Veteran kicker Phil Dawson nailed a 33-yard field goal as time expired to boot the No. 5 seed San Francisco 49ers past the No. 4 seed Green Bay Packers, 23-20, in the NFC wild card round of the NFL playoffs on Jan. 5 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis.

The victory marked the second straight year San Francisco eliminated the Packers from the playoffs.

Packer kicker Mason Crosby had made a 24-yard field goal to tie the score at 20 with five minutes left in the game. But the 49ers went on to burn most of the remaining five minutes off the clock before setting up for Dawson’s game-winning field goal.

San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, in a scramble that extended a play, ran for a critical first down on that drive, allowing the 49ers to set up the game-winning field goal.

Kaepernick completed 16 of 30 passes for 227 yards, one touchdown and one interception, often connecting with receiver Michael Crabtree, who caught eight passes for 125 receiving yards.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers started out slow, failing to complete one pass in the entire first quarter. But he eventually caught rhythm, completing 17 of 26 for 177 yards, one touchdown and a 97.8 passer rating. Receiver Jordy Nelson led the Packers with seven catches for 62 yards and a touchdown and running back Eddie Lacy led the team with 21 carries for 81 yards.

Green Bay ended its season with an 8-8-1 record, while the 49ers (13-4) moves on to face the No. 2 seed Carolina Panthers (12-4) on Jan. 12 at 1 p.m.

Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor