GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — 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.
RUSHING (Team: player, attempts-yards)
SNF: Colin Kaepernick 7-98, Frank Gore 20-66, Kendall Hunter 2-4, Quinton Patton 1-(minus 1).
GBY: Eddie Lacy 21-81, James Starks 5-29, Aaron Rodgers 2-11, John Kuhn 2-2, Randall Cobb 1-1.
PASSING (Team: player, completions-attempts-interceptions-yards)
SNF: Colin Kaepernick 16-30-1-227.
GBY: Aaron Rodgers 17-26-0-177.
RECEIVING (Team: player, receptions-yards)
SNF: Michael Crabtree 8-125, Anquan Boldin 3-38, Vernon Davis 2-37, Garrett Celek 1-6, Anthony Dixon 1-10, Frank Gore 1-11.
GBY: Jordy Nelson 7-62, Randall Cobb 2-51, James Jones 2-20, John Kuhn 2-16, Eddie Lacy 2-7, Andrew Quarless 1-8, James Starks 1-13.
Source: Associated Press