The Green Bay Packers won on national TV Monday night when they beat the San Francisco 49ers, 33-30. Aaron Rodgers led, yet another, 4th quarter comeback. Big plays after big plays was the story defensively this week for the Packers, especially in the first half. Green Bay had no answer for C.J. Beathard early on. Wow…never thought I’d say that. He was 9/12 in the opening two quarters with 182 yards and 2 touchdowns that gave San Fran a 24-20 lead over Green Bay. Like they always seem to do, the Packers’ defense locked down in the second half and only allowed 6 points, giving Rodgers a chance to make a comeback.
A few players made good plays and stood out this week for Green Bay on the defensive side of the ball. Nick Perry had a couple of pass deflections at the line of scrimmage on 3rd down, as well as a nice tackle for a loss. Mike Daniels disappeared this game but that didn’t matter because Kenny Clark stepped up in a big way. Clark was his usual dominant self by getting tackles at the line of scrimmage and even earned a sack. “Hit or Miss,” Ha Ha Clinton-Dix continued creating turnovers like he has all season and forced a fumble early in the 2nd quarter that was recovered by cornerback, Kevin King. Finally, Blake Martinez, the reigning “Defensive Player of the Week,” came in a close second place this week for the Cream City Central award. He ended the game with 12 tackles (1 for a loss) and was instrumental in providing pressure on Kenny Clark’s sack.
As well as Blake Martinez played, there was one player who made an even bigger impact on the field throughout the Monday night game. Kevin King was the “Defensive Player of the Week,” against the San Francisco 49ers. He ended the game with 4 total tackles, a fumble recovery, and an interception. Kevin King was the only player in the Green Bay secondary who seemed to have good coverage all night and didn’t allow any big plays unlike Kentrell Brice and Tramon Williams. King broke up passes and almost had a few near interceptions. This was a big game for Kevin King who has struggled this season in coverage. However, someone watching would not think he had his downfalls because he guarded Pierre Garcon well and seemed like the only player who could cover Marquise Goodwin. He looked like a Pro-Bowl corner and even made a play that sealed the game for Green Bay. The Packers just scored, tying the game at 30, when C.J. Beathard was marching down the field and ready to get the 49ers into field goal range to win the game. With 1:07 seconds left in the 4th he threw a pass downfield that Kevin King intercepted. It was at this moment Packer fans knew Rodgers was going to get the ball back, go down the field, and win the game for Green Bay.
*All stats according to espn.com*