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Colin Kaepernick, 49ers top Carolina 23-10 to reach NFC title game for 3rd straight season

  • San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) moves out of the pocket against the Carolina Panthers during the first half of a divisional playoff NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) moves out of the pocket against the Carolina Panthers during the first half of a divisional playoff NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)  (The Associated Press)

  • Carolina Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly (59) Carolina Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson (95) tackle San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) during the first half of a divisional playoff NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Carolina Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly (59) Carolina Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson (95) tackle San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) during the first half of a divisional playoff NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)  (The Associated Press)

  • San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin (81) celebrates a catch against the Carolina Panthers during the second half of a divisional playoff NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin (81) celebrates a catch against the Carolina Panthers during the second half of a divisional playoff NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)  (The Associated Press)

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.

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