5 takeaways from the Packers’ preseason loss to the 49ers

2. Doubs and Davis have also shown they are rookies.

The Doubs had a crash on a long-developing crossing route when Love was driving on the left, and the competitor in him will say he should have caught the one picked.

Davis made a good adjustment to catch the ball off the back of the shoulder, then followed with a smooth inside move to drive up the sideline and score.

“That one, we changed the route to the line, and I gave it a starting route,” Love said. “The ball was still a bit too far forward, but Danny made a great play to come back for it.”

Early in the second half, however, as No. 3 QB Danny Etling attempted to complete a scored drive, Davis canceled out a fourth conversion by lining up offside. The error was compounded when kicker Gabe Brkic missed a 32-yard field goal.

3. The defense was also mixed.

Green Bay’s run defense held up well for most of the game, limiting San Francisco to just 57 yards on 18 carries through the first three quarters (3.2 average).

The 49ers then gained 63 rushing yards on 11 carries in the fourth quarter until three knees ended the game.

The biggest glaring mistakes defensively came on two missed first-half covers that left receivers wide open for long touchdowns, a 76-yard to Danny Gray and a 39-yard to Ray-Ray McCloud.

“On one of them, we went up and challenged them, and the receiver made a nice move off the line of scrimmage, similar to the one Romeo scored his touchdown on,” LaFleur said. “The other Rico (Gafford) slipped on the back.

“We gave up two great plays and had three turnovers in attack. That’s ultimately the difference in the game.”

4. The No. 1 offensive line looked stronger in the game than it has in some practices, and all the running backs had a good time.

The main unit up front for most of the first half included (left to right) Yosh Nijman, Jon Runyan, Josh Myers, Jake Hanson and Royce Newman.

There was some difficulty running the ball from close range, which led to several fourth down attempts, but overall the pass protection held up well. Love has not been sacked in 24 pass attempts. The only notable setbacks were two flags on Hanson.

“I think the offensive line did a much better job,” LaFleur said. “They held up really well throughout the game. It wasn’t perfect. There were a few points we could have blocked better. But I was happy with the effort the guys put in, every phase really.”

For running backs, undrafted rookie Tyler Goodson was the workhorse in the first half, gaining 61 total yards on 14 touches (12 carries, 37 yards; two receptions, 24 yards).

Undrafted rookie BJ Baylor started the second half by catching a wheelie route out of Etling’s backfield and racing 68 yards down. Recent returnee Dexter Williams also broke up a 25-yard run on one of his three carries, and Patrick Taylor converted once at short distance.

5. Special teams, like just about everything else, have had their ups and downs.

A penalty on the return kick off the game wasn’t the ideal start, but early enough the special teams made a high impact play with Amari Rodgers returning a kick off late in the first quarter at 50 meters in the middle of the field.

The black mark was Brkic’s nasty hook left on the 32-yard field goal try, after Baylor’s long reception and Davis’ penalty on fourth down. Brkic went 3 for 3 on the PATs.

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