Niners Comeback Falls Short in 30-24 Setback to Packers

The Niners Sunday found themselves in a huge hole, trailing the Packers 30-10 in the fourth quarter, only to claw their way back before finally falling in Green Bay 30-24. San Fran falls to 4-6 on the season, and their short one-game winning streak is also over.

“Either we’re digging ourselves a hole early in the game and it’s too much to overcome or we’re getting ahead and we’re finding ourselves too comfortable with a lead,” San Francisco coach Mike Singletary said. “We have to settle down, our young guys have to settle down and play football.”

Ryan Grant ran for 129 yards and a score, and QB Aaron Rodgers went off against the team that snubbed him on draft day some years ago. He was 32-for-45 for 344 yards with two TD’s and a QB rating of 108.0. He also was only sacked twice.

Alex Smith, the player the Niners did take No. 1 instead of Rodgers, rebounded from a miserable start to throw three touchdown passes after halftime for the 49ers—including the first touchdown catch of Michael Crabtree’s career.

San Francisco’s Josh Morgan returned a kickoff 76 yards and Smith threw a 24-yard touchdown to Vernon Davis, cutting Green Bay’s lead to 30-17. With Harris and Kampman still sidelined, Smith had long completions to Isaac Bruce and Crabtree on the next series, setting up a fourth-and-5 at the Green Bay 10. Smith found Frank Gore for a touchdown, cutting the lead to 30-24 with 5:56 left.

After Gore’s score, the Packers put together a drive that included a third-down conversion by Rodgers on a sneak, allowing them to run out the clock. “We’ve just got to come out from the beginning and take advantage of the things we can take advantage of,” Davis said. “If it’s spreading the ball, maybe we need to do that. But it’s not up to me, I don’t call the plays.”

The run game was held to just 69 yards on 10 carries, as the team held the ball for just 18:21 as compared to the Pack, which put up 158 yards on the ground and held the ball for 41:39.

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