Phil Dawson kicked a 40-yard field goal as the game ended to lift San Francisco to a 23-20 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, giving the 49ers the NFC’s No. 5 playoff seed.
Dawson had matched his career best with a 56-yarder to put San Francisco (12-4) up 20-17 with 1:45 to go. The Niners then had to rely on Dawson again to put them in the lead after the Cardinals kicker hit from 38 yards. LaMichael James’ 45-yard kickoff return and two quick completions by Colin Kaepernick set up Dawson’s game winner.
With that win the San Francisco 49ers will face the Green Bay Packers in the first round of the Playoffs. The Packers looked great today with both Aaron Rodgers and Randall Cobb back.