A roundup of what’s happening on the Green Bay Packers beat.
SAN FRANCISCO – As we pack up and leave the West Coast for a long day of travel back to Green Bay, let’s take one more look at just how the San Francisco 49ers’ 34-28 win over the Packers on Sunday differed from their playoff victory back in January.
ESPN Stats & Info had the complete breakdown: "When the 49ers and Packers met in the playoffs, the 49ers had 16 zone-read rushes for 176 yards en route to the win. They had only seven such rushes for 10 yards on Sunday. But that did nothing to thwart [Colin] Kaepernick’s effectiveness. Kaepernick completed 69 percent of his passes and threw for 350 yards and 2 touchdowns from the pocket Sunday. The last time these two teams met, Kaepernick completed a career-low 55 percent of his passes from the inside the pocket."
The rest of our ESPN.com coverage: The Packers' defense looked more like the 2011 version, when it ranked last in the NFL in passing yardage. Clay Matthews admitted his late hit on Kaepernick wasn’t smart. Plus, odds and ends from the locker room and Rapid Reaction from after the game.
The Green Bay Press-Gazette’s coverage of the game was highlighted by Mike Vandermause’s Insider Report, Pete Dougherty’s analysis of the defensive meltdown and Weston Hodkiewicz’s notebook that led with the bizarre turn of events after Matthews’ penalty.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Bob McGinn wrote about Anquan Boldin’s big day against the Packers’ depleted secondary and the struggles in the running game. Tom Silverstein offered coach Mike McCarthy’s explanation for accepting a penalty that gave the 49ers another shot at a third-down play.
At ESPNWisconsin.com, Jason Wilde detailed referee Bill Leavy’s mistake in enforcing penalties that gave the 49ers an extra down.