Kaepernick Could not be Stopped by Packers Defense
Just got done looking at the Packers defensive tape from the 49'ers game. I was going to grab something to eat afterwards but I lost my appetite.
When we visited last, my primary concern was containing the San Francisco running game, but to be honest, I was referring to the stuff Frank Gore normally runs, and while he did wind up with 119 yards and a 5 plus average, I never dreamed Collin Kaepernick or any other quarterback, could rush for 181 yards and an 11 plus average against the Packers.
Green Bay played the quote, read option, about as poorly as you can play it. When Kaepernick went for 56 yards and a touchdown, what had been a close game was never the same.
On that back-breaker, Erik Walden and Charles Woodson were totally fooled by the fake, and Tramon Williams was blocked forever and a day.
The other thing that killed the Packer defense was its inability to get off the field on third down. The 49'ers converted over 60% of the time, and they were a lousy third down team during the regular season, ranking 25th at just 35%.
While defense may win championships, poor defense certainly lost this divisional playoff game.
We'll hit on the bigger Packer picture as the week goes on.