Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, in Green Bay, Wis.
GREEN BAY — Aaron Rodgers’ fourth-quarter
comeback ability wrecked what had all the makings of a 49ers upset
The 49ers couldn’t hold a second-half lead as Rodgers guided the Packers to a 33-30 victory at Lambeau Field. Mason Crosby’s 27-yard field goal as time expired capped off the comeback and sent the 49ers (1-5) to their fourth straight defeat.
Rodgers helped the Packers overcome a 30-23 deficit in the final two minutes, including a 16-yard touchdown pass to Davante Adams with 1:55 remaining.
The Packers (3-2-1) pulled off the winning drive with several key plays, including one in which a DeForest Buckner third-down sack was nullified by a Richard Sherman illegal-contact penalty. Rodgers followed with a 21-yard scramble to the 45, and a few completions later, he set up Crosby for the winning kick.
While Rodgers racked up 425 passing yards (25 of 46, two touchdowns, no interceptions), C.J. Beathard was enjoying a bounce-back performance after losing his first two starts upon replacing the injured Jimmy Garoppolo. Beathard finished with a dud, however, as a third-down heave resulted in a Packers interception at the 10-yard line, leading to Green Bay’s winning drive.
49ers defensive end Ronald Blair (98) tackles Green Bay Packers
Beathard was 16 of 23 for 245 yards with
two touchdowns and the lone interception. His scoring strikes both went
to Marquise Goodwin for the first two-touchdown game of his six-year
career, scoring on 67- and 30-yard passes before halftime.
Running backs Matt Breida (14 carries, 61 yards) and surprise understudy Raheem Mostert (12 carries, 87 yards) had their way with the Packers most of the game, until crunch time in the fourth quarter when they couldn’t milk the clock.
The 49ers defense wilted in the final minutes only after it came through with several stops, including a goal-line stand midway through the fourth quarter. That was capped off when Rodgers’ fourth-and-3 pass fell incomplete from the 49ers’ 4-yard line. Jaquiski Tartt blitzed to hurry Rodgers, whose pass hit a no-look Williams in the back.
Rodgers pulled the Packers even at 30 when he threw a 16-yard, third-and-6 touchdown pass to Adams, just over the outstretched hand of cornerback Greg Mabin in the end zone with 1:55 remaining.
Rookie Richie James’ ensuing kickoff return boosted the 49ers’ chances of reclaiming the lead. His return plus a late-hit penalty had the 49ers start at their own 47 with 1:49 remaining. On third-and-3 with 73 seconds remaining in regulation, Beathard took a shotgun snap and threw a deep shot to Goodwin, only to have Kevin King make an interception at the 10-yard line with 1:07 left.