Lambeau leap: 49ers vault past Packers into NFC final

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The team that was one loss from missing the playoffs is one win removed from reaching the Super Bowl.

The 49ers, who started 3-5 and overcame a 17-point deficit just to qualify for the NFL’s postseason dance, were doing celebratory snow angels Saturday night after overcoming their biggest bit of adversity in a season stuffed with tests: the top-seeded Green Bay Packers, at Lambeau Field, on a short week, in you-can’t-feel-your-face conditions.

The 49ers, the NFC’s sixth seed, upset the top-seeded Packers, 13-10, by erasing a seven-point deficit with five minutes left on a blocked punt that was returned for a touchdown and a 45-yard field goal by Robbie Gould as time expired, which gave them their only lead of the game.

The 49ers will face the winner of Sunday’s divisional playoff game between the Rams and Buccaneers, on the road, in next week’s NFC Championship Game.

In a season filled with wild victories, the 49ers outdid themselves by winning a game in which they didn’t have a completion or first down in the game’s first 23 minutes. They didn’t score in the first 36 minutes. They had seven first downs and gained 116 yards in the first 48 minutes.

“They were going crazy,” 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said of his team in the postgame locker room.

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