Packers-49ers game blog recap

Posted by Duke Bobber on December 5, 2010 – 3:40 pm

Welcome to Lambeau Field for today’s game. We’ll have the inactive players in just a moment.
Sunday December 5, 2010 10:32

Inactive for Green Bay today are S Atari Bigby, CB Pat Lee, RB Dimitri Nance, S Anthony Smith, LB Matt Wilhelm, G Nick McDonald, T Marshall Newhouse and DE Jarius Wynn.
Sunday December 5, 2010 10:33

That means rookie RB James Starks is active for the first time.
Sunday December 5, 2010 10:34

[Comment From GuestGuest: ]
What’s the skinny on Starks?
Sunday December 5, 2010 10:35 Guest

I guess we’ll see what role he has. He could be the No. 2 RB behind Brandon Jackson today, or that could still be John Kuhn’s job. There’s no way to know until the game starts. But the fact that Starks is active indicates he’s going to be used, probably some on offense and some on special teams.
Sunday December 5, 2010 10:36

[Comment From LCLC: ]
At what time will the game be shown in Cali?
Sunday December 5, 2010 10:39 LC

Kickoff is noon central time, so on the West Coast that would be 10 a.m.
Sunday December 5, 2010 10:39

[Comment From SimonSimon: ]
Are the inactives for the 49ers out yet?
Sunday December 5, 2010 10:42 Simon

Just got them. David Carr is the third QB. Other inactives are K Joe Nedney, CB William James, LB Keaton Kristick, LB Thaddeus Gibson, T Joe Staley, T Alex Boone, and LB Parys Haralson.
Sunday December 5, 2010 10:43

Barry Sims will start for Staley at LT for the 49ers. Travis LaBoy starts at LB for Haralson.
Sunday December 5, 2010 10:43

[Comment From TomTom: ]
what is the weather like?
Sunday December 5, 2010 10:43 Tom

Temps are in the 20s with wind chills around 10-15. It will be interesting to see what factor, if any, the wind plays today.
Sunday December 5, 2010 10:44

[Comment From AngAng: ]
Do you think CM3 gets back on track today? (relatively speaking)
Sunday December 5, 2010 10:44 Ang

Matthews will be matched up much of the day on RT Anthony Davis, a rookie, so that bodes well for the Packers. Davis was a first-round draft pick out of Rutgers, but he’s still a rookie, and the Packers and Matthews will try to take advantage of that.
Sunday December 5, 2010 10:45

[Comment From Future DwightFuture Dwight: ]
I’d imagine with the temperatures plunging, today would be a good time to get the running game rolling? How do the Packers match up with the Niners front seven?
Sunday December 5, 2010 10:45 Future Dwight

The 49ers are much better defensively against the run, led by LB Patrick Willis, NT Aubrayo Franklin and DL Justin Smith, than they are against the pass. So even though it’s cold, I don’t think that necessarily means the Packers are going to start pounding the ball. The Green Bay WRs against the San Fran DBs is still the best matchup, I believe.
Sunday December 5, 2010 10:46

[Comment From StephanieStephanie: ]
Are the disadvantages (if any) for the Packers today?
Sunday December 5, 2010 10:48 Stephanie

TE Vernon Davis is a major weapon for the 49ers, and the Packers’ best cover LB, Brandon Chillar, went on injured reserve this week. So that’s a matchup problem. Last year the Packers tried various guys to cover Davis without much luck. He had more than 100 yards receiving in the second half alone. Packers might go with Woodson on Davis, but that takes him away from a blitzing role. It’s going to be an interesting chess match.
Sunday December 5, 2010 10:49

[Comment From TimTim: ]
Is troy smith still the starter for the 9ers?
Sunday December 5, 2010 10:50 Tim

Yes, Troy Smith will be starting his fifth game for San Francisco today. He’s 3-1 in his first four starts.
Sunday December 5, 2010 10:50

[Comment From mikemike: ]
is it my imagination or do other temas that have a pass rusher like matthewsmove them around a lot more than the packers do?
Sunday December 5, 2010 10:50 mike

Matthews has been moved around by Dom Capers, and that will continue today. He’s been given chances to rush from either side, and also to blitz up the middle. But I think today, with a rookie at RT for the 49ers, the Packers might let Matthews really work on him down after down and see how the 49ers respond.
Sunday December 5, 2010 10:51

[Comment From AngAng: ]
pictures of the acme uniforms look hideous, are they that ugly in person? šŸ™‚
Sunday December 5, 2010 10:53 Ang

I guess it’s all a matter of opinion. Personally, I think the jerseys look really sharp, with the navy and gold, but the all-brown helmets aren’t the most appealing. For the most part, the players like them, I think. But once the game starts, it really won’t matter.
Sunday December 5, 2010 10:53

[Comment From NateNate: ]
Will there be the old packer players at the game today to represent the throwback jerseys?
Sunday December 5, 2010 10:55 Nate

Well, the throwback jerseys are re-creations from 1929, and there aren’t any players alive from that team. There are a couple of alumni in attendance today to be introduced to the crowd before the game, like there always are at home games, but none that go that far back, obviously.
Sunday December 5, 2010 10:56

[Comment From MarkMark: ]
How has Rogers done in cold temps?
Sunday December 5, 2010 10:57 Mark

One of the interesting stats I saw reported this week was that Rodgers has played in nine games with temperatures below 40, and in seven of those nine he’s still had 30-plus passing attempts. So don’t expect the Packers to all of a sudden become a running team just because it’s cold. I don’t have Rodgers’ record in the cold games in front of me, but I can try to dig it up here.
Sunday December 5, 2010 10:58

Rodgers went 2-3 in games below 40 degrees in 2008 and 3-1 in 2009, so that’s a 5-4 mark overall in cold-weather games, if you use 40 degrees as the cutoff point for “cold.”
Sunday December 5, 2010 10:59

[Comment From RyanRyan: ]
Are Starks, Jackson and Nance active today?
Sunday December 5, 2010 10:59 Ryan

Inactives are listed at the top of the blog. Starks and Jackson are active today, Nance is not.
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:00

[Comment From ChrisChris: ]
I know this may be a dumb question, but watching sports center earlier, is Casey Matthews of the Oregon Ducks, little Brother to clay? and do you think he’ll have the same success in the pros?
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:00 Chris

Yes, Casey Matthews of Oregon is Clay’s younger brother. What his pro prospects are, I have no idea. I’ll have to watch him in the national title game on Jan. 10.
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:00

[Comment From AngAng: ]
Driver seems to be having a down year with more drops than I remember – is it mostly injury or age catching up?
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:01 Ang

I don’t know if he’s had more drops than usual. He had a couple in the Washington game I remember, but other than that, he has been battling a pretty bad quadriceps injury. Hard to say if Driver will really be 100 percent again by the end of the season (is anybody, really?), but he’s still going to battle through it.
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:02

[Comment From TommyTommy: ]
With the caliber of def A-Rod is going to be facing in the Giants, Patriots and Bears are his chances of reaching 4000 slim?
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:03 Tommy

Not necessarily. Those are some good defenses, but Rodgers is at 2,945 yards this season with five games left. So if he averages 211 yards per game the rest of the way, he’ll get to 4,000. That seems pretty do-able to me. Now, will he approach Lynn Dickey’s single-season GBP record of 4,458, like he did last year (4,434)? That would be pretty tough at this point.
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:04

[Comment From AdamAdam: ]
In the passed few games, and even in their blow out victories, it seems that the offense for the Packers comes out sluggish and then warms up. Do you think its the players’ mentality at the start of the game, or just that their scripted plays get busted up by opponents D-fense all the time?
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:05 Adam

You’re right that in the past couple of games, the Packers have started slow. Against Minnesota and Atlanta, on the road, the starts were not good at all. I don’t know if I’d put it on mentality or script, but remember that the script is designed to see how the defense plans to counter certain formations and personnel groups. Once McCarthy gets a read on that, he decides the best way to attack the rest of the day, and the offense recovered fine against both the Vikings and Falcons (except for the goal-line troubles in Atlanta).
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:07

[Comment From NateNate: ]
With 5 games left in the season and the packers down a game from the bears, do you think this is a “do or die” game to reach the playoffs. With the tough pack schedule in mind?
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:07 Nate

Nothing is do-or-die at this point with so many games left, but the game is crucial, no doubt. The Packers need to get to 8-4 today to keep themselves no worse than one game behind the Bears. Fall to 7-5, and you have to start watching the scoreboard a lot more and asking for help from other teams to get back in good playoff position. We’d rather avoid that if we can.
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:08

[Comment From Reddog in CTReddog in CT: ]
Will finishing the season vs. the Pats, Giants and Bears be a good thing…heading into the playoffs?
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:09 Reddog in CT

I like the fact that the Packers are playing the Giants and Bears at home to end the regular-season, because they may be fighting those teams for a playoff spot, and there’s no better way than to control your own fate in your own stadium. The game against the Patriots will be a really tough matchup out east. New England’s home record is stellar. But your point, about playing good teams to prepare for the playoffs, is a good one. If the Packers can make the playoffs, they will have passed some tests along the way, for sure.
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:10

[Comment From JonJon: ]
Who will be the main defensive player for the 49ers today, and how are the packers going to deal with him?
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:11 Jon

No question San Fran’s best defensive player is LB Patrick Willis. How do you deal with him? Hard to say. The 49ers’ scheme is designed to keep blockers off of him and let him run to the ball to make plays. The Packers will be trying to get a lineman to the second level to block him in the run game, but that’s easier said than done.
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:12

[Comment From MikeMike: ]
who is the person behind the answers? I appologise I do not see the name
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:12 Mike

This is MIke Spofford, staff writer for Thanks for joining us.
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:13

[Comment From benben: ]
why doesnt john kuhn get the ball as often as he used to
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:13 ben

I think the Packers were trying to get Nance more involved in the run game, and Kuhn had to play more fullback in one of the recent games when Korey Hall was injured. Today, it’s Jackson, Kuhn and Starks active in the backfield, so we’ll see how the carries are divvied up.
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:13

[Comment From guyguy: ]
i think it is a crucial game, its a game the packers need to win and its more than trying to catch the bears, i think looking at nfc wildcrd needs to be looked at also if pack dont catch them
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:14 guy

Absolutely. The Packers are right in the mix for a wildcard at 7-4. Saints are 8-3, Eagles are 8-4, Giants are 7-4, Bucs are 7-4. There’s a lot to be sorted out yet. Obviously, the NFC North is still in play with the Bears one game up and coming here on Jan. 2, and winning the division would guarantee at least one home playoff game, but there’s plenty to fight for with a wildcard, too.
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:15

[Comment From Joey CJoey C: ]
How much do you think Grant’s injury hurts us now? I know last year it seemed he picked up his game more, as the temp. dropped.
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:16 Joey C

Grant has always been a strong, late-season running back, no doubt. That dimension is hard to replace. But the Packers aren’t going to run the ball just for the sake of running it. If they feel their best matchup is against the opposing DBs, they’re going to challenge them to stop the pass.
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:17

[Comment From ChrisChris: ]
How satisfied have you been with the coaching staff this year?
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:18 Chris

Satisfied? I think when you look at the injury list and the fact that the Packers are 7-4 and right in the mix, you can’t help but praise the coaching staff for all the adjustments they’ve had to make. I don’t think there are many teams in the league that could lose a starting RB, TE and RT on offense for the season, as well as starters at S and LB (2) on defense, plus other key reserves, and keep the team in the playoff hunt.
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:19

[Comment From TomTom: ]
How is the condition of the field itself? With not a home game in nearly a month, I would assume pretty good. Have those experimental lights helped with the growth of the natural grass?
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:20 Tom

The field looks to be in great shape. From what I’ve heard, the growing lights have helped, and it’s good to see it in this great a condition with three home games (including today) over these final five weeks.
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:21

[Comment From Joey CJoey C: ]
Hey Mike, how many fans are wearing those throwbacks in the stands?
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:21 Joey C

You can see some in the stands, but it’s pretty cold and a lot of people are bundled up. So I think there are more throwbacks being worn than are actually visible underneath the winter clothing.
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:22

[Comment From JacobJacob: ]
Has it really been that long since a our last home game?
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:22 Jacob

Last home game was Nov. 7 vs. Dallas, 28 days ago. The Packers had their bye plus two road games since then. Beginning today, three of GB’s final five games are at home.
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:23

[Comment From BarryBarry: ]
With 4 of the 5 games in the conference and the packers will be favored in all 4, we should be division champions and the #2 seed. Provided we win at home and at Detroit.
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:23 Barry

The No. 2 seed is definitely within reach if the Packers can win the division. I don’t like to look ahead too much, but for the sake of argument if the Packers beat the Giants on their way to winning the division, they’ll have the tiebreaker on both the Eagles and Giants (head to head), whichever wins the East. The winner of the West isn’t getting a bye, so the bye could be the Packers’ for the taking. It’s going to take at least four wins down the stretch here, though, I think, and maybe all five.
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:24

[Comment From AdamAdam: ]
Is it just me, or are most (if not all) of the Packers players really team orientated? Every interview the Packers personnel or coaches have, they are for the most part reserved and well spoken. Not any “me, me, me attitudes” Would you say this comes from the recruiting the right players, or running a tight ship coaching wise?
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:25 Adam

I agree with you, and I think it’s a combination of both. The Packers put a lot of work into the character of players they draft or sign, how they’ll fit into the locker room, what kind of team players they are. And the coaching staff is all about that every day in meetings and practices. It’s a culture that McCarthy has created. Nothing is totally harmonious, … it never is in any workplace, … but the Packers’ talk about team all the time and I don’t think it’s just lip service.
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:26

[Comment From JeffJeff: ]
Hi Mike. I am in Hudson, Wisconsin and cannot get the game on tv today. ( Darn Vikings) Do you have any live updates or anything like that on here? I have never been on here before.
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:26 Jeff

I’ll be live blogging throughout the game, providing updates on as much as I can — scoring, big plays, injuries, game trends, etc. I can’t provide play-by-play on here, as that’s against NFL rules, but I’ll be trying to update things I feel are relevant as the game progresses.
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:27

As an aside, please understand I won’t be able to answer many questions once the game starts. I’ll try to get to one here or there during a timeout, but the game blog will be mostly my updates to try to get you as much information as I can.
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:28

[Comment From GuestGuest: ]
Some people are wondering if they can watch online, because it’s not televised where they are. Any info?
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:28 Guest

I’m not aware of any web broadcasts of the game. But you can follow us on the blog here if you’d like.
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:29

[Comment From Dana BockbraderDana Bockbrader: ]
I have to say something that I don’t think many people will agree with. We were better off without Finely this year. I think he is everything people say he is, but Rodgers was locking on to him too much early in the season, Rather than spreading the ball to the open man. When Rodgers says he can throw Finely open, it kinda scares me, because 90% of the time he should have to do that. There should be someone else open. As for the running game. I think B Jack is perfectly capable, but we have strayed away from the running game too much. Our philosophy when we run the ball is to “keep the defense honest”. Thats fine and dandy, but we should run the ball with the thought of getting a first down on every run play. That mentality is the biggest difference in our run game this year.
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:30 Dana Bockbrader

You raise some interesting points, though I don’t agree that the team is better off without Finley. He’s such a huge weapon, especially in the red zone and near the goal-line, and it was goal-line failures that have proved incredibly costly in two losses, to Washington and Atlanta. I do think Finley’s absence has forced other players (Jones, Nelson) to emerge, and that has been a good thing.
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:31

[Comment From joejoe: ]
what is frank gores injury
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:34 joe

Frank Gore injured his hip and is out for the season for the 49ers. Brian Westbrook is now their No. 1 tailback.
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:34

[Comment From GuestGuest: ]
do you think starks will get at least 10 carries?
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:35 Guest

I have absolutely no idea. 10 might be a bit much for his first NFL game and first football game period in two years.
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:35

[Comment From SherriSherri: ]
Don’t you think they should use Kuhn more when Jackson can’t seem to get positive yardage?
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:37 Sherri

I think there’s a chance we could see Kuhn get some more carries today, but without the game plan in front of me, I’m only guessing. Both Korey Hall and Quinn Johnson are active at FB, like last week. Against Atlanta, the plan was to have Nance handle short-yardage, and then he got a concussion and was out of the game. I guess we’ll see what that first third-and-1 or third-and-2 call is.
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:38

[Comment From AdamAdam: ]
Is there much wind for the kickers to worry about today? or are they able to focus on kicking a rock?
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:38 Adam

There’s definitely a breeze, but it’s really unpredictable in the stadium bowl because it swirls around. Right now, the flags on the top of the north end zone goal posts are pretty quiet, but the ones on the south end zone posts are blowing around quite regularly. So go figure.
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:39

[Comment From AirRod12AirRod12: ]
You might want to mention that people can follow the Game Cast / Play By Play on NFL.Com and follow your Blog at the same time.
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:39 AirRod12

An excellent suggestion. Thanks for sharing.
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:39

[Comment From adam Ladam L: ]
how far do you the packers will go in the playoffs?
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:40 adam L

Let’s just get to the playoffs first, OK? It’s not going to be easy.
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:40

[Comment From AbbyAbby: ]
What do you think is the biggest challenge he packers will run into this game?
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:45 Abby

I think it’s 49ers TE Vernon Davis. He’s the guy who almost brought San Fran back from 20 points down in the second half here last year. The Packers have to keep him contained and I think it will be tough for the Niners to score a lot today.
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:46

[Comment From GuestGuest: ]
Hi Abby – biggest challenge will be stopping self-dstruction. No penalties, turnovers today please!
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:48 Guest

That too!!
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:48

[Comment From GuestGuest: ]
packers need to win…what do u think about the jerseys?
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:49 Guest

I like the navy and gold throwbacks. The jerseys look really sharp. Not too keen on the all-brown helmets, though. I would have had the pants match the helmet rather than have them two different shades of brown. But that’s just me.
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:49

[Comment From macmac: ]
What is the temp up there
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:52 mac

They just announced the game-time weather in the press box. It’s 26 degrees, wind out of the NW at 16 mph, 60 percent humidity. Wind chill is 13 degrees. Forecast is cloudy, potential for scattered flurries. Temps won’t get beyond upper 20s.
Sunday December 5, 2010 11:53

[Comment From dondrikdondrik: ]
Who are the inactives for today’s game?
Sunday December 5, 2010 12:01 dondrik

Inactives are listed at the very top of the blog, when this was opened at 10:30 a.m.
Sunday December 5, 2010 12:01

Packers have won the toss and deferred their choice to the second half. San Francisco will start on offense with the ball. Second time McCarthy has deferred his choice, again showing confidence in his defense.
Sunday December 5, 2010 12:02

Short kickoff is brought back only a few yards by Walker. SF starts on its own 29.
Sunday December 5, 2010 12:03

Packers came out in an interesting defensive formation to start. Howard Green was in as a fourth D-lineman in place of Peprah at safety. Packers only had three DBs on the field.
Sunday December 5, 2010 12:05

Smith broke containment on third-and-5 and found Crabtree behind the secondary for 39 yards. Big play for SF right out of the gate. They’re on the GB 27.
Sunday December 5, 2010 12:06

SF takes the early 3-0 lead. Jeff Reed hits from 44 yards out. 11:49 left in the first.
Sunday December 5, 2010 12:08

After the big play, Packers got the three-and-out. On third-and-9, GB blitzed and Smith hurried his throw, which was deep to Crabtree but he wasn’t looking.
Sunday December 5, 2010 12:09

Rookie James Starks on the field for the first time on KO return. He’s not the return man, but one of the blockers lined up around the 30-yard line. Shields deep to receive.
Sunday December 5, 2010 12:10

That’s two games in a row the Packers allowed points on the opponents’ first drive. Atlanta also got a FG on the first drive last week.
Sunday December 5, 2010 12:10

Shields nearly breaks through the middle after a ground-ball kickoff. Ankle tackle brings him down at the 34.
Sunday December 5, 2010 12:11

Starks gets his first NFL carry on second-and-5. Picks up 2 yards. Third-and-3 from the SF 48.
Sunday December 5, 2010 12:14

Fans are having a hard time reading the numbers on the throwback jerseys. A short pass to FB Korey Hall brought out the chant of Kuuuuuuuuuhn, but it wasn’t John Kuhn.
Sunday December 5, 2010 12:16

SF CB Nate Clements being helped off the field with an injury. We’ll try to get an update. Packers have second-and-1 on the SF 33. Rodgers 4-for-4 for 31 yards so far.
Sunday December 5, 2010 12:17

[Comment From BackpackBackpack: ]
Did the Packers use that unusual 4-man def line anymore after the first play?
Sunday December 5, 2010 12:17 Backpack

No, it was just on the first snap. We’ll see if they use it more as the game goes on.
Sunday December 5, 2010 12:17

Packers in the red zone after an offsides call on SF. First down on the 16.
Sunday December 5, 2010 12:20

Two injuries for SF. Former GB RB DeShawn Wynn has an ankle injury. Clements has a knee injury. Return for both is questionable.
Sunday December 5, 2010 12:22

Packers take a timeout with 6:00 left in the first. Facing third-and-1 on the 7. Rodgers now 6-of-6 for 41 yards, but his last pass to Jones on second-and-2 only picked up 1. Starks has two carries for 5 yards. Jackson ran an inside draw for 8. All six of Rodgers’ completions have gone to different receivers.
Sunday December 5, 2010 12:23

Packers lined up with three FBs in the backfield on third-and-1 and gave the ball to Kuhn up the middle. Only got 1 yard, but it was good enough for first-and-goal on the 6.
Sunday December 5, 2010 12:25

Packers take another timeout, their second already. Rodgers didn’t like what he saw on second-and-goal. His first incompletion was on the previous play. He overthrew an open Driver in the end zone. 5:13 left in the first.
Sunday December 5, 2010 12:26

Packers need to hang onto that last timeout for this half or they won’t be able to challenge any questionable calls for the rest of the first half. If you have no timeouts, you can’t challenge any plays.
Sunday December 5, 2010 12:27

Intentional grounding on Rodgers on second down pushes Packers back 10 yards, and third down pass to Jennings gains only 5. Crosby on to try 29-yard FG.
Sunday December 5, 2010 12:30

Crosby hits left upright, no good. SF still leads 3-0 with 4:28 left in the first.
Sunday December 5, 2010 12:30

That’s the first miss of Crosby’s career from under 30 yards.
Sunday December 5, 2010 12:31

Huge wasted chance there by the Packers. From first-and-goal on the 6 to no points with the missed FG. You hope that doesn’t come back to bite them.
Sunday December 5, 2010 12:32

Niners tried to get cute on third-and-1 with play-action, but the Packers had everyone covered. Incomplete pass forces a punt, which bounces past Williams and fortunately goes into the end zone for a touchback.
Sunday December 5, 2010 12:35

Packers go three-and-out after a sack of Rodgers on first down. Ginn fumbles on punt return but he is ruled down. Penalty on GB for formation adds another 5 yards to Ginn’s return. SF takes over on the GB 39 with 38 seconds left in the first quarter.
Sunday December 5, 2010 12:39

Poor punt by Masthay there. Low and only 35 yards, allowing for a nice return by Ginn. Packers D in a tough spot with this field position.
Sunday December 5, 2010 12:41

End of the first quarter. Niners lead 3-0 and have first down at the GB 27. Not a good quarter for the Packers.
Sunday December 5, 2010 12:42

Defense rises up against to force a FG. Reed good from 26 to make it 6-0 SF. 12:34 left in the half.
Sunday December 5, 2010 12:48

After a 25-yard completion to Davis, SF had first-and-goal on the 2. Great goal-line stand by GB. Stuffed Westbrook for no gain on first down. Jenkins sacked Smith back at the 10 on second down. Scrambling Smith taken down by Zombo after 2-yard gain on third down.
Sunday December 5, 2010 12:48

That’s Jenkins’ sixth sack of the season and second in two weeks after a long drought. Getting that club/cast off his hand seems to have helped him.
Sunday December 5, 2010 12:49

[Comment From SherriSherri: ]
I still don’t understand the “intentional grounding” call against Rogers… Can you explain??
Sunday December 5, 2010 12:49 Sherri

Going back to the Packers’ first possession, the officials ruled Rodgers was not out of the pocket, and his throw was too high and out of bounds to be intended for anyone. Throwaway is allowed only when outside the pocket, so grounding was called. Packers clearly didn’t agree, because two WR were on that side Rodgers threw to.
Sunday December 5, 2010 12:50

Packers penalized for holding on KO return, which Shields took out past the 30. Holding on J. Bush puts the Packers back on the 15. Bad field position again, like last week.
Sunday December 5, 2010 12:51

Packers go three-and-out again after another sack of Rodgers. That’s two today. Another low punt by Masthay, but this one is 51 yards. Ginn returns it 19 and SF takes over on the GB 48. Again in GB territory with good field position.
Sunday December 5, 2010 12:56

Nate Clements is back in the game for SF. Rodgers’ third down pass on that last series hit Clements in the back of the helmet as he was running to keep up with Jones.
Sunday December 5, 2010 12:57

Still 6-0 SF with 10:47 left in the first half.
Sunday December 5, 2010 12:57

Niners take their first timeout with 10:01 left in the half. They have third-and-13 from their own 49. On the last play, Tramon Williams nearly got an INT when he jumped in front of Josh Morgan, but he knocked it away incomplete.
Sunday December 5, 2010 1:00

Jenkins gets another sack, his second of the day, to force a punt. Big three-and-out by the D there after the good field position by SF.
Sunday December 5, 2010 1:02

Williams returns punt 10 yards, Packers take over on own 22 with 9:24 left in the half.
Sunday December 5, 2010 1:03

That’s seven sacks on the season now for Jenkins, three in his last two games. Jenkins had a sack in each of the first four games this season, then went six games without one (he didn’t play in one game due to injury). Seven sacks is a career high for Jenkins, surpassing his 6 1/2 in 2006.
Sunday December 5, 2010 1:04

Niners CB Tarell Brown has left the game with a knee injury, hurt it on the last punt. His return is questionable.
Sunday December 5, 2010 1:06

Packers TD!!!
Sunday December 5, 2010 1:08

Rodgers to Jennings, 57 yards.
Sunday December 5, 2010 1:08

For the third time in the game, Rodgers drew the Niners offsides. This time, on third-and-1, the play wasn’t blown dead and he just stepped back and threw the ball deep to Jennings, who hauled it in and took it the rest of the way. It’s 7-6 GB with 7:02 left in the half.
Sunday December 5, 2010 1:09

5 plays, 78 yards, 2:22
Sunday December 5, 2010 1:09

Niners flagged for block in the back on the return. They’re going to start in a hole.
Sunday December 5, 2010 1:11

Niners starting on their own 8. Crowd getting into it now.
Sunday December 5, 2010 1:12

Defense gets three-and-out. Two runs went nowhere, then incomplete on third down.
Sunday December 5, 2010 1:14

Williams tried to do too much on the return and gave back 5 yards he shouldn’t have. Still, Packers have the ball on the 50 with 5:13 left in the half. Best field position for GB on the day, by far.
Sunday December 5, 2010 1:15

2-minute warning. Packers just hit a screen pass to Jackson for 37 yards down to the 1. Great block by Colledge to take out two Niners on the play. It will be first-and-goal for the Packers with 1:53 left.
Sunday December 5, 2010 1:20

Korey Hall has left the game for GB with a knee injury. His return is doubtful.
Sunday December 5, 2010 1:20

With that last pass, Rodgers has now thrown 164 consecutive passes without an INT, the second-longest streak in team history. He moves past Favre’s streak of 163, trails Bart Starr’s run of 294.
Sunday December 5, 2010 1:21

Kuhn plunges over the right side for the TD. Refs took a while to sort it out, but gave it to him.
Sunday December 5, 2010 1:22

It’s 14-6 Packers with 1:46 left in the half.
Sunday December 5, 2010 1:23

Six plays, 60 yards, 3:39.
Sunday December 5, 2010 1:23

Correction, scoring drive was 50 yards.
Sunday December 5, 2010 1:24

Packers try a squib kick. Walker returns it for the Niners out to the 34.
Sunday December 5, 2010 1:25

Niners TD. Smith to Davis, 66 yards. Packers blew the coverage and the tackle on that one.
Sunday December 5, 2010 1:26

Davis got behind Hawk, in front of the safeties. Then Collins whiffed on the tackle in the open field and Davis was off to the races. It’s 14-13 GB with 1:26 left in the half.
Sunday December 5, 2010 1:27

Nice return by Shields out to the 34. Packers have 1:19 to try to score, one timeout.
Sunday December 5, 2010 1:29

Another offsides on SF, but this one was blown dead and a big pass to Jones doesn’t count. Packers and crowd aren’t happy. Officials ruled the offensive line moved after the defense was offsides, so the whistle blew.
Sunday December 5, 2010 1:32

Rodgers incomplete to Quarless on third-and-5, forcing a punt. Masthay with another low one, but it isn’t returned. Niners on their own 17 with 53 seconds left.
Sunday December 5, 2010 1:34

Masthay having a rough day. He hasn’t had any hang time on any of his punts.
Sunday December 5, 2010 1:34

That’s the half. Niners just ran the ball and ran out the clock. It’s 14-13 Packers.
Sunday December 5, 2010 1:36

Halftime stats: Starks has six carries for 26 yards. Rodgers is 12-of-20 for 156 with one TD and two sacks. Jennings has four catches for 73 yards and a TD.
Sunday December 5, 2010 1:37

[Comment From jasonjason: ]
do you know if clay mattews on oregon is related to the packers clay mattews
Sunday December 5, 2010 1:38 jason

It’s Casey Matthews for Oregon, and yes, he is Clay Matthews’ younger brother. He’s also a linebacker, I believe.
Sunday December 5, 2010 1:38

[Comment From Mike SpiffordMike Spifford: ]
Ah could you explain the origins if the Lambeau leap? Who was the first and how many have occurred since the first?
Sunday December 5, 2010 1:38 Mike Spifford

I have no idea who this is supposedly impersonating me, but as for the Lambeau Leap, it began in 1993. LeRoy Butler took a lateral off a fumble return by Reggie White, ran it into the south end zone and jumped into the stands. It was in a shutout victory over the Raiders on a cold, cold day. How many Leaps since? Absolutely no idea. Don’t think that stat has been kept.
Sunday December 5, 2010 1:39

[Comment From KeriKeri: ]
What does it mean when the Packers win the coin toss but defer it to the second half? Why do they choose to do that?
Sunday December 5, 2010 1:41 Keri

It means the Packers get the choice to receive the second-half kickoff instead of the first half. You would do it for different reasons — either wanting to have the ball first in the third quarter, or to try to set the tone with the defense on the first possession of the game. It sort of backfired on the Packers today because the Niners drove for a afield goal, but Green Bay will get the ball coming out of halftime here.
Sunday December 5, 2010 1:43

[Comment From GeorgeGeorge: ]
Do you think the Packers still have a chance for homefield advantage throughout the playoffs?
Sunday December 5, 2010 1:44 George

There’s still a chance, but being two games behind the Falcons with only five games left makes it tough. The Packers actually would have to gain three games on the Falcons in these last five games, because if the two teams finish tied, the Falcons get it based on the head-to-head tiebreaker (last week). Considering the Falcons play the lowly Panthers twice in the last five weeks, the Packers don’t have much chance of catching them. The No. 2 seed, which also provides a bye and a home game in the second round, is well within reach, however.
Sunday December 5, 2010 1:45

[Comment From BlakeBlake: ]
If a fan wanted to contact a packer how would they do so?…
Sunday December 5, 2010 1:46 Blake

You can send a letter addressed to the player to 1265 Lombardi Ave., GB, Wis., 54304. I can’t guarantee the player will respond, but players have mail delivered to their mailboxes here at the stadium.
Sunday December 5, 2010 1:47

[Comment From Stewie G.Stewie G.: ]
Do you have any thoughts on the Bears/Lions game? Do you think the Lions won’t blow it like usual and actually win this one?
Sunday December 5, 2010 1:48 Stewie G.

I’ve only been following the score out of the corner of my eye here at the game, but my first impression is I’m surprised Detroit has put up 20 points on the Chicago defense with a third-string QB (Drew Stanton). Can they hang on? Who knows. But we can hope so. Packers will most likely face Stanton next week too, because I don’t think Stafford or Hill will be back at QB for the Lions.
Sunday December 5, 2010 1:49

[Comment From dickdick: ]
when is jermichal finley going to return
Sunday December 5, 2010 1:50 dick

Finley is out for the season and will be back next year.
Sunday December 5, 2010 1:50

Starks takes the short kickoff and returns it out to the 31. Second half is underway.
Sunday December 5, 2010 1:51

Touchdown Packers!!!
Sunday December 5, 2010 1:55

Rodgers to Driver, 61 yards.
Sunday December 5, 2010 1:55

It’s 21-13 GB with 11:52 left in the third.
Sunday December 5, 2010 1:56

Incredible run after the catch by Driver. He broke at least four tackles on his way to the end zone. Phenomenal play for the TD.
Sunday December 5, 2010 1:56

Season-long catch for Driver, 61 yards. Longest catch since 68-yarder on Thanksgiving last year in Detroit. Longest TD since 71-yarder at Cleveland last year, in October.
Sunday December 5, 2010 1:58

[Comment From frankfrank: ]
am i right in thinking that all of gb’s losses have been by 3 points this year?
Sunday December 5, 2010 1:59 frank

You are correct. Two in overtime, two on FGs in the last 10 seconds of the fourth quarter.
Sunday December 5, 2010 1:59

Another big pass on third down to Davis for SF. First down in GB territory at the 45. Davis has three catches for 111 yards.
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:01

Niners gashing the Packers now. 15 yard pass to Walker, 17 yard run by Dixon. First and goal on the 10.
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:03

Another stand by the defense. Niners get 5 yards to the 5 on first-and-goal, but Westbrook is stuffed by Collins on second down, and Smith throws incomplete on third down. Reed is good from 23 yards to make it 21-16 with 6:39 left in the third.
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:05

[Comment From MikaylaMikayla: ]
Do Packers still have the number one scoring defense?
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:06 Mikayla

Yes, coming into the game the Packers were No. 1 at 15.1 points per game. SF has already surpassed that with 16 points now.
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:06

[Comment From SergeSerge: ]
Is Clay Matthews still leading the NFL in Sacks?
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:07 Serge

Yes, he was coming in to today with 11 1/2 sacks.
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:07

Starks takes another short kickoff, returns it 17 yards to the 44. Good field position for the Packers. Pop-up kickoff backfired there.
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:08

[Comment From TonyTony: ]
Does Starks look comfortable running the ball and picking up blitzes?
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:08 Tony

Haven’t seen him in blitz pickup really today. But he looks aggressive running with the ball, not afraid to stick his nose in there and take a hit.
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:09

Great play-action fake and Rodgers goes deep to Jennings for 48 yards. First-and-goal on the 3. Jennings has 5 catches for 121 yards.
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:11

Rodgers to Jennings for the TD!!
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:13

Third-and-goal from just outside the 1. Rodgers in shotgun, Jennings wide open. That’s two TDs for Jennings today, 11 on the season.
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:13

It’s 31-16 Packers with 3:37 left in the third.
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:13

5 plays, 56 yards, 3:02 on the scoring drive.
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:14

Correction, 28-16 Packers lead. My bad.
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:14

[Comment From HansHans: ]
The NFL channel just advertised week 16 game vs. NYG as being on Saturday, Dec. 25. I hope this is a mistake or I’ll have to change my plane tickets.
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:14 Hans

Packers-Giants is on Sunday, Dec. 26 at 3:15 p.m. at Lambeau Field.
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:15

[Comment From GuestGuest: ]
im pretty sure its 28-16
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:16 Guest

Sorry about that folks. I guess I still can’t believe Crosby hit the upright from 29 yards. That FG has been good in my mind the whole game.
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:16

[Comment From ChrisChris: ]
The Packers-Giants game is on Fox Right?
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:17 Chris

Yes, and I believe Fox protected it, so it can’t be flexed to the NBC Sunday night game.
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:17

[Comment From EthanEthan: ]
when was the last time aaron rodgers threw an int this year
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:17 Ethan

Second quarter against Minnesota, the first Vikings game, back on Oct. 24.
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:17

Packers just caught a huge break. Davis was wide open deep down the field, but the pass went right through his hands incomplete.
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:19

Packers catch another break. Ginn wide open deep down the left side, but he can only get one foot in bounds. Niners forced to punt.
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:20

Williams with a nice punt return into SF territory. 20-yard return to the SF 43-yard line. Good field position again for GB.
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:21

Packers really dodged two big bullets on that last series. NIners had two guys open for huge plays, deep throws, and they didn’t connect on either.
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:22

[Comment From robertrobert: ]
Who’s been covering (or not covering) Davis?
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:23 robert

It’s been a combination of players. In the first half, he had one catch against Peprah and one against a zone. In the second half, it was Woodson on one of his catches. That last long one that was dropped, not sure who had him.
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:23

Packers went to three FBs again on third-and-1, handing it to Kuhn for a 3-yard gain. Second time today they’ve converted in short yardage on that play.
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:24

That’s the end of the third quarter. Packers have first down on the SF 20, leading 28-16.
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:24

[Comment From SergeSerge: ]
What is the score of the Lions-Bears game?
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:25 Serge

Bears just scored a TD to take a 23-20 lead on Detroit. There’s 8 minutes left in that game.
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:25

Correction, 24-20. I spoke before the PAT.
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:26

Packers get stopped, but Crosby hits from 43 yards to make it … 31-16 with 13:50 left.
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:29

Nine plays, 18 yards, 4:11 on the scoring drive.
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:29

Rodgers sacked on third down as the Packers were trying to set up a screen there. That’s SF’s fourth sack in the game. Screen was going to go to Kuhn.
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:30

Good return on the KO by Ginn. SF will start on its own 47 with 13:42 left.
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:31

[Comment From RichardRichard: ]
Do you think Clay Matthews can win Defensive Player of the Year? Also, do you think Greg Jennings will make this years pro bowl?
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:32 Richard

On Matthews, his sack pace has really fallen off after the fast start this year. But there’s still a lot of football left, and no one else is jumping off the highlight films as a sure-fire candidate for that award. With Jennings, this will be his best shot yet. He’s already closing in on 1,000 yards and he has 11 TDs. His numbers will be hard to ignore.
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:33

Defense gets another three-and-out. Matthews nearly gets a sack on second down. Had Smith by the ankles but he got the ball off. Zombo gets a sack on third down to force the punt.
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:35

Touchback, Packers take over on the 20. 11:45 left, Packers lead 31-16.
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:36

Another strong run by Starks, 16 yards for a first down at the 36.
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:39

[Comment From GuestGuest: ]
what is the tie-breaker if the bears and packers end up with identical records with the packers beating the bears in lambeau?
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:40 Guest

If the Packers and Bears end up tied and split their two regular-season head-to-head games, the first tiebreaker is division record, which makes GB’s game next week at Detroit crucial, and Chicago’s game coming up at MInnesota. After division record, I think it goes to either conference record or common opponents, not sure which of those is looked at first.
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:40

Rodgers scrambles for 11 yards to convert a third down. GB in SF territory now.
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:41

[Comment From JamesJames: ]
Is Starks Starting at Running Back today?
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:42 James

Starks did not start but is getting the bulk of the carries now. I believe he has 12 or 13 carries on the day, and he’s got almost 60 yards.
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:42

Packers take a timeout with 6:45 left. It’s first down at the SF 38 after two more runs by Starks for 10 yards total.
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:43

[Comment From GuestGuest: ]
Has Matthew’s gotten any sacks
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:45 Guest

Nope, not yet. Packers have three sacks today, two by Jenkins and one by Zombo. Matthews almost got one but Smith got the throw off.
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:45

Pass to Jones for 7 yards converts another third down. Packers on the SF 23, clock under 5 minutes and counting.
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:47

This has been a great drive by the Packers. Starting on their own 20 and they’ve killed almost half of the fourth quarter clock.
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:48

After another offsides on SF, Kuhn picks up another third-and-1. Packers now have first down at the SF 12. Niners take a timeout with 3:29 left.
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:50

[Comment From melmel: ]
bears score
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:51 mel

As many fans in the comments have noted, the Bears have beaten the Lions 24-20. So the Packers must win here to stay one game back in the division race.
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:51

[Comment From saint jrsaint jr: ]
what was d play of the day
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:53 saint jr

Without question, Driver’s catch-and-run for the 61-yard TD. MIght have been the best play of his career, and he’s had a lot of them. Best TD of his career anyway, in my opinion.
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:54

Crosby good from 24 yards out to make it 34-16 with 3:10 left. That makes it a three-score game, which hopefully sews it up. SF has no timeouts left.
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:56

17 plays, 74 yards, 8:35 on that scoring drive. Great drive to drain the clock and get some points.
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:57

SF takes over on its own 26.
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:58

[Comment From Dana BockbraderDana Bockbrader: ]
I think Driver has some of the best one handed grabs of any receiver in history. It always seems like he’s got a defender literally hanging on him and he still comes down with the one handed grab.
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:58 Dana Bockbrader

I would agree. He’s had some amazing one-handers, which is why I call today’s the best TD of his career, but maybe not the best play. Another poster mentioned a TD catch in Miami back in 2006, which counted after the Packers correctly challenged the call. That was a great one too, but I’ll take today’s with all the broken tackles.
Sunday December 5, 2010 2:59

[Comment From tonytony: ]
will the blue uniforms appear in any other game?
Sunday December 5, 2010 3:00 tony

It’s not scheduled to be worn again this season. But perhaps next year.
Sunday December 5, 2010 3:00

[Comment From MarcMarc: ]
They’re strange uniforms. Looks like something from the ’50s!
Sunday December 5, 2010 3:01 Marc

Actually they’re a re-creation of the 1929 uniforms, the year of GB’s first championship.
Sunday December 5, 2010 3:02

That’s the 2-minute warning. Niners are on their own 44-yard line. It’s 34-16 GB.
Sunday December 5, 2010 3:03

[Comment From budbud: ]
any one got bear score
Sunday December 5, 2010 3:03 bud

Bears won today, 24-20. So they’re 9-3. With the win here, Packers will be 8-4 and one game back with four to go.
Sunday December 5, 2010 3:03

[Comment From gregggregg: ]
how has Starks done?
Sunday December 5, 2010 3:04 gregg

Starks has 18 carries for 73 yards, I believe. Not bad for an NFL debut.
Sunday December 5, 2010 3:04

[Comment From MarcMarc: ]
What happened to Jenkins?
Sunday December 5, 2010 3:05 Marc

Jenkins is headed to the locker room. Not sure what happened to him. Be sure to watch Coach McCarthy’s post-game presser. He should have an injury update.
Sunday December 5, 2010 3:06

Packers get a sack from Raji and an INT by Collins to take over. A couple of knees and this one’s over.
Sunday December 5, 2010 3:06

Collins INT is being reviewed.
Sunday December 5, 2010 3:06

We just got a report that Jenkins has a calf injury. Must have re-aggravated that calf that has been giving him trouble all season.
Sunday December 5, 2010 3:07

For those following the NFC playoff picture, the Saints just scored in the final minute to take the lead on Cincinnati. If they hold on, they’ll be 9-3. Falcons are 9-2 and play later today vs. Tampa in the NFC South.
Sunday December 5, 2010 3:09

Ruling stands. Collins gets the INT. Packers in “victory” formation to kneel on the ball.
Sunday December 5, 2010 3:09

That’s it. Packers win 34-16 to improve to 8-4, remaining one game behind the Bears in the NFC North. That’s it for this live blog. Stay tuned to for post-game coverage … press conferences coming up, plus stories and locker room interviews later tonight.
Sunday December 5, 2010 3:10

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