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Colin Kaepernick leads 49ers past Packers 34-28

  • 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick passed for 412 yards and three touchdowns Sunday against the Green Bay Packers in San Francisco. (JOHN BURGESS / The Press Democrat)

SAN FRANCISCO — Fourth down and 2 yards to go at the Green Bay 36 with exactly three minutes left in the game, the 49ers nursing a 31-28 lead, and everyone in the house knew exactly where Colin Kaepernick's pass was heading. Presumably, that included the visiting Packers, but they were powerless to stop it.

Kaepernick rolled right, waited for Anquan Boldin to separate himself from a defender and coolly dropped in the ball for a 15-yard gain and a first down.

There would be other developments in the final couple of minutes — a 49ers field goal, a long completion to Randall Cobb with time running out, a game-ending pressure by linebacker Aldon Smith — but the fourth-down conversion is what really sealed the Niners' 34-28 victory on Sunday at Candlestick Park, and it's appropriate that Boldin was involved.

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Stepping in for injured No. 1 receiver Michael Crabtree, Boldin — who burned the 49ers for six catches, 104 yards and a touchdown in Super Bowl XLVII in February before coming to San Francisco in an offseason trade — made the transition easier than anyone could have expected. The wideout caught 13 passes (tied for fourth in team history) for 208 yards (eighth in team history) and a score, repeatedly finding himself open in the Green Bay secondary, and wrestling the ball away from overmatched defensive backs or making one-handed grabs when he wasn't.

“They kept letting him get open and, I mean, he played like a grown man today,” Kaepernick said. “He made plays even when he shouldn't have.”

As 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said of Boldin: “We did give up a (sixth-round) draft choice for him and (are) paying him a lot of money. But definitely think he's worth every penny.”

For the record, Boldin is making $6 million this year. It will take more than one big game to justify that, but the 11-year veteran is well on his way. And he wasn't the only 49ers target doing damage against Green Bay. Tight end Vernon Davis caught six passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns.

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