A lot was made about the frigid weather in Green Bay which would freeze the San Francisco 49ers out of Sunday’s NFL wildcard playoff game.
But the 49ers entered the postseason on a six-game winning streak, hitting their stride at the right time for a second straight run to the Super Bowl, with the defense as tough and stingy as ever, and the offense clicking when quarterback Colin Kaepernick is allowed to use his powerful and accurate arm and dazzling, key-play-making legs to lead the charge.
With the temperature at 10 degrees, but with the wind-chill below zero in Green Bay’s tundra, otherwise known as Lambeau Field, Kaepernick-fueled San Francisco again got the better of the QB Aaron Rogers-led Packers, winning a 23-20 thriller on a 33-yard field goal by Phil Dawson as time expired.
If Jim Harbaugh can finally put his conservative University of Michigan roots with its Bo Schembechler-coached mostly run views aside and let Kaepernick spark the offense with his multiple skills, and keep the defense making life miserable for their opponents, the 49ers will avenge their last loss to Carolina before the six-game win streak to end the season.
Then after eliminating the Panthers this Sunday San Francisco will be back in the National Conference championship game, with a chance at their Super Bowl return, this time to win it, which would also give the Niners a 10-game win streak to end the 2013-14 season.