Coming off of a bye week the Green Bay Packers will head into San Francisco to take on the 49ers in an exciting Sunday Night Football matchup. The Packers last played on November 10th when they defeated the Carolina Panthers 24-16. Preston Smith and the Packers defense stopped MVP candidate Christian McCaffrey at the goal line to seal the win. Aaron Jones scored 3 rushing touchdowns for the second time this season and had 13 carries for 93 rushing yards while the Packers improved to 5-2 all time against the Panthers at home. Aaron Rodgers went 17/29 for 233 yards in an uneventful game by his standards. Wide receiver Davante Adams looked healthy for the first time in weeks and had 7 catches for 118 yards.
The 49ers and quarterback Jimmy Garapollo had quite the day throwing 4 touchdown passes. None were more important than a fourth quarter drive where Garoppolo threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Wilson with 31 seconds left for his fourth TD pass of the game and the 49ers rallied from 16 points down for a 36-26 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. The game was close throughout and the final score is deceiving as a last second touchdown for the 49ers changed the lead from 3 -10. Garappolo went 34-45 for 425 yards to go with his passing touchdowns. The team relied heavily on the run early in the season but appears to have changed tactics on offense as the team combined for a total of 19 rushing attempts and 34 yards with Tevin Coleman having 12 of those carries for 14 yards. Wide Receivers Deebo Samuel and Kyle Juszczyk were spectacular combining for 15 catches and 197 yards receiving. Ross Dwelly had 2 touchdown catches while Justin Wilson and Kendrick Bourne each had one. They averaged 181.1 yards per game through the first seven contests for the second best mark in the league. That aspect of the offense has gone missing the past three weeks as San Francisco has been held to 74 yards per game and ranks third worst in that span, averaging 2.88 yards per carry. That has coincided with an injury to tight end George Kittle, who is one of the better blockers in the NFL.
There is a lot of familiarity amongst the coaching staffs for this week’s matchup. As several coaches on both staffs have worked together for previous teams. The offense appears to be shifting towards more passing which is good for Garappolo. He showed off both sides of his game last week against Arizona. He threw two interceptions, giving him 10 on the season. But he also threw for a career-high 424 yards and four touchdowns, including the go-ahead score in the final minute. The ups and downs have been part of Garoppolo's game all season, but he hasn't let the bad plays affect him. Garoppolo is 32 for 35 for 378 yards, two TDs, no interceptions and a 130.7 passer rating on the drives following his picks. Rogers has already seen enough of the Bosa family after the Chargers' Joey Bosa had 1 1/2 sacks against Green Bay earlier this month. Now he has to deal with the younger Bosa brother when he faces San Francisco's stellar rookie Nick, who has seven sacks already.