With a dominant defensive performance, the Packers moved to 4-0 on the season after defeating the San Francisco 49ers 17-3 inside Levi Stadium this afternoon. The Packers intercepted 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and sacked him six times on the day en route to the 49ers only totaling 196 yards (only 72 in the second half).
Aaron Rodgers went 19-of-29 and passed for 204 yards and a touchdown on the day. Meanwhile, Kaepernick only passed for 105 yards with 52 coming on the ground.
Here our recap of Sunday's game:
Aaron Rodgers had much of his usual success at the start of the game. Rodgers went 6-of-8 passing and led the Packers to an opening drive touchdown after buying extra time in the pocket and hitting tight end Richard Rodgers. Rodgers finished the half 13-of-20 and passed for 129 yards.
The Packers mixed things up in the ground game early but still didn't have much success running the football. Eddie Lacy, James Starks, Ty Montgomery and Aaron Rodgers all had rushing attempts but only combined for 68 yards.
Defensively, the Packers held running back Carlos Hyde in check, but still couldn't contain Colin Kaepernick. Hyde only rushed for 20 yards, while Kaepernick gained 43 on six attempts.
The 49ers had a chance to tie the game up at seven, pushing the ball to the five, but sacks on back-to-back plays by the Packers from Nick Perry and Jayrone Elliott pushed San Fransisco to their 22. After nearly having a chance to tie the game, the Packers held the 49ers to just a field goal.
The Packers pushed to add another touchdown before the half concluded, but were unable to convert a third down situation after Ahmad Brooks sacked Rodgers and forced the Packers to settle for a field goal attempt. Mason Crosby couldn't connect on a 44-yard kick as the Packers weren't able to increase their lead to seven.
Green Bay scored on their first two offensive drives to start the second half. John Kuhn capped a 9-play, 61-yard drive and scored a 1-yard touchdown, followed by Crosby hitting a 31-yard field on the next drive.
Dom Capers definitely adjusted to the read-option in the second half with the Packers stacking the box and not giving Kaepernick much room to run. They played stout defense as a team, with Neal, Perry (two), Elliott, Julius Peppers and Clay Matthews all registering sacks. Kaepernick also threw an ugly interception in the fourth that was picked off by Sam Shields with the 49ers still down 17-3. Although the 49ers drove down field on the next drive and got into field goal range, it ended on downs with Mike Neal recording the sixth sack on Kaepernick. The Packers defense was dominant down the stretch on the road and help snapped a two-game losing streak to the 49ers.