Ironically, the Packers ability to stop the 49er rushing attack, should open it up for the rest of the season.
The 49ers' running game was uncharacteristically non-existent yesterday. The one thing we knew the 49ers could hang their hat on week in and week out, is the ability to impose their will with their sophisticated smash-mouth running game. However, although the Packers stuffed the running attack all game, we learned a few things that are promising for the future.
Over the past couple seasons, the Packers were labeled as more of a soft, finesse team. Frankly, I believe they were sick and tired of that, especially after losing to the 49ers twice last season, and getting physically dominated at Candlestick last playoffs. They spent all off season trying to change that label, both in personel and in scheme. Jolly's back to plug the middle, they took a trip to A&M to learn about the option, they even drafted Eddie Lacy to give their offense more of a physical presence. Long story short, their motivation all off season was directly focused on beating the 9ers, by attempting to match our physicality and trying to slow the defense down with an fast-paced offense. (Bravo to the 9ers for cycling the Dline in out throughout the game.)
Yet, with all that preparation, and I will add in obsession with the 49ers, the Packers still lost. (The 49ers also let them hang around but that's another story)
Because the Packers geared up so much to stop the rushing attack, they finally proved to the league that all of the myths about Kaepernick, are indeed nothing but myths. He was composed in the pocket, looked to make plays down field first, displayed good accuracy and arm strength, and proved he has a relationship with Vernon Davis. Boldin is simply a monster so I feel no need to dive more into him.
Although it was troubling at first to see the rushing attack us fans took for granted the last few seasons be completely shut down, the league was put on notice. If you want to stack the box, Colin will destroy you from the pocket. And rest assured, Harbaugh will NOT let his rushing attack look anemic again. That's his pride and joy, he wants to smash you in the face, and it will return with a vengeance.