By C.J. Peterson
Special to S.F. Examiner
SANTA CLARA — Lambeau Field holds a special spot in the heart of 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan.
When he first made the trip up to Green Bay, Shanahan — then the offensive coordinator for the HoustonTexans — beat the Packers 24-21 on Dec. 7, 2008.
“My first time I went there, it was six degrees,” Shanahan said. “I tried to go to the [coach’s] box, but they made me stay on the field. I was freezing … It was pretty neat because I think we set a record. I think we had over 500 yards of offense and it was the most in any temperature under 10 degrees. That was a pretty neat win.”
Houston amassed 549 total yards of offense in the win, including 414 yards through the air. For Shanahan, it was a special afternoon. He’s visited Green Bay once more since that day — a 38-20 loss at Aaron Rodgers’s hand as the Washington Redskins’ OC — but still says that Lambeau is “right up there” among his favorite stadiums. He’ll head back there this Monday for the first time as a head coach, as his reeling 49ers visit the Packers and Rodgers, who is ninth in the league in passing yards.
“It’s always neat to go there, especially to go to a night game where you get to see everyone getting ready for it all game,” he said. “It’s a fun place to play and something that I’ve had the opportunity to do. Not a lot of our guys on our team have and I think they’ll see it’s a pretty special place when they get there.”
For the 49ers, this will be their first of four prime-time games of the season after being pulled from a scheduled fifth against the Los Angeles Rams on Oct. 21.
With players inside of the 49ers locker room voicing their displeasure, the opportunity to prove their worthiness of playing under the bright lights on national TV has provided some extra motivation for San Francisco.
“Any time people count you out and don’t think there’s something you can do, I think that challenges a lot of people,” said Shanahan. “ I know when you go into something and you want to show people what you can do, you hope the whole world is watching, not just your own state.”
The 49ers will fly out on Saturday evening ahead of their 5:30 p.m. Monday night game.
– The 49ers have listed wide receiver Trent Taylor (back) as doubtful ahead of Monday night. According to the team, Taylor is experiencing discomfort in his lower back.
During the 2018 offseason, Taylor underwent surgery on the back to shave down bone spurs that were causing the him pain.
Taylor is now the third 49ers wide receiver expected to miss time after Marquise Goodwin and Dante Pettis have missed two games each due to injuries. Pettis is ruled out for this week — his second straight missed game — but Goodwin, after missing last week with quad and hamstring issues, has practiced in full each day this week.
– Running back Matt Breida (ankle) is listed as questionable after having his ankle rolled up on during the 49ers last game against the Arizona Cardinals.
According to the team, Breida was limited in Saturday’s practice and will likely be a game-time decision on Monday.
In the event that Breida cannot play, the 49ers plan to incorporate special teamer Raheem Mostert into their game plan at running back.
“I’m confident [in Mostert] because of the week of practice he had,” said Shanahan. “Iknow he struggled last week with his opportunity. I had a good talk with Raheem this week. We challenged him real hard. He was up for the challenge.