run and no pass protection. Why are they there.

  126. By Pack Manny on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    AROD made a bonehead play at the end of 2nd quarter by not staying inbounds and throwing the ball away on 3 rd down to give SF that extra time for a bomb of a field goal.We were outcoached and outplayed.End of story.

  127. By Pack Manny on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    This should be a be WAKE UP CALL that it,s not last year

  128. By diehard on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    different year same old defense!! Dom Capers cant walk the walk its time for him to go!!!!!!! I know its only one game BUT THEY ALL COUNT. If they lose to Chicago thursday i dont think they will even make the playoffs………….

  129. By RJ on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    All you who want Capers fired, remember. He’s not missing tackles, letting the running backs get to the outside and dropping passes (Jerm F)
    One loss isn’t the end of the world to a great team. Remember last year’s ridiculous record compared to the Super Bowl year. Let’s give our new D players time to grow.

  130. By franksnbeans on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Bad officiating on both sides, limp-wristed play-calling on both offense AND defense, and a
    lack of tackling led to the loss.

    Grow some stones and go for it on 4th-and-short.

    Matthews and Hawk were the only bright spots on D. The receiving corps not dropping anything was the only bright spot on O.

    Harbaugh blows goats. I have proof.

  131. By Packdon on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    The team was out coached on the planning and execution throughout the game. Simple as that. No excuses either the Pack steps up and changes things with playcalling when it’s not going their way or they might make the playoffs.

  132. By Swanman on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    I am still of the belief that MM PLAYS FAVORITES and is very loyal to certain coaches, I have been complaining about this for years! Now I firmly believe that I may be right. #1 Jarrett Bush? #2 AJ Hawk? #3 James Campen? #4 Dom Capers? These individuals along with Shawn Slocum (who I now realize was forced to utilize what MM gave him, and is now off of this list) have always been on this list, after the first few years of the MM era. I am not bashing more than seeing what I consider a possible reason for certain underperforming individuals to still be employed (or just out of position in Bushes case) and that they should be enjoying other employment opportunities. Just my humble opinion for the last 5 years, yes Five years in a row!

  133. By Patrick on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Why is everyone calling for Dom Capers’s head? The guy kept our defense unit whole during the Super Bowl run when injuries should’ve ended our season. The offense looked bad, the defense looked bad. 1 week, 15 to go.

  134. By Pete on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Wow. I would have thought after last season that our defense would have improved. Negative. I would have also thought that we would have tried to put forth some sort of running game. Negative. Our defense is like a sieve and our offensive line is crap.

    Anyone could see last year that the second our offense had an off day, we’d be done. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen until our first playoff game. Maybe this year–since it happened on Day 1–they’ll do something about it. But probably not.

  135. By JimizRite on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    This game was lost when late, with 3d and 1, Someone called for Rodgers to throw a 50 yards pass down field … WTF???? … Pick up the first down and go from there … That was a bull@#$% call! …. and again Green Bays last offensive play of the game on 4th down .. Why throw it 30 yards hoping Nelson will somehow catch it? … Get the first down and out of bounds and then fire for the end zone … At least we’re a 4.5 point favorite over the Bears next week and Detroit has to go to San Fran (49er’s a 6.5 point favorite) .. Vikings go to Indy and are only a 1 point favorite … Maybe by Sunday night every North team will be 1-1

  136. By billfromc'ville on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    We lost to a very good team, but it’s only the first game of the year. We will improve no doubt. One suggestion would be to strive for balance on the offense. I think we have become somewhat one dementional.

  137. By Omar067 on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Everyone, stop saying someone has to go. I thought Greenbay Packers fans were better than this. Do you know what the Packers have to do to win the Superbowl? They have to forget about the 2011 Packers and the 15-1 Packers. Ever since we won the Superbowl and became a dominant team, we’ve started to act like the cocky Giants. At first Aaron Rodgers wasn’t so caught up about being the best quarter back. Now he is. A long time ago, when the Packers loss a game, we didn’t point fingers at anyone. The Packers organization is beginning to lose it’s self to the football media. Now we need to get back to becoming the team we were when first won the Superbowl. Just play the game.

  138. By Harry Smith on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    just record the game and watch how A.J Hawk pursues on running plays. he is slow, under sized, can’t cover anyone either. on the 49er’s running touchdown he runs up to fill a hole that’s not there and gets catch up behind his lineman and completely takes himself out of the play. at least when he had hair he looked cool out there. now he just sucks.

  139. By Pack Manny on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Hawk was all over the place today.he,s become pretty solid.

  140. By John on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Are some of you seriously freaking out after 1 game? For all of those calling for coaches to be fired, change the defensive schemes, bring in high priced FAs, etc., etc….do any of you have even a remote concept of what you’re talking about or ever been at that level of sports? You all are probably the same ones who’ve second guessed every move by TT and called for him to be fired because of his draft strategy. Take a deep breath and watch the game as fans not fanatics…you’ll enjoy it more and be less stressed. A couple final thoughts: At the end of the day does a loss by ANY team really mean anything? Does it affect your paycheck at the end of the week (unless of course you’re a bettor)? Does it make you a better or worse family person or friend? Like many of you I watched the mediocre teams in the 70’s, the “oh so close” teams in the 80’s, and up to present day. I am a Packer fan through and through…enjoy being a fan of the game.

  141. By John on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Yes, very disappointed in the Packers performance on both side of the ball today. B ack to the basics boys….before the season leaves you with no wins.

  142. By ps on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    For those of you that were drinking the TT and MM coolaid, there you have it! Been saying it all along, everything that was said above. NO RUN, NO DEFENSE,NO TACKLING = LOSERS! Get rid of BUSH, stinks. Open your eyes. Yes SF is a good team. We were very lucky to be that close in this game. Hats off to Cobb.

  143. By keith g. on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    is anybody else upset about how many time CMIII was held by the s.f. left tackle? That guy had his arms around cmIII’s pads, and neck on most plays!!!! I couldn’t stand it!!!! i think their coach told them to hold until they got called for it. Same with the d.b. play. Hold, and hit early until the refs catch on. The refs never did, so the 9er looked better than they really were.

  144. By Thinkcali on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    With the horrible officiating the game was decided by whichever team played tighter ball. Rodgers did throw for more yards than Alex Smith but he made the mental mistake of throwing an interception. The Packers defense can not blitz as often when playing from behind. Hence the soft coverage. Today the better team won. Have fun watching a QB throw for 5000 yards and lose the first playoff match. 49ers are going all the way through Feb 2013! BTW first time we won in Lambeu in 22 years! Beginning of a new era. Not a fluke.

  145. By Kevin on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    First the badgers, then the brewers fail to sweep, and now the packers. What a bad weekend.

  146. By David from N.C. on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Im’ pretty much over my inital mad spell, so I’ll throw out some junk:

    Don’t fire Capers, let Capers decide when its time to leave.
    During the def. meeting tomorrow, inform Capers and his defensive coaching unit that another game like today will not be tolerated……

    It should go down something like this ‘Dom, ol’ friend, in the NFL there is a short window to winning Championships and your window is about half closed, what has kept it half open is……, well lets just say there is a stick holding that window half open and call that stick your reputation and a good year you had sometime back. You see, Dom, there are a lot of fans and owners and the like sitting on top of that window and they want results. Their not much interested in hearing about the defense not getting their communications just right or their pad level wasn’t low enough or sombody’s big tow is bothering them and the likes.
    Now, Dom, we spent our first 6 draft picks for you this year and brought in a couple of other boys in here to see if they suited you. Finally, Dom, if there is not an imediate improvement in this defense, them folks are going to kick that stick out from under that half shut window and will have assumed you thought it was time for a change.’

  147. By Larry on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Look… If you’re a packer fan and not just a fair weather fan, you need to place blame where due. You need to demand change and performance. I have vowed to stop being more upset about games than the players and coaches, but today’s game makes me want to vomit. If you watched the game you know in your heart that this was not just an “off” game. Our Packers need a lot of work, and someone besides the fans need to realize that.

  148. By tien on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    3rd & 1, long incompletion…
    4th & 6 (GB’s last offensive play), 30 yard incompletion…

    Why? Because we believe this idea that we are such a high-powered pass first offense!

    That was LAST season (and where did it take us?), this season EVERYONE will just play the pass and that takes away any element of surprise…

    Add to that, seeing Bush as our CB is just scary and then downright frustrating!!!

  149. By Paul S on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    All I can say is SEE YOU IN THE PLAYOFFS and Packers are gonna take it and send them home

  150. By NinerFan on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Key your head Packer fans, it’s only the 1st game!

  151. By NinerFan on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Key your head UP Packer fans, it’s only the 1st game!

  152. By Cali on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    OUCH!! That one hurt. I thought the D played o.k. I wouldn’t say horrible. They let the whiners score 30, but it coulda been way worse. I’m just glad to see the Pack put up a fight ’till the end. I knew the whiners were gonna be good, but damn. The better team won. That really sucked to say that. Shoulda been the Pack, but oh well. Time to focus on those cuddly little teddy bears. GO PACK GO!!

  153. By chen on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    if Packers see Niners again, they will fail again and why? well, Niners ain’t the falcons, eagles, or bears. Niners are consistent all year long. Packers need to wake up and address their problems asap.

  154. By packerphil in floridq on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    So now we have lost the first game, and the towels are coming out. Last year 15-1, did you really expect a repeat. We were lucky last year, good, but lucky also. 15-1 is incredable, not likely. This year we have done a lot of talking, improved our tackling, inproved our defense, helped the blocking in the O line. Really? Where? We wanted to improve dropped passes. Did we?

    All through preseason games we have had these same issues, and they were to be addressed. Tackling, no change. Dropped passes, no change. D backs, very little change if any. Running game, no change at all. O line, worse if anything.

    Do we have the manpower? Maybe not! Was this the right draft! It looked good, but maybe not! C. Benson, a good choice, maybe not! Do we need help, resounding yes!

    Ourdefense must be changed. Our offense should be looked at, maybe deemphasizing the run game. Lets do what we know we can do. We have those people available, get them some help.

  155. By Greg R on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    some say its just the first game, well its not for this defense we had to score 40+ points just to win last year, they gave up the most yards in NFL history last year, why is someone not held accountable for this, you, me no its the defensive “BOSS”, Capers, this is out of control now. If this was a company that was not preforming for over a year now, the boss would be fired, sorry Dom Dom its time to go!!

  156. By Joshua on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    I hear a lot of people talking about the last play of the game being a stupid play call. Did you not see Rodgers being pressured like crazy. That pass to Jordy was unbelievable!! Sucks that he didn’t catch it, but it was either that or be sacked! Sure the 3rd and 1 long pass was stupid, but what if he would have caught it? It would be a great play call.

    Our defense looks just like last year. Teams are killing the zone, our pass rush looked okay at times and horrible at others. We need to do something different. The coaches have to see this!

    The running game has to be a little more creative. We have 3 backs that are all different. Why did starks or green not get any chances?

    There is need for concern, but lets not totally freak out! Most of this team was part of the team that won us a superbowl just 2 years ago.

    Player of the game – Randall Cobb

  157. By Joshua on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Also, how did the game of the week get the worst officiating crew?

  158. By MontanaPackfan on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Not a great start to the 2012 season. Our defense last in the league in 2011, appears to have reaffirmed that status to begin 2012. Our tackling and run defense mirrored our lackluster performance from 2011 and the offense looked very predictable. Who thought Alex Smith would out-throw Rogers besides 49er fans? The o-line allowed penetration from three-man rushes throughout the contest and we seemed to abandon short-yardage pass plays (slants, screens, etc.) and instead tried forcing the ball down field. Aaron again was our leading rusher…was our off-season spent identifying the problems of 2011 and correcting them or something else?

    I’m not giving up on the green and gold but a lot of questions need to be answered prior to the Bears game or we could very well find ourselves in an 0-2 start.

    Roll on Green roll on

  159. By tlvincent on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Okay, I’m no expert but a lot of our coverage mistakes looked just like last year, with wide open TD catch and then packer defenders looking around pointing at one another…hmmm if they aren’t smart enough to learn the plays then stop calling all the tricky stuff Dom. I thought our D-line play and inside LB play was absolutely horrible, they showed zero speed or physicality vs the run, DJ Smith was really bad if you watch the tape, he over ran a bunch of plays and got swallowed alive on a bunch too. GB will sorely miss Desmond Bishop in their run defense that is obvious. SF LB’s weren’t even honoring our stupid play action fakes by halftime, thats what they thought of our running game, specifically on Arods interception, Bowman didn’t even flinch forward on the run fake. I don’t know, I think SF has a better roster top to bottom, way more physical and athletic players, no where to go but up! Wild Cobb is our new offense!!!

  160. By MontanaPackfan on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Not a great start to the 2012 season. Our defense last in the league in 2011 appears to have reaffirmed that status to begin 2012. Our tackling and run defense mirrored our lackluster performance from 2011 and the offense looked very predictable. Who thought Alex Smith would out-throw Rogers besides 49er fans? The o-line allowed penetration from three-man rushes throughout the contest and we seemed to abandon short-yardage pass plays (slants, screens, etc.) and instead tried forcing the ball down field. Aaron again was our leading rusher…was our off-season spent identifying the problems of 2011 and correcting them or something else?

    I’m not giving up on the green and gold but a lot of questions need to be answered prior to the Bears game or we could very well find ourselves in a 0-2 start.

    Roll on Green roll on

  161. By Brian on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    I have never liked Capers. I have said for a couple years now the best thing they could do is let him go. I HATE being proven right each year!

  162. By Deacon Dave on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    No joy in packerville tonight! Team needs to forget about NFL player of year, media outlets predictions of super bowl trip, Offense, biggest nuclear weapon since the one dropped on Hiroshima, Greatest defensive mind since developers of “star wars” defense system, etc; etc. Forget the accolades! Last year is history, the future, nobody knows, the only thing that counts is now. This team needs to take a good look in the mirror, do a little soul searching, and re-discover the fire in the belly, players and coaches. O-line needs ton of work, d-line needs to get some pride, d-backs ton of work, starting with tackling. Re-think defensive “schemes”, and some playcalling. Until this is done there will be no trip to the super bowl. The situation is not impossible, but will only be possible, unless there is re-dedication, a renewed sense of pride, and alot and I mean alot of hard work.

  163. By Harry Smith on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    similarities between today’s game and last year’s playoff loss.
    out physicaled on both side of the ball.
    can’t consistantly stop the run.
    and of coarse an over hyped jermical f can’t make the tough catches.

  164. By John on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Last season the Super Bowl champion Giants lost their opener 28-14. Do you suppose their fans sounded as despondent as Packers fans now do?

    I’m a little embarrassed by many “fans” right now. When this team hits its stride this season, many will completely have forgotten the misguided tantrums and calls to fire half the organization. Dom Capers cannot be blamed for getting physically beaten by a bigger, stronger team. Relax.

  165. By Harry Smith on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Giants lost their opener 28-14. Do you suppose their fans sounded as despondent as Packers fans now do?
    ………. the giants fans would call these above posts wimpy…… but of course that’s NY.

  166. By John on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    I should add they lost to the Redskins. Not exactly a juggernaut.

  167. By Pack Freak on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Ttough game against a good 49er team, let’s regroup and beat the crap out of the bears. Go Pack Go

  168. By Chris on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Pack Defense is the same bad defense of last year.

    The O line is terrible. Pack will not make playoffs this yr..

  169. By Harry Smith on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    newsome had a solid game against an all pro d-lineman.
    the only way the pack win a playoff game is if all those rookie defensive guys grow up fast.

  170. By nathan on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Most overrated team in the NFL. This team started right where they left off. This team is not good enough for Rodgers’ to just play “average”. Defense is worse than last year. Hawk is worse and Bush is the starting corner. The only players who seemed to care were Cobb and Mathews. I really don’t think the coaching staff cares, no passion, no preparation, and the same old comments after the game.

    This team MIGHT make the playoffs, but if they do they will lose right away. We may beat many of the sub-par teams we face from other divisions this year but when we meet real teams (like we saw today) we will get beat. I knew we couldn’t go 15-1 again, but who cares if you don’t get a ring? Rodgers’ has gotten so arrogant, hurts me to see.

    0-2 by Friday. I have always loved the packers but it just hurts to see this much talent wasted by a lack of preparation, and seemingly no desire until the 4th quarter when it is too late.

    The window for this team is closing and they don’t seem to care.

  171. By PackisbackNM on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    I’ll give it to Nathan for honesty…it’s hard to be a Packer fan. The game is on the line anytime we face a team with real D. No packer fan can dispute that. We know that both Chicago and Detroit could be real threats for us..we need our D-line to be a priority, cuz ALL the OTHER teams are watching the film on how easy it is to shut down the “High-Powered Offense of the GBP” They watched the NYG footage and they’re watching this game too. The queation is, can we bring something new to the table? Or is it Capers’failing grade 3-4 leftovers again??

  172. By Sandia on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    Will the Packers go the dreaded 0 – 2 at home to start the season? A-Rod, no more touchdowns on third and one from 50 yards out. It won’t work this year. Find someone one who get a yard or two and we can win some games. THere was too much hype this off season about the packers and A-Rod the number one player in NFL. Look at the power teams who got trounced in Game ONE: Steelers, Saints, Packers, and Giants. Welcome to the NFL, where defense wins games. Last year we were lucky and good. This year, we are just good.

  173. By CA Cheddar Is Better on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    That was not the 49er’s “A” game. We usually have a long run (more than 23 yards) or two for TD’s, a couple more sacks, and Vernon Davis usually catches a longer pass for TD. Green Bay however, had themselves a good day with their receivers not dropping very many passes, Mathews getting 2.5 sacks, and Rodgers not getting smeared. You could say that it was us that didn’t play up to our potential and you that almost was able to keep up. Go Niners!

  174. By GO4IT_PACK on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    I dont see this as a Dom Capers issue. I see it as a personnel issue which would make it a Ted Thompson issue. I liked what I saw from the rookies and I know they will grow each game. However, M. Burnett cannot cover and he cannot tackle. R. Pickett is too slow to stop run that goes for CJ Wilson as well. We need a good experienced safety and a tackle or 2 that really know how to stop run. Also, get Jarrett Bush out of there. He covers nothing except ground. I would rather see a rookie get burned and learn from his mistakes.

  175. By Joe on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    Matthews was excellent in the pass rush; nobody was effective against the run. That said, DJ Smith had a promising showing at linebacker. Hopefully we can shape up vs the Bears.

  176. By IndyPackfan on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    To paraphrase Einstein: one of the definitions of insanity is to do the same thing over and over and expect a different result. A major change is needed in the Packer’s approach to defense and run execution.

  177. By John Spillman on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    The packers better do something with pass coverage . That is the worst I have seen from them. Guys wide open all over. Need some bottoms kicked. And also 3rd and 1 we throw 30 yards, and 4th and 10 we throw a 25 yards fly pattern. This is NFL move the chains

  178. By David from N.C. on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    It is 1:15 pm in N.C. and there should be some mighty red ‘butts’ inside the Packer compound and coaches’s offices by now.

    Players and coaches need to be embarrassed by somebody that has enough ‘guts’ to tell it like it is. IMO, this should not be a ‘business as usual day’ around the Packer compound after a that kind of loss. Football teams are going to lose games, thats a given, but to come out and play so poorly and not know your assigmemnts on defense is just inexcuasable.

    I guess what upsets me the most is from what I could tell watching on TV, I only saw three players that played with any kind of commitment, that was Matthews (as always)Cobb and Rodgers.

    Maybe, everybody else was pumped, but it sure didn’t look like it.

  179. By PackisbackNM on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    If all of us, even Mike and Mike are saying we looked as bad as usual on d..as well as “incomplete”, comments like “dazed and confused” by other commentators and sports critics, maybe now the trial by fire begins… I told my kids growing up that to do nothing about a problem is also a choice. You are choosing the outcome that you get.

  180. By Roger Goodell on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    I tried to get you guys the win with the missed blocks in the back and a fast start with 2 straight home games against tough opponents to start–you have to do the rest.

  181. By Brian Piccolo's Ghost on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    …and the Pack, Still, Sucks!

  182. By airpacker12 on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply


  183. By The Ditka on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    The Ditka wishes you and yours a productive few days in your factory jobs this week. Pass as many units as possible through quality control for come Thursday evening your playoff aspirations will have been dashed. The Bears are back and you are soon to get a taste. I love the panic on these boards. The mere thought of a Packer team on the downhill slide is so very delightful to The Ditka. Instead of looking foward to a decisive Packer victory week in and week out, you will now be resigned to going back to your old ways which consists of punching your time cards, drinking crummy domestic beer along with artery clogging appetizers and screwing fat chicks. Enjoy! Couldn’t happen to a more disgusting fan base. All bow to The Ditka!! I have deep fried Snickers…

  184. By gbpfan4life on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    Last week a niner fan wrote in that the niners are the bully of the block. Which, I replied, that one trip to the playoffs in a decade hardly justifies a bully. Truth is,we were bullied. The Pack, at home, were manhandled. So, niners fans, here it is. No excuses, congrats, good game!. Hope we can meet again in the playoffs!.

  185. By o,brotha on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    been saying since the preseason, o-line needs to improve on run blocking. Our best defense is a balanced offense with a running game to control clock, move short chains, close out games, take pressure off Rodgers. NIners did it with old fashioned football starting with the running game, and until the Packers reinvent themselves with a running game, the niners, and other teams will prevail. Receiving this wake up call this early in the season will add some immediacy to this problem and ultimately help the Pack in the long run.

    Hey Ditka; Your post is really funny. REALLY!

    Question? How does Ditka live down losing to the Pack in the 2010 NFC Championship when Culter QUIT on Ditka? No matter how many games are won-lost be either team for the next 100 years Ditka’s butt will always hurt by that embarrassing loss at home to your arch-rival on their way to WINNG the SUPERBOWL!! We will have bragging rights forever!!!. Thank You, Ditka, for making my day!!. Take Care!!.

  186. By Terrance on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    Touche’ O,brotha!! Packer fans always show class, even in a loss. Looking forward to thursday night. Pass the domestic beer, and the artery cloggers, Please!!

  187. By GO4IT_PACK on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    Packers should of already let Ryan Pickett go. He simply is not worth the $5 mil+ they are paying him. They could of gotten a solid D Lineman for that price. In addition, I know its hard, but we need to renegotiate Charles Woodson contract. He is NOT worth $10+ million he is receiving this year and even more next year. By making these two moves you will have plenty of cash to do whatever you want in solidifying the defense.

  188. By Michael on Sep 11, 2012 | Reply

    Why is Jarrett Bush on the defensive roster? It’s pathetic, every time there’s a blown coverage, he is always there looking around after a play. Think there’s a reason Bush ended up at the same place during free agency, without receiving an offer?

  189. By mainstreamsux on Sep 11, 2012 | Reply

    I want to say that Pack fans are rather classy. But this is your site, afterall.

    I think you will rip the Bears a new one, I may not like the Pack but I loathe the Bears.

    I’ve seen a few comments about how much better you guys will be when you meet us next. So, you think the Niners won’t get better as well? A bit presumptive, isn’t it?

    This is your site and I want to be respectful, and I’m sorry to say that my attitude will most likely not be reciprocated on sf49ers.com. Different class of Niner fans nowadays, bunch of thugs.

    Great game, it was. Refs really bungled it for both teams, could’ve been a different outcome with the real zebras.

  190. By John Blue on Sep 12, 2012 | Reply

    The Packers need a good running back NEWS FLASH C.Benson has never had a 100yd game against any team that has a good defense he will struggle getting 60 against the Bears.Packers should try and trade for K.Smith who would give them 100% and will be rested when Leshore returns soon!

  191. By MontanaPackfan on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Ditka….nice to see your humble smears still smack of Bears tears from that NFC smackdown the Pack whipped on poor little Cutler. Is it true Ditka that Cutler was sent to ballet camp to see if he could find his feet? Hope so cause he will need to use them tonight as he’ll be running for his life. Will Cutler again feign hurt when the Bears are down two touchdowns and Cutler can’t find any answers or his feet?

    Roll on Green Roll on

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