Chilled: Colin Kaepernick and San Francisco edge Green Bay to advance to divisional round
|01.05.14 at 8:15 pm ET|
Phil Dawson kicked a 33-yard field goal as time ran out to lift the Niners over the Packers, 23-20, in a frigid NFC wild-card contest Sunday night at Lambeau Field.
San Francisco survived the icy temps in Green Bay with 227 passing yards and 98 rushing yards from quarterback Colin Kaepernick, as well as wide receiver Michael Crabtree, who came away with eight catches for 125 yards in the win. On the other side of the ball, Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers was 17-for-26 for 177 yards with a touchdown.
The Niners now advance to face the Panthers in Carolina next Sunday at 1:05 p.m. in divisional playoff action.
This was a back-and-forth contest for most of the afternoon, as Kaepernick and the Niners took a 13-10 halftime lead on the strength of a pair of early field goals from Dawson, as well as a 10-yard rushing touchdown from Frank Gore. Rodgers countered with a touchdown pass of his own, while the Packers added a 34-yard field goal from Mason Crosby right before the half to cut the lead to 13-10.
The two teams were unable to score in the third, and traded touchdowns to open the fourth to make it 20-17, San Francisco. After the Packers knotted that game at 20 with 5:06 left on a 24-yarder from Crosby, Kaepernick and the Niners engineered a 14-play, 65-yard drive that ended when Dawson delivered the 33-yard game-winner as time ran out to lift San Francisco into the divisional round.
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