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49ers stun Packers in 4th quarter, clinch NFC title game berth

Jan. 22 (UPI) — The San Francisco 49ers moved one step closer to their second Super Bowl appearance in three seasons with a 45-yard field goal as time expired for a 13-10 upset win over the Green Bay Packers in the divisional round Saturday night at Lambeau Field.

Robbie Gould’s kick eliminated the top-seeded Packers and potentially ended quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ time in Green Bay. The veteran Gould has converted all 20 of his career playoff field-goal attempts.

The 49ers will face either the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship Game on Jan. 30.

“I always trust Robbie. He’s as good as gold, man,” 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo said. “He always is.”

The 49ers’ last-second victory came shortly after the Cincinnati Bengals’ 19-16 win over the top-seeded Tennessee Titans in the AFC divisional round. It marked the first time both No. 1 seeds lost in the divisional round in the same season since 2010.

“It’s dangerous, man. When a team gets hot, it’s dangerous,” Garoppolo said. “So we’ve just got to keep this thing going, focus on next week now, and keep this thing rolling.”

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