The significance of games that occur during Week 1 of the NFL season is generally very, very overstated. For the most part, first week action is inconsequential because a.) teams are shaking rust off and their performances on that day may not reflect their true abilities and b.) anything can happen in a single outing.
That said, Sunday’s battle between the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers mattered. It was a potential preview of this year’s NFC Championship game and, more importantly, a showdown that could provide some insight into whether San Francisco’s success last year was legit or a fluke.
It was legit, apparently. The Niners won, in Green Bay, 30-22.
Among the game’s many San Francisco-provided highlights was this field goal before halftime from David Akers:
With that 63-yard kick, Akers joined Sabastian Janikowski, Tom Dempsey, and Jason Elam in a four-way tie for the longest field goal in NFL history.