GREEN BAY, Wis. — Randy Moss found his way back to familiar turf, celebrating a touchdown at Lambeau Field in his new uniform.
The 49ers defense kept quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Packers out of the end zone for most of the day — then made sure not to give the game away.
Showing the same brand of dominant defense that powered them to the NFC Championship Game last season, the 49ers made one last stand to stop a late rally and beat Green Bay 30-22 on Sunday.
"They've got a great defense," Rodgers said. "You've got to give them credit. They've got some of the top guys in the league at their position."
"Maybe we'll see them again in the NFC championship," 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks said.
Facing a team that lost only once in the 2011 regular season was a tough opening road test, but the 49ers were ready.
"We were just tremendously on it today, and that was a big part of our victory," coach Jim Harbaugh said.
Things went so well for San Francisco that when David Akers tried a 63-yard field goal at the end of the first half, it bounced off the crossbar and through the uprights to tie an NFL record.
"When you hit the goal post at any part it usually makes that horrific noise and then it usually bounces back," Akers said. "This time it got there. It was a sweet bounce. It was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime type of a deal."
The three other kickers to hit 63-yarders were New Orleans' Tom Dempsey in 1970, Denver's Jason Elam in 1998 and Oakland's Sebastian Janikowski last season.
Moss scored a 14-yard touchdown in the second quarter, a familiar — and painful — sight for Packers fans. Moss turned his back to the crowd and pointed to the name on his jersey, opting for a more subdued celebration than the now-notorious fake mooning he made at Lambeau during his Minnesota Vikings days.