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.