In the first halves of the Green Bay Packers’ two games against the San Francisco 49ers last year, Aaron Rodgers and company scored exactly zero points. They fixed that on the first series of Thursday’s game, putting up three touchdowns as they racked up a 21-3 halftime lead on the depleted 49ers roster.
Rodgers has three touchdown passes in the first half. The first game on a tremendous 36-yard toss to Davante Adams, which will be on highlight reels all weekend. The second was a great play design to free up Marcedes Lewis in the end zone, and the third was this ludicrous play to Marquez Valdes-Scantling, who had dropped a wide-open third down conversion earlier in the second quarter:
All told, Rodgers went 13-for-18 for 149 yards and those three scores. Aaron Jones, in his return from injury, has eight carries for 50 yards and four receptions for 18 more yards. Davante Adams leads the way with four receptions for 55 yards and his scoring catch.
Just four days after the Packers needed to dink and dunk their way down the field against the Minnesota Vikings, they have found some explosive plays in this game. The defense is also getting some pressure on 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens, and Green Bay recorded its first interception since week two. Preston Smith’s hit on Mullens caused the football to float, and Raven Greene hauled it in for an easy pick. The short field led to Lewis’ score, which extended the Packers’ lead from 7-3 to 14-3.
The 49ers will receive the opening kickoff of the third quarter. Join us here for the remainder of tonight’s game.