01/12/2013 07:57 pm ET Updated Jan 12, 2013

Packers Vs. 49ers LIVE Updates: Aaron Rodgers, Colin Kaepernick Set For Candlestick Duel

Ahead of the 2005 NFL Draft, the choice for the San Francisco 49ers was between Utah quarterback Alex Smith and Cal QB Aaron Rodgers. The 49ers passed on the quarterback who had made his name in the Bay Area and went with Smith with the No. 1 overall pick. Rodgers would slide all the way to No. 24, when the Packers mercifully took him off the board.

Several years later, Rodgers returns to Northern California at the helm of a dynamic Packers offense. Smith? He'll be holding a clipboard -- barring an injury or an unexpected trick play -- while Colin Kaepernick leads the 49ers' offense. After leading the 49ers to the NFC Championship Game last season, Smith lost his starting spot this season after a concussion. A dynamic, dual-threat player, Kaepernick took the reins of Jim Harbaugh's offense while Smith was sidelined and never let go.

"Aaron Rodgers is a great quarterback," Kaepernick told ESPN ahead of the game. "You see what he does on the field and you see performances he's been having, so you can't say enough about the guy. We're going to have to go out and put up points."

The Packers stifled another dual-threat quarterback in the Wild Card round of the playoffs, limiting surprise starter Joe Webb en route to a 24-10 win over the Minnesota Vikings. If Clay Matthews and the Packers' defense can contain Kaepernick with as much as success then they'll likely avenge a Week 1 loss to the 49ers at Lambeau Field.

Will the rested 49ers advance to the NFC Championship Game? Will Harbaugh have any tricks up his sleeve (perhaps involving Smith) after two weeks of preparation for the Packers? Or will Rodgers make his return to the Bay Area a triumphant one?


01/12/2013 11:46 PM EST

@ mikecwright :

Bears and Packers both learned that SF throws a TON of different looks at you. In both games both teams out-coached.

01/12/2013 11:46 PM EST

@ Jimmy_Beast :

A lot of people thinking this could be it for Dom Capers as DC in GB, 2 years after SB win. Could be Perry Fewell's same fate next season.

01/12/2013 11:37 PM EST

@ MoveTheSticks :

The 2 teams that advanced to Championship week are led by QBs from Delaware and Nevada.

01/12/2013 11:35 PM EST


Packers won't waste any of their 2 timeouts and the 49ers are kneeing it. GAME OVER. 45-31 49ers. San Francisco heads to the NFC Championship game.

01/12/2013 11:34 PM EST

Onside Kick

Onside kick fails and the 49ers recover. This one is over.

01/12/2013 11:31 PM EST


Rodgers gets plenty of time in the pocket and fires a touchdown pass to Greg Jennings in the back right corner of the end zone. Touchdown Packers. 49ers have a 45-31 lead. 57 seconds left.

01/12/2013 11:29 PM EST


San Francisco's Tarell Brown intercepts a pass in the end zone but he was flagged for pass interference. Ball is on the 4 and Packers get an automatic first down.

01/12/2013 11:28 PM EST

@ JeffDuncanTP :

Starting to wonder if Super Bowl XLVII could end up being the Harbaugh Bowl. Each just one win away from #Nola.

01/12/2013 11:28 PM EST

3rd and 3

Rodgers takes the ball himself and dives just a yard short of the first down.. Then he hits Nelson deep down in the middle of the field for the first down.

01/12/2013 11:26 PM EST