San Francisco and Carolina played a close defensive battle in Week 10 that netted fewer than 20 total points. Now the teams meet again in Charlotte with an NFC Championship Game berth on their minds. The 49ers are healthier than their last contest, the Panthers are a little wiser and it will be a premier game to watch.
Game Date/Time and Location: Sunday, Jan. 12, 1:05 p.m. ET at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, N.C.
TV: Fox; The506.com
Live coverage and updates:
49ers blog: Niners Nation / Follow Niners Nation on Twitter
Panthers blog: Cat Scratch Reader / Follow Cat Scratch Reader on Twitter
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Radio: San Francisco: KNBR 680/1050 AM and KSAN 107.7 FM; Carolina: WBT AM 1110
Watch Online: Verizon subscribers can watch games live with the NFL Mobile app (subscription required). NFL Game Pass offers live online broadcasts to users outside the USA.
More on the matchup: The Carolina Panthers defeated the 49ers in a close game when these teams last met. Colin Kaepernick was contained in that matchup, throwing for just 91 yards in the Panthers' 10-9 win. These teams are different this time around, with San Francisco seeing the return of Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis, both of whom were missing in the prior contest. Carolina is the only home team in the Divisional playoff weekend that is regarded as an underdog, which should result in an interesting game.
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