Colin Kaepernick believes the San Francisco 49ers owe the Carolina Panthers for what happened when the teams last met. During a regular-season meeting, the Panthers' defense stifled Kaepernick in a narrow 10-9 win. With a berth in the NFC Championship Game on the line, Kaeperick has his chance at payback.
San Francisco 49ers vs. Carolina Panthers
TIME: 1:05 p.m. ET
LOCATION: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
Fresh off a wild-card win over the Green Bay Packers at frigid Lambeau Field, the 49ers travel to Charlotte for another crack at the Panthers. The defending NFC champions were limited to just three field goals in a Week 10 meeting in which both defenses largely contained the two dynamic quarterbacks.
"We owe them," Kaepernick said of the Panthers after the 23-20 wild-card win in Green Bay.
The NFC South champion Panthers limited Kaepernick to just 91 yards passing and 16 yards rushing as they edged the 49ers in San Francisco. The win was the team's fifth in a row in a streak that would eventually stretch to eight games.
"This game is a maturity jump for us, because in the past what I've been a part of, we've been somewhat uncertain of how we will turn out in these types of games," Newton said at the time. "We needed that type of game, just to be in a dog fight, in somewhat of a barnburner, to show what type of team this really is."
Making his first career playoff appearance, Newton will now look to show that he can be a difference maker in the second season. He will likely be aided by wide receiver Steve Smith, who was active for the game despite battling a knee injury.
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#Panthers learned how to win this season. Now they have to learn how to win a home playoff game.— David Newton (@DNewtonespn) 4 years ago
Harbaugh to NFC Championship game in each of his first three years. That's raise worthy.— Ann Killion (@annkillion) 4 years ago
All football players are tough but a lack of self control is a weakness that will hurt the team. Today the Panthers displayed that fact!— Joe Namath (@RealJoeNamath) 4 years ago
49ers-Seahawks and Patriots-Broncos would be a pretty awesome pair of championship games. (No offense Charger fans.)— Michael David Smith (@MichaelDavSmith) 4 years ago
49ers beat the Panthers 23-10 to advance to the NFC Championship Game.
The Niners win means 3 of the final 4 vying to win the first-ever cold weather Super Bowl will be Western division teams.— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) 4 years ago
See... that's why you get into the opponents head with trash talk... reasons just like that!— Donte' Stallworth (@DonteStallworth) 4 years ago
Carolina cornerback Josh Thomas was handed a personal foul for taking a swing at a 49ers player. That gives the 49ers a first down. Panthers have no timeouts with 4:02 left.
And the Panthers fans begin to flock towards the exits after that Cam Newton interception with 4:22 remaining. 49ers up 23-10.— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) 4 years ago
Cam Newton forced a throw to Greg Olsen down the field but it went right to 49ers safety Donte Whitner for the INTERCEPTION. 49ers get the ball back.
Cam Newton tried to scramble out of the pocket and when he turned around he was immediately hit 49ers linebacker Dan Skuta. Looked like shoulder-to-helmet but the refs penalized Skuta for an illegal helmet-to-helmet hit. Troy Aikman disagrees with the call. 15-yard penalty.
Panthers stopped Kaepernick on 3rd and 4 and forced a 34-yard field goal by Phil Dawson. 23-10 49ERS with 7:41 left in the game.
Kaepernick kept the ball and dove for the first down on 3rd and 1 following their 2nd timeout. now the ball is at Carolina's 10-yard line.
Frank Gore finally broke loose for a 39-yard run up the middle on 3rd and 1.
The league's second-ranked defense may have to score to change momentum in this one.— David Newton (@DNewtonespn) 4 years ago
The only possible good that could come of it? Defense got a lot of rest and could be primed to make a game-changing play.— Bryan Strickland (@PanthersBryan) 7 months ago
Now Navorro Bowman did the Superman dance? Cam has to respond on his next drive with a score.— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_RealUpdates) 4 years ago
#Panthers drive lasted 8 minutes, 12 seconds and produced one punt. #49ers— Eric Branch (@Eric_Branch) 3 years ago
That drive just blew up. Niners only rushed 4. Still got there.— Joe Person (@josephperson) 4 years ago
Bowman made a great spin move on Mike Tolbert and got to Cam Newton for an 8-yard sack. On 3rd and 18, Ahmad Brooks got to Cam for another sack. Panthers punted and now the 49ers will start their next drive at their own 12.
Panthers got an automatic first down after a defensive holding penalty was called on San Francisco. They're on the move now and have made it to San Francisco's 43.
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Kap does the Cam Superman move in the end zone. Copyright laws?— Don Banks (@DonBanks) 4 years ago
Whoa he straight ish'ed on his TD celebration!!! WOW!!! Straight disrespect!! I LOVE IT!!!— Donte' Stallworth (@DonteStallworth) 4 years ago
Kaepernick must think the game is over if he's mocking Cam.— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_RealUpdates) 4 years ago
Kaepernick did Cam Newton's Super Man celebration in the end zone....
Kaepernick faked the handoff and took it into the end zone himself for a touchdown. 20-10 49ERS.
Frank Gore never got a hold of the ball on the handoff and fumbled but the 49ers recovered at the 4-yard line.