Offensively, the read-option will be just that — an option for San Francisco. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick only rushed for 22 yards as opposed to his 181 rushing yards in last season’s divisional playoff game at Candlestick Park.
Kaepernick threw his typical strong-armed throws from the pocket and had a career-high 412 passing yards. But the truth about that statistic is that veteran wide receiver Anquan Boldin was the reason for more than half of those yards. Boldin caught most of his passes while he was wide open in off and zone coverage. Kaepernick may also want to treat his offensive line to dinner because the Packers could barely pressure all afternoon.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Niners were solid, they caused turnovers and they did what they do best: stop the run. Aside from NaVorro Bowman’s forced fumble on rookie running back Eddie Lacy, there was no amazing standout performance from a particular defender.
It can be seen as a positive, because the team will not rely on one or two particular players to remain effective on the field.
Though the team is looking like the class of the league, they still have areas to improve on. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw for over 300 yards against San Francisco’s defense, so they may need to start playing tighter coverage. The offense needs to cut down on false starts, and Kaepernick needs to work on his touch passing and calling audibles if he is allowed to.
Any wide receiver not named Anquan Boldin needs to force more involvement, or there will be some cuts when Mario Manningham and Michael Crabtree return from injury.