The Green Bay Packers lost a hard-fought battle with the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, September 8. The final score was 34-28, and took more than 60 minutes for the final play to end the game.
Maybe Candlestick Park was not successfully sacked in its last season opener, but the invaders proved capable of dealing with anyone. The Packers will not face a better opponent all season, and yet forced the Niners to play more than 60 minutes to beat them (the pass falling incomplete well after the clock expired).
Anyone watching this game had to leave with the feeling these two teams will face each other again. A rivalry that had died down for a few years is revived, and for the third time in a row bread beat cheese. (I always thought they went well together, but then I am a Packers owner living in San Francisco.)
With the stronger NFC West and South on San Francisco's schedule compared to the NFC North and East ahead of Green Bay, the rematch could be at Lambeau Field. Even if not, there are also a lot of young players that will get better as the year goes on.
They will have to in order for the team win that rematch. There were also mistakes in every area to clear up, from several bad calls, including one play resulting from an improperly applied rule to Mike McCarthy inexplicably taking a penalty instead of a fourth down, to each unit on the field.
Nevertheless, there is more good than bad in Green Bay's unit report card: