Sunday, January 13, 2013 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of 49ers links from around the web.
What a great day. Unbelievable game all around. Couldn't be happier. By gametime it seemed that 2 out of every 3 experts was picking the Packers. After Colin Kaepernick's shaky start, a 52-yard interception return for a touchdown by Sam Shields, the 49ers and their young quarterback ran all over Green Bay en route to a 45-31 victory. Kaepernick was spectacular and the offenses numbers are ridiculous. Kap had 263 yards and 2 touchdowns through the air and 181 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground. The 181 yards rushing is an NFL record for a quarterback in any game, let alone playoffs. Frank Gore added 119 yards and a score and Michael Crabtree hauled in 9 catches for 119 yards and 2 touchdowns. David Akers even went 1/1 in field goals.
I'm still in awe of it all. Links...
49ers 45, Packers 31
The 49ers had 579 yards of total offense, a new team record. Green Bay came into the game as the 11th ranked defense from the regular season, but had no answer for the legs of Colin Kaepernick. | Kaepernick sets an all-time record as 49ers defeat Packer 45-31 (Gin)
Matt Maiocco recaps the game. Kaepernick is again the main topic. Crabtree's two touchdown catches were great plays. The second one in particular was a great route and Kap made a perfect throw. | Instant replay: 49ers 45, Packer 31 (Maiocco)
Justin Smith was better than I ever could have expected. A big worry was whether or not he'd be effective with his partially torn triceps. So long as it doesn't get worse, I love our chances going forward. | Harbaugh: Justin Smith's legend grows (CSN Bay Area)
And someone who definitely deserves some recognition for his play in this game is Joe Staley. Clay Matthews III was held to one sack, the only sack of the game for the Packers. | Staley bruised but not beaten in matchup with Matthews (Maiocco)
A writeup from the lads at the official website on the big day that Michael Crabtree turned in. His two touchdowns were at critical moments, the first coming on third-and-goal from the 12-yard line. | Michael Crabtree stays hot, scores twice (49ers.com)
And here's the point where I want everyone to stop and give a round of applause to a guy who get criticized a lot around here when things aren't going well. That person is Greg Roman, who called a great game. Hard to see what he could have done differently. He may have just earned himself a head coaching job. | Roman at forefront of 49ers' offensive stars (Maiocco)
49ers put an emphatic stamp on playoffs (SF Gate)
49ers dominate in Divisional Round, 45-31 (49ers.com)
49ers vs Packers: Thumbs up, thumbs down (Scout.com)
49ers flip script on Aaron Rodgers (CSN Bay Area)
49ers defense trails offense for once (SF Gate)
Kaepernick dazzles in playoff debut (Killion)
The Associated Press voted their All-Pro team and the 49ers had 6 players voted first team. Mike Iupati from our standout offensive line joined Aldon Smith, NaVorro Bowman, Patrick Willis, Dashon Goldson and Andy Lee. | 49ers All-Pro selections and a prediction for tonight's game (BASG)
Mike Sando has a big post on Colin Kaepernick. The whole football world is talking about his day and we'll probably be favorites regardless of who we face in the NFC Championship Game next weekend. | No debating what Kaepernick brings 49ers (Sando)
The early game was also a scorcher. Peyton Manning gave away the game in overtime after a crazy back-and-forth game. Then the nightcap... | A great day to be an NFL fan (Pro Football Talk)
Press pass: Colin Kaepernick (49ers.com)
Press pass: Jim Harbaugh (49ers.com)
Press pass: Michael Crabtree (49ers.com)
Press pass: Patrick Willis (49ers.com)
Game highlights: 49ers 45, Packers 31 (49ers.com)
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