The 49ers traveled to Carolina looking to win their first ever back to back road playoff game and they did just that. The 49ers beat the Panthers 23-10 to advance to their third consecutive NFC Championship Game.
Going into the game the Panthers felt they were being disrespected by not being the favorite at home, but with the hottest team in the NFL coming into your city it wasn’t really that disrespectful. The game was kept close in the first half with both sides putting up points, but the second half was all 49ers.
Colin Kaepernick was 15 of 28 for 196 yards and a touchdown and also a running touchdown. The touchdown pass to Vernon Davis just before half gave the 49ers the lead and they never gave it back.
Anquan Boldin had another huge game with 8 receptions for 136 yards. After the 49ers went up 20-10 they pounded the ball to run out the clock with Frank Gore who had 84 yards rushing on 17 carries.
On defensive side of the ball, NaVorro Bowman, and Patrick Willis led in tackles, with 11 tackles each. Bowman also had one sack and Willis had an interception. The play that sealed the victory was a late interception by Donte Whitner, when the Panthers were looking to score.
The 49ers now head to Seattle to take on the Seahawks in the NFC Championship and one win away from back to back Super Bowls.
– Colin Kaepernick is now 3-0 on the road in the playoffs.
– 49ers won back to back road playoff games for the first time.
– The last divisional road game win was back in 1970.
– Ahmad Brooks has 4 sacks this postseason; back-to-back games with 2 each.
– The 49ers have had a 100-yd receiver in all 7 postseason games under head coach Jim Harbaugh.
– Harbaugh first coach to make it to three consecutive NFC Championship Games in his first three seasons.
– Vernon Davis caught his 7th career postseason TD, which ties Dave Casper’s record for most by a tight end.
– Colin Kaepernick is 4-1 in postseason. 5 QBs chosen before him in 2011 draft (Newton, Locker, Gabbert, Ponder, Dalton) are a combined 0-4.