Here's what I took away from today's nail-biter between the 49ers and packers...
Kaepernick was savant-like today, passing for 412 yards, 3 touchdowns, and completing 69% of his throws. He did this with little to no running game and worked almost entirely from the pocket - all very impressive. His chemistry with veteran receiver Anquan Boldin (208 yards, 1 touchdown) and Vernon Davis (98 yards, 2 touchdowns) was very encouraging too. Also, rookie safety Eric Reid played well in his first pro game and will surely improve. He made some quality stops and picked up his first career interception - all very nice.
Off day for Frank The Tank, but in his defense, the packers were stacking the box and probably hoped the 49ers would go run heavy. They really wanted Kaepernick & Co. to beat them through the air, and that's exactly what they got. I'm not too worried though and would look for Frank to rebound next week. I'd also expect Kaep to get more yards on the ground too.
Penalties, penalties, penalties. We're in the 3rd year of Lord Harbaugh's offense, yet 11 penalties for 85 yards could have been the basis for a nasty post-game rant. While I expect a holding or late hit penalty here and there, all these off-sides, false-start, unsportsmanlike conduct penalties are wearing on me and it doesn't look like they're going away anytime soon. They were the 8th most penalized team in 2011, and the 7th most penalized team in 2012. It is what it is.
It's always good to win the season opener especially against a contender like the packers. Coach Harbs is probably giving Mike McCarthy a complex now that he's 3-0 against the cheese-heads, but hey, it's called ownage. As for next week, I expect the Red & Gold to exact revenge from last year's loss in Seattle regardless of how loud it is.