Packers fall 23-20 to 49ers in wild-card game

By GENARO C. ARMAS - AP Sports Writer
    2014-01-05 21:06

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - In the bitter cold on their home turf, the cardiac Packers ran out of fourth-quarter magic.

Aaron Rodgers threw for 177 yards and a touchdown, and a depleted defense held its own against the San Francisco 49ers until dual-threat quarterback Colin Kaepernick once again helped end another season in Green Bay in a 23-20 win.

''Personally, it's frustrating not to play your best game. Tough conditions,'' Rodgers said. ''But defense holds them to 23 points - we should win that game.''

Phil Dawson kicked a 33-yard field goal as time expired, and Kaepernick threw for 227 yards and ran for another 98.

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.

''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.

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 in the divisional round.

The Packers pack up for the offseason Monday. A season full of adversity, which included nearly two months without Rodgers because of a left collarbone injury, came to an end.

And yet, Green Bay still finished the season 3-1 with dramatic, come-from-behind wins to nudge its way back into the playoffs.

''This is what playoff football is all about. We've been playing these kind of games here the last month. The confidence never wavered,'' coach Mike McCarthy said. ''We weren't quite good enough today.''

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.

Until then, Rodgers did his best to turn into ''Captain Comeback'' again. After a slow first quarter, Rodgers finished 17 of 26 with an interception.

Kaepernick connected with a spinning Vernon Davis down the seam for a 28-yard touchdown pass with 10:39 left. The score quickly answered John Kuhn's 1-yard touchdown run that briefly gave the Packers a four-point lead.

That TD 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.

''I felt a guy swiping at the ball, so I tried to pull it away from him and was being grabbed,'' Rodgers said. Next thing he knew, he was free, ''so I just moved to my right and saw Randall and threw it to him.''

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

Michael Crabtree had eight catches for 125 yards for San Francisco.

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

He also had seven carries, including a 42-yarder in the first half.

''It was unbelievable, the way he was getting the edge. I mean, just clutch,'' Harbaugh said. ''Colin Kaepernick, I think we can all agree, is a clutch performer.''

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.

The Packers went without a first down in the first quarter before finally getting on the board with a methodical 14-play, 70-yard drive that ended with Rodgers' 5-yard touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson that gave the Packers a 7-6 lead with 5:50 left in the half. The drive was set up by Tramon Williams' 17-yard interception of Kaepernick to the 49ers 30.

NOTES: The depleted Packers defense - already playing without linebacker Clay Matthews - lost two more starters Sunday in cornerback Sam Shields and linebacker Mike Neal to knee injuries. ... It was the seventh-coldest game at Lambeau Field since 1959, and the fourth-coldest postseason game at the stadium. ... Kuhn has scored a touchdown in each of the last five postseasons.


AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org


Follow Genaro Armas at http://twitter.com/GArmasAP

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Aaron DobsonNov 23 07:23p

New England Patriots WR Aaron Dobson (back) is officially active for the Week 11 game against the Buffalo Bills.

Marshawn LynchNov 23 07:13p

Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (abdomen) is not expected to play in the Week 12 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The team is expected to find out Tuesday, Nov. [ More ]

Jamie CollinsNov 23 07:13p

The New England Patriots have declared LB Jamie Collins, WR Julian Edelman, CB Justin Coleman, WR Keshawn Martin, DL Sealver Siliga, OG Tre Jackson, DL Trey Flowers inactive for Week 11.

Anthony McCoyNov 23 05:33p

Washington Redskins TE Anthony McCoy was waived Monday, Nov. 23. Free-agent TE Je'Ron Hamm (Redskins) was re-signed to the Redskins' practice squad.

Emmanuel SandersNov 23 04:53p

Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) is dealing with a high-ankle sprain. Sanders hopes to play in Week 12, and added that Monday, Nov. 23, was the first day [ More ]

Marshawn LynchNov 23 04:33p

Updating a previous report, Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (abdomen) is traveling to meet with a specialist Monday, Nov. 23, after sitting out with an abdominal injury in Week [ More ]

Ryan FitzpatrickNov 23 03:53p

New York Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick will remain the starter in Week 12 against the Miami Dolphins, according to head coach Todd Bowles.

Brian HoyerNov 23 03:43p

Houston Texans QB Brian Hoyer (concussion) will start in Week 12 after passing his final concussion test, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.

Joseph MorganNov 23 03:13p

Baltimore Ravens WR Joe Morgan was waived Monday, Nov. 23.

Devonta FreemanNov 23 03:03p

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (concussion) is off to a good start in the NFL-mandated concussion protocol, according to head coach Dan Quinn.

Peyton ManningNov 23 02:33p

Denver Broncos QB Brock Osweiler is not Denver's permanent starting quarterback for the rest of the season, according to sources. QB Peyton Manning (foot) is expected to start again once he is healthy.

Mark SanchezNov 23 02:03p

Philadelphia Eagles QB Mark Sanchez appears to be the leading candidate to start in the Week 12 game against the Detroit Lions Thursday, Nov. 26, according to OT Lane Johnson.

Brock OsweilerNov 23 02:03p

Denver Broncos QB Brock Osweiler will make another start against the New England Patriots in Week 12, according to team sources.

Jimmy ClausenNov 23 02:03p

Chicago Bears QB Jimmy Clausen was released Monday, Nov. 23. The team also promoted QB David Fales from the practice squad to the active roster.

Larry DonnellNov 23 01:53p

New York Giants TE Larry Donnell (neck) said he has been cleared to play and that he feels completely healthy.

Jordan ReedNov 23 01:53p

Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed (knee) sprained the medial collateral ligament in one of his knees in the Week 11 loss to the Carolina Panthers. However, Reed returned to the game.

Sam BradfordNov 23 01:43p

Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford (shoulder, concussion) was back at practice Monday, Nov. 23, for the first time since he was injured in Week 10. Bradford did everything the [ More ]

Joe FlaccoNov 23 01:33p

Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco (knee) appears to have a good chance to be ready for the start of the 2016 season, according to doctors.

Patrick PetersonNov 23 01:13p

Arizona Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson (ankle) is scheduled to undergo an MRI on his injured ankle, but it is believed he is dealing with a low ankle sprain.

Joe FlaccoNov 23 12:13p

Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco (knee) said he tore the anterior and medial collateral ligaments in his knee in Week 11, although he has yet to have an MRI [ More ]

Ryan MathewsNov 23 11:43a

Philadelphia Eagles RB Ryan Mathews (concussion) is in the concussion protocol and out of practice Monday, Nov. 23.

Zach ErtzNov 23 11:23a

Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz (concussion) is in the concussion protocol, and his status is uncertain for Week 12 Thursday, Nov. 26. He has been cleared for meetings.

Matt ForteNov 23 09:53a

Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte (knee) went through an extensive pre-game workout Sunday, Nov. 22, and appears on track to play Thursday, Nov. 26.

Marshawn LynchNov 23 08:23a

Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (abdomen) is believed to be dealing with a sports hernia. Surgery would end his regular season with the possibility of returning in the playoffs.

Peyton ManningNov 23 02:03a

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning (foot) is 'absolutely determined' to get himself healthy, a source with knowledge of the situation said Sunday, Nov. 22. Manning firmly believes he will [ More ]

Brian HoyerNov 23 02:03a

Houston Texans QB Brian Hoyer (concussion) will remain the starting quarterback when he is healthy, head coach Bill O'Brien said Sunday, Nov. 22. Hoyer's concussion symptoms have subsided and [ More ]

Thomas RawlsNov 23 12:23a

Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls stepped in for the injured RB Marshawn Lynch (abdomen) in Week 11 against the San Francisco 49ers, and he posted the second-best day by [ More ]

Eddie LacyNov 22 09:13p

Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy had 22 carries for a season-high 100 yards and one catch for six yards in a 30-13 win over the Minnesota Vikings in Week 11.

Marshawn LynchNov 22 08:13p

Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (abdomen) will head to Philadelphia Monday, Nov. 23, to visit a specialist about his abdominal issue, head coach Pete Carroll said Sunday, Nov. 22.

Alfred BlueNov 22 08:13p

Houston Texans RB Alfred Blue had 21 carries for 58 yards and three catches for 34 yards and a touchdown in a 24-17 win over the New York Jets in Week 11.

Cecil Shorts IIINov 22 08:13p

Houston Texans WR Cecil Shorts had two catches for 51 yards, four carries for 26 yards and threw a 21-yard touchdown pass in a 24-17 over the New York Jets in Week 11.

DeAndre HopkinsNov 22 08:03p

Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins caught five passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns in a 24-17 win over the New York Jets in Week 11.

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
Player Notes:
Forum Posts:

© 2015 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group