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Kaepernick too strong for Packers in wild card loss


For the fourth time in 16 months, the Packers couldn't come out on top of San Francisco, falling to the 49ers 23-20 in Sunday's NFC Wild Card game.

Once again, it was Colin Kaepernick who made a big difference. The Niners' QB pretty much told the Packers to pick their poison as Kaepernick proved he could run or throw the ball, as he's done before against this team.
"Got to give him credit he's a good player. He's elusive, they have good receivers," Packers cornerback Micah Hyde said. "He takes it down and runs it. Give him credit, that guy is a good player." 
Kaepernick didn't do as well as he did in the season opener against Green Bay, throwing for 227 yards, which is a little more than half of what he threw in week one. However, the Wisconsin native was the leading rusher for the Niners with 98 yards on seven carries.
The key play came down to a third down and eight on San Francisco's final drive when Kaepernick ran 11 yards to keep the Niners in business.
"You know he gets out to his left and obviously a big play in the game to continue that drive. You're looking for a potential sack or ball coming out on time there," Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said. "So we did not get it done as far as keeping the quarterback in the pocket."
While the defense held the 49ers to six points in the first quarter, the offense was held to just six yards in that same period. Aaron Rodgers struggled to get a first down until three minutes into the second quarter.

"I could've definitely made a few more plays. These opportunities are pretty special. You have to make the most of them," Rodgers said.

This Packers defense was banged up with numerous injuries, from Sam Shields and Mike Neal with knee problems to Andy Mulumba also getting hurt.
The silver lining is now they have time to heal those injuries, but the question is whether this Packers defense will look the same next season.
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