Packers turn in ugly performance in San Francisco
There was one thing Packer fans were happy about on Saturday night. That it was a pre-season game and not one that mattered.
The green and gold simply couldn't get in rhythm.
Missing several starters, the Green Bay Packers dropped an ugly 34-6 decision to San Francisco.
"We didn't execute, and when you don't execute you don't win games," said receiver Donald Driver after the game.
First-year starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers couldn't lead his team to a touchdown, although he didn't get a lot of help.
"I'm disappointed, we didn't play very well tonight, didn't get into a rhythm and we've got a lot to work on," said Rodgers.
Rodgers hit 9-18 passes for 58 yards, but he was sacked four times and his receivers dropped several passes.
The most damaging drop came in the end zone when Rodgers seemed to have found David Lee for a score. The Packers had taken over with a first and goal from the seven yard line.
Rodgers said there were a lot of mental mistakes on the offense.
"We are going to be very very honest when we look at this film," Rodgers said.
He added that he was disappointed by the performance in front of what could be considered his hometown crowd.
"That wasn't a very good performance for us offensively," said Mike McCarthy, Packers head coach.
McCarthy said he thought the defense started strong and gave the team good field position, but the offense didn't take advantage of it.
"I thought our first-down efficiency was not very good pretty much the whole game, so we'll take a long look at the film and we'll definitely correct it," McCarthy said.
"We've got a lot of work to do before we play Denver," he added.
The coach noted that the 49er's were more physical than the Packers and that the Packers pad level was high, meaning tackles were being attempted high rather than at the leg level.
He also blamed himself for the poor performance.
"So I did not have the team prepared, and we will get that done this week," McCarthy said.
Green Bay's 0-2 start is the first time the team has dropped its first two exhibition games since 1993.
Running back Ryan Gant didn't play, nor did several other key players.
McCarthy said he hopes the one-sided loss affects the team.
"Well it needs not to affect them. That's the good thing about playing this poorly in preseason. This is an excellent opportunity for our team to learn from this, and I'll take full advantage of this opportunity for our football team to learn from this, whether it's the quarterback, free safety, defensive linemen, throughout our football team," he said.
Driver said that while it may be preseason the team still needs to get it done.
"You know it's preseason, but you don't want to go into the regular season feeling this way," Driver said. "We've got to make sure and come back next week and take care of business."