Kickoff for tonight’s game is at 6PM. The team just came out for warm-ups at about 5:10pm.
Cornerback Tarell Brown will not play tonight after hurting his hip in Thursday’s practice. Green Bay has a few players also not playing including linebacker AJ Hawk. Stay tuned for more updates throughout the game. You can also follow along in our gameday section, which has a link to the live audio broadcast by Joe Starkey and Gary Plummer You’ll have to sign up for the NFL’s Field Pass to hear them!
You can also follow more detailed action in my quarter highlights!
So far quarterback J.T. O’Sullivan has had some off the mark throws. He was 3 of 8 for 30 yards in his first two series. The 49ers offense has also had poor field position, starting off at their 18, 8 and 8 yardline following penalties on their punt returns.
I just saw an are you kidding me play! O’Sullivan threw a right to Charles Woodson interception for a should-have been touchdown had he not fumbled the ball for no reason. The ball eventually sailed out of bounds, but it’s Packers ball at the 7-yardline.
The defense forced Green Bay to settle for a field goal, coming up with some luck (TE Donald Lee dropped a touchdown), some pressure (Ray McDonald got a sack), and then solid coverage.
Gore ended the night after that turnover with 6 carries for 29 yards. Isaac Bruce also retired after three series, finishing his first preseason action without a catch.
The defense continues to get pressure on Aaron Rodgers, with Justin Smith and Roderick Green sharing a sack to end a Packers drive early in the second quarter.
The 49ers just took a 7-3 lead with a 1-yard touchdown run by DeShaun Foster on a 4th and 1 play, finishing off a 15-play, 87 yard drive. O’Sullivan has rebounded from his interception, and gotten hot. He went 3 for 3 on the drive for 52 yards on the drive.
The 49ers second team defense came on to work against Rodgers and his first-team offense, and continued to harass the Packers starting quarterback. Walter Curry got a sack, with Kentwan Balmer and Parys Haralson also getting in the backfield.
The 49ers upped the score with a 59-yard touchdown pass from O’Sullivan to Josh Morgan on the next series. The 3-play drive took only 37 seconds off the clock.
So, the 49ers lead it in the first half 14-3 and I think the 49ers should feel pretty good about things on offense and defense. The only points came off the 49ers offensive turnover inside the 20, and keeping the Packers out of the end zone was key for the defense. The defense has also enjoyed super pass rush all night, a concern of many fans heading into the year. My only concern right now is on special teams. We are not getting much in the return areas, and are in fact losing yards because of penalties.
O’Sullivan finished the first half 8 of 17 for 154 yards, 1 interception, and 1 touchdown.
The second half is underway with Brian Brohm coming in at quarterback for the Packers. The defense held as Brohm neared midfield, giving Alex Smith his turn at quarterback for the 49ers.
Smith got his unit in scoring position on his first drive, completing 4 of 7 passes for 43 yards to set Joe Nedney up for a 49-yard field goal and a 17-3 lead. He underthrew a deep ball to Morgan, but came right back on the next play and found the rookie for a 27-yard completion.
Great job special teams on the field goal, but a poor job on the following kickoff return, allowing a 56-yard return by the Packers. The return led to a 49-yard field goal by Green Bay with 7:07 to go in the third quarter.
With 4:24 to go in the third quarter, Ron Fields recovered a fumbled snap at the Packers 16-yardline to set up the 49ers offense for a quick score and a 24-6 lead.
Smith and company picked up a 4th and 2 first down after he got a pass interference call on a fade throw to Cameron Colvin. Fullback Moran Norris scored on a 1-yard touchdown run to capitalize on the Packers turnover.
Brohm marched his team into 49ers territory but on a 4th and 7 throw downfield 49ers Markus Curry was there to lay a lick on Taj Smith and force an incompletion.
Quarterback Shaun Hill took over the reigns at QB with 13:33 to go from his own 39. After two runs by Clayton, Hill completed his first pass to Dominique Zeigler on a 3rd and 12 throw. Green Bay has challenged the 16-yard completion. Officials upheld the call and Green Bay lost a timeout. A facemask penalty moved the 49ers to the Packers 30-yardline with Jason Hill then making a highlight play on an end around. He escaped a stop in the backfield for a loss and then made at least three defenders miss for a 14-yard gain. The drive stalled there with Ricky Schmitt connecting on a 30-yard field goal to cushion the 49ers to a 27-6 lead.
The special teams continue to disappoint me, allowing a 58-yard kickoff return to set Green Bay up at the 49ers 35-yardline, but the defense came through in a pinch.
A holding call, followed by a Tully Banta-Cain sack and forced fumble of quarterback Matt Flynn backed the Packers from the 16 to their 31, looking at a 3rd and 19. Banta-Cain got another sack and forced another fumble that was recovered this time by Attiyah Ellison at the 43-yardline.
The 49ers were held to a three and out, and finally special teams did something on the coverage team, downing Schmitt’s punt at the 2.
The defense held and I take my special teams insults back with Allen Rossum scoring on a 67-yard punt return for a touchdown.
That’s a 34-6 49ers edge with under three minutes remaining. I’m heading down and will wrap this up after I cover the press conferences!
Ok, press conferences covered. The game ended with the 49ers defense forcing a fumble and Larry Grant recovering, sealing the 49ers with a 34-6 victory.
Head coach Mike Nolan highlighted the play of Ray McDonald and Josh Morgan, and also said that center Eric Heitmann has been solid all camp. Nolan answered the question about Mike Martz switching from the box to the field, and basically said that the coordinator “changed his mind.”