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Colin Kaepernick, 49ers wear down Packers defense, 45-31

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SAN FRANCISCO (WITI) -- The Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers traded jabs over and over again in the divisional playoff game on Saturday evening, January 12th at Candlestick Park. But in the end, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick led the charge in a pounding of Green Bay, 45-31.

San ShieldsIn San Francisco's first series on offense, Kaepernick was picked off by the Packers' Sam Shields. Shields took the interception 52 yards for a touchdown. The Packers led 7-0 after just a couple of minutes of play.

On the next 49ers offensive drive, Kaepernick took his team down the field and ran it 20 yards for a touchdown. It was tied up 7-7 at that point.

The next score came from the Packers. After an incredible 44-yard grab by James Jones, DuJuan Harris took the ball 18 yards for another Green Bay score. The Packers led 14-7 at the end of the first quarter.

On a 49ers punt, the Packers' Jeremy Ross muffed a punt and San Francisco recovered inside the red zone. A couple of plays later, Kaepernick tossed the ball to Michael Crabtree who took it in for the 12-yard score. That tied the game, 14-14.

On the next Packers series, Aaron Rodgers tossed a long ball in the direction of Jordy Nelson. But it was picked off. 

The 49ers took their first lead of the game late in the second quarter. Kaepernick threw a strike to Crabtree. San Francisco went up 21-14 with 5:26 left until the half.

James Jones

James Jones

The Packers returned the favor swiftly. After driving down the field, Rodgers threw a touchdown pass to James Jones with 2:33 left in the 2nd quarter. The game was once again knotted up, 21-21.

Just prior to the half, the 49ers' kicker David Akers punched a 36-yard field goal through the uprights to give San Francisco the lead. At the half, the 49ers led 24-21.

About midway through the third quarter, Rodgers led the Packers down the field in an extended drive that included a 30-yard grab by Greg Jennings and a 19-yard run by Randall Cobb. Mason Crosby capped off the drive with a 31-yard field goal and tied the game, 24-24.

On the very next series for the 49ers, Kaepernick ran the ball for a 56-yard touchdown. That run put San Francisco up, 31-24.

gore3At the start of the 4th quarter, the 49ers capped a long drive including a 44-yard catch by Vernon Davis from Kaepernick. Frank Gore proceeded to punch it in from the Packers 2-yard line to extend the score to 38-24.

Late in the 4th quarter, San Francisco piled on with a short run by Anthony Dixon. That extended the 49ers lead to 45-24 with a little more than 3 minutes left in the game.

With about a minute left in the game, the Packers last gasp came in a drive that ended with a Rodgers touchdown to Greg Jennings. Even with the score, Green Bay was down by 14 points, 45-31.

The 49ers advance to the NFC Championship game on Sunday, January 20th.