San Francisco 49ers: Niners advance after beating Packers

sf 49ersIn last year’s playoffs, Colin Kaepernick  beat the Packers with his legs, in week one of the regular season he beat them with his arm, in Sunday’s wildcard game he beat them with both.  Kaepernick threw for 227 yards and a touchdown and ran for 98 yards as the 49ers used a last second Phil Dawson to beat the Green Bay Packers 23-20 and move on in their quest to capture the franchise’s sixth Superbowl Championship.

Kaepernick and the 49ers got the ball back with 5:06 left after the Packers tied it at 20 with a field goal and used a 14-play 65 yard drive to position Phil Dawson, who had yet to play in a postseason game in his 15 year career, to hit the game winner.  Kaepernick is now 3-1 in the playoffs, and it was this victory against the Packers in that frozen tundra knows as Lambeau that showed his mental toughness displayed his ability to make clutch plays down the stretch.    Micheal Crabtree down the middle for 11 yards boom, Crabtree again for 17 yards boom, even Frank Gore got involved in the passing game catching an 11 yarder.  But it was on 3rd and 8 that Kaepernick essentially put the 49ers in the driver’s seat by scrambling and picking up a crucial first down once again terrorizing the Packer nation.

Even though Green Bay didn’t finish the season the way they wanted, they still gave San Francisco all they could handle.  Rookie Eddie Lacey that he will be a force in this league for years to come.  He had 81 yards rushing against a very good defense and was breaking tackle after tackle and picking up tough yards especially in the second half.   Aaron Rodgers didn’t have a monster game but made some plays down the stretch including a houdini act on fourth down escaping a sack to find Randall Cobb.  Rodgers finished the game throwing for 177 yards and a touchdown.

The victory sets up a date with the Carolin Panthers Sunday morning on FOX.