2013 San Francisco 49ers season

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2013 San Francisco 49ers season
Head coach Jim Harbaugh
Owner Jed York
Home field Candlestick Park
Results
Record 12–4
Division place 2nd NFC West
Playoff finish Won Wild Card (Packers) 23–20
Won Divisional Playoffs (Panthers) 23–10
Lost NFC Championship (Seahawks) 23–17
Pro Bowlers
AP All-Pros NaVorro Bowman 1st team
Ahmad Brooks 2nd team
Vernon Davis 2nd team
Justin Smith 2nd team
Joe Staley 2nd team
Uniform
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The 2013 San Francisco 49ers season was the franchise's 64th season in the National Football League, the 68th overall and the third under the head coach/general manager tandem of Jim Harbaugh and Trent Baalke. This was the 49ers' final season playing their home games at Candlestick Park before moving into Levi's Stadium for the 2014 season.

The 49ers entered the season as the defending NFC champions, qualified for the playoffs as the fifth seed Wild Card, and hoped to win a sixth Super Bowl title, after falling just short during the previous season. The 49ers' defeated the Green Bay Packers 23-20 in the Wild Card round and the Carolina Panthers 23-10 in the Divisional round, but lost to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship by a score of 23-17.

The 2013 season was the last season in which the San Francisco 49ers qualified for the playoffs. Since then the 49ers have failed to reach the playoffs in 3 consecutive completed seasons (2014-16).


2013 NFL Draft

San Francisco 49ers 2013 NFL Draft selections
Draft order Player name Position Height Weight College Notes
Round Choice Overall
1 18 18 Eric Reid FS 6'1" 213 LSU From Cowboys[h]
31 31 Traded to the Dallas Cowboys [h]
2 2 34 Traded to the Tennessee Titans [i] From Chiefs[a]
8 40 Cornellius Carradine DE 6'5" 265 Florida State From Titans[i]
23 55 Vance McDonald TE 6'4" 267 Rice From Packers[j]
29 61 Traded to the Green Bay Packers [j]
3 12 74 Traded to the Dallas Cowboys [h] From Panthers[b]
26 88 Corey Lemonier OLB 6'3" 255 Auburn From Packers[k]
31 93 Traded to the Green Bay Packers [k]
4 31 128 Quinton Patton WR 6'0" 204 Louisiana Tech
34 131 Marcus Lattimore RB 5'11" 221 South Carolina Compensatory pick
5 24 157 Quinton Dial DT 6'6" 304 Alabama From Colts[c]
31 164 Traded to the Cleveland Browns [d]
6 5 173 Traded to the Green Bay Packers [j] From Browns[d]
12 180 Nick Moody ILB 6'1" 236 Florida State From Dolphins[e]
31 199 Traded to the Baltimore Ravens [f]
7 10 216 Traded to the Green Bay Packers [k] From Titans[i]
21 227 Traded to the Cleveland Browns [d] From Bengals[g]
31 237 B. J. Daniels QB 6'0" 217 South Florida
40 246 Carter Bykowski T 6'8" 304 Iowa State Compensatory pick
46 252 Marcus Cooper CB 6'2" 192 Rutgers Compensatory pick

Notes

^[a] The team acquired an additional second-round selection (No. 34 overall) along with a 2014 second-round selection (originally conditional) in a trade that sent quarterback Alex Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs.
^[b] The team acquired an additional third-round selection (No. 74 overall) as part of a trade that sent a 2012 fourth-round selection to the Carolina Panthers.
^[c] The team acquired an additional fifth-round selection (No. 157 overall) as part of a trade that sent a 2012 third-round selection to the Indianapolis Colts.
^[d] The team traded a fifth-round selection (No. 164 overall) and seventh-round selection (No. 227 overall) to the Cleveland Browns for quarterback Colt McCoy and a sixth-round selection (No. 173 overall).
^[e] The team acquired an additional sixth-round selection (No. 180 overall) as part of a trade that sent a 2012 fourth-round selection to the Miami Dolphins.
^[f] The team traded their sixth-round selection (No. 199 overall) to the Baltimore Ravens for wide receiver Anquan Boldin.
^[g] The team acquired an additional seventh-round selection (No. 227 overall) in a trade that sent safety Taylor Mays to the Cincinnati Bengals.
^[h] The team traded their first-round selection (No. 31) and one of their third-round selections (No. 74 overall) to the Dallas Cowboys for a first-round selection (No. 18).
^[i] The team traded one of their second-round selections (No. 34 overall) to the Tennessee Titans for a second-round selection (No. 40 overall), a seventh-round selection (No. 216 overall), and a 2014 third-round selection.
^[j] The team traded a second-round selection (No. 61 overall) and sixth-round selection (No. 173 overall) to the Green Bay Packers for a second-round selection (No. 55 overall).
^[k] The team traded a third-round selection (No. 93 overall) and seventh-round selection (No. 216 overall) to the Green Bay Packers for a third-round selection (No. 88 overall).

Staff

2013 San Francisco 49ers staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Final roster

2013 San Francisco 49ers final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 13 Inactive, 8 Practice squad

Preseason Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 8 Denver Broncos L 6–10 0–1 Candlestick Park Recap
2 August 16 at Kansas City Chiefs W 15–13 1–1 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
3 August 25 Minnesota Vikings W 34–14 2–1 Candlestick Park Recap
4 August 29 at San Diego Chargers W 41–6 3–1 Qualcomm Stadium Recap

Regular Season Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 8 Green Bay Packers W 34–28 1–0 Candlestick Park Recap
2 September 15 at Seattle Seahawks L 3–29 1–1 CenturyLink Field Recap
3 September 22 Indianapolis Colts L 7–27 1–2 Candlestick Park Recap
4 September 26 at St. Louis Rams W 35–11 2–2 Edward Jones Dome Recap
5 October 6 Houston Texans W 34–3 3–2 Candlestick Park Recap
6 October 13 Arizona Cardinals W 32–20 4–2 Candlestick Park Recap
7 October 20 at Tennessee Titans W 31–17 5–2 LP Field Recap
8 October 27 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars W 42–10 6–2 Wembley Stadium (London, England) Recap
9 Bye
10 November 10 Carolina Panthers L 9–10 6–3 Candlestick Park Recap
11 November 17 at New Orleans Saints L 20–23 6–4 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
12 November 25 at Washington Redskins W 27–6 7–4 FedExField Recap
13 December 1 St. Louis Rams W 23–13 8–4 Candlestick Park Recap
14 December 8 Seattle Seahawks W 19–17 9–4 Candlestick Park Recap
15 December 15 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 33–14 10–4 Raymond James Stadium Recap
16 December 23 Atlanta Falcons W 34–24 11–4 Candlestick Park Recap
17 December 29 at Arizona Cardinals W 23–20 12–4 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Regular Season Game Summaries

Week 1: vs. Green Bay Packers

Week One: Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 7 7 7 7 28
49ers 7 7 7 13 34

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

Game information

Colin Kaepernick set a career-high with 412 yards passing and 3 touchdowns, the first 400-yard passing game by a 49ers Quarterback since Tim Rattay on October 10, 2004, as well as the first 400-yard, 3 touchdown passing game since Jeff Garcia in 1999. Anquan Boldin, making his debut as a 49er, racked up 208 yards receiving on 13 receptions, and scored 1 touchdown. Vernon Davis had 6 receptions for 98 yards and two touchdowns.

Week 2: at Seattle Seahawks

Week Two: San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 0 0 3 0 3
Seahawks 0 5 7 17 29

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

Game information

Seattle comfortably beat the 49ers for the second consecutive season at home, with the Seahawks defense proving far too strong.

Week 3: vs. Indianapolis Colts

Week Three: Indianapolis Colts at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 7 3 3 14 27
49ers 7 0 0 0 7

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

  • Date: September 22
  • Game time: 1:25 p.m. PDT
  • Game weather: 66 °F (19 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 69,732
  • Referee: Terry McAulay
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz and Phil Simms
  • Recap, Game book
Game information

The 49ers were heavily beaten for the second straight week to fall to a 1-2 record. The Colts' running game and defensive strength proved too strong in Kaepernick's first home defeat as a starter.

Week 4: at St. Louis Rams

Week Four: San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 0 14 7 14 35
Rams 3 0 0 8 11

at Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri

Game information

The 49ers season got back on track with a heavy Thursday Night Football victory over divisional opponent St Louis. Both the passing and running offense were effective in the victory, a positive sign of things to come, while the defense was its usual strong.

Week 5: vs. Houston Texans

Week Five: Houston Texans at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Texans 0 0 3 0 3
49ers 14 7 3 10 34

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

  • Date: October 6
  • Game time: 5:30 p.m. PDT
  • Game weather: 76 °F (24 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 69,732
  • Referee: Mike Carey
  • TV announcers (NBC): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya
  • Recap, Game book
Game information

Another large victory gave the 49ers their first back-to-back victories of the season. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick only completed 6 of his 15 passes, with the running attack and defense at the top of their games. Frank Gore and Anthony Dixon ran for touchdowns, while cornerback Tramaine Brock picked off two Matt Schaub passes, one for a touchdown on Schaub's first pass of the game, with Tony Jerod-Eddie also picking up an interception. The 49ers improved to 3-2, just one game off the 4-1 Seattle Seahawks in the battle for NFC West, who had lost to the Indianapolis Colts.

Week 6: vs. Arizona Cardinals

Week Six: Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 7 7 6 0 20
49ers 6 16 0 10 32

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

Game information

A third straight win for the 49ers as the offense and defense sparked. Colin Kaepernick had 252 yards for 2 touchdowns, both to Vernon Davis, Frank Gore ran for 101 yards, and the defense forced four turnovers for the second consecutive game.

Week 7: at Tennessee Titans

Week Seven: San Francisco 49ers at Tennessee Titans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 3 14 7 7 31
Titans 0 0 0 17 17

at LP Field, Nashville, Tennessee

  • Date: October 20
  • Game time: 3:05 p.m. CDT/1:05 p.m. PDT
  • Game weather: 68 °F (20 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 69,143
  • Referee: Ron Winter
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Tim Ryan and Jennifer Hale
  • Recap, Game book
Game information

The 49ers cruised to a fourth consecutive win thanks to a strong running game, with Frank Gore picking up 70 yards for 2 touchdowns and Colin Kaepernick 68 yards for 1 touchdown. The final scoreline was flattering for the young Titans, who fell to a 24-0 deficit at the end of the third quarter. A muffed punt for a touchdown for Kassim Osgood was also a highlight for the 49ers.

Week 8: at Jacksonville Jaguars

NFL International Series

Week Eight: San Francisco 49ers at Jacksonville Jaguars – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 14 14 7 7 42
Jaguars 0 3 7 0 10

at Wembley Stadium, London, England

  • Date: October 27
  • Game time: 5:00 p.m. GMT/10:00 a.m. PDT
  • Game weather: 60 °F (16 °C), rain showers
  • Game attendance: 83,559
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Tim Ryan and Jennifer Hale
  • Recap, Game book
Game information

Frank Gore and Colin Kaepernick each ran for two touchdowns in the 49ers comfortable victory over the 0-7 Jaguars at Wembley Stadium in London, the eighth NFL match the venue has hosted, to improve to 6-2.

Week 10: vs. Carolina Panthers

Week Ten: Carolina Panthers at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 0 7 0 3 10
49ers 3 6 0 0 9

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

Game information

After 5 straight victories, the 49ers dropped another home match following their bye. The Panthers' defense was too strong, limiting Colin Kaepernick to 91 yards, 0 touchdowns and 1 interception as the 49ers could only score 3 field goals. The mid-game loss of Tight End Vernon Davis and Safety Eric Reid to concussions didn't aid the 49ers cause as they fell to 6-3. The 49ers would get their revenge in the Divisional Round of the Playoffs, winning 23-10 away to Carolina.

Week 11: at New Orleans Saints

Week Eleven: San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 0 10 7 3 20
Saints 7 7 0 9 23

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Date: November 17
  • Game time: 3:25 p.m. CST/1:25 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 73,025
  • Referee: Tony Corrente
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver
  • Recap, Game book
Game information

Another set of back-to-back losses came in controversial circumstance for the 49ers that saw the team slip to 6-4. The 49ers lead 20-17 with under 5 minutes to go in the final quarter, before two Garrett Hartley field goals won it for the Saints, the second as time expired. On the drive leading to the first or these field goals, linebacker Ahmad Brooks was flagged for a contentious personal foul on Drew Brees for a blow to the neck on a sack and fumble, leading to a 15-yard penalty. Colin Kaepernick's three and out between the field goals also was a major contributor to the Saints' victory.

Week 12: at Washington Redskins

Week Twelve: San Francisco 49ers at Washington Redskins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 7 3 14 3 27
Redskins 0 6 0 0 6

at FedExField, Landover, Maryland

  • Date: November 25
  • Game time: 8:40 p.m. EST/5:40 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 37 °F (3 °C), clear
  • Game attendance: 79,773
  • Referee: John Parry
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden and Lisa Salters
  • Recap, Game book
Game information

The 49ers got back to winning ways with a comfortable victory in Washington. Colin Kaepernick hit form with 235 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Redskins' quarterback Robert Griffin III threw just 118 yards and an interception in addition to being sacked 4 times, in a match-up between what are widely considered two of the league's best young quarterbacks. The 49ers improved to 7-4 as they looked to seal a playoff spot and pressure Seattle for the NFC West crown.

Week 13: vs. St. Louis Rams

Week Thirteen: St. Louis Rams at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 0 3 3 7 13
49ers 3 10 3 7 23

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

  • Date: December 1
  • Game time: 3:05 p.m. CST/1:05 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 59 °F (15 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 69,732
  • Referee: Bill Vinovich
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch and Molly McGrath
  • Recap, Game book
Game information

The 49ers defeated the Rams for the second time this season on the back of strong performances from the passing offense. Colin Kaepernick threw for 275 yards and a touchdown, Anquan Boldin caught 9 passes for 98 yards, Michael Crabtree caught a 60-yard pass in his first game for 6 months following an achilles injury, and Vernon Davis athletically hurdled his way over a defender on two separate occasions for 82 yards and a touchdown, the 49ers improving to 8-4.

Week 14: vs. Seattle Seahawks

Week Fourteen: Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 0 14 0 3 17
49ers 6 10 0 3 19

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

  • Date: December 8
  • Game time: 1:25 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 43 °F (6 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 69,732
  • Referee: Clete Blakeman
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver and Erin Andrews
  • Recap, Game book
Game information

Seeking to avenge their week 2 loss in Seattle, the 49ers defense held Seahawks quarter back Russell Wilson and running back Marshawn Lynch to 199 passing yards and 72 rushing yards respectively. 4 field goals from kicker Phil Dawson, an 8-yard touchdown pass to tight end Vernon Davis, and a 51-yard rush by running back Frank Gore in the fourth quarter lifted the 49ers to a 19–17 victory and improved their record to 9–4. The win also continued the Seahawks' losing streak at Candlestick Park since 2008. This would not be the last time these two teams would meet as they met again in the 2013 NFC Championship game.

Week 15: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week Fifteen: San Francisco 49ers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 7 10 3 13 33
Buccaneers 0 7 0 7 14

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

  • Date: December 15
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/10:00 a.m. PST
  • Game weather: 70 °F (21 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 64,142
  • Referee: Scott Green
  • TV announcers (Fox): Dick Stockton, Ronde Barber and Kris Budden
  • Recap, Game book
Game information

The 10th win of the season and 4th consecutive win came easily as the 49ers looked to clinch a playoff spot. Vernon Davis caught a touchdown for the fifth consecutive game and Michael Crabtree caught his first touchdown since returning from injury as Colin Kaepernick threw for 203 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Week 16: vs. Atlanta Falcons

Week Sixteen: Atlanta Falcons at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 0 10 0 14 24
49ers 3 0 10 21 34

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

Game information

The 49ers played their final regular season game at Candlestick Park on Monday, December 23, 2013 against the Atlanta Falcons. Their 34–24 victory came after an interception by NaVorro Bowman with 1:28 left in the game. The play would seal a win for a playoff spot for the 49ers and is called The Pick at the Stick by some sports columnists.[1] This game was also Candlestick Park's 36th and final game on Monday Night Football,[2] the most at any stadium used by the NFL.[3]

Week 17: at Arizona Cardinals

Week Seventeen: San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 17 0 0 6 23
Cardinals 0 7 0 13 20

at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

Game information

Phil Dawson kicked a 40-yard field goal as time expired to lock up the 5th seed for the 49ers. The 49ers started on fire, leading 17-0 after the first quarter, with the Cardinals showing courage and determination in their fightback, squaring the game at 20-20 before LaMichael James' 45-yard kickoff return and two quick completions by Colin Kaepernick set up Dawson's game winner. Anquan Boldin was very impressive, catching 9 passes for 149 yards and a touchdown in his first game back in Arizona after the Cardinals traded him to Baltimore prior to the 2010 season. The 49ers finished the season with an impressive 12-4 record, half a win better than the previous season, to give them 2nd place in NFC West and the 5th seed in the playoffs (the 49ers won the NFC West and had the 2nd seed in 2012), securing them a trip to Green Bay in the Wild Card Round.

Standings

Division

NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(1) Seattle Seahawks 13 3 0 .813 4–2 10–2 417 231 W1
(5) San Francisco 49ers 12 4 0 .750 5–1 9–3 406 272 W6
Arizona Cardinals 10 6 0 .625 2–4 6–6 379 324 L1
St. Louis Rams 7 9 0 .438 1–5 4–8 348 364 L1

Conference

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA PD STK
Division winners
1 Seattle Seahawks West 13 3 0 .813 4–2 10–2 417 231 186 W1
2 Carolina Panthers South 12 4 0 .750 5–1 9–3 366 241 125 W3
3 Philadelphia Eagles East 10 6 0 .625 4–2 9–3 442 382 60 W2
4 Green Bay Packers North 8 7 1 .531 3–2–1 6–5–1 417 428 -11 W1
Wild cards
5 San Francisco 49ers West 12 4 0 .750 5–1 9–3 406 272 134 W6
6 New Orleans Saints South 11 5 0 .688 5–1 9–3 414 304 110 W1
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7 Arizona Cardinals West 10 6 0 .625 2–4 6–6 379 324 55 L1
8[a] Chicago Bears North 8 8 0 .500 2–4 4–8 445 478 -33 L2
9 Dallas Cowboys East 8 8 0 .500 5–1 7–5 439 432 7 L1
10[b][c] New York Giants East 7 9 0 .438 3–3 6–6 294 383 -89 W2
11[d] Detroit Lions North 7 9 0 .438 4–2 6–6 395 376 19 L4
12 St. Louis Rams West 7 9 0 .438 1–5 4–8 348 364 -16 L1
13 Minnesota Vikings North 5 10 1 .344 2–3–1 4–7–1 391 480 -89 W1
14[e] Atlanta Falcons South 4 12 0 .250 1–5 3–9 353 443 -90 L2
15 Tampa Bay Buccaneers South 4 12 0 .250 1–5 2–10 288 389 -101 L3
16 Washington Redskins East 3 13 0 .188 0–6 1–11 334 478 -144 L8
Tiebreakers[f]
  1. ^ Chicago defeated Dallas head-to-head (Week 14, 45–28).
  2. ^ The New York Giants and Detroit finished with a better conference record than St. Louis.
  3. ^ The New York Giants defeated Detroit head-to-head (Week 16, 23–20 (OT)).
  4. ^ Detroit finished with a better conference record than St. Louis.
  5. ^ Atlanta finished with a better conference record than Tampa Bay.
  6. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.

Postseason Schedule

Playoff round Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
Wild Card January 5, 2014 at Green Bay Packers (4) W 23–20 1–0 Lambeau Field Recap
Divisional January 12, 2014 at Carolina Panthers (2) W 23–10 2–0 Bank of America Stadium Recap
NFC Championship January 19, 2014 at Seattle Seahawks (1) L 17–23 2–1 CenturyLink Field Recap

Postseason Game Summaries

NFC Wild Card Playoff Game: at Green Bay Packers

NFC Wild Card Playoff Game: #5 San Francisco 49ers at #4 Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 6 7 0 10 23
Packers 0 10 0 10 20

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Game information

In one of the coldest games in NFL playoff history, Colin Kaepernick throws for 227 yards and runs for a game high 98 as the 49ers beat the Packers 23-20. The Packers tied the game at 20 with a FG with 5:06 left, but Kaepernick led the 49ers down the field to set a game winning 33 yard field goal by Phil Dawson as time expired. The 49ers are now 4-0 against Green Bay in the last 2 years, after going 1-11 against them (including playoffs) from 1995 to 2010. This was also the first time ever the 49ers won at Green Bay in the playoffs.

NFC Divisional Round Playoff Game: at Carolina Panthers

NFC Divisional Round Playoff Game: #5 San Francisco 49ers at #2 Carolina Panthers;– Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 6 7 7 3 23
Panthers 0 10 0 0 10

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

  • Date: January 12, 2014
  • Game time: 1:05 p.m. EST/10:05 a.m. PST
  • Game weather: 57 °F (14 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 73,784
  • Referee: Carl Cheffers
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver
  • Recap, Game book
Game information

The 49ers advanced to their 3rd consecutive NFC Championship game by beating a red hot Carolina Panthers team, 23-10. Coming into the game, the Panthers had won eleven of their last twelve games and finished the season ranked number two in total defense. This game was a rematch from week 10, with the Panthers winning 10-9. This time though, it was the 49ers who would come out victorious. Two key goal line stands by the 49ers defense in the 2nd quarter (including a stop on 4th and goal at the 1 yard line) were the major difference in the game. The 49ers defense shut the Panthers out in the 2nd half with constant pressure on Cam Newton, sacking him twice and intercepting a pass late in the 4th quarter that shut down any chance Carolina had at a comeback. Colin Kaepernick went 15 for 28 for 196 yards, 1 touchdown and no interceptions while Anquan Boldin had 8 catches for 136 yards. The 23 points by the 49ers were the most points the Panthers allowed at home this year. The 49ers now head to Seattle.

NFC Championship Game: at Seattle Seahawks

NFC Championship Game: #5 San Francisco 49ers at #1 Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 3 7 7 0 17
Seahawks 0 3 10 10 23

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

  • Date: January 19
  • Game time: 3:30 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 43 °F (6 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 68,454
  • Referee: Gene Steratore
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver and Erin Andrews
  • Recap, Game book
Game information

Though the 49ers led 10-3 at halftime, the Seahawks came back and then survived a late 49ers comeback attempt. With Seattle leading 20-17 in the 4th quarter, Colin Kaepernick attempted to rally his team, but fumbled once and threw 2 interceptions in the final three 49ers possessions of the game. Seahawks outscored San Francisco 20-7 in the 2nd half. In the fourth quarter, NaVorro Bowman suffered a major knee injury on a tackle and forced fumble near the goal line; his recovery of the ensuing fumble was not seen by the officials (and the league later agreed that the officials had missed the call[6]); the 49ers forced another fumble on the next play and recovered it, but they could not take advantage. In the last minute of play, Kaepernick again had the 49ers in position to try for a win, but his pass to Michael Crabtree in the end zone was deflected by Richard Sherman and intercepted by Malcolm Smith, clinching the win for Seattle. The contest between the two elite defenses led many to consider the game a quasi-Super Bowl, as popular opinion was that the 49ers and Seahawks were the two best teams in the NFL given recent history. This opinion was only cemented further after the Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos 43-8 in the Super Bowl.

References

  1. ^ Instant Replay: 49ers survive, punch playoff ticket in 'Stick finale CSN Bay Area, December 2013
  2. ^ "Candlestick Park celebrates its final game on Monday Night Football". Pro-Football-Reference. Retrieved December 30, 2013. 
  3. ^ 49ers vs. Falcons provides final classic Monday Night Football moment at Candlestick Park, SB Nation, December 2013
  4. ^ "2013 Conference Standings". NFL.com. Retrieved December 8, 2013. 
  5. ^ "2013 NFL playoff picture". CBS Sports. Retrieved December 8, 2013. 
  6. ^ Mike Coppinger, "NFL: Wrong call on NaVorro Bowman's fumble recovery", NFL.com, January 22, 2014.

External links

  • Official website
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