It was a tough act to follow for the 4 o’clock games after the 1 o’clock games got the 2012 NFL season started with a bang, but all three games were thrilling to watch for all 4 quarters.
In the much anticipated matchup between the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers, it was Alex Smith out-dueling Aaron Rodgers to give the 49ers an early edge for the best overall-record in the NFC. Smith completed , the second of which gave the 49ers a 23-7 lead going into the 4th-quarter.
Rodgers and the Packers offense struggled for much of the day, but an electrifying 75-yard punt return for a touchdown cut the score to 23-15, but Rodgers threw a pick to Navarro Bowman with 9 minutes left, and Frank Gore rumbled into the endzone on a 23-yard TD run, and the 49ers held on for a 30-22 win in Green Bay after the PAckers drove to the San Fran 45-yard line, but turned the ball over on downs after an incomplete pass to Jordy Nelson. Alex Smith finished 20/26 for 211 yards and a pair of TDs, while Frank Gore had 116 yards and a TD on 16 rushes. Aaron Rodgers finished 30/44 for 303 and 2 TDs. It was the Packers’ first home loss to SF since 1990.