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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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