SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers showed all the same poise and big playmaking ability - not to mention dominant defense against NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers - in a season-opening statement victory at Green Bay as they did in coming so close to a Super Bowl last season.
The Niners snapped an eight-game losing streak in Green Bay dating to 1990. More than that, they showed they are a legitimate NFC contender for the second straight season.
From the day the schedule came out, many looked at San Francisco's games and saw the list as much more challenging than a year ago - starting in Week 1 on the road against the Packers.
Next up is another key NFC matchup: against the 1-0 Detroit Lions in prime time Sunday night at Candlestick Park.
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