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Packers trail 49ers, 24-21, at halftime of playoff game

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on January 12, 2013 – 9:00 pm


SAN FRANCISCO–The Packers trailed the 49ers, 24-21, at halftime of tonight’s NFC Divisional Round playoff game at Candlestick Park..

Packers cornerback Sam Shields gave the Packers a great start by intercepting a Colin Kaepernick pass and returning it 52 yards for a touchdown on just the first possession of the game.

Kaepernick, in his first postseason start, fought off the mistake to move the 49ers 80 yards in eight plays and tie the game with a 20-yard touchdown run.

Back stormed the Packers on their own 80-yard touchdown drive, which required seven plays and ended with running back DuJuan Harris scoring on an 18-yard run up the middle.

The Packers made a mistake they might come to regret when Jeremy Ross fumbled a punt at his 10-yard line and the 49ers recovered at the 9. Three plays later, Kaepernick completed a 12-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Michael Crabtree.

Midway through the second quarter, a long pass by Aaron Rodgers for Jordy Nelson was intercepted by the 49ers’ Tarell Brown, who returned the ball 39 yards to the Packers 48. Kaepernick converted a key third-and-long play with a 15-yard run, and then followed that with a 20-yard pass over the middle to Crabtree for a touchdown and a 21-14 lead.

Rodgers rallied the Packers down the field to tie the game. It was, yet, another 80-yard drive. This one needed six plays. Rodgers found wide receiver James Jones over the middle for a 20-yard scoring strike that tied the game at 21-21.

Troubled kicker David Akers booted a 36-yard field goal on the final play of the first half, capping an 11-play, 62-yard drive.

Kaepernick overcame his bad start to complete 11 of 23 passes for 148 yards and two touchdowns. Rodgers was held to five completions in 10 attempts for 96 yards and one touchdown. Kaepernick leads the 49ers with 107  yards rushing and Harris leads the Packers with 47.

The 49ers have dominated time of possession, 21:47-8:13.



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