Packers’ Jarrett Bush claims that the 49ers did not beat them
GREEN BAY, Wis. – On a normal day David Akers tying an NFL record on a 63-yard field goal would have been the lead story from a regular season game.
But when his team the San Francisco 49ers serves up a very confident win over the NFC’s team to beat, his accomplishment becomes one piece of a very large pie.
The only problem is that they don’t see it that way.
Cornerback Jarrett Bush offered what has become a tired mantra for the program to the Green Bay Press Gazette
“We beat ourselves. They really didn’t beat us,” he said. “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.”
If Bush wanted to try and take a positive from the game he should have looked to the other side of the football.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers proved his greatness not because he lit up the stat charts even in defeat but because he allowed his group to look competitive even as they took blow after blow from the 49ers’ aggressive defense.
49ers’ quarterback Alex Smith showcased that he may also have greatness on his mind as he played as well as just about any quarterback in the league did on Sunday.
His numbers may not have been as eye-popping as Matt Ryan’s were for the Falcons but in going 20-of-26 for 211 yards and two touchdowns, he played the game that his needed him to play.
Smith got all of his targets in the mix finding Randy Moss, Michael Crabtree, Vernon Davis and Mario Manningham each on multiple occasions.
His arm set up the running game which saw Frank Gore turning in 112 yards and a score on 16 carries.
The 49ers off-season moves appears to have paid off as they had a style of football that they wanted to roll with and it suits them.
Gore may have tread on his tires but when he only has to tote the rock 16 times, his shelf life is being extended.
For the home team, besides Rodgers, WR Randall Cobb and LB Clay Matthews were the only players that imposed any type of will upon their opponents.
Cobb was electric each time he stepped on the field and Matthews continued to do what he does best which is beat quarterbacks down.
The Packers got some help from the replacement refs on multiple bad calls that went their way and the most dynamic offense in the game still could not find a way to win the track meet.
Tight end Jermichael Finley continues to disappoint his squad dropping key passes that were difference makers.
It’s to soon to make other observations as quite frankly this could have been a situation where Green Bay’s skill players simply were held in check by the visitors.
This could easily be round one of a match that will determine the NFC’s fate in 2012.
That is unless the Packers keep beating themselves.