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Postby kaisy on Fri Jul 19, 2013 2:35 am

SAN FRANCISCO -- The unproven kid thoroughly beat the former Super Bowl champion and reigning MVP. dr dre headphones uk cheap . With a strong arm that allowed him to pick the Packers apart from the pocket and speedy legs that helped him break free for big gains, Colin Kaepernick did a little bit of everything in a record-setting, sensational playoff debut -- and Aaron Rodgers just couldnt keep up. Kaepernick passed for 263 yards and ran the San Francisco 49ers right back to the NFC championship game with a 45-31 win over Green Bay in an NFC divisional game Saturday night. Kaepernick rushed for a quarterback playoff record 181 yards and two touchdowns and threw two scoring passes to Michael Crabtree. Next up for the Niners: a game on Jan. 20 for a spot in the Super Bowl, against the winner of Sundays game between the Seattle Seahawks and Falcons at Atlanta. "It feels good. Were one step closer to where we want to be," Kaepernick said. "I feel like I had a lot to prove. A lot of people doubted my ability to lead this team." And what a playoff debut it was by the second-year pro making just his eighth NFL start. No doubting Jim Harbaughs big midseason gamble switching quarterbacks now. Rodgers never got in sync for the Packers (12-6), finishing 26 of 39 for 257 yards with two touchdowns. Kaepernick ran for scores of 20 and 56 yards on the way to topping the rushing mark of 119 yards set by Michael Vick in 2005 against St. Louis. Crabtree caught TD passes of 12 and 20 yards in the second quarter and wound up with nine receptions and 119 yards for the Niners (12-4-1) in the NFC divisional matchup. Kaepernick, sporting a burgundy beanie partially covering his head, was greeted at his locker after the game by former 49ers quarterback John Brodie. San Francisco had 579 total yards with 323 on the ground, scoring its third-most points in the franchises storied playoff history. "Our offensive line did an amazing job today," Kaepernick said. "They shut everybody down inside. Our receivers, our tight ends, blocked great outside, and our running backs were running hard, so it made it easier on me." Frank Gore and Anthony Dixon each added 2-yard touchdown runs in the fourth quarter for the No. 2 seed NFC West champions, slim favourites on their home field in a rematch of Week 1. They added to their memorable night by setting a franchise post-season record for yards rushing, 119 of those by Gore to complement Kaepernick. Rodgers, the former Cal star passed up by San Francisco with the No. 1 pick in the 2005 draft, never got going. Rodgers rooted for the Niners as a kid in Northern California. This was another early exit for the Packers, who lost in the divisional playoffs to the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants a year ago and were denied a chance to defend the title they won after the 2010 season. Those Green Bay road stars of two years ago -- they won three away from Lambeau Field on the way to the Super Bowl -- didnt have it this time against San Franciscos stingy defence and a no-fear, second-year quarterback who would not be denied. A kid who was born in Milwaukee and grew up a big Green Bay fan until the day he was drafted in 2011 out of Nevada. "I didnt know how fast he was," Green Bay defensive back Charles Woodson said. "Coming in I really never paid attention to it. But he is fast." San Francisco advanced to back-to-back NFC title games for the first time since reaching three in a row following the 1992-94 seasons, with 1994 their last trip to the Super Bowl. With the sellout crowd at Candlestick Park waving red flags reading "Quest for Six" -- a sixth Super Bowl title, that is -- Kaepernick did his part and then some to deliver in the first key step. Even after an early interception that gave Green Bay all the momentum in a hostile road stadium. Kaepernick topped Vicks mark with the 56-yard keeper on an option play in the third quarter. That gave Kaepernick 163 yards on 12 carries, also setting a 49ers franchise record for the post-season. "The execution for the 49ers on the read option was excellent, but our issues were bigger than that," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "We did not a very good job of keeping him the pocket. He was able to get out of the pocket for a number of big conversions." Kaepernick joined Jay Cutler in 2011 and Otto Graham in both 1954 and 55 as the only players with two rushing and two passing touchdowns in a playoff game. David Akers kicked a 36-yard field goal moments before halftime to give San Francisco a 24-21 lead at intermission after Green Bay tried to ice the struggling veteran by calling timeout before his kick. Mason Crosbys 31-yard field goal tied the game at 24 midway through the third quarter, then Kaepernick took over again. San Franciscos defence handled the rest. Kaepernick had 11 carries for 107 yards rushing by halftime. Pick six, no problem. The strong-armed Kaepernick brushed off the interception he tossed on the fourth play of the game that Sam Shields ran back 52 yards for a touchdown, then took control with his pinpoint passing to his favourite go-to guy -- Crabtree -- and with his quick-burst ability out of the pocket. "He does a great job of responding," Harbaugh said. "He has done that any time there has been an interception he has thrown, a safety or a turnover, hes responded with a scoring drive. Thats rare. I think thats a rare quality. So far hes shown that hes got that ability to come back." San Francisco, fueled all year by its near miss in overtime of the NFC title game, made it two victories against Rodgers and Co. this season after a 30-22 Week 1 win at Lambeau Field. Kaepernick bounced back from the early interception and again after a second-quarter taunting penalty in which he threw the ball down in the face of safety M.D. Jennings after being hit by Jennings and Erik Walden. Center Jonathan Goodwin grabbed Kaepernick in an effort to settle him down after his 15-yard run was negated by the 15-yard flag. Two plays later, Kaepernick found Crabtree for his 20-yard TD as San Francisco capitalized on another Packers turnover. Rodgers answered right back on the Packers next chance, driving his team 80 yards on six plays and hitting James Jones on a 20-yard touchdown of his own that tied the game at 21. Green Bay got help from a 15-yard personal foul penalty by Dashon Goldson for a helmet-to-helmet hit on DuJuan Harris. "We felt like we gift-wrapped them 14 points off turnovers in the first half and our defence was playing all right," Rodgers said. "And then we just didnt get it done in the second half. I knew we were going to have to score some points. We knew we were going to have to put up at least 38 points." Former California receiver Jeremy Ross fumbled Andy Lees punt early in the second and C.J. Spillman recovered as San Francisco got the ball back at the 9. Kaepernick threw a 12-yard TD pass to Crabtree three plays later. Rodgers streak of 183 passes without an interception spanning the previous five games ended when Tarell Brown picked off the ball on a deep third-down throw in the second quarter. "We expected them to try to get him out on the perimeter. But we didnt expect to let him do what he did," Woodson said. "Give him a lot of credit. He played a great game. He made a lot of great plays out there today. It was hard to swallow." Harris ran 18 yards for a score in the final minute of the first quarter as Green Bay took a 14-7 lead. Rodgers connected with James Jones on a 44-yard completion one play earlier before Harris easily ran right up the middle into the end zone for a Packers team that managed 45 total yards rushing in the season-opening loss. Such moments were few against a 49ers defence happy to welcome back All-Pro lineman Justin Smith after he missed the final two regular-season games with a partially torn left triceps muscle. Notes: The Green Bay defence gave up the most total yards (579), yards rushing (323) and second-most points in the playoffs in franchise history. ... San Francisco improved to 13-3 at home in divisional playoff games. ... The 49ers had 48 offensive plays in the first half to 20 by Green Bay. dr dre headphones UK studio . Coach Andy Reid dismissed the abrasive Washburn just hours after the teams eighth straight loss, 38-33 at the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night. cheap white beats headphones . Worried that his players might switch into panic mode, manager Manny Acta called a team meeting to remind them that things can change in a hurry. . And it definitely made up for the clunker they turned in the night before -- as much as it can, anyway. J.J. Barea scored 12 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter while Kevin Love sat on the bench with an injured finger, lifting Minnesota to a 101-97 win over the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night. Cheap Studio Headphones UK . Catch all of the action on TSN2 at 7:30pm et/4:30pm pt. The Raptors have lost two in a row, three of four and seven of nine. The most recent setback came at home against the Golden State Warriors on Monday. Golden State earned the 114-102 victory thanks to seven players in double figures. Dr Dre Beats UK red . OSullivan is the player to be named later in the original deal that sent pitcher Joe Blanton to Chavez Ravine. The 21-year-old OSullivan was a fourth-round pick in the 2011 first-year player draft.I cant believe that Philip Rivers fumbled the snap as the Chargers were going in for the game-winning field goal last Monday night in Kansas City. I dont think there is any deep or revolutionary reason why, other than he lost concentration at the wrong moment at the most critical time in the game. A play doesnt begin when the ball is snapped; a play begins when everyone leans in to get the call from the quarterback in the huddle. Then each player goes through his own mental checklist walking to the line of scrimmage and a second checklist as the cadence begins, anticipating change. Through it all, the intensity of the concentration has to be clear and with purpose. Rivers forgot the purpose of ball security for one second, and lost the game. The game with left tackle – and a good one for San Diego – Marcus McNeils five procedure penalties, one holding penalty, and a sack. All seven of those mistakes have an origin in one aspect of football: concentration. Dont believe what others say How else can you explain St. Louis beating New Orleans 31-21? I am sure that all week the Saints read, heard, and therefore concluded that the 62-7 win over the Colts put them in elite status in the league. For the Rams, they were embarrassed 34-7 in Dallas and read and heard all week what a poor football team they were. But instead of believing what others said, they began to confront themselves and believe in themselves. You often hear of players who dont read newspapers, listen to sports radio, or even watch TV during the season. And its not that they are anti-media or anti-anything, it is much more to avoid opinions of others about themselves. And by doing so, they remain confident in themselves and of equal importance, confident in each other. If you heard enough times how bad you are as a player or team, it affects you. And if you hear how great you are as a player or team it affects you. Either in the extreme will eventually mold you. The Rams didnt listen, the Saints did. Three strikes, youre out Tim Tebow: talk about a guy who is going through a heck of time right nnow. cheap beats by dre uk sale. Lets review: against Miami was pretty much a disaster until the final five minutes, against Detroit he was a complete disaster. And against Oakland this week is still an unknown. But if in three games he has not improved, then you can conclude. I will say this: you have to look at every play and decide, was it the fault of the QB or someone around the QB? An offence is made up of 11 people that have 11 different assignments, all who have to work together. And if you have one breakdown, it affects the other 10 assignments. So are the struggles of Tebow the ability of Tebow or partly a result of those around Tebow? Still, if the game against the Raiders (who are coming off a bye) becomes disaster No. 3, then, for if no other reason than compassion, Kyle Orton needs to play. Confidence is both internal and external – what you feel and what you accept. Both must be at an all-time low for Tebow. Its not life and death, but maybe the next worst thing: potential unrealized. I hate challenges Well, not entirely true. I like challenges, but like Jon Gruden, I dont like the challenge system. It slows the game down and takes away from the whole perception of football being a game; and sometimes even when they have a chance to get the call right, it is wrong. Gruden went on a third quarter rant on Monday Night Football about how frustrating the challenge system can be – especially for the 76,000 fans at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City that had no choice but to wait and wait. What would I do? I would have the current challenge system only in the playoffs and then yes, everything can be challenged. Football games are becoming too long. Even college football is becoming too long: USC against Stanford started at 8pm et and ended after midnight. Yes, there were three overtime rounds, but still, a four-hour football game! There has to be a better way. Give the game back to the players and refs; take it away from the coaches. Then in the playoffs, challenge anything all the time. Get it right, because right now – even when its right, its wrong. ' ' '
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