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SAN FRANCISCO – It wasn’t the welcome-to-the-NFL moment Eddie Lacy was hoping for, but he has already moved on from it.
On the fifth carry of his pro career on Sunday, Lacy fumbled, and the 49ers recovered at the Green Bay 14-yard line, setting up a touchdown that proved pivotal in San Francisco’s 34-28 victory over the Packers at Candlestick Park.
The fumble occurred early in the second quarter and sent Lacy to the bench, replaced for two series by
“Fighting for extra yards,” Lacy said of the play, which led to the ball getting “a little loose.” “I should have gone down and protected the ball a little more, but I tried to get extra yardage, and it was a mistake on my part.”
The Packers likely would have gotten off the field allowing only a field goal after the turnover had the officials not allegedly assessed penalties incorrectly. On third down after the fumble, 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick ran out of bounds short of the first down, but personal fouls on Green Bay’s
In any event, when sent to the bench, Lacy had just four yards on five carries, though he also had a 31-yard gain on a screen pass to set up Green Bay’s first TD. He came back in the second half to post nine rushes for 37 yards, including a 2-yard TD dive over the pile that gave the Packers a brief 28-24 lead in the fourth quarter.
On the TD drive, Lacy had runs of six, seven, five and six yards before the scoring plunge. He said he wasn’t trying to make up for the fumble necessarily, just trying to forget about it.
“You have to put plays like that behind you, because if you keep it in mind, then most likely it will happen again because you’re thinking about it and you don’t want it to happen again,” he said. “So I just put it behind me, came out and just kept playing.”
In Bakhtiari’s defense, it appeared the sack he allowed on the second snap of the game was an offensive miscommunication of some kind. Bakhtiari went low immediately at the snap, trying to cut Smith down to the ground, an indication the play is a quick hitter with the ball coming out of the quarterback’s hand right away.
“If the ball didn’t get out, I should still get him to the ground,” Bakhtiari said.
The other sack came early in the fourth quarter and was shared by Smith and Ray McDonald. Bakhtiari was simply beaten off the edge on that one.
Still, those were the only two sacks of Rodgers, who dropped back to pass 40 times, and far more experienced linemen have had worse days against rushers like Smith. But Bakhtiari was far from satisfied.
“I don’t want to be good as a rookie, I want to be good as a left tackle,” Bakhtiari said. “I’m not mad, but I’m not ecstatic about how I played.”
His first two kickoffs were returned 30 yards apiece by the 49ers, with Masthay making the tackle on the first one and saving possibly a touchdown. He missed the tackle on the next one, though, with
Masthay then added three touchbacks in the second half, with the last two going well beyond the back of the end zone. Masthay also had a strong day punting, averaging a 44.8-yard net on six punts.
Aside from Masthay, the Packers didn’t help themselves much on special teams, though. Twice in the second quarter, penalties in the return game backed the Packers up and forced them to start drives from their 4- and 13-yard lines. Then in the fourth quarter, just after the 49ers regained the lead at 31-28 with under six minutes left, returner
The Packers went three-and-out and didn’t get the ball back again until only 26 seconds remained in the game.
Stops and starts: The Packers were never able to score on consecutive drives on Sunday, and two turnovers in the first half certainly didn’t help. But neither did five three-and-outs, including two in the fourth quarter with the game in the balance.
“Three-and-outs, we have to get rid of those,” receiver
But all that was absolutely zero consolation to the players in the locker room, who have now lost to San Francisco three times in one calendar year.
“If you don’t win the game, you don’t win anything,” Cobb said. “There’s no such thing as a moral win.”
Injury update: The only injury the Packers reported from the game was a stinger to outside linebacker
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