Top 5 takeaways from 49ers win vs. Packers in Week 12

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No. 1: This may be the greatest passing defense in San Francisco history

We knew the 49ers pass defense was good.

But we didn’t know the Niners pass defense was this good.

It was a game where they made one of the best quarterbacks in history look like a scrub who would get inevitably benched. In short, they made Aaron Rodgers look like the Cincinnati Bengals’ Ryan Finley (or the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Mason Rudolph, take your pick).

In fact, Rodgers was benched to end the game. He was beaten so badly, the Packers decided to pull him and save him from the 49ers defense.

To say the stats are staggering would be an understatement. Rodgers was sacked five times, fumbled once, did not complete a pass beyond 10 yards, was only 10-of-20 passing for 41 yards at halftime and finished 20-of-33 passing for 104 yards and a touchdown, which was merely a short tap pass that was all the work of wide receiver Davante Adams.

Whether it was the fearsome front four harassing Rodgers, the linebackers covering the running backs and tight ends or the lockdown secondary, everyone was on their A-game.

If the 49ers can hold MVP candidates, Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens and Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks, in their future battles, as well as future Hall of Famer Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints, then this may be the best passing defense we have ever seen in red and gold.