The 49ers started the 2013 season Sunday afternoon at Candlestick Park with a thrilling, 34-28 win over the Green Bay Packers.
New 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin quickly got acclimated to his new environment with 13 receptions for 208 yards, many of which came after the catch.
“After what happened in the playoffs, we knew they were going to come out with a lot of intensity,” Boldin said. “Something we had to match.”
Colin Kaepernick led the 49ers passing attack by throwing for 412 yards, a career high, completing 27 of 39 attempts and three touchdowns.
The highly-anticipated run and shoot offense was toned down as Packers linebackers took away Kaepernick’s option-run that left him with “the shoot”.
In the second quarter, Packers’ linebacker Clay Matthews’ late hit on Kaepernick, who’d run out of bounds on the 4-yard line, ignited a small scuffle between the teams with Joe Staley taking exception to Matthew’s hit that required teammates to restore calm by escorting Staley back to the bench area on the opposite side of the field.
“First off it wasn’t a smart play,” Matthews said. “I should have figured he was going to step out of bounds.”
Staley commenting on the incident afterwards championed, “ I’ll do a better job just keeping my cool. But, he’s our guy and I’ll protect anybody. Especially after they said they were going after him earlier in the week.”
The 49ers didn’t need any more reason to play hard but it helped keep their minds on what they needed to do.
Vernon Davis, the artist, wasn’t left off the offensive canvas contributing 6 catches for 98 yards and was the other option for Kaepernick when Boldin was tightly covered, which wasn’t too often.
Aaron Rogers tried to keep the Packers in the game with 333 yards passing and three touchdowns.
Jordy Nelson caught 7 passes for 130 yards as the leading receiver for the 0-1 Packers who have now lost to the 49ers in back-to-back season openers.
The Packers ran into a 49ers’ juggernaut that had answers for anything the Packers tried to do defensively.
“I’m glad people saw on film today that we can pretty much do anything we want. If they try to stop one thing we have different weapons,” veteran running back Frank Gore said.
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