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49ers vs. Packers: A prospector's guide

We take a look at pertinent facts, figures and history in the Week 4 matchup with the Green Bay Packers.

The San Francisco 49ers return to action this weekend, hoping to avoid a third consecutive embarrassing loss. The 49ers host the Green Bay Packers in a Week 4 contest that will likely get national coverage. The game kicks off at 1:25 p.m. PT on Sunday at Levi's Stadium, and will feature Joe Buck and Troy Aikman in the booth. That would indicate a national game of the week. We'll have the report on that as the week progresses.

We're back with another prospector's guide. The 49ers get their media schedule going early Wednesday. Packers head coach Mike McCarthy will speak with Bay Area media at 9:15 a.m. That is followed by a Jim Tomsula press conference at 10:30 a.m., and then Colin Kaepernick and special teams coach Thomas McGaughey at 11:45 a.m. Aaron Rodgers is also scheduled for an 11:45 a.m. conference call, so I am guessing media will be split between the two. The locker room is open from 12 to 12:45, and practice is set at 2 p.m. We'll get the practice participation report sometime later in the afternoon.

On Thursday, the coordinators speak, with Eric Mangini and Geep Chryst scheduled for 11:45 a.m. The locker room is open after that until 12:45, and then practice is set for 2:40 p.m. On Friday, Jim Tomsula speaks at 10:30 a.m., practice is set for 11:40 a.m., and the locker room will be open after practice.

It is not a good time for the 49ers right now. They've lost two straight by a combined score of 90-25. That does not put them in very good historical company. They opened as a 9.5-point favorite underdog, and while history has favored sizable home underdogs to keep it close, this 49ers team is just not looking that good. The offensive line is a mess, and Colin Kaepernick is coming off his worst performance as a pro. The pass rush is struggling with consistency, NaVorro Bowman has acknowledged he is not quite back to where he wants to be, and the secondary is getting eaten alive thanks to some questionable scheming. Crazier things have happened, but it's an uphill slog this Sunday for the 49ers.

On the plus side, the 49ers have won four straight against the Packers, dating back to Week 1 of the 2012 season. That has included two Week 1 wins and two playoff wins. Colin Kaepernick has a strong history against the Packers. In three starts against them, he has completed 60 of 100 passes for  902 yards and six touchdowns, with two interceptions. He also has 318 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Maybe he can build off that success.

Matchups: 65
Series Record: Packers lead series 34-30-1
49ers Home Record vs. Packers: 49ers lead series 18-11-1
First Meeting: 11/26/50, Packers win 25-21, at GB
Last Meeting: 1/5/14, 49ers win 23-20, at GB (W)
Current Streak: Won 4
Longest 49ers Win Streak: 7 (12/10/50 - 12/5/54)
Longest Packers Win Streak: 8 (11/29/99 - 12/5/10)
Most 49ers Points: 48 - 2 times (Last 12/7/58), 49ers win 48-21, at SF
Most Packers Points: 41 (10/23/60): Packers win 41-14, at GB
49ers Shutouts: 1 (12/5/54), 49ers win 35-0, at SF
Packers Shutouts: 2 (Last 11/19/67), Packers win 13-0, at GB
(W) - Wild Card Game

WR Anquan Boldin

  • As a member of the Arizona Cardinals, registered 5 receptions for 99 yards at GB (9/21/03).

  • In his first start as a member of the 49ers, recorded 13 receptions for 208 yards and 1 TD vs. GB (9/8/13). His 208 receiving yards set the 49ers franchise record for most receiving yards on opening day. The previ- ous mark of 169 receptions yards was held by WR Jerry Rice vs. LA (9/5/94).

LB NaVorro Bowman

  • Registered his 1st career INT, intercepting Packers QB Aaron Rodgers in the 4th qtr. at GB (9/9/12).
  • Had 13 tackles, 1 PD and 1 FF vs. GB (9/8/13). The FF led to a 10-yard TD pass from QB Colin Kaepernick to WR Anquan Boldin.

LB Ahmad Brooks

  • In his first start with the 49ers, registered 2.0 sacks at GB (12/5/10). It marked his first multi-sack game of the season and 2nd of his career [3.0 sacks vs. Arz. (12/14/09)].
  • Brought down Packers QB Aaron Rodgers on the final drive of the game at GB (9/9/12), marking his 21st career sack.
  • Recorded 9 tackles, 2 sacks and 1 FF at GB (1/5/14) (NFC-W).

RB Reggie Bush

  • In 5 career games vs. GB, has registered 246 yards and 2 TDs on 56 attempts and 26 receptions for 218 yards
  • As a member of the Detroit Lions, recorded 117 yards and 1 TD on 20 carries vs. GB (11/28/13). He also added 5 receptions for 65 yards

TE Vernon Davis

  • Has 25 receptions for 530 yards and 7 TDs in 7 career games against GB, including the postseason. • Has registered a TD in all 5 regular-season games against the Packers.
  • Hauled in 3 receptions for 74 yards, including a 53 yard TD reception vs. GB (12/10/06). • Tallied 6 receptions for 108 yards and 1 TD at GB (11/22/09).
  • Registered 4 receptions for a career-high 126 yards and 1 TD at GB (12/5/10).
  • Recorded 6 receptions for 98 yards and 2 TDs vs. GB (9/8/13).
  • Notched 2 receptions for 37 yards and 1 TD at GB (1/5/14) (NFC-W). His 28-yard TD catch from QB Colin Kaepernick gave the 49ers the lead with 10:31 left in the 4th Qtr.

K Phil Dawson

  • Successfully converted all 3 FG attempts and both XP attempts in a 23-20 win at GB (1/5/14) (NFC-W). His final FG came from 33 yards as time expired to win the game.

QB Colin Kaepernick

  • In his first career postseason start, set the NFL single-game rush- ing record by a QB with 181 rushing yards and 2 TDs on 16 carries vs. GB (1/12/13) (NFC-D). He also completed 17 of 31 attempts for 263 yards, 2 TDs and 1 INT.
  • Threw for 412 yards, 3 TDs and a passer rating of 129.4, completing 27 of 39 attempts vs. GB (9/8/13).
  • Completed 16 of 30 attempts for 227 yds and 1 TD at GB (1/5/14) (NFC- W). Also rushed for 98 yards on 7 attempts

S Eric Reid

  • In his first career start, intercepted Packers QB Aaron Rodgers vs. GB (9/8/13), marking his first career INT.
  • In his first career postseason start, registered 10 tackles at GB (1/5/14) (NFC-W)

2015 Statistics

49ERS (rank) PACKERS (rank)
1-2 (t-2nd NFCW) Record 3-0 (1st NFCN)
15.0 (32nd) Points per game 32.0 (4th)
320.0 (23rd) Total Offense 377.0 (9th)
148.0 (2nd) Rushing Offense 127.7 (9th)
172.0 (30th) Passing Offense 249.3 (16th)
31:10 (11th) Possession Avg 31:39 (8th)
31.0 (31st) Points allowed/gm 22.7 (t-13th)
382.3 (25th) Total Defense 350.7 (16th)
98.0 (16th) Rushing Defense 127.7 (27th)
284.3 (27th) Passing Defense 223.0 (11th)
6 (t-12th) Sacks 11 (t-3rd)
45.7 (20th) Punting Avg (Gross) 45.1 (22nd)
-4 (30th) Turnover Differential +3 (t-6th)