When Colin Kaepernick ran for 11 yards on San Francisco’s first play of the game, you could hear the groans across the state of Wisconsin: "Oh, no, here we go again." Little did we know that it would be Kaepernick’s highlight of the day, along with a meaningless 38-yard completion in the second half.

Green Bay’s defense completely dominated the 49ers offense from that point on, limiting Kaepernick to 160 yards passing and 57 rushing and sacking him six times for -41 yards en route to a 17-3 victory Sunday afternoon at Levi’s Stadium in San Francisco.

The Packers are now 4-0 for the first time in four years and won on the West Coast for the first time since November 2011, ending a five-game losing streak. Even more impressive is that the win came six days after a Monday night victory against Kansas City, and on a night when the offense struggled to score points, despite gaining 362 yards and keeping the ball for 37 minutes.

This was the type of game the Packers needed to win: close (only 7-3 at halftime), against a conference rival (49ers had won the last four meetings), and with the defense leading the way.

In the playoffs, when defenses get tighter, the Packers had to show they had the type of defense that could win a game.

With seven sacks against the Chiefs and six more against the 49ers, Green Bay now has 17 this season to rank among the league leaders. Since 1970 the Packers are 35-0-1 when their defense registers six or more sacks in the game, and it was the first time since 1978 that they had six or more sacks in consecutive games, according to author Jerry Tapp, author of the book 250 Stats Every Packers Fan Needs to Know (Thanks, Jerry).

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Nick Perry led the team with two sacks and Clay Matthews had one, which he celebrated by kissing his bicep, a la Kaepernick, for the 61st sack in his seventh season. He ranks third on the Packers all-time list behind Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila (74 ½ ) and Reggie White (68 ½ ).

Julius Peppers and the ever-improving Jayrone Elliott each had one sack, thanks to the defensive line play of Datone Jones, BJ Raji and Mike Neal (one sack), who allowed the linebackers to penetrate the 49ers backfield by pushing around an inferior San Francisco line.

And Sam Shields made his second interception of the season on a long floater by Kaepernick, who short-armed several passes and connected with his top receiver, Anquan Boldin, only three times for 12 yards.

Next up is the St. Louis Rams (2-2), a 24-22 winner over the previously-undefeated Arizona Cardinals, Sunday at Lambeau Field.

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