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49ers make a stand

By Chris Jenkins
Associated Press / September 10, 2012
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GREEN BAY, Wis. — Randy Moss found his way back to familiar turf, celebrating a touchdown at Lambeau Field in his new uniform.

The San Francisco 49ers’ defense kept Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers out of the end zone for most of the day — then made sure it didn’t give the game away.

Showing the same brand of dominant defense that powered them to the NFC Championship game last season, the 49ers smothered Rodgers and the Packers offense, then made one last stand to stop a Green Bay rally in a 30-22 victory Sunday.

Things went so well for San Francisco that when David Akers tried a 63-yard field goal at the end of the first half, it bounced off the crossbar and then kept going through the uprights to tie an NFL record.

Rodgers finished the game as the Packers’ leading rusher, with new addition Cedric Benson gaining just 18 yards on nine carries.

The Packers don’t have long to prepare for their next game, Thursday night at home against the division rival Bears.

Rodgers was 30 of 44 for 303 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, but the 49ers held him in check until late.

The 49ers’ Alex Smith was 20 of 26 for 211 yards and two touchdowns while Frank Gore rushed for 112 yards and a touchdown.

Moss scored a 14-yard touchdown in the second quarter, a familiar — and painful — sight for Packers fans.

Moss turned his back to the crowd and pointed to the name on his jersey, opting for a more subdued celebration than the notorious fake mooning motion he made toward fans at Lambeau during his Vikings days.

‘‘‘He got open and he was a great big target in there,’’ said 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh.

The 49ers took a 16-point lead into the fourth quarter, then twice let the Packers cut the lead to 8, including a 75-yard punt return for a score by Randall Cobb.

But the defense held firm on a potential game-tying drive in the final minutes.

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