published Sunday, January 5th, 2014

49ers edge Packers 23-20 in frigid wild-card game

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) throws a pass during his NFL wild-card playoff football against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) throws a pass during his NFL wild-card playoff football against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis.
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GREEN BAY, Wis. — 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.

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