First it was Ric Flair switching sides. Then Colin Kaepernick stole Cam Newton’s move.
The crowd in Charlotte has grown quiet in a hurry, after Kaepernick scored on a 4-yard run for a 20-10 lead, and promptly did Cam Newton’s Superman celebration in response. That’s the same kind of blasphemy that people howled about when Charlotte’s local celebrity wrestler gave a pep talk to the 49ers last week.
As for the game, it’s a quick change from the Panthers controlling the early momentum, as the 49ers have responded with touchdowns on the last possession of the first half and their first possession of the second.
There were no controversial calls on the latest drive, but Kaepernick hit Anquan Boldin for a 43-yard pass over the head of cornerback Captain Munnerlyn to set up the score.
The 49ers benefitted from an uncalled 12-men in the huddle penalty on their touchdown before the half, along with an unhinged Panthers defense.
The Panthers responded with a promising drive, but the 49ers sacked Cam Newton twice to drive them back out of field goal range.