49ers shut down the GB offense in the 1st quarter. Here are some of the highlight plays from the 1st quarter that had Rodgers pressured and gun shy. It was obvious GB tried to establish the running attack to open the game.
The 1st drive consisted of 2 Lacy runs (1, 7) and a Kuhn run (fumble) on 3rd and 2. Failed conversion. Punt.
The 2nd drive:
- Lacy 1 yard run.
- Sacked on 2nd down
- False start
- Failed on 3rd and 16
The 2nd down play: The 49ers will demonstrate 'pattern matching' to perfection. Playing man coverage in your zone can prevents things like pick plays and clear out routes. The player to watch is Cox #20 (lined up over JNelson in the slot) and Willis. Jordy Nelson will look for a pick from the fullback to create separation.
Below: Cox does not follow Nelson across the formation because he knows Willis is on the other side waiting for someone to come into his zone.The pick never occurs.
Endzone cam: Rodgers is first read is over the middle of the field.
Same play: Once Nelson enters Willis' zone, Willis will man up on him. No mesh to be had on this play, Packers. Try again. Rodgers can't pull the trigger and takes a sack.
The play on the live telecast. No where to throw, no where to run. Willis is seen running with Jordy, who started off on the other side of the formation.
Starts off with a Rodgers sack and fumble: GB is predicting man coverage on this play and will utilize man busting concepts on both sides of the formation. To Rodgers' right is the mesh concept. To the left, there is a slant and a double move. It's a good playcall versus the 49ers' defense playcall.
Below: Rodgers' first read is to the mesh concept. Brock uses his hands to tie up the slant. Cox is too close to the WR for Rodgers' to make the pass to the quick out. Rodger's will not pull the trigger on his first read.
Below: Rodger's first read is to his right, the mesh. Thanks to Justin blowing up the middle, there is little time for a second read. Brooks/Aldon come in to clean up.
So at this point, Rodgers has yet to complete a pass in the quarter. On the very next play, GB calls an easy pass for Rodgers', a screen pass.
Not much to show here. The play never materializes. Aldon with good play recognition holds up his rush as he sees a jailbreak up the middle with RayMac and Justin.
On 3rd and 15, GB runs a draw play to Lacy and a rain of boos come down from the home crowd.