CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- In his second season as a starter,
The 49ers toppled the host
Kaepernick mimicked Panthers quarterback
"Just a little shoutout," Kaepernick said.
He will need to be close to a superhero for the 49ers to reach the
"I don't think it really matters where," 49ers defensive tackle
"Mr. Al Davis said so profoundly, 'Just win, baby,' " Harbaugh said. "Onward."
The fifth-seeded 49ers took advantage of a slew of first-half calls that went their way in defeating the
The Seahawks beat the 49ers, 29-3, in Week 2 and the year before, 42-13. But the 49ers have proved capable of defeating the Seahawks in San Francisco and their defense is much healthier than it was a year ago when they reached the Super Bowl.
Kaepernick wasn't perfect, but he didn't make any big mistakes. He completed 15 of 28 passes for 196 yards.
The 49ers took the lead, 13-10, with five seconds remaining in the second quarter on a one-yard pass to tight end
It started a string of 17 consecutive points as the 49ers scored on their first possession of the third quarter when Kaepernick hit Anquan Boldin (eight receptions, 136 yards) for a 45-yard gain and then scored on a run around left end.
"It was a big momentum swing," Kaepernick said. "Coming out for the second half, we were confident."
Newton was sharp in the first half, throwing a 31-yard, second-quarter touchdown pass to
The Panthers then had an 8-minute 59-second drive end with a 24-yard field goal by
"It's hard as a person, hard as a man when you put so much into it and you don't get the production you want out of it," Newton said. "This is a terrible ending to a great season."
Rivera's job was on the line early in the season after a 1-3 start.
"We became a football team this year," Rivera said. "This game was not indicative of what this season was about."