Head coach Jim Harbaugh was happy with the 49ers’ 30-22 victory over the Green Bay Packers from Sunday afternoon. He saw several standouts from the game and everyone looked spectacular to him. There will be plenty of work for the team ahead this coming week.
“[We’re] just really excited about the way our guys played and fought and handled themselves out there in Green Bay,” said Harbaugh. And [we’re] back for a great week of preparation this week and a great week of work. We’ll be reviewing the film. There’s a lot of positives and a lot of really good to point out.”
Harbaugh enjoyed the team’s ability to shut down Aaron Rodgers in majority of Sunday’s game. Rodgers was an MVP last season and the team played very well in preventing major plays. His running ability was also limited.
“It stands out when you have a star quarterback like Aaron Rodgers, and that ball was coming out so quick and accurate,” said Harbaugh. “And then his ability to run, which is well-documented and he runs, and he runs to hurt you. And then the great group of wide receivers and tight ends and playmakers that Green Bay has, it stands to reason that you’re not just going to shut them down, play after play after play to negative yardage. But what you hope to do is not give up the big, big play in the run game or the pass, which I thought our team did an outstanding job of not giving them.”
Rodgers had 303 passing yards and two touchdowns but only averaged seven yards per completion. He also ran for 27 yards on five attempts.
Harbaugh talked about how the team is ready for any situation. With Lambeau Field being a hostile environment and far away from home, the 49ers were not just ready phsyically, but mentally as well.
“[The team] works extremely hard,” said Harbaugh. “They prepare so well, and that’s something that we need to keep doing. That’s something that the way we work, the way we prepare, that’s one of the best things that we have going for us.”
Looking ahead, Harbaugh is not distracted by the infamous handshake controversy that him and Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz had last season. It is just pointless attention to him. He is ready for the game in preparing for next week against the Lions.
“Our approach with the mini-controversies are really to give them the attention that they deserve, which isn’t much,” said Harbaugh. “Now, people that will use that to promote this game or any other game I think are really missing the point. The game is just so much bigger. As a rule of thumb, I have too much respect for the men who play this game, on both sides. And too much respect for the game to give it anything less than what it deserves.”
-The team is still healthy, according to Harbaugh.
-NaVorro Bowman, Dashon Goldson, Ahmad Brooks, Aldon Smith, Donte Whitner, Justin Smith, Ray McDonald and David Akers were among the standouts from the game according to Harbaugh.
-Harbaugh said Alex Boone filled the RG position perfectly. He expects Boone to keep improving on his great performance in Green Bay.