NFL announces start time for 49ers-Packers divisional round matchup


Survive and advance.

The 49ers escaped Jerry’s World with a thrilling 23-17 win over the Dallas Cowboys Sunday afternoon to advance to the divisional round. Awaiting them will be leading MVP candidate Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay Packers, who rested this week as the NFC’s top seed.

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On Sunday evening, the NFL announced that the 49ers (11-7) will face the Packers (13-4) Saturday at 5:15 p.m. PT at hallowed Lambeau Field.

“They’ve had a hell of a year,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said of the Packers. “I’m glad we get an opportunity to go up against them again. They’ve been unbelievable. … We’ll enjoy this plane ride and get back to work right when we land.”

The two teams played an entertaining back-and-forth affair in Week 3 in Santa Clara. Jimmy Garoppolo led the 49ers on a drive to score a go-ahead touchdown with 37 seconds left but Mason Crosby nailed a 51-yard field goal as time expired to give the Packers a 30-28 victory.

“It’s not going to be easy going into Lambeau,” Garoppolo said. “We know it’s going to be a tough challenge for us, but we’re ready for it.”