Week one is finally upon us 49ers Faithful, with the 49ers traveling to Green Bay to take on the Packers. The regular season opener is always the most exciting week of the season for all NFL fans. It’s the one time of the season when everyone has confidence and hope that this might be the year. Their team might finally turn it around this season and make a run for the Super Bowl. For Niner fans and the way last season ended in the NFC Championship game, the 2012 season could not have come fast enough.
San Francisco 49ers (0-0) vs. Green Bay Packers (0-0)
Kickoff: 1:25 P.M. PDT
The first game is a tough challenge for the 49ers having to play at Lambeau Field against Aaron Rodgers and their passing offense. San Francisco’s defense is returning all 11 starters and everyone is a year more experienced, which means they will come out prepared and ready to stop Rodgers. It will be a tall task, but if the 49ers can win the turnover battle and time of possession, they will be able to squeak out a win.
The offense and special teams could be missing Brandon Jacobs and Ted Ginn Jr. who are questionable. Jacobs has a knee injury and Ginn has an ankle injury. Both injuries were suffered in the preseason. Losing Ginn is a bigger concern than losing Jacobs. Ginn is will missed in the special teams as the kickoff and punt returner. Which means…Kyle Williams will be returning punts. Things could get interesting in the return game for the 49ers. As far as who will be returning kickoffs, Jim Harbaugh had this to say,
Well, if you don’t know that (answer), I won’t reveal that one either. Put bamboo shoots under my nails and say. Yeah, that one may not be as easy to figure out. So, we’ll let Green Bay figure that one out.
Kendall Hunter will likely be returning kickoffs if Ginn cannot go. Jacobs will be missed in the offense on short-yardage plays, but the 49ers have the depth to make up for his absence. Both haven’t practiced this week so I doubt they will be on the field for the game.
There are no significant injuries that will slow down the Packers. Running back James Starks is out with a toe injury, which means Cedric Benson will be carrying the football should the Packers decide to run. One notable probable is defensive tackle B.J. Raji with an ankle. When a player is listed as probably, they will play. Especially with this being week one of the season and the excitement of the home crowd.
Out – RB James Starks (toe), LB Jamari Lattimore (ankle), CB Davon House (shoulder).
Probable – DT B.J. Raji (ankle), TE Tom Crabtree (shoulder), LB Robert Francois (hamstring), S Sean Richardson (hamstring), RB Alex Green (knee).
Questionable — WR Ted Ginn Jr. (ankle), RB Brandon Jacobs (knee).
Where To Watch and Listen:
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Sideline Reporter: Pam Oliver
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