Trying for an eighth straight victory that would send them to their third consecutive NFC championship game, Colin Kaepernick and the visiting 49ers look to avenge a regular-season loss to Newton and the Panthers on Sunday.
In perhaps the roughest of his 27 career starts, Colin Kaepernick went 11 of 22 for a season-low 91 yards with an interception, was sacked a career-high six times and rushed for 16 during San Francisco’s 10-9 home loss to Carolina on Nov. 10. By holding the hosts to a season-low 151 yards to win their fourth straight in the series, the Panthers also cooled off a 49ers team that at the time was riding a five-game winning streak during which it averaged 34.8 points.
“We owe ’em,” Kaepernick said after he threw for 227 yards and ran for 98 during a 23-20 wild-card victory at Green Bay on Sunday.
The great news for Colin Kaepernick is that he will have Vernon Davis back, who was not playing in their first meeting. Davis has been lights out this year along with Anquan Boldin. The Niners are coming on at the right time, and might get back to the big game, but will need to beat the Panthers who are streaking at home, winning their last 7 games.