SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The 49ers struck first with a touchdown drive, but the Packers ended the first quarter driving for the potential tying score on Friday night from Levi’s Stadium.
The Packers’ defense started the game with a three-and-out, though 49ers QB Blaine Gabbert missed WR Quinton Patton on a deep ball when he got behind CB Sam Shields.
QB Aaron Rodgers’ first preseason action was a disjointed series that featured three offensive penalties and one defensive penalty that gave the Packers a first down. A 19-yard pass to TE Jared Cook highlighted the early action.
Rookie P Peter Mortell got the first punt for the Packers, and it wasn’t good. A wobbly 42-yarder was returned 17 yards near midfield, and the 49ers got on the board first, driving 53 yards in five plays. Consecutive passes from Gabbert to TE Garrett Celek moved the chains twice, and RB Carlos Hyde ripped off a 27-yard run all the way to the Green Bay 3. WR Quinton Patton finished it from there, taking a backwards pass to score a rushing TD with 7:49 left in the quarter.
The Green Bay offense found some rhythm on its second drive. RB Eddie Lacy started with a 21-yard run before adding carries of 5 and 6 yards. Rodgers caught the 49ers with 12 men on the field on third down, and then hit a pair of passes to WR Randall Cobb for a total of 24 yards. The drive came down to fourth-and-2 from the San Francisco 8-yard line, and RB James Starks picked it up on the final play of the quarter to make it first-and-goal.