Golden Nuggets: The Red and Gold Dish Out Some Black and Blue

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Monday, January 13, 2014 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of 49ers links from around the web.

Black and blue are the Panthers team colors, but after the beat down handed to them by the 49ers, they have quite a few patches of skin that are the same color. The first half was quite competitive and chippy. Emotions were high and there was a lot of extra gamesmanship going on between whistles. The difference though was that the 49ers have been here before and they knew exactly how to focus their energies and emotions. The game was back and forth until the moment Vernon Davis was correctly awarded a touchdown to end the half. San Francisco gained the advantage and they would not relinquish it for the rest of the game.

The second half was just an exercise in domination. In classic 49ers style, the trenches was where it began. The offensive line took over and that allowed the power rushing attack to be force-fed down Carolina's throat. Colin Kaepernick had 24 pass attempts in the first half but reduced that to only 4 in the second half. It was ground-and-pound at it's finest, culminating in Frank Gore's 39 yard scamper which was nearly a mirror of Gore's break-away run that sealed the game against the Seahawks in Candlestick.

Meanwhile, the defensive line started pushing closer and closer to Cam Newton, sacking, blitzing, knocking down, hitting, harassing and hurrying him into interceptions. The 13-point final margin makes it seem like the game was close, but for nearly 3 quarters, this was a one-sided game on both sides of the ball. The 49ers were the bullies and there wasn't much the Panthers could do about it. This team is so laser-focused on their mission of winning the Superbowl, and I don't think even the home-field advantage of Century Link Field can stop them now. I'm not saying it will be easy, but I'm now highly confident that the Niners can get it done.

49ers vs Panthers Results

Niners outwit Panthers with second-half adjustments (NFL)

49ers Topple Panthers, Advance to NFC Title Game (49ers)

Seattle, here they come: 49ers advance to NFC title game with 23-10 win at Carolina (Branch)

Rapid Reaction: San Francisco 49ers (ESPN)

49ers out-brawl Panthers 23-10, set up Seattle rematch (Inman)

Niners Ride Defense Into NFC Championship Game (NBC)

49ers defense stifles Panthers in Divisional round playoff win (Gin)

49ers Defense Stands Strong in Carolina Struggle (49ers)

VIDEO: Upon Further Review: 49ers-Panthers (ESPN)

Game Spotlights

Okay so maybe it's borderline bullying, but Cam Newton was asking to be knocked down a peg. | Colin Kaepernick and NaVorro Bowman steal Cam Newton's ‘Superman' celebration (SI)

Colin Kaepernick Has Superman-Like Second Half (49ers)

49ers' Kaepernick coming into focus (SF Gate)

Anquan Boldin Produces in NFC Divisional Playoff (Price)

There were quite a few calls made by the refs that were outright ridiculous, but this one benefited the 49ers. | Referee explains no flag on 49ers for 12 men in huddle (Maiocco)

Jim Harbaugh, Justin Bieber and Michael Jackson are more alike than you thought (BASG)

Jim's Harbaughisms are slipping a bit. | Jim Harbaugh feels like a "strong, mighty man" after Sunday's win (PFT)

Gore worked with Davis on his nifty footwork (Maiocco)

Here's why big mouths of Colin Kaepernick, 49ers have a shot at payback against hated Seahawks (Yahoo)

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