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49ers 23, Cardinals 20

49ers clinch No. 5 seed in NFC

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Phil Dawson's franchise-record string of 27 consecutive field goals ended with a missed 24-yard chip shot. The San Francisco kicker made up for it to beat the Cardinals.

Now the 49ers, who clinched the NFC's No. 5 seed, take a six-game winning streak into their first-round game at Green Bay.

"We would like to carry that momentum," said Anquan Boldin, who had 149 receiving yards and a score against his former team. "It felt like a playoff game."

Dawson hit two field goals in the final 1:45. The first matched his career long of 56 yards, the second a 40-yarder as time expired. After Dawson's 56-yarder, Jay Feely's 43-yarder tied it with 34 seconds left. But LaMichael James' 45-yard kickoff return and two Colin Kaepernick completions set up Dawson's winner.

The Cardinals rallied from a 17-0 first-quarter deficit in a game that became meaningless to them with the Saints routing the Bucs to clinch the last playoff spot.

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49ers 23, Cardinals 20 12/29/13 [Last modified: Sunday, December 29, 2013 10:00pm]
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