A theme that's followed the San Francisco 49ers through the first 12 weeks of the season has been the glaring fact they haven't beaten another elite team yet— after a 37-8 dismantling of the Green Bay Packers in front of a national audience, that narrative is officially dead.
The 49ers have checked off close to everything you want when it comes to being considered an elite team. Great defense with a solid run-game, two things the 49ers have, but there was still the question of how they'd look against another playoff-bound team not named the Seattle Seahawks.
It wasn't just inching out Green Bay for a win; it was a wire-to-wire win in convincing fashion against an eight-win team. The 49ers scored on their first offensive play of the season after Fred Warner forced a fumble against Rodgers on the opening drive of the game. The 49ers defense kept their foot on the gas the entire game, starting with Warner and finishing with standout rookie Nick Bosa.
Bosa was a nightmare for the Green Bay Packers, looking unblockable at times. The door was open Bosa's dominant night when Green Bay's starting right tackle, Bryan Bulaga left the game injured. Backup Alex Light entered, and Bosa went to work. Bosa officially had one sack but was in Aaron Rodgers' face on close to every drop back.