- 49ers WR Deebo Samuel departed the game early due to a shoulder injury
- Packers QB Jordan Love threw a terrible interception that decided the game
- DailyMail.com provides all the latest international sports news
The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Green Bay Packers 24-21 in an epic Divisional playoff matchup on Saturday night with Christian McCaffrey scoring two touchdowns to lead his team to a dramatic victory.
After spending all regular season as front-runners, the Niners (13-5) needed to come from behind for a change, and Brock Purdy and McCaffrey did just enough on the last drive to send San Francisco to its third straight NFC championship game. The Niners will host the winner of Sunday’s game between Tampa Bay and Detroit next weekend for a spot in the Super Bowl.
‘Obviously it’s four quarters for a reason, you know? So the way I started, it’s like, ‘Man, I’ve got to be better, got to play efficient football,’ 49er quarterback Brock Purdy said.
‘But when it comes down to it, with the season on the line, you’ve got to make it happen for your boys around you.’
The Packers were the first team to earn themselves a spot on the scoreboard after a 29-yard field goal from Anders Carlson gave them a 3-0 lead that lasted throughout the rest of the first quarter.
The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Green Bay Packers in the Divisional playoff round
49ers RB Christian McCaffery scored the two touchdowns including the game winner
The 49ers had to fight for victory and came from behind to beat the Packers and advance
49ers WR Deebo Samuel was ruled out of the game for the second half with a shoulder injury
San Francisco was able to strike back in the second quarter and take the lead after Purdy found his tight end Greg Kittle deep down field for a 32-yard touchdown and take a 7-3 lead.
Another 29-yard field goal from Carson brought the Packers to within one point before the 49ers eventually missed a field goal just before the half expired and the game entered halftime.
During the intermission 49ers star wide receiver Deebo Samuel was ruled out for the remainder of the game due to a shoulder injury – something that will be a cause for concern for San Francisco as they move forward.
Samuel had exited the game during the first half and was eventually ruled questionable to return. He emerged from the locker room without his helmet and shoulder pads and was said to be having more imaging done on the shoulder.
Shortly after the third quarter began Samuel was officially ruled out due to the shoulder injury. He had missed two games during the regular season due to the shoulder as well although it was not confirmed whether it was the same issue or a separate injury.
Not long after the third quarter was underway Green Bay took the lead with their first touchdown after Bo Melton caught a 19-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jordan Love after a San Francisco defender slipped and fell in pass coverage.
Green Bay took a brief 13-7 lead although that did not last long.
Only around two minutes later 49ers running back McCaffrey broke off a huge gain for a 39-yard rushing touchdown to put the 49ers up by one point once again as the score board read 14-13.
Following the 49ers touchdown Green Bay was set up with amazing field position thanks to a 73-yard kick return that was nearly fumbled away.
Packers quarterback Jordan Love through a horrible interception that decided the game late
Love ended the night going 21-34 for 194 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions
Green Bay turned their good start into their second touchdown of the quarter, after Love connected with tight end Tucker Kraft on a two-yard TD pass. A successful two-point conversation put the Packers up 21-14 midway through the quarter.
San Francisco opened the fourth quarter by narrowing to 21-17 after Jake Moody converted a 52-yard field goal.
Finally, after a long drawn out fourth quarter McCaffrey scored the pivotal touchdown to take the lead with only a minute left and put San Francisco ahead 24-21.
The game was finally decided when Love made a terrible decision and threw a ball deep down field and across his body – breaking the No. 1 rule on the list of things a QB never should do – and was intercepted with less than a minute remaining on the clock.