49ers Edge Packers On Late Area Aim
GREEN BAY, Wis. – Below pressure in subzero weather, Colin Kaepernick saved his cool.
Going through a blitz on third-and-8, the elusive San Francisco 49ers quarterback scrambled eleven yards out of trouble to arrange Phil Dawson's 33-yard area goal as time expired for a 23-20 win Sunday over the Green Bay Packers in an NFC wild-card game.
Does not matter the place or when – the 49ers hold determining find out how to beat Green Bay.
"Didn't assume we were going to tug it out, did you?" coach Jim Harbaugh said.
When it is Kaepernick and the 49ers dealing with the Packers, the game is never over. Even within the meat locker that was Lambeau Subject, the place the temperature at kickoff was 5 degrees, with a wind chill of minus-10.
No sweat for Kaepernick. He went sleeveless, and did not wear gloves.
"I've played in cold-weather games earlier than," he said. "I feel prefer it's more psychological than anything."
San Francisco performs at Carolina subsequent Sunday within the divisional spherical.
Kaepernick threw for 227 yards, together with a 28-yard TD pass to Vernon Davis, and ran for an additional 98, while Michael Crabtree had eight catches for 125 yards for San Francisco.
In a again-and-forth fourth quarter, the 49ers (13-4) threw the ultimate punch. Kaepernick escaped a blitz to get to the 27 with 1:thirteen left.
"Just trying to figure out a approach to get that first down," Kaepernick stated. "Had a play known as, we did not get the look that we needed. It worked out for us."
Dawson nailed the profitable kick five plays later – but only after practically being blocked by edge rusher Davon House. He was whistled for being offside on the play, but the 49ers declined the penalty with the win in hand.
Mason Crosby's 24-yard discipline purpose tied it at 20 for the Packers (8-eight-1) with 5:06 left earlier than the 49ers' last drive.
Until then, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers did his best to show into "Captain Comeback" again. After a slow first quarter, Rodgers completed 17 of 26 for 177 yards and touchdown.
"Very disappointing, personally," Rodgers mentioned. "It's frustrating to not play your best recreation in robust situations. Defense holds them to 23 factors. We should win that sport."
Kaepernick connected with a spinning Davis down the seam for a score with 10:39 left. The TD shortly answered John Kuhn's 1-yard run that briefly gave the Packers a 4-level lead.
That touchdown was set up after Rodgers, within the clutches of a 49ers defender, somehow managed to escape a sack on fourth-and-2 and located Randall Cobb for a 26-yard acquire to the Niners 4.
Eddie Lacy ran for 81 yards on 21 carries for the Packers, while Frank Gore had 66 yards and a landing on 20 carries for the 49ers.
But it surely was Kaepernick who was the distinction-maker as soon as once more in San Francisco's fourth straight win over Green Bay. He finished 16 of 30 with the touchdown and an interception.
For the second year in a row, the Packers' season has began and ended with losses to the 49ers. The most recent version of what is become a chippy and heated rivalry passed off on the worn, frozen turf of Lambeau Area.
An injury-filled season for the Packers came to an end.
A depleted Packers defense – already taking part in without linebacker Clay Matthews – misplaced two more starters Sunday in cornerback Sam Shields and linebacker Mike Neal – but still managed to carry its personal towards the Niners.
"I'm simply very happy with this group so far as their capability to continue to overcome adversity," coach Mike McCarthy said. "It hit us at each turn, it hit us again right now and these guys just maintain combating and preventing."
In a memorable playoff debut final January, Kaepernick ran for a quarterback playoff-record 181 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Within the season opener in September, the sturdy-armed quarterback threw for a career-finest 412 yards and three scores.
This time, he did his harm on the bottom and thru the air.
Kaepernick tore through the Green Bay protection for a 42-yard run, getting a break at one level after House whiffed on a tackle, to set up Gore's 10-yard landing run that helped give the 49ers a thirteen-10 halftime lead.
"It was unbelievable, the way in which he was getting the edge. I mean, just clutch," Harbaugh stated. "Colin Kaepernick, I feel we can all agree, is a clutch performer."
It was the seventh-coldest sport at Lambeau Field since 1959, and the fourth-coldest postseason recreation at the stadium… Kuhn has scored a touchdown in each of the last 5 postseasons… After a big day in the season opener against Green Bay, Anquan Boldin was held to a few catches for 38 yards.
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