Niners get past Packers on Dawson’s field goal

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Phil Dawson’s kick lifts 49ers past Packers in frigid wild-card game

49ers Edge Packers On Late Field Goal
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Colin Kaepernick ranks fifth in NFL postseason history in rushing yards by a quarterback. The third-year QB has piled up 279 yards on the ground in two playoff games against Green Bay.

Most Rush Yds By QB
Postseason History

Quarterback Yards Games
Steve Young 594 20
John Elway 461 22
Roger Staubach 432 19
Donovan McNabb 422 16
Colin Kaepernick 362 4
–ESPN Stats & Information

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Phil Dawson kicked a 33-yard field goal as time expired, and Colin Kaepernick threw for 227 yards and ran for another 98 to lead the San Francisco 49ers past the Green Bay Packers 23-20 on Sunday night in a frigid NFC wild-card game.

In a back-and-forth fourth quarter, the 49ers (13-4) threw the final punch. Kaepernick escaped a blitz on third-and-8 and scrambled for an 11-yard gain to the 27 with 1:13 left. Dawson nailed the winning kick five plays later.

The defending NFC champions came away with a huge win in conditions that resembled a meat locker. It was 5 degrees at kickoff, and the winds made it feel like minus-10.

San Francisco plays at Carolina next Sunday.

Mason Crosby‘s 24-yard field goal tied it at 20 for the Packers (8-8-1) with 5:06 left before the 49ers’ final drive.

Until then, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers did his best to turn into “Captain Comeback” again. After a slow first quarter, Rodgers finished 17 of 26 for 177 yards and touchdown.

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Kaepernick connected with a spinning Vernon Davis down the seam for a 28-yard touchdown pass with 10:39 left. The score quickly answered John Kuhn‘s 1-yard touchdown run that briefly gave the Packers a four-point lead.

That TD was set up after Rodgers, in the clutches of a 49ers defender, somehow managed to escape a sack on fourth-and-2 and found Randall Cobb for a 26-yard gain to the Niners 4.

Eddie Lacy ran for 81 yards on 21 carries for the Packers, while Frank Gore had 66 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries for San Francisco.

But it was Kaepernick who was the difference-maker once again in San Francisco’s fourth straight win over Green Bay.

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