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Robbie Gould of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates after scoring the game-winning goal in the second half of an NFC Divisional Playoff NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers on Saturday January 22, 2022 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The 49ers won 13-10 to advance to NFC Championship play. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Robbie Gould lived up to his name.

On a field littered with flurries, Gould netted a 45-yard field goal on Saturday night as time expired and the San Francisco 49ers outscored the top-ranked Packers 13-10 and possibly ended Aaron Rodgers’ tenure in Green Bay.

Gould has made all 20 of his career playoff field goal attempts. His latest helped the 49ers pull off an unlikely comeback by scoring 10 unanswered points in the final five minutes.

“I always trusted Robbie. He’s as good as gold, man,” said Niners quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. “He still is.”

The 49ers (12-7) continued their postseason hex on Rodgers and qualified for an NFC Championship Game on Jan. 30 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (14-4) or the Los Angeles Rams (13 -5). These teams play Sunday in Tampa.

This is the 17th conference championship appearance for the 49ers, the most of any team since the conferences formed in the 1970 merger. The 49ers were tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

San Francisco’s win, coupled with the Cincinnati Bengals’ 19-16 win over the Tennessee Titans earlier in the day, marked the first time the two No. 1 seeds have lost in the Divisional Round of the same season since 2010. Green Bay won at Atlanta and the New York Jets won at New England that season.

“It’s dangerous, man. When a team heats up, it’s dangerous. Garoppolo added. “So we have to keep pushing things forward, focus on next week now and keep pushing things forward.”

Rodgers went 20 of 29 for 225 yards and fell to 0-4 in playoff starts against the 49ers. He is the first quarterback in NFL history to lose four postseason starts to a single opponent.

He is now entering an uncertain offseason. After skipping the Packers’ mandatory minicamp in a standoff with management, Rodgers said he wasn’t sure this would be his last year in Green Bay. Rodgers said last month he was keeping all options open.

Rodgers didn’t want to speculate on his future on Saturday night, although he said he didn’t want to be part of a rebuild if he continued to play.

“I don’t think it’s fair for anyone or myself to go down those paths at this point,” Rogers said. “It’s disappointing, sad and fresh. I will have conversations in the next week and I will start thinking after that.

The Packers (13-5) won the NFC’s top seed for a second straight season and were the league’s only undefeated team at home, but have yet to reach the big game. They haven’t reached the Super Bowl since their 2010 championship season.

“I just didn’t imagine it like that” said Aaron Jones of Green Bay, who had nine catches for 129 yards and 12 carries for 41 yards.

San Francisco tied the game with 4:41 to go thanks to a Green Bay special teams breakdown, the Packers’ biggest weakness all season.

Jordan Willis’ outstretched left hand blocked a punt from Corey Bojorquez, who was kicking from in front of his end zone. Talanoa Hufanga collected the ball at the 6-yard line and ran it over to make it 10-10.

After the Packers went three-and-out, the 49ers recovered the ball at their 29 with 3:20 to go and headed into the endfield. Deebo Samuel delivered a 9-yard run on third-and-7 on the Green Bay 38, and the 49ers ran in time to set up Gould.

AJ Dillon’s 6-yard touchdown run capped a 69-yard drive on the game-opening possession that gave the Packers a 7-0 lead. Green Bay’s offense didn’t do much after that.

Green Bay special teams did even worse.

Long before that blocked punt, San Francisco’s Jimmie Ward blocked a 39-yard field goal attempt by Mason Crosby on the final play of the first half, preventing the Packers from extending their lead to 10-0.

The Packers also allowed Samuel to return the second-half kickoff from 45 yards, setting up the 49ers’ first field goal. Green Bay also appeared to have only 10 men on the field when Gould made his winning move.

“We thought our special teams had an advantage in this game” said 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan. “We thought they had an opportunity to win the game for us. And to be able to say that and come to fruition…was huge for these guys and huge for our team.

San Francisco won by overcoming a rough start to their offense. The 49ers had less than 10 yards in their first four series, three of which included third sacks. It was the first time the 49ers opened a game with four straight outs since a 27-24 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sept. 27, 2009.

The 49ers didn’t get a single first down or complete pass until Garoppolo connected to George Kittle on a 15-yard gain with less than 6½ minutes left in the second quarter. Garoppolo was just 11 of 19 for 131 yards with an interception, but the 49ers still managed to win.

“It took everything” said Garoppolo. “We knew it was okay. I mean, it was just attack, defense, special teams – everyone stepped up and did their part. It would not be otherwise.

THE TUNDRA

The temperature at kickoff was 14 degrees with zero wind chill, making it the fifth coldest playoff game in Lambeau Field history. The second half was played in snow showers.

INJURIES

The Packers were without OT David Bakhtiari, a 2020 All-Pro selection. Bakhtiari played 27 snaps in the Packers’ regular season finale, which marked his first game since tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament on Dec. 31, 2020. .

49ers running back Jeff Wilson injured his ankle after kickoff. Packers safety Darnell Savage (back) and running back AJ Dillon (chest) left in the third quarter.

FOLLOWING

The 49ers will be at Tampa or the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship Game on Jan. 30.

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