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The San Francisco 49ers went into the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers down 31-3. With a slew of offensive starters and other depth players out, it was a rough evening for coach Kyle Shanahan and his team.
But San Francisco somehow mustered up two fourth-quarter drives on Thursday Night Football that totaled 14 plays, 155 yards to hit the 48.5-point over. That was almost half of the team’s 337 total yards on the night.
That last score came with only three seconds left. Brutal beat if you took the under.
The 6.5-point line favoring the Packers, however? Yeah, that was easily covered. The final score fell at 34-17, and that drops the 49ers (4-5) under .500 on the season. Green Bay, on the other hand, climb to 6-2. That means they will remain first in the NFC East, regardless of what happens the rest of the weekend.
The result of Thursday night’s game was not surprising.
San Francisco’s receiving corps included Richie James, River Cracraft and Trent Taylor. James did haul in nine catches for 184 yards (20.4 yards per catch) and a touchdown, but it’s tough to compare the group to Deebo Samuel, Kendrick Bourne and rookie Brandon Aiyuk.
Those three are out due to COVID-19 related issues. Bourne tested positive, while Samuel and Aiyuk tested negative but are held out because of contact tracing. Samuel is also dealing with a hamstring injury.
It isn’t just the receivers either. Jimmy Garoppolo, George Kittle, Trent Williams, Raheem Mostert, Tevin Coleman and Jeff Wilson Jr. were all out as well for various reasons.
Green Bay had its own shortages in the running back position as well. Normal starter Aaron Jones did return and handled 15 carries, but Jamaal Williams and A.J. Dillon were both forced to miss due to COVID. Dexter Williams was called up from the practice squad, but then he got banged up himself.
The Aaron Rodgers-Devante Adams combination thrilled, however. Adams hauled in 10 of Rodgers’ completions for 173 yards and a touchdown. Rodgers finished the night completing 80.6 percent of his passes for 305 yards and four touchdowns.
If you took the under in this one, the 49ers having a late surge in offensive production was probably disappointing. If you took the over, you’re thrilled for the unlikely push.
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