Packers fall to 49ers, 24-21, in NFC Divisional playoff


Packers lead 49ers 21-14 after three

Samuel came out of the 49ers’ locker room without his pads and was announced as out after San Francisco’s first drive of the second half.

The Packers opened the second half by forcing a three-and-out. Kenny Clark stopped Jennings for a 1-yard loss on first down and Rashan Gary helped pressure Purdy into an incompletion on third-and-4. Green Bay took over at its 25.

Green Bay moved the ball to the 44 with a 9-yard Reed run and Jordan Love converted with a third-and-1 short. The officials incorrectly spotted the ball and LaFleur was forced to use his first challenge to gain the first down.

On third-and-15, Bo Melton forced a second Thomas defensive pass interference call, a 41-yard penalty. On the next play, Melton came wide open in the end zone for a 19-yard TD to put the Packers back ahead 13-7 with 9:27 left in the third quarter.

The 49ers answered with a 32-yard pass to George Kittle on third-and-6 and a 23-yard McCaffrey TD run to put San Francisco back on top 14-13 with 7:39 left in the third quarter.

Keisean Nixon broke a 73-yard kickoff return. While the ball came out, Eric Wilson jumped on it to start Green Bay’s next drive at the San Francisco 19. Nixon’s return is the second longest in Packers postseason history, trailing only Desmond Howard’s 99-yard TD return in Super Bowl XXXI.

Green Bay jumped back ahead after a 13-yard pass to Doubs and a 2-yard TD to Kraft. The Packers took a 21-14 lead with 5:23 left in the third quarter following a successful two-point conversion on a pass to Jones.

The 49ers went three-and-out, with Keisean Nixon nearly picking off an errant Purdy pass on third-and-5. Quay Walker went to the locker room with a cramping issue after the series.

San Francisco got the ball back after Love’s pass was tipped up and intercepted by Dre Greenlaw, who returned it to the 49ers’ 48 with 2:02 left in the third quarter.

The 49ers converted on third-and-9 with a 12-yard pass to Brandon Aiyuk underneath to the GB 35. After two incompletions, Gary and Karl Brooks tackled Purdy for a 1-yard gain.



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