Green Bay Packers (4-0) 17, San Francisco 49ers (1-3) 3
Sunday October 4th 2015 (at San Francisco)
GAME RECAP (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
(SAN FRANCISCO) - Once Aaron Rodgers and Co. warmed up in the second half, the Green Bay Packers kept their unbeaten start rolling. Rodgers passed for 224 yards and a touchdown, ran 17 yards to set up a key second-half score, and the Packers beat the hapless San Francisco 49ers 17-3 on Sunday for their first 4-0 start in four years. Richard Rodgers caught a 9-yard touchdown pass on the game's opening drive before Rodgers got his team going in the second half after a slow start to snap a four-game losing streak to San Francisco, which included a pair of playoff defeats. Clay Matthews added his own flair to this one. When he sacked Colin Kaepernick in the third quarter, he kissed his right biceps Kaepernick-style to punctuate the play — one of Green Bay's six sacks. While methodical with nothing fancy, Green Bay (4-0) seemed unfazed with a short week and long trip West after beating Kansas City last Monday night. This is the team's first 4-0 start since winning the initial 13 games in 2011. The Packers certainly hope their trip to Levi's Stadium will be the first of two this season. The Super Bowl comes to the second-year, $1.3 billion Bay Area venue in four months for its 50th year celebration. Kaepernick threw his fifth interception in two games and the 49ers (1-3) have been limited to 28 total points over three games while giving up 107 points. The quarterback, sacked six times, was booed in the fourth quarter along with rookie punter Bradley Pinion. The Packers capitalized shortly after San Francisco's Reggie Bush was stuffed for no gain trying to go up the middle on third-and-11 in a play call that was immediately scrutinized. On the ensuing drive, James Jones caught a 38-yard pass on the left sideline by barely staying in bounds. Rodgers then scrambled 17 yards to set up John Kuhn's 1-yard scoring burst. Green Bay made just enough plays. The Packers sacked Kaepernick on consecutive snaps late in the first half, and the Niners settled for Phil Dawson's 33-yard field goal in their best scoring opportunity of the day. Jones wound up with five receptions for 98 yards in the fifth meeting between the rivals since 2012, while Randall Cobb had his streak of seven games with either a touchdown or 100-plus yards receiving snapped. Eddie Lacy ran for 90 yards and converted two fourth downs. On one particular 49ers mishap, Australian rookie returner Jarryd Hayne was trying to catch a punt on the sideline when he was run into by two teammates, first L.J. McCray and then Jaquiski Tartt, and the ball bounced off the pile of 49ers before teammate Dontae Johnson recovered. All of this on a day home run king Barry Bonds and the NBA champion Golden State Warriors were in attendance. Green Bay played on the road after a Monday night game for just fifth time since 2006, improving to 4-1 in those games. The Packers also improved to 10-2 during the regular season in California since 1990. Kaepernick, who had played some of his best games against the Packers, was 13 for 25 for 160 yards and a 55.4 passer rating.
                         GREEN BAY SAN FRANCISCO
First downs                     18             7
Rushes-yards                33-162         19-77
Net Passing yards              200           119
Passing (Att-Comp-Int)     32-22-0       25-13-1
Sacked-Yards Lost             3-24          6-41
Punts-Average               6-39.5        6-43.3
Fumbles                        0-0           3-0
Penalties-Yards               8-65          4-30
Time of Possession           36:39         23:21
GREEN BAY     -  7   0  10   0  - 17
SAN FRANCISCO -  0   3   0   0  -  3
1st - GB - Richard Rodgers, 9-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
2nd - SF - Phil Dawson, 33-yard field goal GREEN BAY 7-3
3rd - GB - John Kuhn, 1-yard run (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 14-3
3rd - GB - Crosby, 31-yard field goal GREEN BAY 17-3
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Eddie Lacy 18-90, Aaron Rodgers 3-33, James Starks 9-28, Ty Montgomery 2-10, John Kuhn 1-1 1 TD
SAN FRANCISCO - Colin Kaepernick 10-57, Carlos Hyde 8-20, Reggie Bush 1-0
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Aaron Rodgers 32-22-224 1 TD
SAN FRANCISCO - Colin Kaepernick 25-13-160 1 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - James Jones 5-98, Richard Rodgers 5-45 1 TD, Randall Cobb 5-44, Ty Montgomery 315, James Starks 2-11, John Kuhn 1-8, Eddie Lacy 1-3
SAN FRANCISCO - Garrett Celek 3-26, Anquan Boldin 3-12, Torrey Smith 2-54, Quinton Patton 2-53, Vance McDonald 1-7, Reggie Bush 1-6, Carlos Hyde 1-2
Green Bay Packers fullback John Kuhn (30) celebrates after scoring on a 1-yard touchdown run against the San Francisco 49ers during the second half (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
AROUND THE NFC NORTH
Sunday October 4th
DENVER 23, Minnesota 20 - Brandon McManus kicked a 39-yard field goal with 1:51 left and Denver had seven sacks in the Broncos' 23-20 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Von Miller smothered the loose ball after T.J. Ward's sack-strip of Teddy Bridgewater in the closing seconds, sealing the win for the unbeaten Broncos (4-0), who got a 72-yard touchdown run from Ronnie Hillman. Peyton Manning has led his teams to a 4-0 start seven times, most in NFL history by a long shot. Next up at four is Fran Tarkenton. Manning also joined Brett Favre as the only QBs to win 100 home starts in the NFL. It wasn't a
NFC NORTH DIVISION STANDINGS
GREEN BAY    4   0   0  1.000   113   71
Minnesota    2   2   0   .500    80   73
Chicago      1   3   0   .250    68  125
Detroit      0   4   0   .000    66   96
great day for Manning, who was picked off twice by the Vikings (2-2). Adrian Peterson ran for a 48-yard touchdown to pull Minnesota to 20-17 and cap a 97-yard drive with 10 minutes left.
CHICAGO 22, Oakland 20 - Jay Cutler threw for two touchdowns and redeemed himself following an interception by helping set up a 49-yard field goal by Robbie Gould in the closing seconds Sunday, leading the Chicago Bears to a 22-20 victory over the Oakland Raiders. It was the Bears' first win under John Fox. The Raiders (2-2) grabbed the lead on a field goal by Sebastian Janikowski with just over two minutes remaining that was set up by an interception by Charles Woodson deep in Oakland territory. Cutler then led Chicago (1-3) from its 20 to the Oakland 32 before Gould nailed the winner in the closing seconds.
Monday October 5th
SEATTLE 13, Detroit 10 - Kam Chancellor punched the ball free from Detroit wide receiver Calvin Johnson at the 1-yard line when it appeared the Lions were going to take the lead, and the Seattle Seahawks held on for a 13-10 win on Monday night. With Detroit on the verge of capping a 91-yard drive with the go-ahead touchdown with less than 2 minutes remaining, Chancellor came from the side and punched the ball from Johnson's arm as he was being tackled by Earl Thomas. The ball bounded into the end zone and went over the back line for a touchback and Seattle's ball at the 20. Russell Wilson was sacked six times and pulled numerous escape acts, but threw a TD pass to Doug Baldwin in the first half and Steven Hauschka hit a pair of field goals from 50-plus yards as Seattle evened its record at 2-2.
Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews, top, sacks San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick during the second half (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)