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The air was cold and quarterbacks were hot in Green Bay on wild-card Sunday, but the result was familiar for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers: a lo Cody Whitehair Jersey s to Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers.The 49ers won the teams playoff rematch, 23-20 and fourth consecutive game in the series. The big reason again was Kaepernick using his arm (13-of-24, 188 yards TD, INT) and legs (7 carries, 98 yards) to take a frigid duel from Rodgers (17-of-26, 177 yards pa sing, TD).Kaepernick improved to 3-0 in his career against the Packers the team he loved as a kid and continued his combined rushing and pa sing dominance vs. their defense. He ran over them in last years divisional playoffs (181 yards) and pa sed all over them (412 yards) in Week 1. He did a lot of both on Sunday.Although the venue changed from friendly San Francisco to chilly Lambeau, Kaepernick shrugged off wearing sleeves and a gritty Green Bay defense that was undermanned, and in the end, overmatched.There was nothing flashy about his final stats this time. His pa ser rating was an average 75.3. The Packers were neither ripped apart by the zone read nor gouged by chunk catches to Anquan Boldin. Instead, it was more of a slow bleed until the final gun.It may seem like Kaepernick is a new-school Kevin White Jersey quarterback, much like his fellow rising young stars see Andrew Luck, Cam Newton and Ru sell Wilson but his improvisational skills and innate feel for game situations is old school. Its just that his ability to interchange big scrambles with big pa ses is the best of both schools.That came through most in the fourth quarter. Early in the quarter, he delivered the 28-yard scoring strike to tight end Vernon Davis that gave the 49ers a touchdown lead. On their final po se sion, he came through with the 11-yard, third-down run to set up the game-winning field goal.The Packers were doing their best with their Clay Matthews-le s personnel to get pre sure on Kaepernick, and after No. 2 cornerback Sam Shields was lost in the first quarter, were playing defense built to not give up those big plays. They focused on being disciplined up front when Kaepernick took Richard Dent Jersey off running, and forced him to beat zone coverage. Neither plan worked, however, when the game was on the line.Kaepernick shares another trait with Newton and Wilson. Hes fearle s, unshaken by his previous mistakes and mi sed chances. He plays like a young QB who doesnt know any better, even though he has the awarene s and accuracy of a veteran such as Rodgers.It hasnt been the easiest second full season as a starter. Not having his go-to guy, Crabtree (8 catches, 125 yards on 13 targets), for much of the season made it an early struggle.The 49ers were relying too heavily on their strong traditional running game to protect him from throwing too much while working with le s. They also were smart to limit his running to keep his body and legs fresher for January.Crabtrees return and more wide-open play-calling down the stretch got Kapernick hot at the right time as the 49ers have now won seven in a row.It was all set up for Kaepernick to not cool down in the playoffs. He left the frozen tundra in a thaw, and left the Packers defense looking for answers again.PHOTOS: Playoff galleryVIDEOS: 49ers-Packers highlightsKaepernick and Gore break down Lamarr Houston Jersey victoryRodgers reflects on lo s
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