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Niners Advance To NFC Title Game With 23-10 Win Over Panthers

NFC Title Game

The 49ers are heading to the NFC Title Game for the third straight year after eliminating the Carolina Panthers 23-10.

The matchup will be the third between the two NFC West foes, with the Niners losing badly in Seattle early on a Sunday night 29-3, but winning at home later in the year 19-17.

The 49ers lost 29-3 at Seattle in September and were beaten 42-13 at CenturyLink Field in December 2012.

Colin Kaepernick didn’t have receiver Michael Crabtree in the last loss.

“We’re different team than we were the first time we played them up there. We have a lot of key playmakers back and we’re ready to go,” Kaepernick said.

The 49ers took a 13-10 lead into the locker room after Vernon Davis caught a 1-yard touchdown pass in the back of the end zone from Kaepernick with 5 seconds left in the first half.

San Francisco’s D stopped Cam Newton and the Panthers in the second half, Newton went just 16-for-25 for 267 yards with one TD and two picks.

Kaepernick was 15-for-28 for 196 with a touchdown.

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