The San Francisco 49ers established themselves as the team to beat in the NFC after their 30-22 beating of the Green Bay Packers. The game wasn’t nearly as close as the score would indicate. San Francisco dominated Green Bay in nearly every aspect of the game and they managed to keep Aaron Rodgers in check.
While the NFL world saw the 49ers beat the Packers, the Packers players didn’t quite see it the same way.
“We beat ourselves. They really didn’t beat us,” cornerback Jarrett Bush said after the game, per the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “We just have to hunker down and make sure we’re gap sound and get on the same page. Obviously, small things being miscommunicated on the field become big things, so they exploited us and that’s what happened.”
How about some accountability from the Packers? This isn’t the first time that they have failed to acknowledge the winning team after a big loss. Clay Matthews refused to give the eventual Super Bowl champions the credit for knocking Green Bay out of the playoffs last season.
“The fact is, they didn’t beat us; we beat ourselves,” Matthews said after being eliminated by the New York Giants.
The 49ers deserve every ounce of credit for the victory at Lambeau Field. From the beginning of the game they managed to control the ball and take care of business. Their defense effort was top notch and San Francisco had the looks of a top Super Bowl contender.
Regardless of what the Packers believe, the 49ers did beat the Packers and they did so convincingly.