Three and Out: 49ers burn Packers through air; Reid grades well
SAN FRANCISCO -- It took 49ers rookie safety Eric Reid only about 25 minutes of game action to record his first NFL interception.
Reid’s debut was a huge success, as he more than just hold his own in the 49ers’ 34-28 victory over Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in the regular-season opener Sunday at Candlestick Park.
“I think it is great for me personally because it sets the tone for the whole season by going up against one of the best quarterbacks in the entire world,” Reid said. “It was great to come out with a victory. I am looking forward to next week and continuing to get better.”
Reid was credited with six tackles. He missed a couple tackles, but overall it was a solid showing for the player the 49ers have entrusted with replacing Dashon Goldson. The 49ers moved up 13 spots in the draft to select Reid, who the team rated as the No. 1 safety coming out of college.
He had another interception of a deep Rodgers pass in the end zone that was nullified by a penalty. Knowing it was a free play, Rodgers threw Randall Cobb in the end zone but Reid came down with it after a struggle with Cobb in the end zone.
“He looks like he belongs,” 49ers defensive backs coach Ed Donatell said. “He’s going to be hard-hitter and he’s going to find the football. For what we were going against, it was a pretty darn good job. We always want to be better – we always want to tackle better – but he had some great tackles, too.”
Reid seemed to be around the ball throughout the game. His interception came when Packers tight end Jermichael Finley bobbled Rodgers’ pass.
“He’s a young talent,” cornerback Tarell Brown said. “He’s done a great job of picking things up and we helped him along being veterans back there and trying to take some of the load of him, as well.
“We’re getting more and more confident as we work together. Now, we see he can really play ball. We’re excited about him and the things he can do back there, and his range as far as tracking the ball and coming up and hitting.”
Rodgers completed 21 of 37 passes for 333 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. Aldon Smith was credited with 1.5 sacks in the game.
Reid did a solid job of not letting the Packers make big plays over the top.
“It felt good,” he said. “I put high expectations on myself and that was a goal of mine to get a pick. The ultimate goal is to help the team and do my job every week.”