At Green Bay
8:25 p.m. ET
35 degrees, partly cloudy
Key Decision #1: (SF ball, leading 30-23 / first-and-10, SF 23 / 4:06 Q4)
• After two consecutive running plays that netted just one yard, QB C.J. Beathard drops back to pass on third-and-9 and is sacked for an 11-yard loss.
• This was the second series in a row that SF had a chance to push beyond a one-possession lead, but they stayed conservative on early downs. Why play conservative when you are 1-4, on the road, and no one expected you to even have a chance to win? This gave GB the chance to come back in the end.
Key Decision #2: (SF ball, game tied 30-30 / first-and-10, SF 47 / 1:49 Q4)
• The 49ers had great starting field position for a possible game-winning drive, and GB had no more timeouts. They gained seven yards on first down. On second-and-3, they called for a pass, which fell incomplete and stopped the clock. On third-and-3, SF chose a low-percentage deep ball that was intercepted by Kevin King. The change of possession stopped the clock again, leaving over a minute for the Packers’ game-winning drive
• GB had a hard time adjusting to the SF run game all night, even as SF became fairly predictable running to its left consistently.
• SF head coach Kyle Shanahan has done a good job using his personnel; his running backs are both undrafted free agents, but they shredded the Packers.
• We also like how Shanahan uses his fullback Kyle Juszczyk — he’ll play him all over the field, in the I, split wide, as a TE and in the slot.
• GB’s offense looked good running its scripted plays, but once those ran out, they tended to struggle.
• After early hits, SF’s defense did a good job of adjusting its rush and not rushing too hard upfield; They largely kept Aaron Rodgers confined to the pocket for much of game, but lost discipline on the final drive as Rodgers went upfield for a long run.