Packers fall to San Francisco 49ers in playoff matchup at Lambeau Field

GREEN BAY (WITI)-- The Packers hosted their newest rival, the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, January 5th in Green Bay's coldest temperatures since the Ice Bowl -- and lost the game, 23-20.

The Packers got off to a very slow start; going 3-and-out on their first three drives. San Francisco, on the other hand, got points on the scoreboard in their first two drives -- two field goals kicked by Phil Dawson (22 yards and 25 yards).

The Pack trailed 6-0 with 34 seconds left in the first quarter when Colin Kaepernick launched a pass meant for Vernon Davis. That pass was intercepted by Packers' Tramon Williams and returned for 17 yards. This gave the Pack some momentum and on their next drive they went for 14 plays and 70 yards including an Aaron Rodgers to Jordy Nelson five-yard touchdown pass.  The Pack finally had the lead 7-6 with 5:50 left in the half.

But on the very next drive, Kaepernick did was he does best against Green Bay, running 42 yards and putting the 49ers in the red zone. Two plays later, Frank Gore ran 10 yards for the score and San Francisco was back on top 13-6.

The Pack would end the half with another successful drive of 9 plays and 59 yards but it resulted in a Mason Crosby 34-yard field goal and the 49ers went into the half leading the Packers 13-10.

The third quarter was slow for both teams, resulting in no scoring. The 49ers started the half with three consecutive 3-and-outs.

The fourth quarter is where it got heated.  About 3:19 into the quarter, Green Bay started a drive that lasted 12 plays and 80 yards. It resulted in a John Kuhn one-yard touchdown that made the score 17-13 Packers.

But the 49ers responded with a Vernon Davis 28-yard touchdown catch from Kaepernick to make it a 20-17 game.

On the next Packers drive, Mason Crosby came out and tied it at 20 with a 24-yard field goal.

The 49ers would run the clock out on a drive that lasted 14 plays and 65 yards, calling a time out with three seconds left. Dawson kicked the game winning 33-yard field goal, ending the Packers season and sending the 49ers to Charlotte to take on Carolina next week.