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Cautious start at Lambeau

11/22/2009

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- As John Madden used to say, these teams are still feeling each other out.

Green Bay leads San Francisco 6-3 here at the end of the first quarter. The Packers defense has dominated with the exception of one 42-yard run from 49ers tailback Frank Gore. On offense, meanwhile, the Packers continue to show (positive) signs that they’ve pulled back their downfield passing attack to compensate for their pass-protection issues.

Coach Mike McCarthy has called for a run on nine of their first 19 plays. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has completed one deep pass, a 37-yarder against a blitz to Greg Jennings, but for the most part is looking to release the ball quicker and shorter. Tailback Ryan Grant has caught two of his seven completions.