In a thrilling matchup in the Wild Card Round, the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Green Bay Packers, 23-20. With this victory, the 49ers will travel to the Bank of America Stadium to play the Carolina Panthers in the divisional round.
In the last four games against the Packers (both regular season and postseason), the 49ers are 4-0. Since Colin Kaepernick took over the helm at quarterback, the 49ers are 3-0 against the Packers.
Check below for final grades and analysis.
San Francisco 49ers - 23
Green Bay Packers - 20
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Game Analysis for the San Francisco 49ers
Pass Offense: The 49ers, and the Packers for that matter, remained scoreless in the third quarter. Play picked up in the fourth quarter, where Kaepernick was sensational, engineering two successful drives to close out the Packers.
Run Offense: In this inclement weather, the offense should have leaned more heavily on Frank Gore and the running game. Gore did receive a healthy amount of carries (20), but at times, the 49ers played horrible situational football.
Pass Defense: Despite the weather issues and a ferocious 49ers pass rush, Aaron Rodgers was still very effective. Against an MVP-caliber quarterback, the 49ers defense bent but did not break this afternoon.
Run Defense: At one point in the third quarter, the Packers were running the ball at will against this 49ers front seven. Led by Eddie Lacy, the Packers rushing attack gave Rodgers the help he desperately needed, despite the loss.
Special Teams: Outside of a nice 37-yard return by LaMichael James, the 49ers didn’t do much in the return game. Kicker Phil Dawson continues to impress in a 49ers uniform, as he made his second consecutive game-winning field goal.
Coaching: Regardless of the outcome, the play-calling issues were unacceptable for Jim Harbaugh and his staff. Not to mention the lazy use of timeouts and overall chaos on offense.
First-Half Analysis for the San Francisco 49ers
Pass Offense: Before that terrible interception, Kaepernick appeared to be well on his way to dominating the Packers defense once again. Regardless, it didn’t kill the 49ers' momentum, as they scored on the next drive.
Run Offense: The Packers struggled to stop the run towards the latter half of the season, but that doesn’t seem to be affecting them this afternoon. Outside of a 42-yard run by Kaepernick, Gore and company were held in check in the first half.
Pass Defense: Rodgers' stat line in the first quarter is as follows: 0-of-1 passing, zero passing yards. Of course, Rodgers was bound to improve, and he did. 49ers pass rush looked excellent.
Run Defense: In the last meeting with the 49ers, Lacy was held to 42 yards on 14 carries. Lacy already has 37 yards on 11 carries in the first half. Against a stout 49ers front seven, Lacy is playing solid football.
Special Teams: Despite the frigid weather, Dawson made both of his attempts. Watch out for turnovers on special teams in the second half, as that could be the difference-maker in this game.
Coaching: Harbaugh has had many sideline tirades, but he may actually have had a point this afternoon. Play-calling was inconsistent in the first half, though the 49ers have the lead going into the half.