Packers end special teams disaster vs. 49ers with just 10 men on field for final field goal

Doug Farrar
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You were warned, Green Bay Packers. Your special teams were the NFL’s worst, and that’s the primary thing that took you out of the playoffs.

The San Francisco 49ers, who never led in their shocking 13-10 win until Robbie Gould’s 45-yard field goal as time expired, didn’t score an offensive or defensive touchdown in the game. There were two Gould field goals, and a 6-yard return of a blocked punt by safety Talanoa Hufanga, and that’s all the 49ers needed. Mason Crosby made one of his two field goal attempts; the other was blocked by safety Jimmie Ward.

And in perhaps the most embarrassing portion of this particular implosion, the Packers had just 10 men on the field for Gould’s game-winner — and this came after San Francisco’s third timeout of the half with four seconds left, which allowed them to get their guys in place.

"That can't happen," Packers coach Matt LaFleur said after the game. "It's unacceptable. Again, that's on me."

San Francisco 49ers kicker Robbie Gould kicks the game-winning field goal as time expires against the Green Bay Packers.

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The Packers were also embarrassed by Deebo Samuel’s 45-yard kick return in which Samuel poleaxed cornerback Kevin King, but it wasn’t about any one play. The Packers came into this game knowing that their special teams were a potentially fatal flaw, and that’s exactly how it played out.

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