SANTA CLARA, California-Aaron Rodgers completed two deep passes to Davante Adams on a last-minute drive and put Mason Crosby’s 51-yard field goal on the final game of the game that gave the Green Bay Packers a 30-28 victory over the San Francisco 49ers Sunday evening.
Rodgers delivered to the Packers (2-1) after Jimmy Garoppolo gave San Francisco the lead on a 12-yard TD pass to Kyle Juszczyk with 37 seconds to play.
Green Bay had no timeouts, but Rodgers completed passes of 25 and 17 yards to Adams to set up the game-winning kick and a heady party in the final zone.
‘That’s what he’s done all his career,’ Rodgers said. “He’s made a lot of big kicks for us. I love him to death. We’ve been playing together for 15 years. We sit next to each other every bus ride, every flight. He’s an incredible guy, and he’s so clutch. ‘
The comeback ruined the 49ers’ first game (2-1) with fans since beating Green Bay in the NFC title in 2019. San Francisco had amassed 17 points to take the lead before being crushed by Rodgers.
Rodgers threw 261 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Packers to back-to-back wins after a 38-3 season-opening loss to New Orleans. Rodgers had six TD passes and no interceptions in wins over San Francisco (2-1) and Detroit.
“I’m fine with our team,” Rodgers said. “Week one was an anomaly. I said it and I believe it. We returned in week two. Played a fantastic team tonight all the way down to the thread. This flight will feel incredible.”
The Niners returned home after back-to-back road wins back East, but struggled to slow Rodgers.
‘I think we have to play a lot better than we did,’ said coach Kyle Shanahan. ‘Some of the mistakes we made during the match, you do not win many football matches by doing so. We need to clean it up. ‘
Rodgers finished on a 1-yard TD pass to Davante Adams and a 12-yard in the fourth quarter to Marquez Valdes-Scantling as he utilized a knocked-out 49ers secondary that lost two more players to injury.
Starting cornerback Jason Verrett went down with a season-ending knee injury in the opening, and K’Waun Williams (calf) and Josh Norman (chest) left this game in the first half with injuries.
The Packers had to deal with their own injury problems on the offensive line, with their top managers missing with Elgton Jenkins out with an ankle injury and David Bakhtiari on the physically unable to perform the list with a knee injury.
Rodgers quickly got rid of the ball to neutralize Nick Bosa and the Niners pass rush and were fired only once in the win.
The Packers quickly got started scoring on their first two drives. Rodgers finished on a 42-yard pass to Allen Lazard on the first drive to set up a field goal by Mason Crosby. Rodgers then hit Valdes-Scantling on a 47-yard touchdown to create the short TD pass to Adams. Rodgers was 9 for 9 for 127 yards in the quarter.
The Niners avoided being shut out in the first half as they scored on the final game. After Garoppolo got away with a seemingly intentional grounding that would have ended the half, Lance came in for his first snap since opening. He ran behind a big block from Trent Williams for a 1-yard score that reduced Green Bay’s lead to 17-7.
Packers coach Matt LaFleur was furious at the lack of the intended grounding call and gave referee Jerome Boger an earful on his way off the field.
San Francisco then scored at the opening of the second half as Garoppolo hit Brandon Aiyuk on an 8-yard TD pass as the Niners scored 14 points without Rodgers touching the ball.
Packers: Adams was down for a few minutes after taking a hard blow from Jimmie Ward that did not lead to a penalty kick. His teammates knelt near him when he was treated, but he was able to return after missing only one game. … LB Krys Barnes left the match in the first half with a concussion. … DL Tyler Lancaster was assessed for concussion in the second half. … WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling (hoarding) also left the game in the fourth quarter.
49ers: Williams (calf) and Norman (breast) left the game in the first half.
Packers: Host Steelers on Sunday.
49ers: Host Seattle on Sunday.
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