Monday Morning Aftermath: Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers remained in the thick of the playoff hunt with a 34-16 victory over the visiting 49ers.
Slow Start, Fast Finish
The Packers got off to their typical slow start, and went into halftime nursing a one point lead. But the second half was all Green Bay as they dominated in every facet of the game.
Aaron Rodgers and Greg Jennings were playing like they were the only two on the field. Halfway through the second quarter, Aaron Rodgers and company had a free play when a 49ers defensive lineman jumped offsides. Apparently, Rodgers hadn’t even called a play, but Greg Jennings knew what to do. Jennings streaked down the field running a go-route, and hauled in a 57-yard touchdown pass. The score put the Packers ahead 7-6 and the Green and Gold never relinquished the lead.
A Running Game in December?
Head coach Mike McCarthy said he planned on getting rookie running back James Starks 8-10 touches; however, Starks’ play merited more and the rookie out of Buffalo finished with 18 carries for 73 yards in his first live action in over 23 months. Starks’ 18 carries were the most by a Packers running back this season since Brandon Jackson carried the ball 18 times back in week 1.
Driver Cannot Be Stopped
Donald Driver reportedly was dealing with food poisoning, but the stomach illness didn’t seem to affect his play. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers characterized Driver’s 61-yard catch-and-run as one of “the most amazing” he’s ever seen. The video will be on NFL.com for the next 24 hours, and I suggest watching it for yourself.
Defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins re-aggravated a calf injury late in the game.
“You really don’t know until (Monday),” McCarthy said of the severity of the injury. “Anytime you have a strain, particularly of a muscle – it’s the same one that he’s strained in the past, so that’s the concern there.”
Fullback Korey Hall and wide receiver Brett Swain also left the game with knee sprains.