Why the Green Bay Packers Lost to the San Francisco 49ers

Mike RoozenContributor IISeptember 10, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 09:  James Jones #89 of the Green Bay Packers reaches for the ball while defended by Tarell Brown #25 of the San Francisco 49ers during the NFL season opener at Lambeau Field on September 9, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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I thought the game between Green Bay and San Francisco would be somewhat of a chess match, a coaches duel in a way.  It was and it wasn't. 

The main thing is, I think that the better team lost.

Not just because I'm a Packer fan, I'll admit it readily when they don't have anything going for them.

But the Pack looked like a team who had not yet emerged from the pre-season for most of the first three and half quarters.

With about eight minutes to go in the game they stared getting fired up, moving the ball at will and shutting the 49ers down with reckless abandon on defense.

Too many penalties and one horrible throw by last year's league MVP did them in.

Harbaugh's winning game plan assumed the Packers were going to come with all guns blazing from the get-go.

He knew he was going to depend on Akers to keep hitting the Packers with his long, stiff three-point jab.

Akers even nailed one from Tom Dempsey range, tying one of the most inspirational records ever held (63-yard field goal), as Dempsey, if you didn't know, was a placekicker who was born with a radically deformed foot, the one he used to set a record in 1970 that still has never been broken.

San Francisco played like the game mattered from the start while Green Bay, when they couldn't get it done at half speed, turned it up a notch or two and would wind up falling short.

One big psychological positive to the loss for Green Bay, is that they certainly now aren't going to get all caught up near the end of the season in defending or trying to consummate a perfect record. 

Green Bay is Super Bowl bound this year.

To me they look like a juggernaut that is simply intent on peaking when it matters most.