Green Bay Packers sputter to 10-13 deficit at half

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Updated: January 5, 2014

The play on the field reflected the frigid conditions at Lambeau Field as the Green Bay Packers went to the locker room down 10-13 to the San Francisco 49ers.

For a defense predicated on stopping the run, Dom Capers’ defense sure can’t stop the run.

That’s a big reason why the Green Bay Packers are down 13-10 to the San Francisco 49ers at halftime.

Recap

Green Bay might be hosting the San Francisco at home in the Wild Card round, but you’d never guess it from the way they’ve been playing in the first two quarters.

Helpless as usual to get off the field on third down, the defense has given up 91 yards on the ground, including a 42-yard run by quarterback Colin Kaepernick and a touchdown run by running back Frank Gore.

Fortunately, they’ve managed to make a couple of key red-zone stops, as well as an interception of Kaepernick, which has helped keep the score from slipping completely out of control.

Meanwhile, the offense has gotten off to as cold a start as a carboreted engine in winter. They accomplishing absolutely nothing in the first quarter, going three-and-out all three times they held  the ball.

They did stutter to life in the second period, as quarterback Aaron Rodgers lead them down the field on a draft capped off by a touchdown pass to wide receiver Jordy Nelson on a beautiful corner route. Another offensive possession ended in a 34-yard Mason Crosby field goal.

Studs

Jordy Nelson has been the most productive player on the team so far, bringing down five catches for 45 yards and a touchdown.

Cornerback Tramon Williams intercepted Colin Kaepernick at the Green Bay 17-yard line and returned it 17 yards to key the Packers’ 70-yard scoring drive.

Duds

The offensive line has been simply dominated in the trenches, playing on their heels the whole half. Right tackle Don Barclay looks completely out of his element against the pash rush.

Rookie left tackle David Bakhtiari has been especially atrocious, being flagged for false start in the first quarter and illegal hands to the face in the second quarter. The latter penalty negated an excellent play by Nelson that would have set the Packers up for a touchdown.

Aaron Rodgers and fullback John Kuhn both fumbled once each. Fortunately, left guard T.J. Lang made a heads-up play to recover Rodgers’ fumble, while Kuhn fell on his own ball to avoid a turnover.

Injuries

Cornerback Sam Shields (knee) was injured on the 49ers’ first offensive posssion and was listed as Questionable to return.

Defensive end Mike Neal also left the field with an unspecified injury.

What’s next

The 49ers get the ball first in the third quarter, so it is imperative that the defense muster the will to make a quick stop and put the ball back in the hands of the offense.

Head coach Mike McCarthy must mix things up a bit. His playcalling has been nothing if not predictable so far, and San Francisco has been able to sniff plays out before they happen. Throwing a few more passes in the mix might be worthwhile, since the offense started getting in rhythm when they took to the air.

About the author(s)

Rourke Douglas Decker covers the Green Bay Packers beat for Water Cooler Sports. He resides with his family in the Twin Cities. He can be reached for questions or comments at . Connect with .

1614 comments
MNvikeinNC
MNvikeinNC

Bet the under and the packers won me $200.

Thank you!

The Real CJammin, Alien Loving Polar Bear
The Real CJammin, Alien Loving Polar Bear

Hell of a bunch of schools closed in Georgia tomorrow for the small possibility of "flurries."  Fuck that.  Seriously, every time snow is mentioned, people in this state go bat shit crazy.  But I'm sure I'll be at work.  

aciddragon
aciddragon

fuck tomorrow the high temp will be -15  the ow will be -30, and i get to work so i'll be cold and fucking bored

JJ CAP'N CRUNCH
JJ CAP'N CRUNCH

I'm going to be dumb and get the mail in the morning naked...when its -12 feeling like -39.

Drew Brees = Tony Romo
Drew Brees = Tony Romo moderator

Rodgers says he'd like to play another 9 years. Bad news for the rest of the NFCN.

saintinsiam
saintinsiam

I really feel bad for you guys. It's 78 degrees here on the island where I live. The wife just told me that she's cold!?!?!?!

Buhlitz
Buhlitz

we've got about 14 inches of snow so far today. there was already like 6 or 7 on the ground... so basically we go tons of it.


obviously I don't have school tomorrow... I hope they cancel school Tuesday as well. its going to be fucking freezing on Tuesday.

JJ CAP'N CRUNCH
JJ CAP'N CRUNCH

It has dropped from -1 to -12 in Nebraska in about 20 minutes.

Don’t Forget to Ejaculate!
Don’t Forget to Ejaculate!

Fuck the North I blame yall for this  cold first you beat the South in the war and now you are trying to freeze us to death 

Buhlitz
Buhlitz

damnit Canada.. they are invading us with their weather

The Real CJammin, Alien Loving Polar Bear
The Real CJammin, Alien Loving Polar Bear

As far the AFC goes, I've always been a Pats fan so probably them.  But I like pretty much everybody left in the AFC.  I won't root against any of them though.  I just hope an AFC teams wins it all.

aciddragon
aciddragon

 nope the wind off the will be terrible

I wish I had a D like Carolina's
I wish I had a D like Carolina's moderator

 and a Northwestern team that can....

shit.

At least they have a top 25 recruiting class coming in (never thought I'd say THAT)

I wish I had a D like Carolina's
I wish I had a D like Carolina's moderator

but I kinda like SD. They're hot, they're confident, and they can run the ball to keep Peyton on the sidelines

Drew Brees = Tony Romo
Drew Brees = Tony Romo moderator

 Sorry - I dislike Brees and Payton and NO fans (not you or others on here).

Drew Brees = Tony Romo
Drew Brees = Tony Romo moderator

 I don't want to see Manning or Brady win a ring and if Luck wins a ring it's all anyone will talk about. I want Carolina to win it all.