Final

49ers 16

(4-8, 1-5 away)

Packers 34

(8-4, 5-1 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, December 5, 2010

Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI 

1 2 3 4 T
SF 3 10 3 016
GB 0 14 14 634

Top Performers

Passing: A. Rodgers (GB) - 298 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: J. Starks (GB) - 18 CAR, 73 YDS

Receiving: V. Davis (SF) - 4 REC, 126 YDS, 1 TD

Aaron Rodgers picks apart 49ers as Donald Driver lifts Packers

Associated Press

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Donald Driver woke up with a case of food poisoning on Sunday morning, blaming it on a bad batch of spicy chicken wings.

Then he gave the San Francisco 49ers' defense a play that was difficult to digest.

Driver left a string of befuddled 49ers' defenders in his dust on a rambling 61-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown in the third quarter, providing the most critical play in the Packers' 34-16 victory at Lambeau Field on Sunday.

"I don't know what happened," Driver said. "All I know is when I caught it, I just started making moves. Unfortunately, you don't know what kind of moves you make until you watch the film."

As Driver and the team celebrated, the crowd counted out all the tackles he broke as the play was replayed on the stadium video screens.

"That's one of the best plays I've ever been a part of," Aaron Rodgers said.

Greg Jennings caught six passes for 122 yards and a pair of touchdowns for the Packers (8-4), who picked up a critical victory as they make a push for the playoffs.

Rodgers was 21 of 30 for 298 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.

Vernon Davis had 126 yards receiving and a touchdown for the 49ers (4-8), who came into Sunday's game with playoff hopes despite their disappointing record.

Addressing his increasingly shaky job status, 49ers coach Mike Singletary said simply that he coaches for his job every week. He struggled to find positives to take away from Sunday.

"I can't say that we accomplished much in this game," Singletary said.

But given the mediocre state of the NFC West, quarterback Troy Smith wasn't giving up on making the playoffs.

"There's no margin of error to where we can even try to think negatively about anything," Smith said.

It was a wintry day at Lambeau, with temperatures in the 20s and a stiff, steady 16-mph wind.

The conditions seemed to impede the Packers' passing game early as Rodgers was uncharacteristically off target, missing Driver in the end zone in the first quarter and failing to convert an open third-and-long throw in the second quarter because the ball bounced off a defender's helmet.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said the wind didn't change the way he called the offense on Sunday because of the weather, but Rodgers acknowledged that he didn't account for the wind on the missed throw to Driver.

"I've played here enough times in the winter to know that the wind usually blows from our tunnel to the northwest side of the field," Rodgers said. "Unfortunately, I just forgot about that for a quick second. But it wasn't a huge factor."

Rodgers found his mark midway through the second quarter, when a defender jumped offside to give him a free play -- and Rodgers delivered a deep strike to Jennings for a 57-yard touchdown, giving Green Bay a 7-6 lead.

Green Bay was leading 14-13 in the third quarter when Driver made the play of the day, catching a sharp pass from Rodgers and bouncing off a series of potential tacklers on his way to the end zone.

"It ignited our football team," McCarthy said. "We needed that. We had some segments there in the first half where we weren't as sharp as we needed to [be]."

The 49ers answered Driver's touchdown with a field goal to cut the Packers' lead to 21-16, but Rodgers delivered a deep strike to Jennings to put the Packers in scoring position. Rodgers found Jennings again for a touchdown three plays later, giving Green Bay a 28-16 lead.

"To pretty much impose their will, move the ball when they want to, it's embarrassing," linebacker Takeo Spikes said. "It's embarrassing."

The 49ers were without running back Frank Gore, who fractured his hip in a victory at Arizona on Monday night.

Smith was 10 of 25 for 194 yards, including a 66-yard touchdown to Davis to cut the Packers' lead to 1 just before halftime.

Then Driver broke the game open, despite his uneasy stomach.

"I was struggling early on, but I was able to fight through it," Driver said. "Now I'm going home and getting into bed. My stomach is still hurting."

Game notes


Rookie running back James Starks had 73 yards rushing for Green Bay. ... McCarthy said defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins strained his calf. ... Recently signed kicker Jeff Reed hit three field goals for the 49ers. ... The Packers played Sunday's game with blue throwback jerseys recalling the 1929 team. "I thought it was awesome," McCarthy said.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SF
GB
1st Downs1121
Passing 1st downs
79
Rushing 1st downs
411
1st downs from Penalties
01
3rd down efficiency
3-129-15
4th down efficiency
1-10-0
Total Plays5168
Total Yards269410
Yards per play5.36.0
Total Drives1111
Passing172274
Comp - Att
10-2521-30
Yards per pass
6.99.1
Interceptions thrown
10
Sacks - Yards Lost
4-224-24
Rushing97136
Rushing Attempts
2234
Yards per rush
4.44.0
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-22-5
Penalties6-325-40
Turnovers10
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
10
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession22:4937:11

Passing Leaders

SFC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Smith10/251947.8114-22
GBC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Rodgers21/302989.9304-24

Rushing Leaders

SFCARYDSAVGTDLG
Dixon9333.7017
Westbrook9313.4011
GBCARYDSAVGTDLG
Starks18734.1016
Rodgers4399.8012

Receiving Leaders

SFRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Davis412631.51666
Crabtree34515.00398
GBRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Jennings612220.32577
Driver47318.31618

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSFGB
sfFG11:49Jeff Reed 44 Yd 30
SECOND QUARTERSFGB
sfFG12:34Jeff Reed 26 Yd 60
gbTD07:02Greg Jennings 57 Yd Pass From Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick) 67
gbTD01:46John Kuhn 1 Yd Run (Mason Crosby Kick) 614
sfTD01:26Vernon Davis 66 Yd Pass From Troy Smith (Jeff Reed Kick) 1314
THIRD QUARTERSFGB
gbTD11:52Donald Driver 61 Yd Pass From Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick) 1321
sfFG06:39Jeff Reed 23 Yd 1621
gbTD03:37Greg Jennings 1 Yd Pass From Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick) 1628
FOURTH QUARTERSFGB
gbFG13:50Mason Crosby 43 Yd 1631
gbFG03:10Mason Crosby 24 Yd 1634

Research Notes

Aaron Rodgers went 14-for-22 with 214 yards and three touchdowns when the Packers used at least three wide receivers Sunday against the 49ers.

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