GREEN BAY, Wis. Phil Dawson kicked a 33-yard field goal as time expired, and Colin Kaepernick threw for 227 yards and ran for another 98 to lead the San Francisco 49ers past the Green Bay Packers 23-20 on Sunday night in a frigid NFC wild-card game.
In a back-and-forth fourth quarter, the 49ers (13-4) threw the final punch. Kaepernick escaped a blitz on third-and-8 and scrambled for an 11-yard gain to the 27 with 1:13 left. Dawson nailed the winning kick five plays later.
The defending NFC champions came away with a huge win in conditions that resembled a meat locker. It was 5 degrees at kickoff, and the winds made it feel like minus-10.
San Francisco plays at Carolina next Sunday.
In an AFC wild-card game earlier Sunday, San Diego took advantage of Andy Daltons three turnovers in the second hal, pulling away to a 27-10 victory in Cincinnati that extended the Cincinnati Bengals streak of playoff misery to 23 years and counting.
Philip Rivers donned gloves and made accurate throws in the January rain, leading the Chargers (10-7) to their fifth straight win, this one over the last team to knock them off.
Theyll play next Sunday in Denver, the AFCs top seed.
It was a shocking finish for the Bengals (11-6), they won the AFC North, went unbeaten at home and had their top-ranked defense for the playoffs.