Kaepernick, Boldin too much as 49ers defeat Packers in opener

Kaepernick, Boldin too much as 49ers defeat Packers in opener

San Francisco wins wild 34-28 game at Candlestick Park.
After an off-season of answering questions about stopping Colin Kaepernick's rushing ability, the Packers allowed Kaepernick to beat them through the air on Sunday at Candlestick Park.

The 49ers quarterback threw for a career-high 412 yards and three touchdowns, leading San Francisco to a 34-28 victory over Green Bay in the 2013 regular season opener for both teams.

It was a back and forth contest throughout, a much more competitive game than January's NFC Divisional Playoff between the two teams.  The Packers answered each of San Francisco's first three touchdowns, then took their first lead of the game in the 4th quarter, when rookie Eddie Lacy scored to make it 28-24 Green Bay.

The 49ers answered with a Frank Gore touchdown run to take a 31-28 advantage.  Then, following a 3-and-out, San Francisco gambled, going for it on 4th and 2 at the Green Bay 35.  Kaepernick found Anquan Boldin (who finished with 13 catches for 208 yards and a touchdown in his 49ers debut) for a first down, setting up a field goal with 26 seconds left.

Aaron Rodgers (who had 333 yards passing and three touchdowns) completed a long pass to Randall Cobb in the final seconds, but he couldn't get out of bounds.  Rodgers did spike the ball with 3 seconds remaining, but pressure from Aldon Smith on the game's final play forced an incompletion.

Green Bay faces Washington next Sunday in the Packers' home opener at Lambeau Field.
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