49ers Dominate Aaron Rodgers and Packers in Clash of NFC’s Top Teams

Green Bay got blown out 37-8 by San Francisco on "Sunday Night Football"

49ers Dominate Aaron Rodgers and Packers in Clash of NFC's Top Teams
Jimmy Garoppolo of the 49ers celebrates with Mike Person and Mike McGlinchey. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty)
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With a chance to take the top seed in the NFC and get the inside track on locking up home-field advantage for the playoffs, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers fell flat against the dominant defense of the San Francisco 49ers.

In what was arguably the worst game of his career, Rodgers completed just completed 20-of-33 passes for 104 yards and a touchdown in a 37-8 loss to the Niners in San Fran. 

Averaging just 3.2 yards per pass attempt, Rodgers took five sacks and was ultimately pulled with four minutes left in the fourth quarter and the game out of reach. He also lost a fumble on the opening drive of the game that set the tone for the beatdown that was to follow.

“We got outcoached and we got outplayed, and we’ve got to man up,” said Green Bay coach Matt LaFleur said. “We’ve got to look at ourselves critically and get a lot of stuff corrected, and we’ve got to be honest with ourselves. It wasn’t nearly good enough.”

With the loss, the Packers (8-3) fell into a tie for first place with Minnesota in the NFC North.

For the 49ers, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo didn’t need to do that much but completed 14-of-20 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns.

Now 10-1 on the year, the 49ers have upcoming matchups with the first-place Baltimore Ravens and first-place New Orleans Saints. Should they beat both of those opponents, San Francisco will likely be able to hold off Seattle (9-2) in a tight NFC West race and secure the top playoff spot in the conference.

“Apparently nobody has to play us. We just have to play everybody. We’re just the punching bag people come punch on,” said San Francisco cornerback Richard Sherman. “We don’t worry about the outside noise. We understand what kind of team we have and we don’t worry about the opponent because you can’t control what they do.”

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