Dawson's FG lifts 49ers past Packers

Green Bay, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - For the second straight postseason, San Francisco is responsible for sending Green Bay packing.

Phil Dawson drilled a 33-yard field goal as time expired to lift the 49ers to a 23-20 victory over the Packers in the Wild Card Round of the NFC playoffs from the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field.

Mason Crosby connected on a game-tying 24-yard field goal with just over five minutes to play, but Colin Kaepernick utilized his arm and his legs to move San Francisco down the field.

The dual-threat quarterback converted a 3rd-and-10 from his own 31 with a 17- yard strike to Michael Crabtree before scurrying 11 yards to the Green Bay 27 on 3rd-and-8 with just over a minute remaining.

Frank Gore then carried the ball on the next three plays, including a 3-yard plunge on 3rd-and-3 that gave San Francisco a fresh set of downs at the 17.

Following another Gore run, the 49ers let the clock run down before calling a timeout with two seconds left to set the stage for Dawson's game-winning kick.

Kaepernick completed 16-of-30 passes for 227 yards and one touchdown with an interception while rushing for 98 yards on seven carries for the red-hot 49ers, who will carry their seven-game win streak into Carolina for Sunday's Divisional Playoff round matchup with the Panthers.

Gore rushed for 66 yards and a score on 20 carries, while Crabtree led all receivers with eight catches for 125 yards in the win, San Francisco's first in three postseason trips to Lambeau Field.

Aaron Rodgers returned from a seven-game absence to lead Green Bay to a Week 17 win over Chicago that secured the NFC North crown for the Packers, but the Green Bay quarterback was unable to get revenge for last year's Divisional Playoff round loss to the 49ers despite a solid effort.

Rodgers finished 17-of-26 passing for 177 yards and a touchdown, while fullback John Kuhn added a 1-yard TD run in the setback.

01/05 20:14:50 ET