The Packers beat 49ers, 34-17

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The Packers did what they needed against a severely under-endowed 49ers on Thursday night, beating San Francisco 34-17 at Levi’s Stadium.

With the win, Green Bay improved to 6-2 and was left alone in possession of first place in the NFC North. San Francisco fell to 4-5.

The Packers have had a handful of players dropped out due to injury, but the 49ers were still the most battered unit, looking nothing like the team that won the NFC Championship last January. The score was 34-3 before San Francisco scored two late touchdowns.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was both explosive and efficient, completing 25 of 31 passes for 305 yards with four touchdowns for a 147.2 passer rating.

WR Davante Adams had another huge game with 10 catches for 173 yards and one touchdown, while WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling overcame an early fall to contribute two touchdowns on 1 and 52 yard passes. It was the first game of two career TDs for Valdes-Scantling.

RB Aaron Jones, returning from a calf injury after missing the last two games, rushed 15 times for 58 yards and added five receptions for 21 yards. RB Tyler Ervin added 72 yards from the scrum (24 rushing, 48 receiving).

The Green Bay defense gave up a few big plays to WR Richie James, but the game was never really in doubt. James caught nine passes for 184 yards and a TD, but the Packers also forced two turnovers and got a roll on downs with a fourth and short save near the goal line.

A hit from LB Preston Smith led to an interception by S Raven Greene on a floating ball, and LB Za’Darius Smith later had a strip sack for a second turnover. The two takeouts led to scores for the Packers.

Niners quarterback Nick Mullens finished 22 of 35 for 291 yards with a TD and INT for 86.7. RB Jerick McKinnon had 12 carries for 52 yards and a score with four seconds remaining.

Here’s a recap of all the action:

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