Nothing has gone well for the Green Bay Packers’ offense in the first half of Sunday night’s game against the San Francisco 49ers. The Packers have been shut out through 30 minutes of play, bringing back visions of the team’s previous trip to California a few weeks ago.
The offense is 0-for-8 on third downs and 0-for-1 on fourth down. They have just 60 yards of offense on 34 plays, an average of 1.8 yards per snap. Aaron Rodgers has completed ten of 20 passes for 41 yards, none longer than ten yards. The only explosive play of the entire game was a 21-yard run by Allen Lazard on an end-around.
Special teams have been no better. JK Scott has fully collapsed into a black hole, averaging 37.2 gross yards per punt on six attempts despite having ideal conditions in a clear California evening. And the Packers lost another yard on a punt return, giving them negative-9 yards as a team on punt returns for the season.
Meanwhile, the Packers’ defense held up as well as one could hope, given that the unit has been put in some abysmal situations. Or at least they did until around the two-minute warning. San Francisco’s first touchdown came on their first offensive snap, which they took from the Packers’ two-yard line. Green Bay’s D allowed two field goals after that before the two-minute warning, but a 42-yard touchdown by Deebo Samuel. Then, yet another three-and-out by the offense and a poor punt by Scott set up another short field for the 49ers, who completed one pass and kicked a 48-yard field goal or a 23-0 lead at the half.
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