Green Bay, WI, United States (4E Sports) – Phil Dawson buried a 33-yard field goal as time expired to lift the San Francisco 49ers past the Green Bay Packers, 23-20, in Sunday’s Wild Card game at Lambeau Field.
Dawson’s field goal capped a 14-play, 65-yard drive engineered by quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who completed 16 of 30 passes for 227 yards and a touchdown.
Kaepernick also ran for 98 yards on seven carries, Frank Gore rushed for 66 yards on 20 carries with a touchdown while Dawson made three field goals as the 49ers advanced to the NFC Divisional Round against the No. 2 Carolina Panthers.
Coach Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers entered the game with three straight wins over the Packers. A fourth saw Harbaugh become the first NFL coach since 1970 to win 13 or more games, including the playoffs, in each of his first three seasons.
Aaron Rodgers completed 17 of 26 passes for 177 yards and a touchdown, Jordy Nelson caught seven passes for 62 yards and a score while Eddie Lacy ran for 81 yards on 21 carries for the Packers.
Back-to-back field goals by Dawson from 22 and 25 yards gave the 49ers a 6-0 lead amid a zero-degree temperature playing condition.
Rodgers then found his mark in the second period, hitting Nelson with a five-yard touchdown pass to put the Packers ahead, 7-6.
However, the lead was short lived as Gore rushed for a 10-yard touchdown for a 13-7 lead before Mason Crosby ended the half with a 34-yard field goal, cutting the deficit to 13-10.
After a scoreless third, the Packers snatched the lead after a one-yard run by John Kuhn but Kaepernick retaliated with a 28-yard touchdown pass to Vernon Davis to give the 49ers a 20-17 lead.
Crosby tied the count at 20-all with a 24-yard field goal with 5:06 left before Kaepernick engineered the 49ers’ game winning drive.