Who said the San Francisco 49ers did not have the offensive power to outscore the Green Bay Packers? Critics, I tell ya. The Pack abandoned the running game midway through, and left their fate with Aaron Rodgers. The 49ers had a solid ground game with Frank Gore, yet still found room for Alex Smith to complete touchdowns to Randy Moss and Vernon Davis.
Heck, even kicker David Akers contributed with an NFL record-tying 63-yard field goal, bouncing off from the cross-bar but in nonetheless. It’s hard to kick outdoors, or in places that will soon see snow on the field; in this case, Wisconsin. Akers with 3 field goals, Mason Crosby with none.
The last time the 49ers played an official game, they had 1 pass for 3 yards to a wide receiver. Moss was one of three receivers with at least 4 catches, so I’m sure the passing game is figured out now. I’ll even give Michael Crabtree some credit, having 7 (the most of the day) receptions.
Alex went 20-for-26 with 211 yards and a pair of touchdowns; Aaron also had a pair of touchdowns but also threw an interception with his 30-for-44 day. I’d have to comment that, while Alex Smith didn’t throw as many times or for as much yardage, he bested one of the greatest quarterbacks in the league.
Was this a preview of a possible NFC Championship game? If it is, the 49ers have locked a tiebreak victory by winning today, and would host the game in San Francisco in January.
Next week? Sunday night football, Jim Harbaugh against Jim Schwartz. Do we remember the famous handshake last year?