SANTA CLARA — The 49ers rushed for 323 yards against the Green Bay Packers in their NFC Divisional Playoff victory. It's yet another example of the dominance of the 49ers offensive line.
In particular, coach Jim Harbaugh singled out left offensive tackle Joe Staley and Mike Iupati for their stellar play Saturday night.
"Mike graded out the best game he's had since we've been with him," Harbaugh said Monday in his news conference. "So, tremendous game by Mike and Joe (for) both playing great football.
"And then again, the offensive line as a unit, when you put in Jonathan Goodwin and Alex Boone and the efforts of Anthony Davis, to rush the ball for over 300 yards, that is about as good as you can do. And those guys really deserve a lot of credit up front."
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick rushed for 181 yards in breaking the NFL-record for most yards by a quarterback in a game, regular season included. Running back Frank Gore added 119.
Overall, the 49ers averaged 7.5 yards per carry and used their success to control the ball for 38 minutes, 1 second.
Having Kaepernick as a threat to run the ball at any time helped keep the Packers defense off balance and further debunked the notion that only teams with pocket-passing quarterbacks can succeed in the playoffs.
"Quarterbacks with talent for running the ball can be very effective," Harbaugh said. "That's long been known in the NFL — a quarterback who can get