The 49ers can toss their film from the season opener against Green Bay in the trash for as much good as it will do now.
Cedric Benson is gone, and the Packers’ running game is now powered by DuJuan Harris and Ryan Grant — neither of whom was on the roster Dec. 1, let alone back in September.
Randall Cobb, whose 75-yard punt return gave the Packers a fleeting chance late in the 30-22 victory by San Francisco, is now one of Aaron Rodgers’ favorite receivers. Read More
Team owners, spurred by Monday night’s game-deciding controversial touchdown call by replacement officials, are having a major impact on progress toward settlement between the NFL and the locked out NFL Referee’s Association.
How much progress remained unclear Wednesday night.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported Wednesday that an agreement in principal is at hand and other reports said officials could be back on the job by Sunday. Read More
The 49ers go into their season opener in Green Bay with a versatile offense, something wide receiver Michael Crabtree and Packers coach Mike McCarthy acknowledged during game preparations this week.
“I just feel like we’ve got our own style,” Crabtree said. “Those guys are a spread offense, that’s all they do is throw the ball. I mean, they’ve got some run game. But that’s their offense. We’re really not like that.” Read More
Ben Davidson, who died Tuesday, was a true original.
Davidson came to the Raiders in 1966, after brief stints with the Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins. Al Davis was a good judge of talent at that point and he realized that all Ben needed was a chance. He was relentless as a defensive end, playing as hard on the last snap of the game as the first. Read More