Week 1 Green Bay Packers Awards: MVP, LVP and Top Rookie

Matt SmithContributor IIISeptember 11, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 9: Randall Cobb #18 of the Green Bay Packers returns a punt 75 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Lambeau Field on September 9, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The 49ers won 30-22. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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In what's supposed to be one of their toughest matchups the entire season, the Packers flat out laid a dud.

Until the fourth quarter of a 30-22 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay could barely get anything going.

The offense wasn't clicking, the defense was giving up yardage in chunks and, despite it being a home game, the momentum was all on the 49ers' side. It got better in the fourth quarter, when the Packers were able to outscore their opponent, but by then it was too late.

To make matters worse, the Packers only have a short week to prepare for their game against the Chicago Bears on Thursday Night Football.

Here are a few deserving awards for the Green Bay Packers from their Week 1 loss.


MVPs: Randall Cobb and Clay Matthews

Maybe giving the award to two players is cheating a little bit, but both players were equally deserving of his award.

On the defensive side of the ball, Matthews made Alex Smith's life a lot tougher, recording 2.5 sacks and four quarterback hits.

He abused 49ers' LT Joe Staley despite Staley continually jumping early.

As for Cobb, he made his impact on both offense and special teams.

Cobb returned a punt (that should've been called back) 75 yards for a touchdown that gave life to the Packers' comeback attempt.

He also functioned as a satellite player that thrived both in the slot and in the backfield, recording a game-high nine catches for 77 yards.

Matthews and Cobb were excellent.


LVP: Cedric Benson

The running game was non-existent throughout the course of the game.

Benson and the offensive line just couldn't get anything going against the 49ers' front seven.

Benson recorded nine carries for 18 yards, and was abandoned in favor of Randall Cobb as the Packers went into comeback mode.


Top Rookie: Nick Perry

None of the rookies played as big of a part in the game as Nick Perry, so this was almost a default pick.

No rookies played on offense, and while Dezman Moses, Terrell Manning, Jerron McMillian, Casey Hayward and Jerel Worthy all saw the field, Perry played the most snaps by far.

Perry wasn't getting much pressure, but he still recorded eight tackles.