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Former Dallas-area stars Michael Crabtree, Tarell Brown help San Francisco 49ers reach NFC Championship
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Colin Kaepernick threw one touchdown pass and ran for another score as the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Carolina Panthers 23-10 on Sunday to advance to the NFC championship game for the third straight season.
Kaepernick completed 15 of 28 passes for 196 yards, avenging his worst statistical performance of the season two months ago against the Panthers.
Anquan Boldin had eight catches for 136 yards and Frank Gore ran for 84 yards on 17 carries for the 49ers(14-4), who'll travel to Seattle next Sunday looking for a return trip to the Super Bowl. San Francisco split two games with the Seahawks this season.
The 49ers held Cam Newton in check, intercepting him twice and sacking him four times while stopping the Panthers (12-5) twice on a 1-yard line.
Dallas Carter product Michael Crabtree, who missed the first meeting between the two teams, recorded three catches for 26 yards. His 20-yard reception in the second quarter set up a 1-yard touchdown pass from Kaepernick to Davis, which gave the 49ers a 13-10 lead heading into halftime.
Former North Mesquite cornerback Tarell Brown was fourth on the team with four tackles. Brown and the 49ers defense shut out the Panthers in the second half.