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Kaepernick on rematch with Panthers: We owe them

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The 49ers advanced past the Packers in Green Bay on Sunday, setting up a rematch with the Carolina Panthers.

The Panthers beat the 49ers 10-9 in Week 10, a game that cemented the Panthers as a team with a chance of making noise in the NFC this season at the same moments that it raised questions about the fitness of the 49ers for another long playoff run. It was an especially troubling performance by quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who was 11-of-22 for 91 yards and an interception in one of his worst outings of the year.

After Sunday’s win, Kaepernick was asked about the chance to face the Panthers again.

“We owe them,” Kaepernick said, via the San Francisco Chronicle.

That game also came with linebacker Aldon Smith in his first game back from a stay in rehab and wide receiver Michael Crabtree missing from the lineup while tight end Vernon Davis was lost to a concussion during the game, leaving the 49ers without some of the players who have really spurred their current seven-game winning streak. And then there’s Kaepernick, whose run of strong play includes a clutch performance against the Packers capped by his 11-yard run after pulling the ball down on third-and-eight late in the fourth quarter.

In other words, it’s a better 49ers team than the one that lost to Carolina. It will need to be to get payback against a Panthers side that brings an exciting quarterback, effective running game and overwhelming defense of its own to the table in what looks like a memorable playoff matchup in waiting.

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  1. kaeptaincrunch says: Jan 6, 2014 6:51 AM

    In the words of good ol’ Jim Ross, “It’s gonna be a slobber knocker!”

  2. blackqbwhiterb says: Jan 6, 2014 6:59 AM

    I think the Niners will systematically dismantle the Panther offense & get about 20 points against the great Carolina defense and win about 20-13 or so

  3. delhommed says: Jan 6, 2014 7:23 AM

    Aldon Smith played basically the whole game in week10. I hope Kaepernick gets his tattoos knocked off on Sunday!

  4. titansbro says: Jan 6, 2014 7:23 AM

    Carolina defense is no joke. But, I would have to take the Niners in this one, mostly based on the experience they have in the playoffs now. Kap & Cam are very similar QBs but I think the 49ers are more talented on offense.

  5. v2the4 says: Jan 6, 2014 7:26 AM

    a good ‘ole “JR” quote..here is anther one “business is about to pick up”

    In the regular season meeting, the niners had a 9-0 lead, lost vernon davis and already were missing Crabtree….Carolina doubled Anquan Boldin, left all other receivers solo covered and then loaded to box to stop Gore and the read option from Kap. Niners rookie TE dropped a long pass that would have blown the game open for a a td and 16-0 lead.

    with the niners at full strength going to Charlotte, you can bet it will be a different game. Carolina’s front seven on defense is the real deal, but their db’s are garbage and they wont be able to double team any of the niners wideouts, so you can look for the niners to have a field day, especially Crab and Davis…..Gore will get some running lanes if the Panthers have to bring in their nickel package.

    I love Cam, but if Steve Smith cant go 100%,he will have trouble in his passing game, I dont think the panthers will be able to run in the ninvers D.

    all in all, I like the niners to win their 2nd road game of the playoffs, this one around 27-13 or so, and then head to Seattle, unless the Saints can pull out a miracle and then we will close out Candlestick with another NFC title game

  6. theeperspective says: Jan 6, 2014 7:33 AM

    Hmmmmm… this is an interesting game. Seems like these teams mirror each other in a way. Both QB’s have been somewhat inconsistent, but also have the threat of the run. Both defenses are tops among the league. I’m giving the edge to the Panthers, based solely on the impact Ron Rivera’s transition lenses will have on the 49ers game plan. When its bright, they’re sunglasses, when its cloudy, they’re just glasses. Good luck Harbaugh.

  7. slammincamnewton says: Jan 6, 2014 7:39 AM

    Team goes basically across the country twice, and squeaks out a victory against a very mundayne Packers team.

    #IceUpSon

  8. azatrox says: Jan 6, 2014 7:40 AM

    This is going to be another hard fought, defensive battle. Both teams feature gritty, hard nosed defenses and scrappy QBs with a penchant for delivering in crucial situations. There’s going to be some aches and pains on Monday morning for both sides in this one.

    I have to give the edge to SF in the rematch for 2 reasons:

    1) Playoff experience – SF knows what it takes to go into a hostile environment and get a win when you only have one shot to do so. The team has a nice mix of vets and young talent, and a coaching staff that knows what it takes.

    2) Motivation – SF was bitter after the 10-9 regular season defeat and they’re better than they were last time. SF feels like the last win by Carolina was stolen, but the truth is Carolina just came up big when it needed to and SF didn’t. Things should be different this time around.

    Final score: 17-13 Niners.

  9. hscorpio says: Jan 6, 2014 7:40 AM

    The Packers owed the 49ers, too. After yesterday, they still do.

    Sometimes debts go unpaid in the NFL.

  10. bullcharger says: Jan 6, 2014 7:42 AM

    Should be a great game, but Carolina’s defense is 1000 times better than Green Bay and if the 49ers only mustered 23 points against GB then this one could be very tight. Plus both defenses see running QBs every day in practice. An inexperienced team at home against a experienced opponent who is a mirror image type of team. I’m leaning with SF, but it’s hard to predict the outcome.

  11. 44mpo says: Jan 6, 2014 7:44 AM

    I guess home field advantage ain’t what it use to be seeing how 3 out of 4 games this weekend were won by the visiting teams. And the one home team that did win (Indy) did so with the closest of margins. So overall I think SF has the better team and should pull it off, although they do seem to play to the level of their competition.

  12. tennesseeoilers says: Jan 6, 2014 7:57 AM

    V2the4 said: “Carolina’s db’s are garbage …”

    Did a 49ers fan just say it was “garbage DBs” who held Kaepernick to 91 yards passing earlier this season? Why yes, yes he did.

    Actually, as a Titans fan living in Charlotte, I can tell you that the Panthers’ DBs have been the biggest surprise and a key to this outstanding defense. If most Niners fans are living in the past like this, they’re in for a rude awakening this weekend.

  13. natelan69 says: Jan 6, 2014 8:01 AM

    49ers are one awkward QB slide or big hit on Kaep away from returning to the bottom of the barrel.

    Mobile QB’s suck.

  14. 49faithful says: Jan 6, 2014 8:09 AM

    Aldon Smith played basically the whole game in week10. I hope Kaepernick gets his tattoos knocked off on Sunday!
    ———————–

    Nope wrong try again. He only played in about 12 snaps but hey it’s the Internet right? Who needs facts..

  15. redandgoldhitman52 says: Jan 6, 2014 8:16 AM

    the panthers have a solid def but there offense is mediocre. last time they played the 49ers, the 49ers didnt have crabtree. v. davis hardly played at all because of injury, Patton wasnt ready yet. therefore kaep couldn’t find any1 open.
    But now, its a different story. and should result in a different outcome. 49ers win 23-13

  16. trevor123698 says: Jan 6, 2014 8:28 AM

    I am the ultimate Kaep fan but you will get paid by a loss

  17. clowntown1 says: Jan 6, 2014 8:28 AM

    Panthers take it. 49’ers would have lost to a soft, shell of a Packers team if injuries didn’t kill em once again.

  18. rhinojr says: Jan 6, 2014 8:32 AM

    Time for Cam to step up and show the world… are you ready? Panthers defense will be…

  19. gudy2shoes says: Jan 6, 2014 8:33 AM

    It will be “Pillar to Post”, some one may even have a “Crimson Mask”.

  20. weekendatberniemadoffs says: Jan 6, 2014 8:34 AM

    Cam is a much more efficient QB at home. 2nd highest QBR in the league at home, behind Manning. So is this defense. Crabtree can’t catch the ball with #7 on his back.

  21. bills4 says: Jan 6, 2014 8:38 AM

    Based on my overwhelming disgust and hatred of Harbaugh and the 49ers in general, I will be wildly cheering on the Panthers. Someone has to shut up that emotional train wreck they call a coach!!

  22. pilot2011 says: Jan 6, 2014 8:46 AM

    pretty sure the Panthers were starting their 3rd string Defensive Tackle at Right Guard last time these two teams met.

    I don’t want to hear all the “well he wasn’t playing bull crap.”

    The 49ers were at home, they were supposed to win.

    Now both teams are fully healthy on both sides of the ball. This game is going to be the best of the playoffs.

    keep pounding.

  23. whoisrdymlz says: Jan 6, 2014 8:47 AM

    The Niners are already providing plenty of bulletin board material to their opponent. I don’t get that.

  24. ctiggs says: Jan 6, 2014 8:55 AM

    Panthers are a fraud. Niners will be happy to be back in warmer weather Niners 35- Kittens 17

    #NOonehasitbetter

  25. tennesseeoilers says: Jan 6, 2014 8:56 AM

    Yes, Kap and Cam have a lot in common. But’s it’s worth noting that Cam surpassed Kap in both passing yards and rushing yards this season. Cam also lead 4 game-winning drives in the closing moments.

  26. marcuswelby70 says: Jan 6, 2014 8:58 AM

    I have no dog in this fight, but I would love to see the Panthers take it to the 9ers.
    I have a hard time digesting the drivel that is constantly coming out of Kaepernick, and Harbaugh.

  27. unclediddles says: Jan 6, 2014 9:11 AM

    I guess home field advantage ain’t what it use to be seeing how 3 out of 4 games this weekend were won by the visiting teams.
    *********************************************

    I’m thinking you can thank the NFL’s policy of having divisional winners get a home game!!

    The best teams are moving on.

  28. v2the4 says: Jan 6, 2014 9:12 AM

    tennesseeoilers says: Jan 6, 2014 7:57 AM

    V2the4 said: “Carolina’s db’s are garbage …”

    Did a 49ers fan just say it was “garbage DBs” who held Kaepernick to 91 yards passing earlier this season? Why yes, yes he did.

    Actually, as a Titans fan living in Charlotte, I can tell you that the Panthers’ DBs have been the biggest surprise and a key to this outstanding defense. If most Niners fans are living in the past like this, they’re in for a rude awakening this weekend.
    —————————————————-

    Im a niners fan living in Houston…a former Houston Oiler dye hard, so I can attest to heartaches and disappointments from the Oilers from 1988-1993..seven straight playoffs, no conference title game at all.

    but, maybe I used the wrong choice of words..the panthers db’s are not garbage, they are the weakest link in the carolina D…..in the first game, the niners only had three healthy receivers, and lost Vernon Davis during the game…Carolina’s D overloaded the box to stop Gore and Kap on the read option and it worked….Niners could have still won that game and didnt get it done.

    I expect with the niners at full strength, you will see a better offensive game from them..and while the Panthers have playmakers on the D line and at LB, especially with Kuekhly, who is playing beast mode football right now, this will be a test of wills.

    I think the niners will outlast the panthers because we have more playmakers on O, and I think our D will be able to handle the running of Williams, Stewart and Cam, thats if Stewart plays….

    if the niners get a lead, especially double digits, can Cam bring them back with Steve Smith ailing right now? do you really trust Brandon Lafell and Teddy Ginn or Dominic Hixson at WR? Greg Olsen at TE is a beast and he will be counted on heavily.

  29. dirtyjersey9er says: Jan 6, 2014 9:32 AM

    clowntown1 says:
    Jan 6, 2014 8:28 AM
    Panthers take it. 49′ers would have lost to a soft, shell of a Packers team if injuries didn’t kill em once again.
    —————————————————-

    Non-9ers fans last week: There is no way the 49ers win in Green Bay. Rodgers is back and there is no way they will be able to win with the kind of cold that will be in Lambeau.

    Non-9ers fans this week: There is no way the 49ers win in Carolina. They barely beat a soft Green Bay team at Lambeau in that kind of cold.

  30. pilot2011 says: Jan 6, 2014 9:53 AM

    VD played in that game. He got knocked out.

    Reid played in that game. He got knocked out.

    Willis played in that game. (I don’t remember why he couldn’t finish the game).

    Aldon Smith played in that game. He was just still hung over.

    Bottom line, Panthers laced their boots up and went to work in San Francisco in week 10…

  31. thundastormz says: Jan 6, 2014 10:04 AM

    Panthers with an easy win at home.

  32. whoisrdymlz says: Jan 6, 2014 10:07 AM

    Someone should remind Kaepernick of how many net yards he was able to muster at home in good weather against the Panthers D in week 10:

    46

  33. youvebeenphaneufed says: Jan 6, 2014 10:09 AM

    Everyone’s on the 49ers’ wagon b/c they’ve won 7 straight, but the Panthers have won 11 of their last 12. Subjective as to which is better, but to say the 49ers are hands down the “hottest team in football” is flat out b.s.

  34. tinbender2000 says: Jan 6, 2014 10:19 AM

    When I first saw the headline I read it as “We OWN them” and thought, OK that’s over the top :)

  35. boyshole25 says: Jan 6, 2014 10:33 AM

    Itll be an Old fashioned blood bath battle, can’t wait to watch this one

  36. mezter says: Jan 6, 2014 10:42 AM

    Seeing how much sh’ a lot of you Panthers and Seahawks fans are talking, I would think you guys are a little worried about this game this weekend. Haha. Regardless if you guys like the 49ers or not, you have to admit, they are a damn good football team who can beat anyone in the league. Will they win? We’ll see. I think the Panthers are another good football team who themselves can beat anyone. But to act like they have this all wrapped up against the Niners based on a game that happened earlier this season is just stupid. So many things happen through out a football game, and both teams have crazy talent. With that said, my prediction is 28-17 49ers.

  37. truths4all says: Jan 6, 2014 10:51 AM

    Does anyone really think the Panthers can slug it out with the 49ers?

    The 49ers have found ways to grind out hard and dirty work wins over the Cards (best hard hitting run defense in the NFL) and Packers (conquering the frozen tundra).
    Who actually thinks the Panthers offer a tougher game than the last two teams the 49ers beat?

    BTW, isn’t Steve Smith still hobbled?

  38. northstarsmitty says: Jan 6, 2014 11:14 AM

    _____ Please! The 49ers won in the last seconds against a team that had to win the week before just to get in to the playoffs. I get that the 49ers are playing better (most playoff teams do that this time of year)and have recent experience, but Carolina is a well coached, hungry team that will come ready to play. Carolina will win this game at home

  39. JSpicoli says: Jan 6, 2014 11:18 AM

    Panther D will be glad to welcome snazzy arms to town, and Steve Smith is working up an “Ice up Son” for them.

  40. northstarsmitty says: Jan 6, 2014 11:21 AM

    truths4all- If you watch football, then you know the Carolina Panthers are a far tougher opponent than GB. Sure, a 6 game winning streak is nice (only 2 were wins against opponents with a winning record) and is a good momentum rider, but you are overlooking Carolina. I am not a huge fan of either team, but I love the game and know Carolina is underrated. Kap will have to win this one by throwing the ball. It will be close and I definitely like SF chances to pull off a win, I just see Carolina as a strong, deserving favorite to win this game

  41. beastmode5150 says: Jan 6, 2014 11:35 AM

    Go Panthers, smoking the Niners yet again at Century Link would just be boring.

  42. thebirdofprey2 says: Jan 6, 2014 11:36 AM

    At the start of the season it was clear to me that Panthers had the best front 7 in football. 49ers played a really good game limiting the big pass to Green Bay but I think more is going to open up with Cam Newton needing to be accounted for.

    Green Bay shut down the run game but never kept their gap integrity rushing the passer breaking contain and Kaep made them pay. That type of bad defense is not going to happen this coming weekend.

    Should be an exciting game, I just gotta give the edge to the Panthers at home.

  43. gpete1962 says: Jan 6, 2014 11:47 AM

    EEEKING By the Banged up Packers and now talking Smack?

    I hope Cam Give the 49rs a dose of their own medicine next week by showing Colin How a complete NFL QB Can scramble for 100 yrds and throw for 500

    GO CATS!!

  44. chrisco716 says: Jan 6, 2014 11:47 AM

    Cal/Stanford all over. I think Rivera played in that crazy Cal win back in ’82. Jim Harbaugh’s the coach that resurrected Stanford. Arguably Carolina began the demise of San Fran’s dynasty in ’96. Both teams had 12-4 records in the same division but Carolina won the division that year shocking San Fran twice. I think George Seifert was let go by 9’ers after a wild card playoff loss that year to GB and eventually became Panthers head coach a couple of years later. (Mooch held things together but on a mostly declining glideslope in San Fran before it all fell apart) Lot’s of interesting intersections between these two teams even though they no longer play in the same division. Will history repeat itself? Should be a close game.

  45. jburk003 says: Jan 6, 2014 11:52 AM

    As a 49er fan, I am VERY much more confident that we will beat the Panthers. I feel better about the 49ers beating Carolina than I did about the game against Green Bay!!!!

    My reasoning—

    Cam is not HALF the QB as Aaron Rodgers is, AND the Packers receiving core is WAY more talented than Carolina’s
    The trend in playoffs right now is that the better QB will prevail.

    Cam Newton is less proven then Aaron Rodgers, and will make more mistakes against a TOUGH 49er D, especially considering their WRs.

    PLUS——-…………

    For you bone-heads bringing up the last 10-9 loss to the Panthers, let me JUST SAY.. Aldon Smith played less than 15 snaps, Vernon left the game early, and Micheal Crabtee.

    Nuff said. 49ers will have 3 ALL PRO first round picks for this game, that did not play in the first outcome.

    27 – 17 San Francisco W

  46. ncarolinarn7 says: Jan 6, 2014 11:52 AM

    I was truly pulling for GB because the 49’ers are a more difficult matchup. WE are absolutely unafraid to smash skulls with the 9’ers. I here talk. Any toothless gal can flap her trap. BRING IT! I hope they need to rent a hospital plane to fly your guys home. See you Sunday ladies. Panthers 28-17.

  47. adderal says: Jan 6, 2014 11:55 AM

    The Panthers remind me of the 2011 niners on defense. That defense was lights out until we ran into another lights out D in that giant team. Sadly for us they also had a more capable offense then we did and it only had to show up one play in that painful game. Its starting to look like this current SF team could have that kinda luck and heart going for it. SF should win this game and I think they will be favored on the road.

  48. favreflavoredwaffles says: Jan 6, 2014 12:05 PM

    mezter says:
    Jan 6, 2014 10:42 AM
    Seeing how much sh’ a lot of you Panthers and Seahawks fans are talking, I would think you guys are a little worried about this game this weekend. Haha. Regardless if you guys like the 49ers or not, you have to admit, they are a damn good football team who can beat anyone in the league. Will they win? We’ll see. I think the Panthers are another good football team who themselves can beat anyone. But to act like they have this all wrapped up against the Niners based on a game that happened earlier this season is just stupid. So many things happen through out a football game, and both teams have crazy talent. With that said, my prediction is 28-17 49ers.
    ___________________________________

    Funny…..same crap you Niner fans were spewing all week about how they would DOMINATE against Green Bay and your team barely made it out of there. Don’t even try to pretend you weren’t the least bit concerned last night, because you’d be a lying fool.

    I’ll give the Niners their due…tough team and tough D…but Kaepernick is going to get hit eventually running the ball, and when he does, watch out.

  49. bullcharger says: Jan 6, 2014 12:06 PM

    If I were a 49ers fan I would love them because they are a really good team, but I just can’t stand them and watching that game on the weekend just sealed it. Only Patrick Willis is likable out of the bunch. Kaepernick, Crabtree and Harbaugh certainly aren’t. I hope they get spanked travelling cross county to play a good team, but I wouldn’t bet against the 49ers at the moment. Funny thing is I never hated the Walsh 49ers. They were a class team. I really can’t stand these guys. I can still lean on how hard it is to get back to the Super Bowl and win it after losing the year before. Only been done twice and not since the early 7o’s. Of course that means nothing right now, but I hope the 49ers are eliminated all the same.

  50. jvibottomline says: Jan 6, 2014 12:14 PM

    Cam Newton is an AWFUL thrower of the football, Crabtree and Davis back, Niners win.

  51. chrisco716 says: Jan 6, 2014 12:23 PM

    Interesting factoid from the Bay Area News –Since 1970, only nine franchises have won 13-or-more games, including the playoffs, in at least three consecutive seasons. The 49ers (13-4) accomplished that feat for the third time in franchise history – the only team to accomplish the feat more than once (1996-98; 1987-90; 2011-2013). Harbaugh became the first coach to win 13-or-more games, including the playoffs, in his first three seasons as a head coach. . .

  52. shoddymnbridgerepair says: Jan 6, 2014 12:32 PM

    I hope that revenge thingie works better for you guys than it did for us.

  53. keeppounding says: Jan 6, 2014 12:42 PM

    Everyone thought we would get a big beat down when we went to San Fran. Everyone is saying the same thing now too.

    Did you win last time too?

    Keep Pounding

  54. fentresspatrice52 says: Jan 6, 2014 12:59 PM

    Cam and Kaep are pretty similar QB’s. They both can get away easily with rushing yards. Honestly was pulling for Green Bay, because I knew the 49ers would be a tougher opponent for us. I only hope the front 7 can take care of business sunday, because if not I can see the 49er offense having a field day at Bank of America. #keeppounding #gopanthers

  55. jkpantheryou says: Jan 6, 2014 1:15 PM

    49ers and Kaep, will have to play better this Sunday if they expect a win. They won’t be facing a beat up team with a bad defense. They will be facing a legitimate PO team that has shown they already know how to beat them.

    Panthers are a scary group especially at home. 6-1-1 ATS. One loss this season was against Hawks in a game they probably should have won. They put on a defensive clinic against SF the first go around. Thoroughly dominated SF’s O.

  56. jkpantheryou says: Jan 6, 2014 1:21 PM

    Also, the 49ers have Green Bay’s number. I was actually surprised the game was a close as it was. That average GB team was basically a dropped pick away from coming out with the W.

  57. relativesignature says: Jan 6, 2014 2:40 PM

    As a niners fan I know that the 49ers escaped with a win in Green Bay last night. Kaepernick could not think straight he is too young for the spotlight cannot hold his composure he is a kid really. A kid with amazing ability. The defense kept them in that game. But Colin WON that game. The kid can play. The best quarterbacks won the games for their teams this weekend. The question is not will the 49ers make the super bowl, the question is can Colin grow up long enough to become a legend.

  58. Dogsweat says: Jan 6, 2014 6:03 PM

    Lord Kaep will dismantle the Panthers 31-10, and kiss his arms in worship.

  59. azatrox says: Jan 6, 2014 6:34 PM

    No one is taking anything away from what Carolina has done this year…Lest we forget, Rivera was on the hotseat halfway through with very real talk of him being gone at season’s end…Carolina’s D is no joke. Newton is a dynamic QB that can kill you just as easily with his legs as he can his arm….Each of Carolina’s RBs (when healthy) bring something different to the table in terms of what they do with the football….Carolina is a dangerous team. No doubt. Nothing but respect for them and what they’ve been able to do this year…NO ONE outside that locker room seriously thought that they were a legitimate threat.

    All that said, I’ll reiterate my reasons why I think SF gewts the W on Sunday….

    1) Experience on the “big stage”…The Niners know what it means to win playoff games…They’ve won 13 in the past 3 years…There is no substitute for experience. None. How many players on Carolina’s roster are used to that kind of pressure?

    2) Crabtree…He flat out changes the way D coordinators gameplan. You can’t get away with doubling Davis or Boldin this time around. Crabtree routinely beats man coverage as he did yesterday. Carolina’s D will have to account for this, and it will change the way they defend.

    3) Newton’s inconsistency…Yes, he’s played lights out over the last half of the season…But Carolina fans are best served by remembering that he’s only in his 3rd year, and has been streaky to date. Which Cam will show up? One could make the same argument regarding Kaepernick, but since Crabtree has been back he’s been clutch. Newton had a full compliment of receiving options earlier in the year and still flopped a few times (most notably vs. Arizona).

    4) Momentum…You won’t find a team playing better team football right now than SF. While teams relish the week off the bye provides, a good number of them come out flat in the divisional round…Happened to SF last year. If Carolina comes out flat vs. SF, the SF defense is good enough to see that they don’t recover. If SF starts quickly on the other side of the ball (something they’ve had difficulty with in past playoff games), Carolina could be in real trouble.

    Look…Everything anyone types here is all just speculation and “what ifs”…Truth is, no one knows what’s going to happen until the ball is kicked off. So stop with the homerisms about how one team is “garbage” and the othwer is God’s gift to pigskin…Neither team would be playing this game if either of those statements were true.

    This is going to be a hard fought, physical head knocker and I fully expect both teams to leave it all on the field…Anything less is a disappointment.

    Niners, 17-13.

  60. stagedoorjohnny says: Jan 6, 2014 9:42 PM

    What Mr. Kaepernick was trying to say is that their one point loss to the Panthers earlier in the year cost them the West Division Championship and thus in all probability will have to go to Seattle for the championship game.
    Mr. Kaepernick you owe it to yourself since you threw for only 91 yards, one interception and was sacked six times in that game.
    Blame yourself first.

  61. chazatlas says: Jan 7, 2014 12:53 AM

    Panthers Defense shut down Kap once again. Colin fumbles and throws a critical INT. Cam has no turnovers and does enough to move onto the NFC Championship with a winning score of 27-21

  62. crabwasheld says: Jan 7, 2014 2:55 AM

    If anyone listened to the post game interview it actually sounds like Kap says, “we know them”. I don’t think he said “we owe them”. Just my opinion.

  63. krautmick says: Jan 7, 2014 1:22 PM

    Battle tested playoff teams that yield favorable results usually flourish against teams that are inexperienced in the playoffs (whether home or away)… this is going to be a tight grind for both sides.

    As an unbiased fan of the game, I see SF squeaking it out in the end.

    17-16

  64. jgedgar70 says: Jan 7, 2014 4:17 PM

    Everyone seems to be overlooking the fact that the Panthers are better than they were in early November too. The crew of Saints receivers are superior to the 49ers crew, and the Panthers held them to 13 points. Everyone is fawning over the 49ers and saying their 7 straight wins make them the best team in the NFL right now. But the Panthers are 9-1 in their last 10, and that 9-1 includes 3 wins over teams that are still playing. Plus, our resident escaped mental patient, Greg Hardy, is playing better than any DE in the league (Yes, I know Bowman is playing at a higher level for SF).

    So this will be no cakewalk for either side. Panthers 20, 49ers 17

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