After a 38-3 Week 1 loss to New Orleans, Aaron Rodgers told fans and the media alike to relax and realize that the NFL season is a long one.
There’d be time to right the ship, he assured everyone.
And to a degree, he was right, as the Packers then came out in Week 2 and easily dispatched the Lions 35-17 thanks to four touchdowns from Aaron Rodgers and Aaron Jones to move to 1-1.
Rodgers and Green Bay got tight end Robert Tonyan involved in the passing game, while Davante Adams continued to prove why he’s Rodgers’ top target. Jones did a bit of everything, catching three touchdowns and running for one more.
San Francisco meanwhile, has started the season 2-0 but has also had to offer similar assurances after the injury bug has bitten their running back room, with Raheem Mostert out for the year and backups Elijah Mitchell and Trey Sermon missing time with injuries as well.
The 49ers do still have George Kittle and Deebo Samuel in the passing game, two big play threats and security blankets for Jimmy Garoppolo who could also cede snaps to rookie and first-round pick Trey Lance in the redzone as well.
The 49ers have started 3-0 just once in Kyle Shanahan’s five-plus years at the helm, but it was en route to a 13-3 season and Super Bowl berth, so may history will repeat itself for a 49ers team in one of the league’s toughest divisions.
49ers vs. Packers score
49ers vs. Packers live updates, highlights
10:13 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN SAN FRANCISCO. Garoppolo finds Brandon Aiyuk for the 8-yard touchdown and the Niners are creeping back. Green Bay 17, San Francisco 14.
10:11 p.m.: It’s third-and-8 on the Green Bay 24 for the Niners and Deebo Samuel comes down with it inside the 10.
10:08 p.m.: Deebo Samuel picks up 19 yards and Trey Sermon follows it up with a 16 yard run to the Green Bay 36.
10:07 p.m.: The Niners pick up the first down on a QB sneak by Kyle Juszczyk.
10:04 p.m.: The second half is underway as Cannon returns it to the 17 and the Niners take over and look to continue their momentum.
Halftime: Green Bay 17, San Francisco 7
9:59 p.m.: Some halftime stats: Green Bay has outgained San Francisco 223-99 and has 13 first downs compared to San Francisco’s eight.
Both teams have been penalized three times, but the Niners’ have been hit for 62 yards, which has helped Green Bay sustain drives and keep them alive.
The Niners also have just 15 rushing yards in the first half so far.
9:50 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN SAN FRANCISCO. Trey Lance comes in for Garoppolo on third-and-goal from the 1 and thanks to some nice blocking, takes an outside run for a touchdown to end the half. Green Bay 17, San Francisco 7.
9:42 p.m.: Garoppolo hits Mohamed Sanu for a big first down with 29 seconds left and the Niners call a timeout. First-and-10 from the Packers’ 11.
9:41 p.m.: Trenton Cannon returns it 68 yards from the goal line to the Packers’ 32 and in great position to score before the half.
9:34 p.m: TOUCHDOWN GREEN BAY. Facing second-and-goal from the 49ers’ 3, Aaron Jones takes it in for the score to cap off a 5-play, 85 yard drive. Green Bay 17, San Francisco 0 with 1:02 left in the first half.
9:30 p.m.: Adams hauls in his sixth catch of the game and Green Bay is on the San Francisco 29 at the 2:00 mark of the first half.
9:26 p.m.: On third-and-6 from the Green Bay 17, Rodgers heaves it downfield looking for Adams, but the Packers get bailed out on a defensive pass interference.
9:22 p.m.: On third-and-1, the Niners can’t convert and will punt it away on fourth-and-6 after a delay of game. They punt it away from their own 46 and Green Bay takes over at its 13.
9:18 p.m.: Garoppolo is sacked on first down for a loss of 7. Niners driven back to their 35, facing second-and-17.
9:14 p.m.: The Niners get a first down on a nice catch from Deebo Samuel.
9:11 p.m.: An injury timeout on the field and San Francisco is facing third-and-4 from its own 10.
9:07 p.m.: Rodgers’ pass falls incomplete, his first of the night. Packers turn it over on downs and the Niners take over from their own 3.
9:06 p.m.: Rodgers is 12-for-12 and hits Aaron Jones who tries to turn on the jets outside but comes up short. Green Bay is going for it on fourth-and-1 from the San Francisco 3.
9:01 p.m.: INTERCEPTION GREEN BAY. Garoppolo tries to find George Kittle in stride down field, but Jaire Alexander picks it off and Green Bay takes over at the San Francisco 42.
8:58 p.m.: On third-and-8, the pocket collapses and Rodgers is dropped for a sack at the 34-yard line. Green Bay punts it on fourth-and-16 from their 35 and the Niners take over at their 14.
End first quarter: Packers 10, 49ers 0
8:56 p.m.: Green Bay’s marching and they’ve been helped thanks to a defensive pass interference penalty. It’s second-and-8 for the Packers from their 41 to end the first quarter.
8:48 p.m.: San Francisco’s second drive is the same as its first — three-and-out. The Niners punt it away from their 34 on fourth-and-1 and Green Bay takes over at its own 10.
8:43 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN PACKERS. It’s Rodgers to Adams for a yard, but it’s a big yard as Adams was wide open in the endzone and put the Packers up two scores. Green Bay 10, San Francisco 0 with 3:19 left in the first.
8:42 p.m.: Rodgers hits Davante Adams near the goal line. He’s 8-8 with 126 yards in just the first quarter.
8:39 p.m.: Rodgers airs It out again, this time to Marques Valdez-Scantling and the Packers are in the red zone early.
8:35 p.m.: The Niners go three-and-out for their first drive of the game. Punt it from their own 41 for a touchback. Green Bay’s second drive begins at its own 25.
8:33 p.m.: The 49ers are depleted in their running back room so unsurprisingly, their first few plays have been passes, and it seems to be working.
8:29 p.m.: FIELD GOAL PACKERS. Green Bay has the first points of the game, even if they came after the drive stalled and a costly penalty. Crosby knocks it through for 54 yards and it’s Green Bay 3, San Francisco 0.
8:26 p.m.: After a facemask penalty against the Packers and a failed play on second down, they’re looking at third-and-33 from the 49ers’ 38 to set up fourth down.
8:24 p.m.: On third-and-3, Rodgers drops back and throws it, hitting Allen Lazard 42 yards in stride and putting Green Bay near the redzone.
8:22 p.m.: The Niners win the toss and defer. Green Bay takes over at its own 25 after the touchback.
8:22 p.m.: Former team captain offensive tackle Joe Staley sounds the fog horn at Levi’s Stadium to welcome the Niners fans back.
49ers vs. Packers start time
- Date: Sunday, Sept. 26
- Kickoff: 8:20 p.m. ET
The 49ers and Packers are expected to kick off their matchup at around 8:20 p.m. ET from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
How to watch ‘Sunday Night Football’
NBC will carry the matchup between the Packers and 49ers on Sunday Night Football. Al Michaels will be on play-by-play with Cris Collinsworth providing analysis. Michele Tafoya will be reporting from the sidelines.
Coverage of this broadcast will be on NBC, with the option to stream from either the ESPN app or on fuboTV, which offers a 7-day free trial.
49ers schedule 2021
|1||Sept. 12||at Lions||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|2||Sept. 19||at Eagles||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|3||Sept. 26||vs. Packers||8:20 p.m. ET||NBC|
|4||Oct. 3||vs. Seahawks||4:05 p.m. ET||Fox|
|5||Oct. 10||at Cardinals||4:25 p.m. ET||Fox|
|7||Oct. 24||vs. Colts||8:20 p.m. ET||NBC|
|8||Oct. 31||at Bears||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|9||Nov. 7||vs. Cardinals||4:25 p.m. ET||Fox|
|10||Nov. 15||vs. Rams||8:15 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|11||Nov. 21||at Jaguars||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|12||Nov. 28||vs. Vikings||4:25 p.m. ET||Fox|
|13||Dec. 5||at Seahawks||8:20 p.m. ET||NBC|
|14||Dec. 12||at Bengals||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|15||Dec. 19||vs. Falcons||4:05 p.m. ET||CBS|
|16||Dec. 23||at Titans||8:20 p.m. ET||NFL Network|
|17||Jan. 2||vs. Texans||4:05 p.m. ET||CBS|
|18||Jan. 9||at Rams||4:25 p.m. ET||Fox|
Packers schedule 2021
|1||Sept. 12||at Saints||4:25 p.m. ET||FOX|
|2||Sept. 20||vs. Lions||8:15 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|3||Sept. 26||at 49ers||8:20 p.m. ET||CBS|
|4||Oct. 3||vs. Steelers||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS|
|5||Oct. 10||at Bengals||1 p.m. ET||FOX|
|6||Oct. 17||at Bears||1 p.m. ET||FOX|
|7||Oct. 24||vs. Washington||1 p.m. ET||FOX|
|8||Oct. 28||at Cardinals||8:20 p.m. ET||NFL/FOX|
|9||Nov. 7||at Chiefs||4:25 p.m. ET||FOX|
|10||Nov. 14||vs. Sehawks||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS|
|11||Nov. 21||at Vikings||1 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|12||Nov. 28||vs. L.A. Rams||4:25 p.m. ET||FOX|
|14||Dec. 12||vs. Bears||8:20 p.m. ET||NBC|
|15||Dec. 19||at Ravens||1 p.m. ET||FOX|
|16||Dec. 25||vs. Browns||3:30 p.m. ET||NFL/FOX|
|17||Jan. 2||vs. Vikings||8:20 p.m. ET||NBC|
|18||Jan. 9||at Lions||1 p.m. ET||FOX|
Sunday Night Football schedule 2021
|1||Sept. 9 (Thur.)||Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Dallas Cowboys|
|Sept. 12||Los Angeles Rams vs. Chicago Bears|
|2||Sept. 19||Baltimore Ravens vs. Kansas City Chiefs|
|3||Sept. 26||San Francisco 49ers vs. Green Bay Packers|
|4||Oct. 3||New England Patriots vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|5||Oct. 10||Kansas City Chiefs vs. Buffalo Bills|
|6||Oct. 17||Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Seattle Seahawks|
|7||Oct. 24||San Francisco 49ers vs. Indianapolis Colts|
|8||Oct. 31||Minnesota Vikings vs. Dallas Cowboys|
|9||Nov. 7||Los Angeles Rams vs. Tennessee Titans|
|10||Nov. 14||Las Vegas Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs|
|11||Nov. 21||Los Angeles Chargers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers|
|12||Nov. 28||Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns|
|13||Dec. 5||Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers|
|14||Dec. 12||Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears|
|15||Dec. 19||Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints|
|16||Dec. 26||Washington Football Team vs. Dallas Cowboys|
|17||Jan. 2||Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings|