The game between the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers on Sunday afternoon had ended the last battle of the wild-card thriller.
It was chill during the game - the temperature was only five degrees Fahrenheit at beginning of the game and the strong wind made the weather even colder. In the end, 49ers won the game.
Never had the 49ers won a playoff game at the NFL's most sacred stadium. This was only their third such attempt, but that warm-blooded West Coast team just won Lambeau Field's seventh-coldest game ever (5 degrees at kickoff).
The fifth-seeded 49ers (13-4) indeed kept alive their quest for an elusive sixth Lombardi Trophy. They'll play next Sunday at No.2-seed Carolina (12-4), a divisional-round game that doubles as a rematch of the Panthers' 10-9 win at Candlestick on Nov. 10.
The 49ers owed much of their win to Kaepernick's fourth-quarter magic. It was a personal hat trick of sorts against his childhood team. He'd tormented Green Bay in last season's playoff opener, this season's regular-season debut and again when it counted Sunday.
On the Packers' next series, Rodgers avoided blitzing cornerback Perrish Cox and found Cobb again, this time for a 25-yard completion to the 9. But the Packers had to settle for a tying field goal with 5:06 left.
Settling for field goals is what cost the 49ers two months ago in their 10-9 loss to Carolina. For more on the 49ers, see http://www.buy49ers.com/.
Next week, the 49ers will play away ground vs. the Panthers. Let's wait and see.