Packers vs. 49ers: Final Grades, Analysis for San Francisco

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Packers vs. 49ers: Final Grades, Analysis for San Francisco
Playoff grades count for 50 percent of your final grade, class.

The San Francisco 49ers flew past the Green Bay Packers 45-31, by and large thanks to the heroics of second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who blitzed poor Dom Capers' defense in a tour-de-force performance where he did just about everything but serve drinks to the folks in the club seats. 

Kaepernick set numerous franchise and league postseason records with his legs and was plenty dangerous with his arm as well and the 49ers had 581 yards overall on offense and scored on virtually every drive after an early pick-six.

Frank Gore had 23 carries for 119 yards and a touchdown on the ground while Michael Crabtree had nine grabs for a 119 yards of his own and two more scores in a balanced attack that left the Packers bewildered. 

Green Bay had a 14-7 lead after one quarter after DuJuan Harris' 18-yard touchdown run, but two straight turnovers, a muffed punt by Jeremy Ross and a Tarell Brown interception off Aaron Rodgers set up a pair of 49ers touchdowns and they went into the half up 24-21.

The Packers tied it up 24-24 early in the third quarter but a 56-yard burst down the right sideline by Kaepernick off a zone read play gave the 49ers the lead for good and they never looked back, tacking on two more touchdowns on their next two drives following Green Bay punts.

Rodgers finished with a respectable 257 yards passing and a couple of touchdowns, but it was definitely an underwhelming game for him and a surprising one, given how vocal he'd been about wanting to stick it to the 49ers for not drafting him first overall in the 2005 draft. 

It would've taken a superhuman effort from Rodgers to match Kaepernick score for score, and he just couldn't produce it.

The 49ers will now wait to see who wins tomorrow's other divisional round game between Atlanta and Seattle and will either travel to Georgia or host their divisional rivals, looking for payback after the 42-13 drubbing they suffered at Seattle. Either way they'll be looking to break a dubious streak of not being able to win three consecutive games all season, as they've gone 0-4-1 in that scenario so far.

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