Now that the freshness and pain have worn off, let's take a moment and review the Packers' much maligned defense. We'll list one thing we love, like, and would rather leave in San Francisco this week.
The front seven are back and badder than ever. After being torched by read-option plays for what felt like a century in last years playoffs, the packers front seven responded with a fantastic showing up front. They held the 49ers to only 90 yards as a team on the ground. They did a wonderful job maintaining gap control, keeping Kaepernick bottled up for most of the afternoon. They also were able to lay a few good (legal) hits on the 49ers QB. The Pack won't face another team all season with the talent of the 49ers, so I expect big things from this unit moving forward.
Clay Matthews kept his word and got after the QB Sunday afternoon. He needs to be smarter about the late hit, but I loved the fire and intensity he played with. He was a force all afternoon and that bodes well for the Pack. When Matthews is rolling, the Packers are rolling.
Jerron McMillian. In a word, brutal. He couldn't tackle, looked lost at times, and started invoking images of Erik Walden (off-topic but seriously 16 million dollars?). According to Pro Football Focus McMillian missed four tackles and gave up six catches on six targets for 57 yards and a touchdown. A really bad showing for a guy still fighting for a place in the secondary.