Niners running back Frank Gore got the ball on their first play from scrimmage and picked up 6 yards. He carried on the next play, too, running through Marquand Manuel and pulling away from Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila. He gained 72 yards — it would have been a touchdown had Al Harris not hustled.
San Francisco had a first-and-goal at the 2-yard line. A touchdown — and a here-we-go-again mentality on the Packers' bench — seemed a play or two away.
Instead, the 49ers were penalized for having 12 players in the huddle. That 5-yard penalty most likely was the difference between San Francisco feeling awfully good about itself after taking a 7-0 lead and the Packers feeling awfully good about themselves after falling behind only 3-0.
San Francisco got its field goal and early lead, but it was the Packers who emerged with some momentum.
They parlayed that momentum into a touchdown on the ensuing possession.
The key to this play was Greg Jennings. A couple versions of the Fox replay showed Jennings running his route while pointing toward the end zone, where Martin was standing all alone. What rookie has the savvy to do something like that? Nobody Favre has seen.
"The best thing that happened on that play — besides Ruvell being wide open — was Greg Jennings pointing to him," Favre said. "The play is designed to (go) to Donald in the flat or Greg on an over route. I actually looked at Donald, then I looked at Greg, and when I looked at Greg he was pointing over to Ruvell Martin. I was thinking, ‘What is he pointing at?' So, I looked up and he's wide open.
"Greg is one of those instinctive players. I don't know if I've ever had anyone running down the field pointing to another guy who's open."
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