49ers-Panthers final score: Notable stats and performances

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

We take a look at the many notable performances from the 49ers 23-10 win over the Carolina Panthers. It was a strong performance.

With the Win...

  • Jim Harbaugh became the first head coach since the merger in 1970 to lead his team to a conference championship in his each of his first three seasons.
  • Harbaugh improved his postseason record as a head coach to 5-2 overall, which is tied for the 2nd most playoff wins by a head coach in their first three seasons in NFL history [Joe Gibbs, Was. - 6; Brian Billick, Bal. - 5; Barry Switzer, Dal. - 5].
  • Harbaugh also became just the 4th coach in NFL history to win his first three road playoff games [Raymond Berry, NE; Brian Billick, Bal.; John Fox, Car.]
  • The 49ers improved their all-time record to 30-19 (.612) in the postseason. San Francisco's 30 playoff wins are tied for the 3rd most in NFL History, and their .612 win percentage is tied for the best in NFL history among teams with 25+ playoff games.

Most Playoff Wins In NFL History

Rank

Team

Record

Win %

1t.

Dallas Cowboys

33-25

.569

Pittsburgh Steelers

33-21

.611

3t.

San Francisco 49ers

30-19

.612

Green Bay Packers

30-19

.612

5.

New England Patriots

25-17

.595

  • The 49ers advanced to the NFC Championship Game for the third consecutive season. Since the merger in 1970, this marks the 14th time that a team has advanced to play in the conference championship game in three consecutive seasons, and the 3rd time that the 49ers have accomplished that feat [1988-90; 1992-94; 2011-13].
  • The 49ers improved their overall record to 15-7 in the Divisional round of the playoffs, and 2-4 all-time on the road in that round. The last time San Francisco won a divisional playoff game on the road before today was in a 17-14 victory at Min. (12/27/70).
  • The 49ers played in their 43rd playoff game since 1980, the most in the NFL during that span.

Most Playoff Games Since 1980

Rank

Team

Games

1.

San Francisco 49ers

43

2.

New England Patriots

38

3.

Pittsburgh Steelers

35

4.

Green Bay Packers

33

5.

Dallas Cowboys

32

  • The 49ers won back-to-back road playoff games in the same postseason for the first time in franchise history.
  • The 49ers advanced to their 13th Conference Championship Game since 1980, which is the most in the NFL during that span

Kapitalizing On The Road

  • With the win against the Panthers, QB Colin Kaepernick becomes just the 4th QB in NFL history to win each of his first three playoff starts on the road [Jake Delhomme, Car.; Tony Eason, NE; Ben Roethlisberger, Pit.].
  • Kaepernick completed 15 of 28 passes for 196 yds. with 1 TD and a passer rating of 87.8. He also added 8 carries for 15 yds. and 1 TD.
  • Kaepernick registered his 1st rushing TD this postseason, 4th of his postseason career, on a 4-yd. TD run.
  • Kaepernick now ranks t-5 in franchise history for the most career postseason rushing TDs.

Most Career Postseason Rushing

TDs In Franchise History

Rank

Player

TDs

1.

Steve Young

8

2t.

Roger Craig

7

Ricky Watters

7

4t.

Frank Gore

5

William Floyd

5

5t.

Colin Kaepernick

4

Tom Rathman

4

Right On Q

  • WR Anquan Boldin tallied his 4th career 100-yd. game in the postseason, hauling 8 recepts. for 136 yds. (17.0 avg.).
  • The 49ers have now had at least one 100-yd. receiver in each of the 7 postseason games under head coach Jim Harbaugh.

Postseason 100-yd. Receiving Games Since 2011

Player

Date

Opponent

Round

Recepts.

Yds.

TDs

Vernon Davis

1/14/12

vs. NO

NFC-D

7

180

2

Vernon Davis

1/22/12

vs. NYG

NFC-C

3

112

2

Michael Crabtree

1/12/13

vs. GB

NFC-D

9

119

2

Vernon Davis

1/20/13

at Atl.

NFC-C

5

106

1

Michael Crabtree

2/3/13

vs. Bal.

SB XLVII

5

109

1

Vernon Davis

2/3/13

vs. Bal.

SB XLVII

6

104

0

Michael Crabtree

1/5/14

at GB

NFC-WC

8

125

0

Anquan Boldin

1/12/14

at Car.

NFC-D

8

136

0

Frank Climbs The Charts

  • RB Frank Gore had 17 carries for 84 yds. (4.9 avg.), including a 39-yd. run in the 4th qtr. Gore has now rushed for 632 yds. in the postseason, ranking 2nd in franchise history for the most rushing yds. in the postseason.

Most Career Postseason Rushing Yds. In Franchise History

Rank

Player

Yds.

1.

Roger Craig

817

2.

Frank Gore

632

3.

Steve Young

594

4.

Ricky Watters

481

5.

Wendell Tyler

347

Vernon Ties NFL Record

  • TE Vernon Davis hauled in his 2nd TD this postseason, 7th career postseason TD, on a 1-yd TD pass from QB Colin Kaepernick.
  • Davis' 7 career postseason TDs ranks t-1st among all tight ends in NFL postseason history.

Most Career Postseason Rec.

TDs Among TEs In NFL History

Rank

Player

TDs

1t.

Vernon Davis, SF

7

Dave Casper, Oak.

7

3.

Keith Jackson, Mia./GB

6

Jay Novacek, Dal.

6

5.

Brent Jones, SF

5

Applying The Pressure

  • The 49ers defense registered 5.0 sacks on Panthers QB Cam Newton.
  • LB Ahmad Brooks notched 2.5 sacks on the day, setting his postseason career-high [2.0 sacks at GB (1/5/14 - NFC-WC)].
  • With 6.5 career postseason sacks, Brooks now ranks t-2nd in franchise history for the most career postseason sacks.

Most Career Postseason Sacks

In Franchise History

Rank

Player

Sacks

1.

Charles Haley (LB)

7.5

2t.

Ahmad Brooks (LB)

6.5

Dwaine Board (DE)

6.5

Tim Harris (LB)

6.5

5.

Fred Dean (DE)

6.0

  • LB NaVorro Bowman recorded his first sack of the postseason as he sacked Newton. Bowman now has 1.5 career postseason sacks.
  • LB Dan Skuta tallied his first career postseason sack, bringing down Newton in the 4th qtr.
  • DT Tony Jerod-Eddie combined with Brooks on a sack of Newton. It marked Jerod-Eddie's first postseason sack.

Pat Gets Picky

  • LB Patrick Willis recorded his first-career postseason INT, picking of Newton. The takeaway led to a 33-yd. FG by K Phil Dawson.
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