49ers Hold Off Packers in Season Opener


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In their season opener Sunday, the San Francisco 49ers were able to hold off the Green Bay Packers in a 30-22 victory.  The 49ers defense was smothering Sunday, limiting Aaron Rodgers and virtually shutting down the Packers running game.  The 49ers took a 16 point lead into the fourth quarter Sunday, only to see it shrink multiple times.  Early in the fourth, Randall Cobb of the Packers, returned a punt 75 yards for a touchdown.  The Packers followed this score with a two-point conversion which cut the 49ers lead to eight.  The Packers then stopped the 49ers offense and put the ball back in the hands of defending MVP, Aaron Rodgers.  On the following Packer drive, Rodgers threw an interception on the first play from scrimmage.  The 49ers then capitalized on the turnover when Frank Gore ran in a touchdown from 23 yards out.  The following Packers drive Rodgers answered with a touchdown to receiver James Jones.  The Packers then forced the 49ers to punt, giving Rodgers and the Packers a chance to come back and tie the game.  However, the 49ers defense held strong and prevented the Packers from scoring, giving them a week one victory.

Alex Smith was 20/26 for 211 yards with two touchdowns.  Frank Gore lead the niners in rushing with 16 carries for 112 yards and one touchdown.  Crabtree led the team with 7 receptions for 76 yards.  Randy Moss was also a factor in his first game back with 4 catches for 47 yards and a touchdown.  David Akers also tied a NFL record for longest field goal today when he knocked in a 63 yard attempt in the closing moments of the first half. 

The niners face the 1-0 Lions next week at Candlestick Park.

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