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Packers vs. 49ers: San Francisco’s 5 star performers

Photo Credit: Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports

In one of the most-anticipated matchups of Week 1, the San Francisco 49ers faced off against the Green Bay Packers in one of the highlight games of Sunday. A rematch of a NFC divisional playoff game played last season, the 49ers’ offense ultimately led them to a 34-28 victory over Green Bay.

With the Packers’ run defense being a lot better in this game compared to past contests, the 49ers relied on a wide-open passing attack more rather than using the read option. For this big victory, the 49ers relied on the great play by five players in particular.

Colin Kaepernick

Kaepernick had a career-best performance in Week 1 with 412 passing yards, 22 rushing yards and three passing touchdowns. Despite being targeted throughout the game by the pass rush headed by Clay Matthews, he was able to dissect an inexperienced secondary without the injured Morgan Burnett and complete 27 of 39 passes.

Anquan Boldin

Boldin had quite the big debut for the 49ers. Kaepernick found Boldin all over the field at various points in the game, finishing with 13 catches, 208 yards and a touchdown in the second quarter. His amazing performance showed that he is a reliable replacement for the injured Michael Crabtree.

Vernon Davis

With Kaepernick and Boldin having big games, it is easy to forget the big game by Davis. Catching six passes for 98 yards and a pair of touchdowns – one in the first quarter and one in the third – he was an integral part of the offense and demonstrated great chemistry with Kaepernick, showcasing how his big performances in the postseason were no fluke and can continue in 2013.

Nnamdi Asomugha

Like Boldin, Asomugha was another veteran making his first appearance in the San Francisco red and gold. Serving as the team’s third cornerback, he provided excellent coverage throughout the game and displayed the skills that made him the team’s best nickel corner option and a Pro Bowler corner during his time with the Oakland Raiders.

Eric Reid

Expectations were high for Reid in his debut game. The 49ers’ first-round pick, he had big shoes to fill with Dashon Goldson signing a big contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Reid lived up to expectations in all aspects of the game, as he made solid tackles all over the field and made big plays with his first interception of his career.

Photo Credit: Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports

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Austin Chang

Austin Chang is the Associate Editor of Sports Out West and a San Francisco Bay Area-based sports journalist. His work can also be found on Yahoo! Sports and RamsTalk. Follow him on Twitter @_austinchang.