49ers beat Packers to keep Super Bowl hopes alive

Phil Dawson’s 33-yard field goal as time expired kept the San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl hopes alive.

Colin Kaepernick threw for 227 yards and ran for another 98 to lead the 49ers past the Green Bay Packers 23-20 on Sunday night in a cold NFC wild-card game at Lambeau Field.

Our guys have done this before,” Jim Harbaugh said postgame of the late-game back-and-forth. “We generated a lot of toughness.”

Kaepernick scrambled for an 11-yard gain to the 27 with 1:13 left to set Dawson up for the game-winning field goal.

“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.”

Mason Crosby’s 24-yard field goal tied the game at 20 for the Packers (8-8-1) with 5:06 left before the 49ers’ final drive.

Aaron Rodgers finished 17 of 26 for 177 yards and touchdown.

Kaepernick connected with Michael Crabtree eight times for 125 yards and hit a spinning Vernon Davis down the seam for a 28-yard touchdown pass with 10:39 remaining.

Frank Gore rushed for 66 yards and added another score for the 49ers.

Kaepernick and the fifth-seeded 49ers will travel to Carolina to play the No. 2 Panthers in the NFC Divisional round of the postseason next week. San Francisco fell to Carolina 10-9 in Week 10.

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