GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Green Bay Packers (1-1) are facing the San Francisco 49ers (2-0) on Sunday Night Football. Follow along all night for updates.
Packers 27, 49ers 21 (2:39 remaining)
Mason Crosby made a 38-yard field goal that gave the Packers a six-point lead. Will it hold up. On third-and-4, Aaron Rodgers took a shot to Davante Adams up the sideline by cornerback Emmanuel Moseley’s coverage was excellent.
Packers 24, 49ers 21 (4:58 remaining)
Reeling after a couple calls went the wrong way, the 49ers were on the Packers’ side of the field when defensive tackle Kenny Clark charged up the field and forced a fumble by quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Linebacker De’Vondre Campbell recovered and set up the offense at the Niners’ 38.
Packers 24, 49ers 21 (7:41 remaining)
On first down, Aaron Rodgers went deep to Davante Adams but Adams couldn’t make the catch. Of far greater importance, Adams was decked by a helmet-to-helmet hit by safety Jimmie Ward. Ward launched himself into Adams, a penalty on every level of football, but a flag was not thrown and Adams remained down for a couple minutes before walking off the field. Presumably, he’ll be examined for a concussion.
Update: After sitting out one play, Adams returned to the game. Rodgers overthrew him on third-and-10.
Packers 24, 49ers 21 (7:48 remaining)
Trey Sermon scored on a 1-yard run to make it a three-point game again. Interference calls have been huge all night. The latest: On third-and-14, Jimmy Garoppolo went deep to Brandon Aiyuk. Rookie cornerback Eric Stokes appeared to have excellent coverage but was flagged for interference, a huge gain of 35 to midfield. On the next play, Mohamed Sanu made a tumbling catch for 16 yards; the ball hit the ground but Sanu was judged to have controlled the ball upon Matt LaFleur’s challenge.
Packers 24, 49ers 14 (13:27 remaining)
With the Packers reeling, Aaron Rodgers and Co. authored a championship-caliber drive. An 86-yard march was capped by Rodgers’ 12-yard touchdown pass over rookie cornerback Deommodore Lenoir. It was a superb pass by Rodgers, who lamented three potential touchdown passes to Valdes-Scantling that he missed last week. The big play was a 24-yard gain as tight end Robert Tonyan was interfered with by linebacker Fred Warner.
Packers 17, 49ers 14 (7:41 remaining)
Just like that, it’s a ballgame. The 49ers successfully doubled up, with Jimmy Garoppolo connecting with Brandon Aiyuk for an 8-yard touchdown on third-and-goal. Defensive coordinator Joe Barry brought the house but the Niners gave Garoppolo enough time to find Aiyuk against Jaire Alexander. The Niners drove 83 yards in 13 plays. On the second of three third-down conversions, Deebo Samuel made a leaping grab on third-and-9. Now, the pressure’s on Aaron Rodgers to turn the momentum.
Packers 17, 49ers 7
After scoring to end the half, the 49ers will get the ball to start the second half. Aaron Rodgers is 16-of-18 passing for 184 yards with one touchdown and a 127.8 rating. Davante Adams has seven catches for 73 yards. The Packers have outgained the 49ers 223-99.
Packers 17, 49ers 7 (end of half)
Twenty-nine minutes of excellence by Green Bay’s offense and defense was tainted by the special teams when Trenton Cannon returned the kickoff 68 yards to the Packers’ 32. On the final play of the half, backup quarterback Trey Lance entered the game and scored on a 1-yard run. Left tackle Trent Williams plowed over cornerback Eric Stokes and center Alex Mack got just enough of safety Adrian Amos. On third down, Preston Smith drilled quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and his pass went straight into the turf. Grounding, obviously, was not called. Stokes was flagged for interference on a third-down incompletion to Mohamed Sanu.
Packers 17, 49ers 0 (1:02 remaining)
Aaron Jones scored on a 3-yard run as the Packers have taken a shocking 17-point lead. Allen Lazard – called a “goon” by coach Matt LaFleur – had the key block against Nick Bosa as Jones started right and cut back to the left. Davante Adams did most of the work. He drew interference for a gain of 32 on third-and-6 and picked up 15 more on a back-shoulder pass on third-and-3. Another back-shoulder completion to Adams moved the ball to the 4.
Linebacker Krys Barnes is being evaluated for a concussion. He was injured when he combined with Eric Stokes to tackle Brandon Aiyuk. Ty Summers replaced him in the lineup. Later in the drive, the Packers lost cornerback Chandon Sullivan when Summers hit tight end George Kittle and Kittle’s head banged into Sullivan’s head. For the final drive of the half, Sullivan was in the game and it was Oren Burks in for Barnes.
Packers 10, 49ers 0 (10:20 remaining)
Will this missed opportunity come back to bite Matt LaFleur’s crew? A potential scoring drive was set up by a superlative interception by Jaire Alexander. Jimmy Garoppolo threw deep to tight end George Kittle, who had a step on his man. But, from out of nowhere, Alexander ranged from the defense’s left to the middle of the field for the interception. His 30-yard return set up the Packers at the Niners’ 32. Gains of 10 yards on a catch by Davante Adams and a run by Aaron Jones moved the ball to the 12. Finally, on fourth-and-1 from the 3, LaFleur kept the offense on the field but Rodgers – who was 12-of-12 passing – had nobody open and threw incomplete to a blanketed Randall Cobb. Late pressure was applied by Nick Bosa, who is having his way with Yosh Nijman and Green Bay’s blockers. On this play, he got between Nijman tight end Josiah Deguara.
Packers 10-0 (end of quarter)
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The Packers have a 143-25 edge in yards. Allen Lazard, shut out last week, has one catch for 42 yards and drew a 25-yard penalty for pass interference to help move the ball to the 44 at the end of the quarter.
Packers 10, 49ers 0 (1:51 remaining)
The Packers forced a three-and-out – De’Vondre Campbell almost had a pick-six on a third-down incompletion – to continue their hot start. The Packers will start their next drive at their 10-yard line. Rodgers is 9-of-9 for 127 yards and one touchdown.
Packers 10, 49ers 0 (3:19 remaining)
Remember that touchdown in which Davante Adams beat All-Pro Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey in last year’s playoffs? The Packers scored on that play again. Adams motioned to his right, hit the brakes at the snap, sprinted left and caught the touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers. Just like the opening drive, Green Bay took advantage of a deep pass – this one a 47-yarder to Marquez Valdes-Scantling – to get into scoring position. On third-and-6 from the 15, Nick Bosa beat left tackle Yosh Nijman but Rodgers ducked under the potential sack and fired a bullet to Adams to the 1.
Packers 3, 49ers 0 (7:25 remaining)
An early win for Green Bay’s defense, with Kenny Clark and Preston Smith blowing up a first-down run and Chandon Sullivan breaking up a third-down pass.
Packers 3, 49ers 0 (10:06 remaining)
Mason Crosby booted a 54-yard field goal to get the Packers on the board. On third-and-3 early in the drive, Aaron Rodgers hit Allen Lazard in stride for a gain of 42 yards to the 26. Lazard wasn’t even targeted in last week’s victory over Detroit. An 11-yard screen to running back Aaron Jones pushed the ball to the 15. Then, it was one calamity after another. First, Nick Bosa deflected Rodgers’ pass; Rodgers caught it for a loss of 4. Next, fill-in left tackle Yosh Nijman needed a facemask to stop Bosa’s power rush – a 15-yard penalty. Then, Bosa beat Nijman to drop Jones for a loss of 4.
No matter what happens, Green Bay will be no worse than tied for first place in the NFC North. The Packers are 1-1, Chicago is 1-2 after losing 26-6 to Cleveland, Minnesota is 1-2 after beating Seattle 30-17, and Detroit is 0-3 after losing 19-17 to Baltimore on Justin Tucker’s record 66-yard field goal.
Nijman Will Start at Left Tackle
Based on pregame warmups at Levi’s Stadium, Yosh Nijman will replace Elgton Jenkins at left tackle.
An undrafted free agent in 2019, this will be Nijman’s first meaningful snaps from scrimmage in his career. Of his 14 career snaps, four came at the end of last year’s blowout win over the 49ers.
With All-Pro David Bakhtiari rehabbing last year’s torn ACL and Jenkins held out of the preseason, Nijman started and played the majority of the three preseason games. He played well in those games, giving the coaches confidence in giving him his first NFL start rather than moving veteran Billy Turner from right tackle to left tackle and inserting Dennis Kelly at right tackle.
Jon Runyan will start for the second consecutive week at left guard.
So, by NFL starts, this is Green Bay’s line: LT Nijman (zero), LG Runyan (one), C Josh Myers (two), RG Royce Newman (two), RT Turner (57).
Their challenge? Blocking a 49ers front that features former first-round picks Arik Armstead, Nick Bosa, Javon Kinlaw and Dee Ford.
A week after earning solid reviews from the coaches following his debut in the slot, cornerback Kevin King is out due to illness.
With tight end Dominique Dafney placed on injured reserve on Saturday, the Packers have a 52-man roster. That means only four players on the inactives list: King, left tackle Elgton Jenkins (ankle), safety Vernon Scott and outside linebacker La’Darius Hamilton.
Without King, the Packers figure to go with Jaire Alexander and first-round pick Eric Stokes as the corners and Chandon Sullivan returning to the slot.
“I think one of the things that gives Kevin a neat thing for us is that most corners, especially most nickels, they don’t have the length and the size,” defensive coordinator Joe Barry said. “Most slot receivers are smaller guys, so to be able to put a big, 6-3 corner that has some length and does have that short-space quickness, I think it just benefits us. And then we still have Sully; Sully’s played a lot of good ball for us in the past and currently.”
Two rookies, linebacker Isaiah McDuffie and defensive lineman Jack Heflin, are active. So is tight end Josiah Deguara, who was out last week with a concussion.
Past performance is not indicative of future results. That’s the fine-print of every financial disclosure. The same goes in the NFL. Just because the 49ers smashed the Packers in prime time in the 2019 regular season and they smashed them again in the NFC Championship Game a couple months later doesn’t mean they will smash them on Sunday night. And just because the Packers were stomped in Week 1 by New Orleans and needed a strong second half to finally dispatch of Detroit on Monday doesn’t mean they will be overmatched in this game.
Well, maybe we’re guilty of trusting in past performance too much, but the thought here is San Francisco will win this game and win it comfortably. The Packers have played two good quarters against a lousy team. The absence of Jenkins is impossible to ignore. And until Joe Barry’s defense posts a winning performance a good offense, that unit will be doubted. Prediction: 49ers 27, Packers 13. Bill’s season record: 1-1.
How to Watch: Packers at 49ers
TV: NBC – Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (field reporter).
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49ers 3 1/2-Point Favorites
The line was 3 points on Sunday morning but, as kickoff approached, the 49ers moved to 3 1/2-point favorites at SI Sportsbook. At PointsBet, 63 percent of the bets and 61 percent of the money is on Green Bay.