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Week 6 Game Recap: San Francisco 49ers 30, Green Bay Packers 33

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San Francisco 49ers

Kyle Shanahan made two adjustments to Trent Taylor being out: 1) He used 11 personnel -- one running back, three wide receivers, one tight end -- less frequently than usual; and 2) He used Kendrick Bourne as a third wide receiver, but not as a slot wide receiver. Another noteworthy bit of usage information is that Raheem Mostert assumed Alfred Morris' role in the backfield committee alongside Matt Breida. It's unclear whether this was a one-off, gameplan-based occurrence or an indicator of a more long-term decision. One final thing to know is that Green Bay's porous, inexplicably zone-heavy defense played a large role in the 49ers offensive production in this game.

Green Bay Packers

The Green Bay Packers beat the San Francisco 49ers 33-30 on Mason Crosbyís last second field goal on Monday night. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was 25 of 46 for 425 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing three times for 34 yards. Running back Aaron Jones rushed eight times for 41 yards. Fellow backfield mate Jamaal Williams rushed six times for 29 yards, while Ty Montgomery rushed four times for 12 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Davante Adams caught ten passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns. Marquez Valdes-Scantling had another productive game catching three passes for 104 yards. Tight end Jimmy Graham caught five passes for 104 yards.

San Francisco 49ers

QB C.J. Beathard, 57 offensive snaps, Pass: 16 - 23 - 245 - 2 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 3 - 21 - 0
Beathard throwing only 23 passes against Green Bay after throwing 54 against Arizona can be attributed to game script: Against Arizona, the 49ers spent most of the game playing from behind. Against Green Bay, the 49ers spent most of the game playing from ahead. In terms of performance, Beathard continues to show that he's no longer the out-of-his-depth rookie he was last season. He got rid of the ball quickly and threw more often than not to receivers designed to be -- and were -- open. In the fourth quarter, Beathard had a pass where the broadcast angle showed that he overthrew a wide-open George Kittle, who may have scored a touchdown, let alone convert the 3rd-and-4. The coaches' film, however, showed that Clay Matthews' leap at the line of scrimmage forced Beathard to elevate the pass. Beathard's only "real" mistake was the interception that allowed Aaron Rodgers and company to secure a last-second win. Facing a Packers blitz, he threw inside to Marquise Goodwin on a fly route when Marquise Goodwin had beaten coverage to the outside.

RB Matt Breida, 27 offensive snaps, Rush: 14 - 61 - 1
For seemingly the umpteenth time this season, Breida staved off the reaper. The fact that he was wholly uninvolved in the 49ers' passing game was even more of a surprise. One explanation was the use of Kyle Juszczyk in one-back sets more than usual, especially in the second half. In the rushing game, Breida's touchdown run was a perfect display of his athleticism, as he successfully performed the rare goalline spin move after initially being stopped at the line of scrimmage.

RB Raheem Mostert, 23 offensive snaps, Rush: 12 - 87 - 0
In a surprise turn of events, it was Mostert, not Alfred Morris who shared backfield duties with Matt Breida. Seven of Mostert's 12 carries gained 5 yards or more, including the 49ers' third- and seventh-longest gains of the game (26 yards and 17 yards, respectively). Both were more a byproduct of blocking than anything Mostert did.

RB Kyle Juszczyk, 39 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 30 - 0 (3 targets)
With Trent Taylor out, Juszczyk played around 70 percent of snaps for the second consecutive week. One interesting detail about his usage in this game was that he was the lone running back in three-wide sets during the fourth quarter, presumably to have a bigger body than Matt Breida in pass protection. In terms of production, Juszczyk's best play was also his worst. After San Francisco scored to pull within three points at 17-14 and forced a Green Bay punt to get the ball back, Juszczyk fumbled the ball away after making a wide-open catch 20 yards downfield.

WR Marquise Goodwin, 54 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 5 - 0, Rec: 4 - 126 - 2 (5 targets)
Goodwin's two touchdowns were no fluke. On the longer one (67 yards), Green Bay showed press man coverage before the snap, but blitzed the cornerback lined up against Goodwin. With no one jamming him off his route, Goodwin ran free through the zone the Packers employed behind said blitz. On Goodwin's second touchdown, he simply laid waste to cornerback Tramon Williams on a post-corner route.

WR Pierre Garcon, 45 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 37 - 0 (6 targets)
With Marquise Goodwin back healthy and running roughshod over Green Bay's secondary, Garcon saw a reduced role this week. And almost all of his usage was on short throws. To wit, Garcon's only reception that gained double-digit yardage was actually on a checkdown -- after he faked a reverse -- that he caught four yards behind the line of scrimmage.

WR Kendrick Bourne, 23 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 22 - 0 (3 targets)
With Trent Taylor unavailable due to injury, Bourne served as San Francisco's third wide receiver on the 30 percent of snaps where they employed three-wide personnel. However, he wasn't actually used in the traditional slot role a la Taylor, instead lining up outside or stacked at the line with another receiver. Bourne's lone reception came on the 49ers' first drive. Stacked in front of Marquise Goodwin at the Packers 22-yard line, Bourne was got wide open on his dig route through the middle of Green Bay's zone. He caught the ball in stride and broke a tackle to gain an extra 7 yards, which set up Matt Breida's touchdown run one play later.

TE George Kittle, 53 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 30 - 0 (6 targets)
Given how much zone defense Green Bay played, especially during the first half, it's odd that Kittle had his least productive game in weeks. Further inspection of the coaches' film reveals two main reasons: 1) Other receivers were wide open early in their routes, so Beathard went there instead; and 2) Kittle was simply not open all that often because Green Bay often covered him with multiple defenders. The one time he was wide open (uncovered really), Beathard overthrew Kittle in the right flat because he had to elevate his pass above the outstretched arms of Clay Matthews.

Green Bay Packers

QB Aaron Rodgers, 71 offensive snaps, Pass: 25 - 46 - 425 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 3 - 34 - 0
Aaron Rodgers completed 25 of 46 passes for 425 yards and two touchdowns, while also rushing three times for 34 yards. Rodgers got it cracking from the first play of the game, completing a pass to Ty Montgomery for 19 yards and then connected with Marquez Valdes-Scantling for a 60 yard strike. Two plays later Rodgers threw a lateral pass in the backfield to Ty Montgomery for a two yard touchdown, but it was later declared a rushing touchdown for Montgomery. Rodgers was slinging it all over the field, completing nine passes of 19+ yards. Rodgers first touchdown pass came with the Packers at the nine yard line. Rodgers lined up in the shotgun and his offensive line gave him solid protection, before Rodgers was able to throw a laser to Davante Adams in the back of the end zone on a crossing route. Rodgers has done a great job coaching up his young receivers, and although there have been some bumps along the way, he displayed nice rapport with Valdes-Scantling on a 30 yard pass. Rodgers was chased out of the pocket and rolled out to his right. With Rodgers scrambling, Valdes-Scantling took off down the right sideline and Rodgers threw a line drive behind Valdes-Scantling, and the rookie did an awesome job of concentrating on the ball and coming down with a tough catch with his defender all over him. The story of the night was the Rodgers to Adams connection though, as they hooked up on a 16 yard touchdown with two minutes left in the fourth quarter that tied the game at 30-30. With Rodgers line up in the shotgun at the 16 yard line and Adams lined up out wide on the left side, Adams run a stutter-step go-route. Rodgers makes things look so easy, but the truth is he threw a beautiful ball to Adams where his defender could not make a play on the ball and Adams made the leaping catch to secure the tying touchdown. While Rodgers completion percentage was not great on the night, he was consistently making plays down the field that more than made up for it.

RB Aaron Jones, 19 offensive snaps, Rush: 8 - 41 - 0 (1 targets)
Aaron Jones rushed eight times for 41 yards and was targeted once in the passing game but was not able to secure the easy catch. Jones got the start for the Packers, and his first rush went for 17 yards and was initially ruled a touchdown, before the replay showed that he was downed at the one yard line. When Jones gets opportunities in the run game, he makes the most of them, but he is not getting enough looks to be counted on as a fantasy asset, at least not with the Williams and Montgomery healthy. Further hurting his stock is the fact that he dropped his only target on what should have been an easy catch out in the flat. Jones turned to run before he secured the catch, and it is clear that he is not comfortable as a pass catcher yet. Mike McCarthy has eluded to him not being the best pass protector, and that is an important part of being a Packers running back when Rodgers is your quarterback.

RB Jamaal Williams, 27 offensive snaps, Rush: 6 - 29 - 0, Rec: 1 - 10 - 0 (3 targets)
Jamaal Williams rushed six times for 29 yards, and caught one pass for 10 yards on three targets. Williams role in the Packers backfield has been clearly defined since Jones came back. Heís not the lead back, and heís not the preferred third down or goal line back. He falls somewhere in the middle which results in six to eight carries a game and three or so looks in the passing game. To his credit, he has looked much quicker and more decisive as his workload has decreased. Williams had a catch for 10 yards, and runs of nine yards, six yards and five yards. In his first two games, Williams was struggling to even gain positive yardage, but has certainly played better in the last four games.

RB Ty Montgomery, 26 offensive snaps, Rush: 4 - 12 - 1, Rec: 2 - 10 - 0 (3 targets)
Ty Montgomery rushed four times for 12 yards and a touchdown, while also catching two passes for 10 yards on three targets. Montgomery capped off the Packers opening drive with a rushing touchdown where Rodgers lateraled the ball to him in the flat and he was able to get to the corner of the end zone. Montgomery has been used sparingly with both Williams and Jones healthy and has not had the role in the passing game that many thought he would coming into the season. At this point, he is nothing more than a role player who sees six to eight touches per week combined in the running and passing game.

WR Davante Adams, 63 offensive snaps, Rec: 10 - 132 - 2 (16 targets)
Davante Adams caught 10 of 16 targets for 132 yards and two touchdowns. Simply put, Adams was the difference maker in this game along with Marquise Goodwin for the 49ers. Adams got his big day started with a touchdown catch in the first quarter where Rodgers found him open in the back of the end zone on a crossing route. Adams made a key catch with the Packers driving late in the fourth quarter, down 30-23. Adams ran a deep post route from the right side of the formation all the way across the field and Rodgers was able to find him behind the 49ers defense for a 38 yard gain that put the Packers in scoring position. Three plays later, Adams ran a stutter-step go-route to the left side of the end zone, where Rodgers threw a perfect ball that took advantage of Adams impressive leaping ability. Rodgers put the ball in a great spot where only Adams could get it, and Adams secured the catch for a tying touchdown.

WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling, 66 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 103 - 0 (6 targets)
Marquez Valdes-Scantling caught three passes on six targets for 103 yards against 49ers on Monday night. Valdes-Scantling didnít wait long to make his impact, catching a 60 yard pass on the opening drive that set up the Packers for a touchdown. Rodgers lined up in shotgun and play action faked before rolling out to his left side. The 49ers bit on the fake and blew the coverage which allowed Valdes-Scantling to get behind the secondary and take off down the left sideline for a 60 yard gain. Valdes-Scantling backed that up with what was perhaps the catch of the night. With Rodgers being chased out of the pocket to his right, Valdes-Scantling cut off his short crossing route and took off down the right sideline. Rodgers threw the ball behind Valdes-Scantling, but he was able to reach back and secure the catch despite his defender being draped all over him. This was another very productive night for Valdes-Scantling, and he has made his case to stay in the lineup when Randall Cobb and Geranimo Allison are healthy and make their return.

TE Jimmy Graham, 56 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 104 - 0 (9 targets)
Jimmy Graham caught five passes for 104 yards on nine targets against the 49ers on Monday night. Graham was very productive in this game, making several big catches in this game, including a 54 yard catching and run in the first quarter. Rodgers took the snap under center and play action faked before rolling out to his left. Graham ran and intermediate crossing-route and curled his route up field as he got behind the 49ers secondary. It looked as though Graham might take it all the way to the house but was ran down from behind by a 49ers defender. Graham was also the recipient of one of Rodgers most interesting throws of the night. With Rodgers being flushed out of the pocket, he stepped up and pump-faked not once, not twice but three times before finding Graham over the middle for an 11 yard gain and a first down. Graham has become a key cog in the Packers passing game, and his status as a #1 tight end looks quite secure moving forward.