Kaepernick stars in 49ers win
Colin Kaepernick outdueled reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers to lead San Francisco 49ers to a 45-31 win over Green Bay Packers.
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The emphatic win sees the 49ers move into the National Football Conference title game against either Atlanta Falcons or Seattle Seahawks.
Kaepernick had a sensational game, setting an NFL playoff rushing record for a quarterback by gaining 181 yards, including scoring gallops of 56 and 20 yards. He also threw a pair of touchdown passes to Michael Crabtree in the romp.
A 31-yard field by David Akers gave the 49ers a 24-21 lead after a see-saw first half, and San Francisco ran roughshod over the Packers in the second half, rushing for three touchdowns as they put the game out of reach.
Kaepernick started on a shaky note in his playoff starting debut, tossing an interception on his second pass of the game that was returned 52 yards for a touchdown by Sam Shields for a 7-0 Green Bay lead.
But he recovered quickly, leading the 49ers on an 80-yard drive that he capped off with a 20-yard touchdown run to make it 7-7.
The teams traded touchdowns during an action-packed first half, with the 49ers moving ahead 21-14 after turning a pair of Green Bay turnovers into touchdowns and took a 24-21 lead into intermission after a 36-yard field goal as time ran out.
It was all San Francisco after the break as they ran roughshod over the Packers in the second half, rushing for three touchdowns as they put the game out of reach.
After Green Bay tied it at 24-24 with a 31-yard field goal, Kaepernick took charge.
The strong-armed quarterback faked a hand-off and took off to his right, using his long strides to race untouched into the end zone for a 56-yard touchdown that gave the 49ers a lead they never relinquished.
Kaepernick completed 17-of-31 passes for 263 yards, giving him 444 yards in total offense.
Rodgers completed 26-of-39 for 257 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, with his second scoring strike coming at the end of the fourth quarter when the game was out of reach.