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(Sunday, November 22nd)
Final Score: Green Bay 30, San Francisco 24
Green Bay, WI (Sports Network) - Aaron Rodgers threw for 344 yards and two touchdowns, as the Green Bay Packers withstood a late push by San Francisco and held on for a 30-24 win at Lambeau Field.
Rodgers was 32-of-45 passing, while Ryan Grant had 129 yards and a score on 21 carries for the Packers (6-4), who have won two straight after dropping consecutive games to Minnesota and Tampa Bay earlier this month.
The 49ers' offense overcame a horrendous first half, during which Alex Smith was 3-of-7 passing for just five yards. He finished with 227 yards on 16-of-33 efficiency and three touchdowns, but his lone interception led to a quick score for Green Bay.
"How good we are, I don't know because we haven't given ourselves a chance to find out," said 49ers head coach Mike Singletary.
Rookie Michael Crabtree, Vernon Davis and Frank Gore each caught a touchdown pass for the 49ers (4-6), who have lost five of their last six.
San Francisco recorded just one first down in the first half and went into the break down by 20 points, but mounted a comeback, starting with Crabtree's first NFL touchdown -- a 38-yard reception with 7:28 remaining in the third quarter.
Green Bay safety Nick Collins picked off Smith early in the fourth quarter and scampered 10 yards to the San Francisco 11. Four plays later, Grant burrowed his way into the end zone from a yard out to give the Packers a 30-10 advantage.
Josh Morgan returned the ensuing kickoff 76 yards to the Green Bay 24. After his first two pass attempts fell incomplete, Smith hooked up with Davis for a touchdown less than five minutes into the frame.
After the Packers were forced to punt, Gore capped off a seven-play, 83-yard drive with a 10-yard touchdown reception.
Green Bay ran out the remaining 5:56 of the clock to prevail.
"I liked how we closed out the game by running on that last drive," said Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy. "That's the way you draw it up."
Green Bay marched into the red zone on each of its first two drives, but settled for field goals of 23 and 27 yards, respectively, from Mason Crosby. Sandwiched between those two kicks was a 46-yard boot by San Francisco's Joe Nedney.
The Packers extended their lead in the second quarter to 13-3 when Greg Jennings turned a short completion over the middle into a 64-yard touchdown.
After the 49ers went three-and-out, Green Bay got the ball back at its own 19 and Rodgers led the Packers on a 10-play march that culminated in a seven- yard TD toss to Jordy Nelson. Crosby then drilled another 27-yarder as time expired.
Green Bay linebacker Aaron Kampman and cornerback Al Harris both left the game due to knee injuries. A Wisconsin newspaper is reporting that both players tore an ACL and are expected to miss the rest of the season...This game featured the first two quarterbacks selected in the 2005 draft. Smith was taken first overall, while Rodgers was chosen with the 24th pick...Jennings had 126 yards on five receptions...Davis made six grabs for 108 yards...Gore rushed seven times for 59 yards...San Francisco recorded 11 first downs in the game.
11/22 19:14:49 ET
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