49ers vs. Packers: Full Week 1 Report Card for Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers

Matt SmithContributor IIISeptember 10, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 09:  Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers throws a pass during the NFL season opener against the San Francisco 49ers at Lambeau Field on September 9, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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This wasn't how the Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers were expecting to start the year—especially at home.

In the Green Bay Packers' 30-22 loss, Aaron Rodgers went 30-of-44 for 303 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He also added five rushes for 27 yards on the ground.

While the stat line looks good, it was a rather mediocre day at the office for a player of Rodgers' caliber.

Green Bay was unable to move the chains consistently early in the game, although not all of that falls on their quarterback.

Jermichael Finley had several key drops in the game and the 49ers' defense was able to shut down the run. He was also under duress most of the day, as the 49ers' impressive front seven was able to consistently get pressure.

Even at that, Rodgers made a few uncharacteristically bad decisions.

On the play he got intercepted, Rodgers looked to the sideline and then threw back up the middle without ever seeing 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman right in his face. He also should've gotten picked a second time when he made his target too obvious and a San Francisco defensive back read it all the way but dropped the ball.

Things finally got moving in the final quarter when the Packers needed a rally, but it wasn't enough as the Packers fell short.

Though Rodgers was consistently under pressure and had to deal with extra coverage because the 49ers didn't respect the running game, Rodgers wasn't stellar himself either. 

Rodgers made multiple spectacular throws, made some plays with his feet and had a solid game overall, but he also got lucky a few times as well. It was merely an OK effort.

Rodgers will look to get back on track after a short week as the Packers face the Bears on Thursday Night Football.

Grade: B

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