49ers pull out victory, clinch 5th seed
49ers strike first, Bowman gets started
After forcing an Arizona three-and-out on the opening drive, the 49ers turned in a successful first drive, moving deep into Arizona territory then settling for a Phil Dawson 27-yard field goal. When Arizona received the ball again, Carson Palmer quickly gave it back, throwing an interception to NaVorro Bowman.
Boldin shines in return to Arizona
San Francisco converted the turnover into seven points when Colin Kaepernick hit Anquan Boldin on a four-yard touchdown. This contest marked the first time Boldin competed in Arizona against the team he was drafted by.
Boldin breaks loose, Davis caps it off
Arizona took over and missed a short field goal, then Boldin struck again. He caught a short pass and absolutely beasted the defense, running through tackles and downfield for a 63-yard gain. The play set up a three-yard touchdown pass to Vernon Davis which gave the 49ers a 17-0 lead.
Cards answer on fourth-down gamble
The teams traded a few punts before Arizona mounted a 10-play 88-yard drive that ended in a one-yard play-action touchdown pass to Jake Ballard on fourth down. The score shrunk the lead to 17-7.
Dawson breaks streak of perfection
On the ensuing drive the 49ers drove as far as the Arizona three yard line before stalling and settling for a Phil Dawson field goal attempt. The trusty Dawson missed the 24-yarder, breaking his streak of 27 straight makes.
Bowman does it all
The 49ers failed to produce on their first drive of the second half, and turned the opportunity for success over to their defense. NaVorro Bowman took center stage once again, stripping Rashard Mendenhall and recovering it himself at the Arizona 37 yard line. San Francisco kept their offense on the field on fourth-and-one at the 16 yard line and failed to convert.
Feely closes the gap
After a couple of punts, Arizona took over at their own 15 and put together a 64-yard drive ended buy a 49-yard field goal from Jay Feely that closed the gap to 17-10.
Palmer goes big to Andre Roberts, ties game
Feely missed his second field goal of the day to set up the 49ers once again. After the 49ers could not capitalize, the Cardinals seized the opportunity to tie the game. On third-and-14 Palmer threw a 34-yard bomb to Andre Roberts to tie the game at 17.
James and Kap set it up, Dawson knocks it down
LaMichael James set the 49ers up at their 40-yard line with his return. After a couple of passes to Boldin and Quinton Patton, Phil Dawson was in position to kick a 40-yard field goal. The kick was true and the 49ers won the game 20-17, and clinched the fifth seed. They will face Green Bay at Lambeau Field.