Kaepernick marches 49ers to last-minute win against Packers

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick runs with the ball as Green Bay Packers inside...

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick runs with the ball as Green Bay Packers inside linebacker Brad Jones attempts to tackle him during their NFC wild card playoff game at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis., Jan. 5, 2014. (MIKE DiNOVO/USA Today)

Mike Zeisberger, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:20 PM ET

GREEN BAY - Wearing no gloves on his hands and no long sleeves over his pipes, Colin Kaepernick walked out on to The Frozen Tundra of Lambeau Field dreaming of being a hero on this bone-chilling stage, a scenario that had been dancing in his mind since he was a wee lad.

As a Packers-crazed kid growing up in Wisconsin, young Colin had watched his idol Brett Favre star on this very same patch of famed dirt. Now, here he was two decades later, the quarterback of the visiting San Francisco 49ers, with the chance to do the same.

For two days prior to Sunday’s wildcard weekend clash between the visiting 49ers and the host Packers, San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh urged Kaepernick to cover up his arms in the icy temperatures that started at minus-15 C at kickoff time and plunged as the game went on. Each time, the quarterback said no.

“Didn’t need ‘em,” Kaepernick rationalized. “I played in cold weather before.”

That’s Colin Kaepernick for you. On one of the most frigid afternoons in NFL history, this dude proved to be one cool customer when his team’s season was on the line.

With the game deadlocked 20-20 and just 5:06 remaining on the clock, Kaepernick led his 49ers on a memorable 14-play, 65-yard drive that culminated with a Phil Dawson 33-yard field goal that gave the 49ers a 23-20 victory in one of the most wonderful examples of hard-nosed smash-mouth four-down football you’ll ever see.


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