01/05/2014 12:52 pm ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

NFL Wild Card Playoffs LIVE SCORE UPDATES: Packers-49ers, Bengals-Chargers On Sunday Schedule


What a start! What next?

The opening day of the NFL's wild-card weekend delivered two instant classics decided by two points or less. The Indianapolis Colts staged a historic comeback and the New Orleans Saints notched a long-awaited road playoff win with a last-second score. The four teams in action on Sunday will have their work cut out for them if they want to produce a more exciting day of football. Of course, each squad would certainly be willing to settle for a boring win.

In the opening game on Sunday, the San Diego Chargers (9-7) visit the Cincinnati Bengals (11-5). The Chargers narrowly clinched a berth in the postseason in Week 17 with a bit of help from the officials and losses by other AFC teams. The Bengals, without a postseason win since January 1991, will hope that Philip Rivers and company will just be happy to have earned an extra game.

Chargers vs. Bengals
TIME: 1:05 p.m. ET
LOCATION: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati

The NFL saved arguably the best -- and certainly the coldest -- matchup for last. The Packers (8-7-1) and 49ers (12-4) will renew their rivalry in what could be the coldest postseason game of all time. Despite barely finishing with a winning record, the Packers will be hosting the second NFC wild-card playoff game at frigid Lambeau Field by virtue of being a division winner. To combat the cold, the defending NFC champions flew in the Nature Boy to inspire the team.

49ers vs. Packers
TIME: 4:40 p.m. ET
LOCATION: Lambeau Field, Green Bay

The top seeds in each conference may be resting at home this weekend but recent history suggests the eventual Super Bowl winner will have emerged from the wild-card cauldron. Six of the last eight Super Bowl Champions began their playoff runs playing on Wild Card Weekend.


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Dawson nailed the 33-yard field goal and the 49ers have taken down the Packers in Lambeau Field. San Francisco wins 23-20.

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49ers Timeout

Gore ran up the middle for a few more yards and the 49ers called their final timeout with 2 seconds left.

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1st Down

Gore ran up the middle and picked up another first down. Phil Dawson will be on the field soon to try a game-winning field goal.

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Last Timeout

Packers call their final timeout after a 2-yard run by Gore. 56 seconds left.

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Timeout Packers

Packers call their 2nd timeout with 1:02 left. 2nd and 5 coming up from the Packers' 22.

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Kaepernick AGAIN

Kaepernick does it with his legs again. He escaped from the pressure, got to the sideline and picked up a first down on 3rd and 8. 1:07 left. 49ers are in FG range.