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Niners Outlast Green Bay 23-20

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Phil Dawson kicked a 33 yard field goal as time expired Sunday to send the San Francisco 49’ers into the Divisional Round of the NFC playoffs, beating the Green Bay Packers 23-20 at frigid Lambeau Field in Green Bay Wisconsin.

Temperatures were in the single digits with wind chills near fifteen below zero, but San Francisco was able to brave the elements and get the victory, which sends the Niners to Charlotte to take on the Carolina Panthers next Sunday.

San Francisco outgained Green Bay by a full 100 yards, 381-281.  Quarterback Colin Kaepernick led the 49’ers in rushing with 98 yards and completed 16 or 30 passes for 227 yards and a touchdown to account for 327 yards in offense. Michael Crabtree was Kaepernick’s favorite target, hauling in eight passes for 125 yards.

The field goal was the third of the game for Dawson, who hit from 22 and 25 yards in the first quarter.

Green Bay converted only 3-11 third downs in the game.  Quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed 17 of 26 passes for 177 yards but was sacked four times by the San Francisco defense.

Trailing 6-0, Green Bay Took the lead on a five yard pass from Rodgers to Jordy Nelson in the second. quarter.  But San Francisco was in the end zone three minutes later on a ten yard run by Frank Gore to give the 49’ers a 13-7 lead.  Mason Crosby’s 34 yard field goal as the first half ended cut San Francisco’s lead to 13-10.

After a scoreless third quarter, Green Bay took the lead on a one yard run by fullback John Kuhn with 12:06 to go, but San Francisco answered quickly on a 28 yard pass from Kaepernick to tight end Vernon Davis just 95 seconds later.  Crosby tied the game with 5:06 to go, but never saw the ball again as Kaepernick converted on a big third down play to keep the clock moving and set up Dawson’s heroics.

Dawson is 12-12 on field goals in the fourth quarter this season.

Eddie Lacy led Green Bay in rushing with 84 yards on 21 carries, but did not have a run over eight yards in the game.


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