49ers beat Packers in frigid wild card playoff

Reuters

Posted at Jan 06 2014 09:48 AM | Updated as of Jan 06 2014 05:48 PM

The San Francisco 49ers beat the Packers 23-20 on a last-second field goal to win a fierce battle in brutally cold conditions at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin in their wild card round playoff game on Sunday.

Phil Dawson booted a 33-yard field goal just inside the right upright on the last play of the game to give the 49ers the victory after driving from their own 20 in the last five minutes after the Packers tied it 20-20 with a field goal of their own.

The temperature at the start of the game was five degrees Fahrenheit (-15 C) and dropped as the contest wore on as many players and the on-field officials wore balaclavas for warmth.

San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick rescued the Niners on three different occasions with key runs that helped set up scores for the NFC wild card team, which earned a date in next week's divisional round against the Carolina Panthers.

(Reporting by Larry Fine in New York, Editing by Gene Cherry)