The San Francisco 49ers put away the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, defeating the second seed 23-10 to advance to the 2014 NFC Championship game. And yes, that means it is 49ers-Seahawks for a spot in Super Bowl XLVIII. The AFC will have something to say in the Super Bowl, but the 49ers and Seahawks are the two best teams in the NFL. This could prove to be an epic showdown.
Both teams got off to bumpy starts. The 49ers got a pair of early field goals early as Carolina seemed a little out of their helmet. The 49ers could not get into the end zone however, and much like last week against the Packers, the Panthers were able to get back on top. They took a 10-6 lead, but a late touchdown gave the 49ers a 13-10 lead at the half. Coming out of halftime, Carolina could get nothing done. The 49ers rolled off ten points, and their defense shut down the Panthers. After a half in which the 49ers could get no pressure on Cam Newton, the 49ers grabbed five second half sacks to contain it.
We'll be back with all sorts of coverage, but for now, it's time to get ready for Seattle. A Candlestick finale against New Orleans would have been nice, but it's fitting that the NFC be decided between the 49ers and Seahawks. It's the way it's suppose to be.