By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer
On Sunday, the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Carolina Panthers 23-10, advancing to the NFC title game for the 3rd straight season. Next week, on January 19, they’ll be heading to Seattle to have a showdown against the Seahawks for NFC dominance.
As for the AFC title match, the New England Patriots crushed the Indianapolis Colts 43-22 on Saturday, earning them a duel against the Denver Broncos this coming Sunday.
As for the Patriots landing a victory over the Colts this past weekend, Tom Brady threw for 198 passing yards on 25 attempts without any scores, but they still managed 6 running touchdowns and 234 yards on the ground. Running back LeGarrett Blount was the real all-star, with 166 rushing yards and 4 scores.
In just the past 2 games, Blount has managed 355 rushing yards. Brady was excited by his team’s effort, offering, “That was amazing. We keep handing it off and those guys just run so hard and do such a great job running and finding the holes where they can just slice through there and gain as many yards as they can.”
In the 49ers win, quarterback Colin Kaepernick was key in pushing past the Panthers, completing 15 of 28 passes for 196 yards, throwing one touchdown pass, and running for another score. Times were tougher for Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. who was intercepted twice and sacked 4 times, finishing with 267 yards passing and 54 yards on 10 carries. “Terrible ending to a great season,” admitted Newton. Now, Kaepernick looks forward to taking on the Seahawks. He said, “I think we’re the two teams that everybody was looking at from the beginning. It’s going to be a knockdown, drag-out game.”