Colin Kaepernick leads 49ers over Packers with record-setting performance
|01.12.13 at 11:38 pm ET|
Colin Kaepernick set a new NFL rushing record for a quarterback with 183 yards and two touchdowns and threw for two more as the 49ers beat the Green Bay Packers, 45-31, Saturday night in their NFC divisional playoff in San Francisco.
In all, Kaepernick accounted for 446 yards and four touchdowns as the 49ers earned their second straight trip to the NFC championship game. They will either play at home next Sunday against the Seahawks or travel to Atlanta for a showdown with the Falcons.
Kaepernick ran for touchdowns of 21 and 56 yards, with the 56-yarder snapping a 24-24 tie and putting the Niners ahead for good. Kaepernick outdueled Green Bay second-team All-Pro Aaron Rodgers, who was 26-of-39 for 257 yards and two touchdowns. Kaepernick showed mental toughness as he threw a pick-6 to Green Bay’s Sam Shields, giving the Packers an early 7-0 lead.
The 49ers have a chance at redemption by getting back to the NFC championship next week, a game they lost in overtime to the Giants one year ago.
The Seahawks and Falcons square off at Sunday at 1 p.m. before the Patriots and Texans do battle at Gillette at 4:30.
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