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San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) runs against Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Margus Hunt in the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
NFL: 49ers get past Packers 23-20

Kaepernick, 49ers endure frigid temperatures to defeat Packers.

First Published Jan 05 2014 08:18 pm • Last Updated Jan 05 2014 11:37 pm

Green Bay, Wis. • Under pressure in subzero weather, Colin Kaepernick kept his cool.

Facing a blitz on third-and-8, the elusive San Francisco 49ers quarterback scrambled 11 yards out of trouble to set up Phil Dawson’s 33-yard field goal as time expired for a 23-20 win Sunday over the Green Bay Packers in an NFC wild-card game.

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Doesn’t matter where or when — the 49ers keep figuring out how to beat Green Bay.

"Didn’t think we were going to pull it out, did you?" coach Jim Harbaugh said.

When it’s Kaepernick and the 49ers facing the Packers, the game is never over. Even in the meat locker that was Lambeau Field, where the temperature at kickoff was 5 degrees, with a wind chill of minus-10.

No sweat for Kaepernick. He went sleeveless, and didn’t wear gloves.

"I’ve played in cold-weather games before," he said. "I feel like it’s more mental than anything."

San Francisco plays at Carolina next Sunday in the divisional round.

Kaepernick threw for 227 yards, including a 28-yard TD pass to Vernon Davis, and ran for another 98, and Michael Crabtree had eight catches for 125 yards for San Francisco.

In a back-and-forth fourth quarter, the 49ers (13-4) threw the final punch. Kaepernick escaped a blitz to get to the 27 with 1:13 left.


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"Just trying to figure out a way to get that first down," Kaepernick said. "Had a play called, we didn’t get the look that we wanted. It worked out for us."

Dawson nailed the winning kick five plays later — but only after nearly being blocked by edge rusher Davon House. He was whistled for offsides on the play, but the 49ers declined the penalty with the win in hand.

Mason Crosby’s 24-yard field goal tied it 20-20 for the Packers (8-8-1) with 5:06 left before the 49ers’ final drive.

Until then, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers did his best to turn into "Captain Comeback" again. After a slow first quarter, Rodgers finished 17-for-26 for 177 yards and touchdown.

"Very disappointing, personally," Rodgers said. "It’s frustrating not to play your best game in tough conditions. Defense holds them to 23 points. We should win that game."

Kaepernick connected with a spinning Davis down the seam for a score with 10:39 left. The TD quickly answered John Kuhn’s 1-yard run that briefly gave the Packers a four-point lead.

That touchdown was set up after Rodgers, in the clutches of a 49ers defender, somehow managed to escape a sack on fourth-and-2 and found Randall Cobb for a 26-yard gain to the Niners 4.

Eddie Lacy ran for 81 yards on 21 carries for the Packers. Frank Gore had 66 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries for the 49ers.

But it was Kaepernick who was the difference-maker once again in San Francisco’s fourth straight win over Green Bay. He finished 16-for-30 with the touchdown and an interception.

For the second year in a row, the Packers’ season has started and ended with losses to the 49ers. The latest edition of what’s turned into a chippy and heated rivalry took place on the worn, frozen turf of Lambeau Field.

A depleted Packers defense — already playing without linebacker Clay Matthews — lost two more starters Sunday in cornerback Sam Shields and linebacker Mike Neal — but still managed to hold its own against the Niners.

"I’m just very proud of this team as far as their ability to continue to overcome adversity," coach Mike McCarthy said. "It hit us at every turn, it hit us again today, and these guys just keep fighting and fighting."



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