Packers Start 2012 Season With A Loss

When the Green Bay Packers (0-1) wake up Monday morning, they will find themselves looking up at the rest of the NFC North.  That’s after the Packers lost to the San Francisco 49ers (1-0), 30-22 Sunday at Lambeau Field and Chicago, Detroit and Minnesota all won their season openers. The Packers streak of five straight wins on opening day, 13 consecutive regular-season wins at Lambeau Field and eight straight over the 49ers all came to an end.  The nail in the Packers coffin basically came on two plays in the fourth quarter.  With 8:59 to play, Aaron Rodgers (30-44, 303-2-1) was intercepted by NaVorro Bowman and on the very next play Frank Gore gave the 49ers a 30-15 lead with a 23-yard touchdown run.  Its obviously a throw that the Packers quarterback would like back…

Gore finished the day with 112 yards rushing on 16 carries.  While he is known as a straight ahead, between the tackles runner, Gore did most of his damage outside of the tackles.  That surprised Packers defensive tackle, B.J. Raji…

It appeared that the Packers revamped defense struggled, giving up 377 yards (186 rushing, 191 passing) while not forcing a turnover.  However, safety Charles Woodson (3 tackles, 1.5 sacks) saw it differently…

Linebacker Clay Matthews led the defense with 2.5 sacks and linebacker A.J. Hawk had a team-high 10 tackles.  Randall Cobb also had a good opener.  He caught nine passes for 77 yards and returned a fourth quarter punt 75-yards for a touchdown…

The Packers now have a short work week as they host the Chicago Bears (1-0) Thursday night.  Head coach Mike McCarthy talked about the loss and moving forward…

Thursday’s game between the Packers and Bears at Lambeau Field begins at 7:20 PM.

Notes:
The replacement refs were busy Sunday, throwing 18 flags.  Ten of which went against the Packers resulting in a loss of 77 yards.  Tightend Jermichael Finley (7-47-1) didn’t think that the officials did a bad job…

49ers kicker David Akers connected on an NFL record tying 63-yard field goal at the end of the first half.  The kick, which hit the crossbar and bounced over, surprised Akers…

Packers receiver Donald Driver only played the final three snaps and did not catch a pass.

Sunday’s Packers-49ers boxscore

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