For the second time in three seasons, the 49ers are heading to the NFC championship game. They defeated the top-seeded Packers 13-10 at a snowy Lambeau Field in the divisional round Saturday night.
The Niners’ offense seemed to go cold at times, but their defense and special teams heated up at the right times.
Robbie Gould kicked a 45-yard field goal as time expired to win the game. He remained perfect (20 for 20) on field goal attempts in the postseason. Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers, meanwhile, is now a perfect 0-4 all time against San Francisco in the playoffs.
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Gould’s game-winning field goal was the only time San Francisco led Saturday. An earlier special teams play — a blocked punt returned for a game-tying touchdown with 4:41 left — set the Niners up for the win. Green Bay went three-and-out on the ensuing drive, which turned out to their last of the game.
Green Bay totaled just 263 yards, including just 67 on the ground. It averaged just 4.9 yards per play. Rodgers was sacked four times. After scoring a touchdown on their opening drive, the Packers went six drives before scoring again, on a field goal by Mason Crosby at the 9:01 mark of the third quarter.
The 49ers had their own offensive woes. The Packers registered five sacks on 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo, including four on third down. San Francisco totaled just 212 yards (4.1 yards per play) and went 5 for 11 on third down.
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Regardless, San Francisco will play the winner of Sunday’s Rams-Bucaneers matchup for the NFC title next weekend. The Niners will be looking for their second Super Bowl berth in three seasons.
Sporting News tracked live updates and highlights from the 2022 NFC divisional round game. Read below for complete coverage.
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49ers vs. Packers score
49ers vs. Packers live updates, highlights from NFL playoffs
11:08 p.m.: FIELD GOAL 49ers. Robbie Gould’s kick splits the uprights from 45 yards out and wins the game for the 49ers, sending them to the NFC title game as the No. 1 seed Packers go down.
11:07 p.m.: The Niners call their final timeout on third-and-8 from the Green Bay 27 as the field goal unit comes out to try and hit a walk off field goal as time expires.
11:06 p.m.: San Francisco calls a timeout with 13 seconds left and second-and-9 upcoming from the Green Bay 28.
11:06 p.m.: The timeout pays off as Deebo Samuel picks up 9 yards on third-and-7 and gets the easy first down.
11:03 p.m.: The Packers call their final timeout with 1:03 left and the Niners staring at third-and-7 from their own 38 as they also call a timeout.
11:01 p.m.: Another big gain, this time its Garoppolo to Samuel for 14 yards as the Niners cross midfield. First-and-10 from the Green Bay 41 upcoming.
10:58 p.m.: Garoppolo finds Kittle again. This time it’s for 12 yards to the San Francisco 41, followed by a 4 yard run by Elijah Mitchell to make it second-and-6 from the 45 with the two-minute warning on tap.
10:55 p.m.: Rodgers airs it out to Adams way downfield, but can’t convert. It’s now fourth-and-16 for the Packers after a false start on the punt. Travis Benjamin returns it to the San Francisco 29.
10:52 p.m.: On second-and-11 from the Green Bay 24, Rodgers’ pass is nearly picked. Third-and-11 upcoming.
10:48 p.m.: PUNT BLOCK TD 49ers. Punting from the Green Bay 12, the Niners get in ther and block it as Talanoa Hufanga picks it up and scores from 6 yards out. 49ers 10, Packers 10 with 4:41 left in the game.
10:47 p.m.: After taking over on downs, Rodgers is sacked on third-and-8 and Green Bay is forced to punt and the punt is blocked.
10:39 p.m.: On fourth-and-1 from the Green Bay 19, Kyle Shanahan keeps the offense on the field but it doesn’t pay off. Turnover on downs and the Packers take over on their own 20 with 6:10 left.
10:37 p.m.: On third-and-11, Garoppolo makes a nice throw to Kittle for 24 yards. Now first-and-10 from the Green Bay 28 as the Niners are marching after picking up another 5.
10:34 p.m.: Fullback Kyle Juszczyk takes it for 13 yards to the San Francisco 49. Longest run of the night so far for the Niners as they near midfield.
10:33 p.m.: The Niners take over at their own 28 following the field goal.
10:30 p.m.: FIELD GOAL PACKERS. This time Crosby’s kick is good and the Packers extend their lead. Packers 10, 49ers 3 with 11:27 left in the game. That capped off a 14-play, 57 yard drive and it took over nine minutes.
10:29 p.m.: Arik Armstead sacks Rodgers on third-and-goal from the 8. He’s driven back 7 yards to the 15 and the field goal unit comes out for a 33-yard attempt.
10:28 p.m.: The Packers get driven back after a false start. An Aaron Jones catch makes it third-and-goal from the 8.
10:25 p.m.: On third-and-4, Allen Lazard makes a nice diving catch for a first down. His first catch of the night and it’s now first-and-goal for the Packers from the San Francisco 7.
End third quarter: Packers 7, 49ers 3
10:21 p.m.: The Packers are now officially in the red zone after a holding penalty against San Francisco. First-and-10 from the San Francisco 19 to end the third quarter. One quarter left until we know the first team playing for the NFC championship.
10:19 p.m.: On first-and-10 from the San Francisco 49, Rodgers hits Adams for 25 yards down to the San Francisco 24. The Packers call a timeout with 33 seconds left.
10:14 p.m.: On third-and-1, Aaron Jones barrels ahead for a first down. Now first-and-10 from their own 39 for the Packers, who could see his usage get an uptick. AJ Dillon is questionable to return with a chest injury.
10:11 p.m.: After nearly throwing a pick-6, Garoppolo is sacked on third down for the fourth time tonight. The two sides trade three-and-outs as Green Bay takes back over at their own 28.
10:05 p.m.: Green Bay’s first drive of the third quarter is a three-and-out. The Packers will punt and San Francisco takes over at its own 28. Six straight scoreless possessions now for the Packers.
10:02 p.m.: FIELD GOAL 49ers. The Niners cut into the defecit as Robbie Gould nails a 29-yard field goal. Packers 7, 49ers 3 with 8:13 left in the third.
9:59 p.m.: Deebo Samuel now down on the field and getting tended to as the game cuts to a commercial break.
9:55 p.m.: Elijah Mitchell peels off a nice run and a stiff arm, but he gets called for a facemask penalty and drives the Niners back 15 yards. That, coupled with an illegal formation call sets uo second-and-19 from the Green Bay 26 now for the Niners.
9:53 p.m.: Consistent gains here for the Niners to open the second half. Four straight runs and gains of 4, 5, 4 and 1 yard. The second-and-9 pass goes to Deebo Samuel for 18 yards. San Francisco now inside the red zone at the Green Bay 17.
9:50 p.m.: Deebo Samuel returns the second half kick 45 yards and the Niners immediately start the second half at midfield.
Halftime: Packers 7, 49ers 0
9:36 p.m.: FIELD GOAL BLOCKED. Jimmie Ward blocks the field goal, so it remains a 7-0 game at halftime. San Francisco will start the second half with the ball.
9:35 p.m.: The field goal unit for Green Bay comes on with three seconds left in the half as the Niners take a timeout ahead of the impending 39-yard try.
9:33 p.m.: On third-and-3 from their own 3, Rodgers hits Aaron Jones 75 yards downfield. Now first-and-10 Green Bay from the San Francisco 14.
9:30 p.m.: INTERCEPTION PACKERS. Garoppolo is under pressure and avoids the sack, but as he rolls out, his pass intended for Kittle is picked off near the end zone. Green Bay ball at their own 6 with 44 seconds left in the half.
9:28 p.m.: Kittle with another big catch. This one goes for 12 up to the Green Bay 9 with 1:09 left in the half as Green Bay calls a timeout.
9:27 p.m.: The first play out of the two-minute warning is a pitch to Deebo Samuel who breaks a tackle for 4 yards and a first down.
9:23 p.m.: Garoppolo completes a 16-yard pass to Elijah Mitchell, who’s finally breaking out on this drive. Now first-and-10 for San Francisco from the Green Bay 25 as the two-minute warning arrives.
9:21 p.m.: The Niners convert on third down for the first time in five attempts tonight on an outside run by Elijah Mitchell. The Niners are officially across midfield for the first time at the Green Bay 47.
9:19 p.m.: Kittle makes a heck of a catch beyond the chains as he makes a leaping, one-handed catch. First first down of the night for the Niners on the gain of 15. First-and-10 now from the San Francisco 40.
9:14 p.m.: Rodgers flips it out to Jones on third down as he picks up 9, but Green Bay keeps the offense on the field and gets a delay of game, so they’ll punt it away. San Francisco takes over at its own 23 with 6:41 left in the half.
9:12 p.m.: Rodgers is sacked on second down to make it third-and-12. Green bay takes its first timeout of the half.
9:09 p.m.: Rodgers hits Davante Adams for 8 yards on third-and-6 and an easy first down. Now first-and-10 for the Packers from their 38.
9:04 p.m.: For the third time tonight, Garoppolo is sacked on third down. That’s now four drives so far for the Niners with no first downs and -10 total yards. They punt it away yet again and Green Bay takes over at its own 11.
9:00 p.m.: This time it’s Rodgers who’s sacked on third down. Green Bay goes three-and-out to start the second quarter. San Francisco takes over at its own 34.
8:59 p.m.: The Packers get flagged for a false start to open the second quarter. Now third-and-8 from their 19.
End first quarter: Packers 7, 49ers 0
8:54 p.m.: Garoppolo with a nice pass to Jauan Jennings, but he can’t haul it in, either. Another three-and-out for the Niners as they punt it away and Green Bay takes over at its own 17 with 15 seconds left in the quarter.
8:53 p.m.: George Kittle with a brutal drop in the middle of the field as he’s wide open. Would’ve been the first big play of the night for the Niners. Instad it’s third-and-12.
8:48 p.m.: The Packers go three-and-out for the first time tonight as they punt it away on fourth-and-6. The 49ers take over at their own 38 with 1:16 left in the first quarter.
8:45 p.m.: Another third down sack for the Packers’ defense and the Niners punt it away. Green Bay takes over at its own 16.
8:44 p.m.: After the review, the ruling of fumble is wiped out and changed to incomplete pass. Now third-and-5 for the Niners from their 47.
8:40 p.m.: FUMBLE 49ERS. Rasul Douglas knocks the ball out of the hands of Brandon Aiyuk and the Packers take back over as the two teams trade fumbles on back-to-back drives. Currently under review.
8:36 p.m.: FUMBLE PACKERS. Fred Warner punches the ball out of Marcedes Lewis’ hands as the Niners take back over at their own 42 with 3:51 left in the first.
8:34 p.m.: Another big run for Aaron Jones. This one for 14 and the Packers are nearing midfield at their own 46.
8:30 p.m.: On third-and-12, Jimmy Garoppolo is sacked. Wipes out good starting field position as Za’Darius Smith gets home and drives Garoppolo to the ground. The Niners punt it away and Green Bay takes over at its own 25 looking to add on to the score.
8:27 p.m.: JaMychal Hasty returns the ball 30 yards and San Francisco starts this game at its own 40.
8:27 p.m.: An impressive stat from that opening drive for Green Bay.
Green Bay didn’t have a single third down.
— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) January 23, 2022
8:23 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN PACKERS. AJ Dillon punches it in from 6 yards out and the Packers jump out to an early lead. Packers 7, 49ers 0 on a 10-play drive that featured five runs and five passes. 9:25 left in the quarter as the Niners are set to take over.
8:22 p.m.: Another catch by Adams. He’s up to three catches for 35 yards on this drive as Green Bay is up to the San Francisco 11.
8:20 p.m.: A 10-yard completion to Adams puts Green Bay just outside the red zone at the San Francisco 23.
8:19 p.m.: Aaron Rodgers hits Jones out of the backfield for 19 yards and the Packers cross midfield to the Niners’ 33.
8:17 p.m.: Aaron Jones and Davante Adams getting involved early. A 4-yard run for Jones and a 14-yard catch for Adams makes it first-and-10 Green Bay from their 49.
8:16 p.m.: The 49ers win the toss and defer. Green Bay starts this game at its own 31.
49ers vs. Packers start time
- Date: Saturday, Jan. 22
- Kickoff: 8:15 p.m. ET
The 49ers vs. Packers divisional round game will begin at 8:15 p.m. ET from Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis.
What channel is 49ers vs. Packers on today?
- TV channel (national): Fox
- TV channel (Green Bay): WLUK
- TV channel (San Francisco): KTVU
- Live stream: Fox Sports App, fuboTV
This NFC showdown will air nationally on Fox. Joe Buck will serve as the play-by-play voice while Hall of Famer Troy Aikman joins him in the booth as an analyst. Erin Andrews and Tom Rinaldi will be reporting from the sidelines.
In Canada, viewers can watch 49ers vs. Packers with a subscription to DAZN, which includes every NFL game .
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NFL playoff schedule 2022
Saturday, Jan. 22
|Bengals 19, Titans 16||4:30 p.m.||CBS||fuboTV|
|49ers 13, Packers 10||8:15 p.m.||Fox||fuboTV|
Sunday, Jan. 23
|Buccaneers vs. Rams||3 p.m.||NBC||fuboTV|
|Chiefs vs. Bills||6:30 p.m.||CBS||fuboTV|
Sunday, Jan. 30
|AFC championship game||3:05 p.m. ET||CBS||Paramount+, fuboTV|
|NFC championship game||6:40 p.m. ET||Fox||Fox Sports app, fuboTV|
Super Bowl 56
Sunday, Feb. 13
|Super Bowl 56||6:30 p.m. ET||NBC||NBC Sports app, fuboTV|