The San Francisco 49ers closed out Wild Card weekend with a win over the Green Bay Packers. Two of the most storied franchises in the NFL battled to the wire in the temple of football at Lambeau field. The 49ers got the better of a wounded Packers defense and came away with a game-winning field goal as time expired. San Francisco has the most momentum and the longest current win streak, but can the 49ers close out the remarkable season by hoisting the Lombardi Trophy in New York?
The 49ers defeated the Packers by a score of 23-20 in a game in which many key players produced for San Francisco. The 49ers’ skill players had more productive days than the skill players for the Packers which was ultimately the deciding factor. Colin Kaepernick threw for 227 yards and a touchdown, and he provided a spark with his legs. Kaepernick did not have much success running the ball this season, but he busted several big runs at crucial times in the game. Michael Crabtree had his coming out party of the season in the win with 125 yards and will look to continue his success throughout the playoffs. The defense stopped one of the best quarterbacks in the league for the majority of the game, and Phil Dawson continued his clutch season when he closed out the game with a 33-yard field goal as time expired.
The 49ers now face the Carolina Panthers in a rematch from earlier in the season. The 49ers and Panthers fought to a defensive standstill in a 10-9 decision that went the Panthers’ way. The 49ers lost key contributors Vernon Davis and Eric Reid in the game due to concussions, and Kaepernick had one of his worst outings of the season throwing for under 100 yards. The rematch is sure to be some of the same when two of the best defenses in the league collide, but will the 49ers get the better of the Panthers this time?
The playoffs usually come down to who gets hot at the right time, and right now that team is the 49ers. If the cards fall right for San Francisco the team might get one final game at Candlestick Park, but right now the 49ers just need to focus on what the team can control.
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