49ers hang on to defeat Packers

3:57 PM, Sep 9, 2012   |    comments
  • Vernon Davis of the San Francisco 49ers dunks the football over the goal post after catching a four-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter of the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field (PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES)
  • Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) greets San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith (11) following the game at Lambeau Field. (PHOTO: US PRESSWIRE)
    
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GREEN BAY, WI - David Akers made three field goals, including an NFL record-tying 63-yarder, as the San Francisco 49ers made a strong case as the team to beat in the NFC with a 30-22 win over the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.

The Packers had won 13 straight regular season home games, but rarely resembled the juggernaut that amassed a franchise-record 560 points during last year's 15-1 campaign.

Rather, it was the 49ers who showed last season's 13-3 record and run to the conference championship game was no fluke.

Alex Smith threw for 211 yards and two touchdowns on 20-of-26 efficiency for San Francisco (1-0), which had lost nine straight meetings with the Packers (0-1).

Randy Moss, signed in the offseason after retiring for a year, caught four passes for 47 yards and a TD, while Frank Gore ran for 112 yards and a score on 16 carries in the win.

Aaron Rodgers, the reigning league MVP, tossed for 303 yards with two touchdowns and one interception while completing 30-of-44 attempts.

Randall Cobb totaled 77 yards on a team-high nine catches and returned a punt 75 yards for a TD with 11:16 remaining in a highlight-filled fourth quarter.

 

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