Packers start quickly, hold off 49ers
Sure, Aaron Rodgers enjoyed beating the San Francisco 49ers. It's the team he grew up rooting for, and the team that snubbed him on draft day in 2005.
But Rodgers wasn't gloating after Sunday's 30-24 victory, and neither were the Green Bay Packers. Green Bay (6-4) nearly blew a big lead in the second half, and now might have to hang in the playoff race without two key cogs in the defense: outside linebacker Aaron Kampman and cornerback Al Harris, who sustained potentially serious knee injuries.
Kampman and Harris both were carted to the locker room in the second half, and Packers coach Mike McCarthy acknowledged there is "some concern" about the severity of their injuries.
"Hopefully, these two injuries aren't as serious as we may think," McCarthy said.
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McCarthy said the Packers should know more about Kampman and Harris on Monday. For now, they'll try to carry all the things they did right in the first half into Thursday's game at Detroit.
And if Rodgers felt any sense of satisfaction in beating the team that passed him over in the draft, he kept it to himself.
"It's fun to play against a team that you idolized growing up, and watched every Sunday after church," said Rodgers, a native of Chico, Calif. "You've got to give those guys credit. I think in the second half, they fought a little harder."