The Green Bay Packers played the game we hoped they wouldn’t — an atrocity — and appropriately lost to the San Francisco 49ers, 45-31.
The Packers season ended because, as usual, their defense couldn’t stop the run. This time, it wasn’t getting gouged by a great running back. It was getting gouged by a quarterback running the ball.
Colin Kaepernick ran for 181 yards.
Let’s state that again — 181 yards! A quarterback! Not a running back. Not Adrian Peterson. The Niners QB ran for 181 against the Packers.
And the Packers defense wasn’t done there.
They also let an actual running back — Frank Gore — run for 119 yards.
So let’s take stock.
Overall, these jackwagons gained 579 yards. The Packers gained 352, which isn’t bad… if your defense actually shows up.
It was actually a game for a half.
Despite two first-half turnovers, the Packers were only down 24-21 at the half.
And then the wheels fell off. The Packers had no answer for the 49ers read-option in the second half.
Hell, the 49ers didn’t really even have to run the read-option to gain yards. They could could run a real NFL offense and torch the Packers.
So, we all sat around waiting for the Aaron Rodgers — who was passed over in the draft by his hometown team — to exact some vengeance. We waited for him to make them pay like he said he would… and we got nothing.
A week ago, the Packers were a Super Bowl contender.
Now, they’re no different than Kansas City. They’ll be sitting at home watching good teams play for the remainder of the season.