Crosby propels Packers to victory over 49ers


(WLAX / WEUX) – This was the Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams vintage.

They once again showed why they are the National Football League’s main aerial threat, connecting for two 25-yard and 17-yard clutch receptions on the final run to set up Mason Crosby’s 51-yard basket as the game clock hit zero at Levi’s Stadium in San Francisco last night.

Packers 30, 49ers 28.

Crosby’s teammates engulfed him on the pitch and celebrated the iconic victory, which propelled Green Bay 2-1 to first place in NFC North. What a plane trip to Wisconsin it must have been.

The one Rodgers had been eagerly awaiting, hinting at the return celebratory charter flight in a post-game interview with Michelle Tafoya.

“It’s a growing moment for us,” said Rodgers of the win over the team he rooted for when he grew up in California. “Now we are on our way. . . now we know how to win.

With expectations high for this Packers team in 2021, Green Bay could ill afford to lose to NFC rival San Francisco and absorb a second loss so early in the season. Especially after taking a surprising 17-0 lead in the second quarter.

Rodgers and Adams’ value to the Packers transcends stats: 23 of 33, 261 yards, 2 touchdowns, no INTs and a 113.3 QB rating for Rodgers and 12 catches, 132 yards and one touchdown for Adams.

While they took advantage of a 49ers secondary missed all night, including several perfect back shoulder throws, they saved the best for last.

Rodgers worked his trademark magic and precision in the final 37 seconds of the game after the 49ers took their only lead in the contest. Adams displayed tenacity and resilience, returning to the field after a brutal blow in the fourth quarter to find nooks and crannies in the 49ers’ defense on the decisive drive that covered 42 yards in five games.

And then Crosby did what he does.

The 15-year veteran delivered in the clutch again, scoring a 51-yard field goal through the Levi’s Stadium studs as time ticked to spark a wild celebration from his teammates. It was the second field goal of the quarter for Crosby, who totaled 12 points in the game.

The 37-year-old kicker also made a life-saving tackle on a return from the 49ers kickoff.

Coordinator Joe Barry’s much-maligned defensive unit at Green Bay improved with a strong performance, benefiting from the early offensive start.

The Packers limited San Francisco to 67 rushing yards, registered four sacks and created two turnovers, including a key interception from Jaire Alexander in the first half and a forced fumble in the second half.

Nose tackle Kenny Clark was a huge inside key to limiting the injury-ravaged 49ers’ ground play and linebacker Preston Smith had three quarterback hits, one forcing a failure on a key third down attempt. in the third quarter, four total tackles and one sack.

A patchwork offensive line from Green Bay held up well against Nick Bosa and the 49ers’ top four, protecting Rodgers and opening holes for Aaron Jones to rush 19 times for 82 yards and a 3-yard touchdown.

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (25 of 40, 257 yards, 2 TDs) brought San Francisco from a 17-7 deficit at halftime to a 28-27 lead with a 12-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Juszczyk with 37 seconds to go. Surprisingly, the 49ers displayed poor clock management on the player, not reducing the game clock on a few games.

And Rodgers made them pay off, needing only 34 seconds and two assists for Adams to set up Crosby’s heroism.

Green Bay welcomes the Pittsburgh Steelers at 3:25 p.m. Sunday at Lambeau Field.

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