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49ers Post Game: The Moral Victories

C.J. Beathard and the 49ers went into Green Bay, stood toe-to-toe with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers and lost. It came down to a last-second field goal by Mason Crosby to get the win for the Packers.

On the opening drive, like a hot knife through soft butter, the 49ers marched down the field for a Matt Breida touchdown. Rodgers then does what Rodgers does and leads the Packers for a quick touchdown. It’s never easy to play in Green Bay, but the 49ers were up to the challenge.

All night long, the defense put the Packers into third and long. They forced punts and even sacked Rodgers three different times. They’ve only sacked the quarterback nine times all year. They drew up blitzes all night throwing the Packers offense off balance, but again Rodgers being Rodgers led the Packers to a game tieing touchdown with less than two minutes left to go in the game.

The 49ers had a chance to go down and score but an interception by Beathard gave the Packers another life. The one thing you do not want to do is give Rodgers another chance and he made them pay. But this team gave it hell and when you can do that without your starting quarterback or running back, take the moral victory.

Better times are ahead for the 49ers just by seeing how well they can play when they have healthy players. The offensive line played great, the offensive, in general, played great. The defense was getting pressure to the Rodgers and it was working. If this defense can draw up blitzes for the rest of the season, get pressure to the quarterback they can make things easier on the offense.

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When you’re missing your starting quarterback and running back take the moral victory. I thought they were going to lose, and even though they did, they played hard, they played their heart out. And they gave the NFL a big screw you after getting flexed out of next Sunday night by showing up big tonight. Just like George Kittle said they would do.

“Everyone says we have a lot of injuries and kicked out of a Sunday Night Football game. And no one really expects us to win on Monday night. Screw them and we’re going to do everything that we can to show up. We’re gonna ball out. That’s about it.”

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Matt Woolsey

Matt Woolsey

Writer San Francisco 49ers Desk at Sports Talk Line
I was a December baby born in 1980. Married to my beautiful bride Jen for the past 15 years, and father of 3. Been a 49ers fan since the days of Joe Montana, Steve Young, and Jerry Rice. I've been playing fantasy football for almost 20 years, been playing dynasty for the past 5 years. All I can say is I love the game.
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