NFC West: 2014 Wild Card Rapid Reaction
January, 5, 2014
By Bill Williamson | ESPN.com
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- A few observations from the 49ers’ 23-20 win over Green Bay on Sunday:
What it means: The 49ers are moving on. They survived severe cold and vintage Aaron Rodgers to win in the final seconds. San Francisco kicker Phil Dawson hit a 33-yard field goal as time expired to give the 49ers the win. They will play at Carolina next week. The 49ers are 13-4, winners of seven straight and 12 of their past 14 games.
Stock watch: Quarterback Colin Kaepernick won the game with big runs, including a huge 11-yard run on third-and-long on the final drive. Kaepernick had 98 yards rushing on seven carries. It was his third huge game -- and third victory -- against the Packers in less than a year.
Crabtree shines: The 49ers had hoped Michael Crabtree would be ready to dominate in the playoffs, and he did. He had eight catches for 125 yards. It was his best game since returning Dec. 1 from a torn Achilles tendon that he had suffered in May.
Timeout trouble: The 49ers blew two timeouts early in each half. The worst was before the first offensive play of the second half. Apparently, Kaepernick forgot his wrist play sheet. Timeouts were an issue all season, but this took it to the next level.
What’s next: The 49ers play at Carolina in the NFC divisional round at 1:05 p.m. ET on Sunday. The Panthers beat the 49ers 10-9 in San Francisco on Nov. 10. It was one of the more physical battles of the season.